ADOPT

Adopting a pet is one of the greatest gifts you can give, to the animal – and to yourself. Thank you for considering adoption from  Whatcom Humane Society.

Our interactive adoption process strives to place animals into permanent, responsible and loving homes. Our staff work with potential adopters to help choose the best match possible, both for the animal and the adopter. Prior to meeting an animal, potential adopters are asked to complete an adoption application to better help our staff understand what you are looking for in a companion animal. These applications remain on file for 6 months, so there is no need to complete an application each time you visit our domestic animal shelter. Adopters must complete an adoption application and be able to fulfill the adoption requirements necessary in order to be considered or approved for adoption.

Application forms for specific animals (Adobe Acrobat PDF files) may be downloaded under “Adoption Fees” below.

Cat Adoption Fees

Kittens/Cats under 1 year of age: $115.00

Two Kittens adopted together (same day): $200.00

Cats 1 year – 5 years: $50.00

Cats over 5 years of age: $30.00

Dog Adoption Fees

Puppies/Dogs under 1 year of age: $125.00

Dogs 1 year to 5 years: $85.00

Dogs over 5 years of age: $60.00

Rabbit Adoption Fees
Other Animal Adoption Fees

Ask Customer Service for adoption fee information for all other animals.

Horse Adoption Fees

Adoption fees vary based on the animal. Please contact us directly regarding horse adoptions.

 

Bird Adoption Fees

Prices vary for adopting birds. Please check with shelter staff for details.

Adoption Requirements

Be sure that you are financially able to provide for the animal’s needs. This includes food, supplies, license and veterinary care.

Be certain you have adequate time to spend with your new pet including time for training, exercise and grooming.

Have your landlord’s permission to bring an animal onto his/her property.

Be at least 18 years of age and have verifiable identification.

Have the consent of all adults in your household.

Complete an application and discuss it with an adoption counselor.

Be willing to bring in your current dog to meet the dog you are interested in adopting.

Be willing to bring in your children to meet the animal you are interested in adopting.

Understand that WHS adopts animals – does not sell them. WHS reserves the right to postpone or refuse an adoption.

Hours of Adoption Services

Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday – Monday 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Closed Tuesdays & Major Holidays

Included in the Adoption Fee

  • Basic Health Exam
  • Spay/Neuter Surgery (for unaltered dogs, cats & rabbits)
  • Initial Vaccinations including Rabies (dogs & cats)
  • Feline Leukemia Testing for Cats/Kittens
  • Microchip and Registration (dogs, cats & rabbits)
  • Identification Tags/License (dogs & cats)
  • 30 Days Free Sheltercare Pet Health Insurance
  • Collar & Leash for Dogs or Collar & Cardboard Carrier for Cats
  • Certificate for Complimentary Health Exam w/ Participating local Veterinarian
  • Reference Material on Pet Care & Training
 . Jake .
 . Jake .  . Jake .
  • Hound, Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Jake! A super sweet dog looking for his forever family. Jake is a little shy at first but warms up quickly. He walks great on leash and he loves other dogs. He would really enjoy having another canine companion in his new home. He will have to meet any potential house mates to ensure they will be a good match. He seems like he would be fine living with a confident cat. Respectful children who won't overwhelm him should be okay. Jake and his buddy were abandoned by their previous owner and ended up here at the shelter through no fault of their own. If you are looking for a new best friend then head up to customer service to meet Jake and spend some time getting to know each other.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Duck .
 . Duck .
  • American
  • Spayed/Neutered
I'm Duck! I'm a happy boy who loves to explore and get pets. I am still getting used to being held for long periods of time but with regular handling I'll get used to being held and petted. I would love a home who can commit to providing me with lots of time out of my cage to run around so I can get my daily exercise. I hope that my new home commits to caring for me for life! I will need a roomy cage that is cleaned regularly. Rabbits require timothy hay daily or some other type of grass hay like orchard or grass. They also need fresh greens daily. I would be a good first time rabbit for someone since I'm pretty well socialized. If you think you can meet my needs and want to be friends, please fill out an application at the front desk!
Adult, Male, Small
 . Dozer .
 . Dozer .  . Dozer .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
This exuberant boy is Dozer which may be short for bulldozer because he is a bit pushy. He will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes before his adoption can be finalized. This will help him learn some manners and bond with his new family. Dozer is a sweet dog that loves to chase after the tennis ball. He is very affectionate and loves to go on long walks. He does like other dogs but can be a bit of a bully so he will need just the right dog in his new home. A confident cat might be alright but no cat would be even better. Dozer can play a bit rough so children 12 and older would be preferable. This guy is not a couch potato and really wants to go out for daily hikes and adventures with his family. If you are looking for a wonderful new companion, please head on up to customer service so you can meet Dozer.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Cabbage .
 . Cabbage .  . Cabbage .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Hey peeps, check me out! My name is Cabbage and not only am I beautiful I am a really awesome dog. I really enjoy the company of other dogs and would be happy to live with another canine companion. Of course I will have to meet any potential house mates to ensure they will be a good match. I could probably live with a confident cat that won't allow me to chase after it. I can be a bit shy at first so any kids in the home should be at least 8 years and older. Before my adoption can be finalized I will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes. This will help me bond to my new family and help me with my confidence. I really enjoy going out for long walks and hikes and would really like an active family who can provide all the physical and mental stimulation to keep me healthy and happy. If you want to meet me, please fill out an application at the front desk and we can get to know each other better.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Bella .
 . Bella .  . Bella .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
This timid girl is Bella and she is looking for just the right home. This new home should have another dog friend because she LOVES to play with other dogs. People are still a bit scary so any kids in the home should be teenagers. An adult only home would be even better. Bella has never lived with cats so she should probably continue to live in a cat free home. Bella will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes before her adoption can be finalized. Bella is playful and will need plenty of physical and mental stimulation to keep her healthy and happy. Bella can be a bit barky and would do best living in a house rather than an apartment or condo. If you are interested in this sweet shy lady, please fill out an application at customer service so you can meet her.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Indi .
 . Indi .  . Indi .  . Indi .  . Indi .  . Indi .  . Indi .
  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler, Australian Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Meet Indi! He is a sensitive soul who bonds strongly to his family. He is currently in foster care, as the kennels are too stressful for him. He was surrendered to a local veterinary clinic and now we are looking for a great new home for him! Indi is housetrained and crate trained, although he'd rather be sitting right next to you. He knows sit, down, and roll over. Indi can be a bit wary of strangers, but is a very loyal companion once he knows you. He would benefit from positive, reward based obedience classes which you can sign up for prior to his adoption. This will ensure he and his new family get started off on the right paw! Indi has a bit of a prey drive (typical of cattle dogs) and will need a home with no cats or small animals. Another canine companion could be good for him, as this would build his confidence and help him burn off some excess energy. He does enjoy a good game of fetch. He plays well with the resident dog in his foster home. As with all dogs, they'd have to meet first to ensure they're a good match. Indi prefers an ADULT ONLY home. If you can provide Indi with a patient, loving home, please fill out an application at the front desk! You can also email interest to adoptions@whatcomhumane.org or call at 360-733-2080.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Vespa .
 . Vespa .  . Vespa .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
This wild child is Vespa and she needs a family who can handle her rambunctious personality. Her new family should be adult only or have children 13 and older as she is extremely mouthy and jumpy and doesn't have the best bite inhibition. She will be required to be signed up for positive reward based classes to help her become a more well behaved and respectful dog. No cats for this girl as she has quite a bit of prey drive. She does like other dogs and could potentially live with another canine companion. She will have to meet any potential house mates to ensure they are a good match. Vespa is an energetic gal and really needs plenty of physical and mental to keep her from becoming destructive or running off to find her own adventures.If you have the time, patience and love to give for this lovely lady, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Tuthrie .
 . Tuthrie .  . Tuthrie .
  • Conure
Tuthrie is a beautiful Green Cheeked Conure looking for an experienced parrot home. Conure parrots can live 20 years. And if they are cared for properly from birth then maybe 25 years. If the green cheeked conure has a poor diet it might only live 10 years. That said, the diet is what determines longevity in these birds. Specialized pellets should make up 60 to 70% of diet, plus fresh vegetables and fruits and small amounts of fortified seeds. Clean, fresh, filtered, chlorine-free water, changed daily. Do not feed birds avocado, fruit seeds, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol as these can cause serious medical conditions. Avoid sugar and high fat treats. Things to remember when feeding your green cheek conure: Fresh food and water should always be available. Vegetables and fruits not eaten within a few hours should be discarded. Treats should not exceed 10% of total food intake. Tuthrie will need his nails trimmed on a regular basis and his wings may need to be clipped so he won't take off on you. If you are interested in Tuthrie, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Sam .
 . Sam .
  • Guinea Pig
Meet Sam! This piggy wants a home that will provide food, timothy hay and fresh greens daily to keep him happy and healthy. He would benefit greatly from wooden chews to help keep his teeth at an appropriate length as they grow continuously. Sam was described to us as an adventurer and enjoys wandering so he will need to be watched at all times when getting his daily exercise as he could wander away. If you think this gentlemen sounds like a perfect match, please ask customer service and fill out an application!
Adult, Male, Small
 . Little Kitty .
 . Little Kitty .  . Little Kitty .
  • Tortoiseshell
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs
Meet Little Kitty!!! This beautiful lady is looking for a permanent and loving home. She is looking for a home that can pet her favorite spots, behind her ears and by her tail, whenever she wants. Little Kitty loves to give big head butts and rub on anything in site to get your attention. She was brought into the shelter because the stress of a new born baby was too overwhelming for her. She can handle a home with children over 6, that understand to respect her boundaries, but very young children in her home is too stressful. Little Kitty also lived with a feline companion and could continue to live with them but the introduction should be done slowly to allow her time to adjust. Little Kitty would do best in a home without any canines in it as she lived with a canine companion in her previous home but the majority of the time was spent hiding from him. If this girl sounds like a good fit for your home please fill out an application with customer service to meet with her.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Baby .
 . Baby .
  • Quarterhorse
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
We don't know much about Baby's history, but, she can be very skittish at first and appears to have zero personality when meeting someone new. As soon as she warms up, however, she is quite charming! She does need a home with the patience to move slowly around her - especially until she's comfortable. Haltering, grooming, leading makes her nervous until she's 100% confident there is no threat. Baby has been diagnosed with asthma but it seems to be situational. Something in the pasture is causing her to struggle with breathing, however, in the stall and paddocks she is perfectly fine. She will need medication for the rest of her life, but it is only given on an as needed basis, not an everyday dosage. She also has oddly formed feet so she is slightly prone to laminitis, but with the proper environment she is okay. Other than that, she is a pretty typical lovely horse. She just wants to eat treats and lay in the sand all day! Loves snuggles and head scratches! Approximately 12 years old. Gentle, intelligent, forgiving, & sweet mare. Quarter Cross If you are interested in adding Baby to your family, please contact farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Toonces .
 . Toonces .  . Toonces .  . Toonces .  . Toonces .  . Toonces .  . Toonces .
  • Domestic Long Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Meet Toonces! A very vocal kitty that loves his belly rubbed and getting his ears scratched. He does have a sassy side and will let you know when he is over his pet time. He will need an adult only home or a home with respectful teenagers. He might be able to live with another feline companion as long as he is given enough space and proper introduction. A cat savvy dog that knows its place may be okay. Toonces loves cat nip and would be very grateful for plenty of cat nip, toys and scratching posts.Toonces came in to the shelter as a stray all matted, dirty and a couple battle scars to show. He would probably be a great mouser. If you would like to meet Toonces, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Ryder .
 . Ryder .  . Ryder .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Ryder! This handsome fella came in as a stray and is now looking for his forever home. Ryder can be a bit wary of strangers, but is a very loyal companion once he knows you. With the help from our wonderful volunteers, Ryder is learning that people aren't so bad. He does better with women but is slowly learning that men aren't that bad. He may take some time to warm up to new people but trust us when we say he is the biggest lover in the world. He has so much love to give and just wants someone who will give him a chance. He seems to lack some confidence, and is required to be signed up for positive, reward based obedience classes prior to his adoption. This will ensure him and his new person get started off on the right paw! Ryder has a bit of a prey drive and will need a home with NO cats or small animals. Another canine companion could be good for him, as this would build his confidence and help him burn off some excess energy. As with all dogs, they'd have to meet first to ensure they're a good match. He absolutely loves other dogs and would love a home that would take him to doggy daycare so he can play with all his friends. He is currently going to Tails-a-wagging to learn how to socialize with other dogs and does great! Ryder is a very smart boy and learn new tricks very quickly. Ryder prefers an ADULT ONLY home.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Cher and Madonna .
 . Cher and Madonna .
  • Guinea Pig
Hello this is Madonna and Cher! They are very bonded and would love a home together. These ladies are a bit under socialized and will really need to get used to getting handled! This means they will need to be handled everyday and get use to the fact that people are not giant scary things. They are getting used to wonders of fresh greens here and of course need timothy hay everyday! They will need a roomy cage that is cleaned regularly. If you think you would like to take these ladies home, just ask the front desk for an application.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Lulu .
 . Lulu .  . Lulu .
  • Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Lulu! This young girl has grown up without a whole lot of structure in her life, which has caused her to have some nervous energy. She's a bit unsure of the world around her, which means things like strangers, loud noises, and unfamiliar situations are pretty scary. Lulu would like her new family to have both the time and energy to invest in her future. To make sure she gets started off on the right paw, Lulu will be required to sign up for positive, reward based obedience classes prior to her adoption. This will help boost her confidence and also foster a tight bond between you and her! Lulu would likely benefit from having another canine companion to show her the ropes. She loves to chase small animals, so we'd like it if her home was free of temptation-- no cats! Lulu can be a bit mischievous if her energy is not properly harnessed, which means she would benefit from a home where someone's around most of the time to supervise and tire her out! Her previous home said she was getting a little nippy with their children (likely due to her nerves), so her new home will have to be adult only, or with respectful kids 14+. If Lulu sounds like the girl you've been missing, please fill out an application at the front desk!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Bridgette .
 . Bridgette .  . Bridgette .  . Bridgette .  . Bridgette .
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
This muscle momma is Bridgette. This little tank is ready for her very own responsible, loving and permanent home. Bridgette will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes before her adoption can be finalized. This will polish up her skills and create a bond with her new BFF (it could be you!). She is a very playful girl that is very strong for her small stature. Bridgette would do best in a home with older, respectful children. She has a bit of a prey drive so she would do best in a home with no cats or small animals. Bridgette might be able to live with just the right dog, although she may prefer to have you all to herself! She loves to play tag and chase after the ball. This girl has a LOT of energy and will need somebody that can provide plenty of physical and mental stimulation. If you are interested in meeting Bridgette, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Forrest & Gypsy .
 . Forrest & Gypsy .  . Forrest & Gypsy .  . Forrest & Gypsy .
  • Paint / Pinto
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Forrest & Gypsy - a pair of wonderful horses looking for a permanent, responsible and loving home TOGETHER. Forrest is a six month old Paint colt who arrived at WHS last spring as an orphaned infant. He suffered from severe tendon laxity in his front legs which made walking extremely difficult. Our farm caretakers cared for him round the clock for several weeks until he could care for himself. His endured multiple treatments on this front legs and even wore orthopedic horse shoes for a time. Thanks to their heroic efforts and the expertise of the equine veterinarians at Kulshan Veterinary Clinic, he is now a happy, healthy little boy. Forrest is halter broke, experienced and cooperative with both the vet and farrier. He does well with other horses - but loves his adopted mama Gypsy the best. Gypsy is an approximately 14 year old Morgan cross mare who arrived at WHS as an abandoned stray. She is a super sweet, socialized horse who upon arrival at our farm facility immediately adopted little Forrest as her own. She is extremely protective of Forrest and won't let him out of her sight. Gypsy stands beautifully for both the vet and farrier and gets along well with other horses - as long as they don't get too close to her "baby" Forrest. It is mandatory that this bonded pair be adopted together into a home that will provide them with the care and attention they deserve. The adoption fee is $450. To learn more about this dynamic duo, email our farm caretaker at: farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Young, Male, Large
 . Pete & Holly .
 . Pete & Holly .  . Pete & Holly .  . Pete & Holly .
  • Paint / Pinto
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Pete and Holly are a bonded pair of seniors looking to find a loving home where they can live together forever. Pete is a 1994 AQHA Paint gelding who has been used as a trail horse in the past. He has had some issues with hoof abscesses throughout his life, but is currently sound and could possibly be used for some light riding. Holly is a 1996 Shire mare, who has to the best of our knowledge never been ridden. She came to WHS severely underweight, but with a high quality diet she is making great progress in getting up to a healthy weight. Holly had her jaw broken as a filly, and while it does not cause her any pain it does make it difficult for her to eat hay, so she will need to continue to supplement her diet with a high-calorie mash. She is very attached to Pete, who does not seem to mind having a draft-horse sized shadow following him around! Both horses have been mainly kept out to pasture for the last few years, so they could use refreshers on their ground manners. They are both very sweet and friendly with people and other horses, and will come running from across the pasture when they see you at the gate. If you are looking to add this adorable duo to your family, please contact farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Senior, Male, Large
 . Smokey .
 . Smokey .  . Smokey .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
This quiet cutie is Smokey and she is hoping to find her loving forever home. She is a mellow sweetheart who likes to have her cheeks rubbed. Once she settles in she likes to play with toys, especially if there is cat nip involved. Smokey is a social girl who might follow you from room to room to make sure she is never too fair away from her people. She should make someone a great companion cat. Smokey came to us because her last home simply had too much going on for her and she found it to be overwhelming. She didn't do well with the other cats or the puppy in her previous home. Smokey did like the older dog and might be able to live with a super laid-back dog that will respect her personal space. Smokey was also stressed out by the baby in her previous home and should live with teenagers or adults only. If you have a calm household and would like to meet Smokey, please come to the front to fill out an adoption application today.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Foster Kittens .
 . Foster Kittens .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Many questions can be answered by reading through the text below. Kindly read the information before contacting us. Please note: The picture above is a stock photo. Thank you for your interest in foster kittens! Kittens who are in our foster care program are generally kittens who arrived at the humane society as unweaned orphans , were still nursing, or were not old or big enough to be placed up for adoption. These kittens would not have survived in a stressful shelter environment. Our foster care program provides care and comfort for animals with special needs in private homes of our trained volunteer foster care providers. Once the kittens are old enough (usually 6-8 weeks) and weigh enough to be spayed or neutered (2 lbs), they return to the shelter for adoption. Call the shelter at (360) 733-2080 to inquire about available kittens. Please note that we do not place “holds” on animals until you’ve met them in person, even if you’ve filled out an application and expressed interest in a specific animal. This is because we want to ensure that each animal is a good fit for the interested party, and that the interested party is a good fit for the animal. We try to set each adoption up for success, for both the animals and for the people. The kittens would love to meet you! Do you feel the same? Please fill out an adoption application (here or at either shelter) and turn it in to Caitlyn Orr the foster care coordinator via email at foster@whatcomhumane.org, or fax it to 360.733.4746. Our adoption counselors will help you figure out if you're right for each other. Questions about foster kittens in general or other foster animals? Contact Caitlyn, Foster Care Coordinator, via email at foster@whatcomhumane.org,or call 360.733.2080 x 3009. Many questions can be answered by reading through the above text. Kindly read the above information before contacting us. Thank you so much! Please note that this is a stock photo.
Baby, Female, Medium
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Dog friends sitting together in the back of a car

A Friend for My Dog

An update on Tarzan (right), who is now named Mackie. He is the greatest addition and I’m so glad I found him. I’m also very grateful for the Whatcom Humane Society and all the hard work you do there. Mackie is now absolute best friends with my older pitbull Messy and is helping keep him young. They both go to work with me every day and my employer purchased a canopy for my truck so they can ride safely.

When I first got him he was pretty rough around the edges – but in a little over a month he has come so far. He’s an amazing dog and I’m so glad you guys helped him until his person came along. Since I adopted him I have learned a lot. I also discovered that buying a memory foam twin mattress is the best dog bed the world. Again, thank you guys so much for providing the hard work, dedication and love to all the animals that come through your doors.

– Justin P.

Cat with a pink collar named Margo

We Named Her Margo

Hi! My mom and I adopted a cat from you guys in September. Her name was Shakira, I changed her name to Margo, after Margo in the book Paper Towns. She is such a great fit for me. I wanted a cat that would always be around me, be affectionate and sleep with me, that is exactly who she is. She follows my sleep schedule, at about 6:30am every morning she will wake me up, I absolutely love her!   She is very vocal. When I get home from school she’s normally in my room and starts meowing until I greet her. My mom told me while I was at school the second day we had her she was meowing for me until I came home. She was immediately attached to me. Her first night here we put her in a large crate to get her use to the surroundings and the next night she slept on my bed and has been ever since. She always sleeps on me or next to me. She’s such a funny girl. I love her personality. She is a very precious cat. I’m really glad I was able to adopt her. She is the perfect match for me.

Thank you Whatcom Humane Society!  -Brieanah, Rhonda and Margo.