Your driving companion is waiting to be picked up.

We have wonderful pets looking for permanent, loving, responsible homes!

Check out our Humane Education programs!

Humane education programs help develop interest and empathy in young minds.

Where can I get my pet micro-chipped?

We offer this daily at Whatcom Humane. No appointment necessary!

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Whatcom Humane Society






Animal Control and Rescue Services

We provide for all domestic & wild animals throughout Whatcom County.

Pet Licensing

Get your pet a new license or renew an existing one. Use our quick online form or download a form.

Low-Cost Microchip

We offer this lifesaving service for just $20 at our shelter facility. No appointment is necessary!

Surrender an Animal

As an open admission shelter we provide care for all animals in need, regardless of their age, breed or condition.

Pet Adoption

We have lots of great pets looking for permanent, loving, responsible homes. View them here!

Spay & Neuter

We offer a low-cost spay and neuter assistance program (SNAP) for eligible applicants.

Volunteer Programs

Become one of the dedicated volunteers who help us provide care for thousands of animals each year.

Humane Education

K-12 classroom presentations, fun service projects, summer camp, workshops & more!


Due to the large volume of animals the Whatcom Humane Society receives each day, we cannot identify lost pets over the phone or by email. You must visit the shelter and look for your lost pet in person. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING! If your companion animal is lost, act quickly! Below is some information that we hope will help reunite you with your pet:
Whatcom Humane Society Address:  2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA  98226 Phone:  (360) 733-2080 Fax:  (360) 733-4746 Shelter Services (licensing, lost & found, redemptions, etc.) Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday – Monday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Closed Tuesdays & Major Holidays
Hanging posters in high traffic areas and delivering flyers door to door is a great way to get the word out in your neighborhood.  You can download a Lost Pet Flyer below to get started!
Each year in the United States, millions of companion animals enter shelters as strays. There are many ways to prevent your four-footed friend from disappearing. These tips can help you beat the odds:

  • Be a responsible pet guardian. Keep your dog or cat safely confined or closely supervised at all times.
  • Spay or neuter your animal. The most effective way to prevent your companion animal from disappearing is to have them spayed or neutered. This will curb their desire to roam.
  • Identification is a lost animal’s ticket home. Always keep a collar and ID tag(s) on your dog or cat.
  • Consider having your animal microchipped, a permanent means of identification. Ask WHS staff about getting your animal microchipped.
  • Safe travel. If you must travel with your dog, cat, or other animal, use a leash or carrier to keep him/her safe.
  • An accurate description of your animal is vital. Keep a record of your animal’s size, with any distinguishing characteristics, along with a current photograph.


We would like to thank you for the concern and effort you have given this animal. Now we hope to reunite him/her with his/her rightful owner. Your responsible and caring actions are greatly appreciated by the Whatcom Humane Society. The following information is to advise you of WHS procedures regarding incoming stray animals.
It is important to know that the Whatcom Humane Society is an “open admission” humane society. This means that we promise to accept into our care ANY animal that comes to us. Because of this, last year we received well over 4,000 animals. Sadly, there are not enough homes for all of these animals. Whatcom County, and our country as a whole, are suffering a tragic pet overpopulation problem, with 10 million animal being euthanized annually nationwide because new homes are not available. At WHS our goal is to find a loving family for every animal, but unfortunately there are simply more animal than there are people who want to adopt them.
These tips are intended to help reunite lost pets with their families:

  • Visit or use the Finding Rover app to report the found the pet.
  • Check with residents in the area the pet was found. Go door-to-door.
  • Scan for microchip. Bring the found pet to Whatcom Humane Society or a local vet.
  • Alert the microchip company that you have found a pet and leave your contact info.
  • File a found report with the Whatcom Humane Society.
  • Place found ads on Craigslist under “Lost+Found”,“Pets” or “Lost Pets of Whatcom County.”
  • Create found pet flyers – post near the location the pet was found and high traffic areas.
  • We urge anyone that comes across an unknown animal to use caution, if you do not feel safe, please contact your local animal control or police department immediately.

Thank you for helping reunite a family!

By law we are required to hold all impounded, stray animals at our shelter for a 72 hour (3-day) or a 120 hour (5-day) holding period in order to give their owners an opportunity to find them. We choose to hold all stray animals for the 120 hour (5-day) holding period, this holding period does not include their day of arrival, Tuesdays when the shelter is closed, or holidays. At the end of the stay holding period, our staff will examine and evaluate him/her to decide whether he/she can be placed into our adoption program. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to make him/her available for adoption. Much will depend on his/her general condition and the availability of space in our adoption kennels. Even if he/she is made available for adoption we cannot guarantee someone will choose to adopt him/her.
The following is a list of conditions under which an animal may not be placed for adoption:

  • If they are under 8 weeks of age.
  • If their advanced age is causing extreme medical or physical problems.
  • If they are in poor general health or physical condition.
  • If their temperament or behavior is such that they would not adapt well to a new home.
  • If they are showing extreme signs of stress due to being placed in a kennel environment.
  • If they show signs of communicable disease that could infect other animals.
  • If there is no space available in the adoption kennels.

Depending on the specifics of the animal’s condition and availability of space, some animals with these conditions may be placed in foster care, held for treatment, or observation until they are old enough to be made available for adoption.


At WHS every effort is made to find loving homes for animals in our adoption program. Once an animal is placed into our adoption program there is no set holding period, animals may remain for a day, week, month, or longer. Animals available for adoptions may be euthanized if there is a decline in their health, temperament, or physical condition. They may also be euthanized if our adoption areas become overcrowded and we need to make room for new incoming animals. Any animal who is euthanized (humanely put to death) will be administered a painless injection of sodium pentobarbital.

If you wish to inquire about this animal, you may do so by calling the shelter at (360) 733-2080. Please save your surrender paperwork to assist us in providing you with information.


If you are interested in adopting this animal, we ask that you come to the shelter before the stray holding period is through and fill out an adoption application. At that time we will discuss your application and the needs and condition of the animal.

What do I do if I find an injured wild animal?

  • Always keep yourself safe first.
  • If you can safely capture the animal, put it in a warm, quiet, undisturbed place.
  • Avoid handling it as much as possible.

Keep in mind that not all wildlife needs our help.

  • Baby birds with feathers spend some time on the ground as they learn to fly, while parents stay nearby.
  • Fawns are left alone for several hours while their mothers go off to feed.

Read more about Finding Injured Wild Animals >>

Call the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

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Spring Break Critter Camp

Kids ages 6 to 9 are invited to attend our first ever
Spring Critter Camp! April 6 – 8 @ 11:00 am-3:00 pm

Walk on the Wild Side Series

Join us for an informative series of talks about wildlife native to Whatcom County.

Four Courses with the Horses

Join fellow animal lovers for this exclusive dining experience! May 30 @ 5:00 pm

Sips & Suds: A Beer, Cider and Wine Social

Fine wine, local beer, live music, raffle prizes – all for the animals! April 17 @ 6:00 pm

Woof & Whiskers Award Luncheon

Join us in celebrating this year’s award winners! March 6 @ 12:00 pm

Upcoming Events

  1. Teen Humane Academy

    February 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  2. Woof & Whiskers Award Luncheon

    March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Address & Hours

Address:  2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA  98226
Phone:  (360) 733-2080
Fax:  (360) 733-4746

Shelter Services (licensing, lost & found, redemptions, etc.)
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday – Monday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Tuesdays & Major Holidays

Adoption Services / Animal Adoption Viewing
Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:30 pm & Sunday – Monday 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Closed Tuesdays & Major Holidays

Animal Control Dispatch
Sunday - Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Farm Facility:  By Appointment Only

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center:
September-April 9:00 am-5:00 pm
May-August 8:00 am-7:00 pm
(360) 966-8845 – please call, not open to the public

Department Directory

Main Phone:  (360) 733-2080

Laura Clark, Executive Director / ext #3026

Animal Control & Rescue / ext #3017

Shelter Operations / ext #3075

Adoptions/Customer Service / ext #3001

Licensing / ext #3010

Volunteer & Outreach Services / ext #3024

Humane Education / ext #3116

Special Events/Fundraising / ext #3014

Donations / ext #3002

Finance / ext #3021

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center / (360) 966-8845

Farm Facility