For the continued safety of our staff and following the “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” order set ordered by the Governor of Washington State regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus, the Whatcom Humane Society will continue to limit public access to our Division Street facility. The facility will remain open to people and animals needing essential services only.
Please ring our doorbell if you need assistance with the following animal related services. A member of our staff will assist you.
• You have lost a pet
• You have found a domestic or wild animal
• You need to surrender a pet to our facility
• You have a previously scheduled appointment and/or animal control related business
• You need to utilize our pet food bank program
For those at risk citizens who are not able to leave their homes and obtain services at the Whatcom Humane Society (pet food bank, look for lost pets, surrender a pet) please call our shelter facility and our animal control department will provide assistance as we are able.
NOTE: Please leave donations in front of the doors. A staff member will retrieve them. Thank you so much for your generous support. Monetary donations can be made via
If you are interested in adopting an animal, please visit our website,, and view the animals currently available for adoption. The website is updated frequently.  Download an adoption application and email it to: A member of ours staff will review applications and respond to inquiries as resources allow.  We are scheduling a limited number of meet and greet adoption counsels with potential adopters after applications are submitted and reviewed.

(360) 733 – 2080, ext # 0 – General Inquiries
(360) 733 – 2080, ext # 3017 – Animal Control & Rescue Department
(360) 966 – 8845 – Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
(360) 733 – 2080, ext # 3002 – Donations
Following recommendations from the Whatcom County Health Department to cancel all group summer events throughout Whatcom County, and based on the City of Bellingham’s decision to cancel City of Bellingham events this summer, the Whatcom Humane Society has cancelled the following Whatcom Humane Society events and workshops through August 31, 2020:
• Summer Solstice Boat Cruise (June)
• Critter Camp (July/August) – stay tuned for information on our Critter Camp At-Home Kits that will be available this summer!
• Putts Fore Pets Golf Tournament (July) – may be rescheduled in September
• Dog Days of Summer Festival (August) – stay tuned for information on our upcoming VIRTUAL Dog Days of Summer Festival and Walk!
• Monthly Pet Loss Support Group Meetings (May/June/July/August)
• New Volunteer Orientations (May/June/July/August)
Our low-cost/free spay-neuter assistance program (SNAP) is currently suspended.
Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times. Please be safe.
For additional general information about animals and the COVID-19 virus, visit:
Center For Disease Control website:
Washington State Department of Agriculture website:
American Veterinary Medical Association:

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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.

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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

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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 (WHS) is an open-admission humane society, this means that we will accept ANY animal that comes into us. Because of this, our facility accepts an average of over 3,700 domestic animals each year, not including many farm animals that are also brought into our facilities. Sadly, there are not enough homes for all of these animals. Whatcom County, and our country as a whole, are still suffering a tragic pet overpopulation problem, with an average 1.5 million animals 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 animals 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 the owner an opportunity to find them. We choose to hold all stray animals for the longer 120 hour (5-day) holding period, and this period does not include their day of arrival, Tuesdays or holidays when the shelter is closed. At the end of the stay holding period, our staff will examine and evaluate the animal to determine 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 as much will depend on his/her health, temperament/behavior, and availability of space in our adoption kennels. Even if he/she is made available for adoption, we cannot guarantee that someone will choose to adopt him/her, however there are no time-limits on the animals that are made available for adoption so long as the animals is happy, healthy, and there is space available to house them.
The following is a list of conditions under which an animal may not be placed for adoption:

  • They are under 8 weeks of age.
  • Their advanced age is causing extreme medical or physical problems or distress.
  • They are in poor general health or physical condition.
  • Their temperament or behavior is such that they are not safe around humans or other animals.
  • They are showing extreme signs of stress due to being placed in a kennel environment.
  • They show signs of contagious/communicable disease that could infect other animals.
  • There is no space available in the adoption kennels.

Depending on the specifics of the animal’s condition and availability of space, some animals may be placed in foster care until they are old enough to be made available for adoption, held for treatment/observation before being evaluated for adoption, or transferred to other facilities for potential adoption placement.


At WHS every effort is made to find loving homes for the animals in our adoption program. Once an animal is placed into our adoption program, there is no time limit on the animal. Animals may remain in our adoption program for a day, week, month, or longer. However, animals available for adoption may be euthanized if there is a decline in their health, temperament, or physical condition or if space becomes limited and we need to make room for new incoming animals and there are no placement options with other rescue groups or facilities.

If you wish to inquire about this animal, you may do so by calling the shelter at (360) 733-2080 ext. 0. 


If you are interest in adopting this animal, we ask that you come to the shelter before the end of the stray holding period and complete an adoption application. Adoption policies apply, ask staff for details.

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 >>

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Dog Days of Summer – At Home Edition!

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Dog Days of Summer AT HOME Virtual Walk & Festival!
Sunday, August 23

Go Wild! Photo Contest

Join us in celebrating wildlife and help support the WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center!

Putts Fore Pets Golf Tournament

Join us for a great day on the course with your friends and colleagues! July 30 @ 12:00 pm

Walk on the Wild Side Series

The 2020 spring series has been canceled, but we are working on a video option for you to enjoy. Be sure to check back!

Four Courses with the Horses

Join fellow animal lovers for this exclusive dining experience! September 19 @ 5:00 pm

Upcoming Events

  1. Go Wild! Photo Contest

    May 1 - June 30
  2. Putts Fore Pets Golf Tournament

    July 30 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 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