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.

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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

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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

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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
 . Benny and Jet .
 . Benny and Jet .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Hi my name is Benny and this is my sister Jet! Here is a little information about us and what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Timid, still learning to trust people, but the cuddles are worth the wait! -Can Live with Cats: Yes, we'd really enjoy another cat to help show us the ropes -Can Live with Dogs: Ideally no, but might be okay with an older, mellow dog who won't chase us. -Can Live with Kids: Respectful, cat-savvy kiddos ages 12+ -Needs Adult Only Home: Recommended but not required -Requires Indoor Only: No -Two Kitten Policy: Yes, my sister Jet and I are required to go home together. -Bite History: No -Additional Information: When my sister and I first came to the shelter, we were very nervous and wary of humans. We've made a lot of progress over the past week and are really coming around to the idea that people aren't so scary! With a patient, loving home and a little extra time, we'll blossom into wonderful lifelong companions in no time!
Young, Male, Small
 . Nala .
 . Nala .  . Nala .  . Nala .
  • Siamese
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Nala! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet & sassy, affectionate (but on her terms!), fairly mellow -Can Live with Cats: Maybe a laidback kitty -Can Live with Dogs: Has lived with dogs before and would likely be okay with a calm dog who will mostly leave her alone -Can Live with Kids: No, thank you! -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Medium -Bite History: Yes, please ask staff for more information -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Additional Information: This stunning beauty is Nala and she's on the lookout for a calm, cat-experienced family to rule over! Nala absolutely considers herself Queen Bee and expects to be treated as such. She is an independent lady who definitely makes you work to earn her love and affection. She is sensitive to some touch/handling (not a fan of being hugged/restrained, and she gives a pretty clear "no, thank you!" to her belly/paws being touched). She hopes her new family will be respectful of those likes/dislikes and simply admire her from afar when requested. Although Nala may be set in her ways, she has no shortage of love to give and will make a great lifelong companion to a lucky adopter. *Nala is DECLAWED on her front feet*
Adult, Female, Small
 . Dilly Bean .
 . Dilly Bean .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Hi my name is Dillybean! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Affectionate, social, tolerant, purr-monster. Awesome cat! -Can Live with Cats: Probably, yes! -Can Live with Dogs: Sure -Can Live with Kids: Yep! -Needs Indoor Only Home: No -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Medium/high -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, neuter Additional Information: This is Dillybean and he is basically the coolest cat around. He is very tolerant of handling and loves to rub against you for pets and attention. Dillybean is a purrmonster and is quite content to hangout in your lap. He is mostly mellow, but he does have his zoomie moments where he runs around and loves to play!
Adult, Male, Small
 . Beth .
 . Beth .  . Beth .  . Beth .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Hi my name is Beth! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious, talkative, affectionate, a little on the independent side -Can Live with Cats: No history, but would likely be okay with proper intros! -Can Live with Dogs: No history, but would likely be okay with proper intros! -Can Live with Kids: Sure! -Needs Indoor Only Home: Nope -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Medium/high -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, spay Additional Information: Beth is a well-adjusted young lady who would be a great fit for most homes. She is tolerant of most handling and loves to run around and explore. She will purr and return your affection when given, but isn't obsessive over your attention-- she's loving, but not needy. Beth is pretty relaxed overall and would be a great first time cat.
Adult, Female, Small
 . June .
 . June .
  • Beagle, Pug
June is a sweet, gentle 8 week old small breed puppy looking for a permanent, responsible and loving home to call his own. A true mixed breed, June's parents were Chihuahua, Beagle, Pug mixes. June is a sensitive little puppy who will need a home with the time, resources, patience and sense of humor required to invest in raising a puppy. It will be mandatory for her new home to enroll her in positive, reward based puppy pre-school classes so that she can gain confidence and be properly socialized with people and other dogs. A home with older kids may work for June, but puppies have razor sharp teeth and chew on everything, so a home with young kids would not be recommended. *June will need to be spayed before going home.* June is currently in a WHS foster home and is not at the WHS shelter. To submit and application for consideration, please download from our website, www.whatcomhumane.org and email to: foster@whatcomhumane.org. WOOF!
Baby, Female, Small
 . Benny .
 . Benny .
  • Beagle, Pug
Benny is a goofy, social 8 week old small breed male puppy looking for a permanent, responsible and loving home to call his own. A true mixed breed, Benny's parents were Chihuahua, Beagle, Pug mixes. Benny can be a bit bratty at times and will need a home with the time, resources, patience and sense of humor required to invest in raising a puppy. It will be mandatory for his new home to enroll him in positive, reward based puppy pre-school classes so that he be properly socialized with people and other dogs. A home with older kids may work for Benny, but puppies have razor sharp teeth and chew on everything, so a home with young kids would not be recommended. *Benny will need to be neutered before going home.* Benny is currently in a WHS foster home and is not at the WHS shelter. To submit and application for consideration, please download from our website, www.whatcomhumane.org and email to: foster@whatcomhumane.org. WOOF!
Baby, Male, Small
 . Marco .
 . Marco .  . Marco .  . Marco .  . Marco .
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Marco! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Exuberant, playful, go-go-go, people-oriented -Can Live with Kids: Would likely do okay with dog-savvy kiddos aged 12+ -Can Live with Cats: No, thank you! -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, as long as they're a good match. Marco was bullied by the other dog in his previous home. -Can do Apartment Living: Maybe with lots of exercise and mental stimulation! -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, basic obedience. -Leash Trained: Yes -Energy Level: Super duper high! 11/10! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, neuter. -Additional Information: This spring-loaded little dude is looking for a super active home that can keep up with his energy level! He will need lots of physical exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy. Marco is a silly young pup who would do well with continued training. Typical to his breed, Marco's energy is infinite and he really enjoys companionship with his humans.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Layla .
 . Layla .  . Layla .  . Layla .
  • Labrador Retriever, Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Layla! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sensitive and a little nervous, but super sweet and goofy once comfortable! Layla is also highly intelligent and active. -Can Live with Kids: Ages 12+, please -Can Live with Cats: Nope, they are way too much fun to chase! -Can Live with Dogs: Yes! I would really love another canine friend to hangout with! -Can do Apartment Living: No, I really need a home with a fenced yard. -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Depending on adopter experience -Leash Trained: Yes -Energy Level: High -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, spay -Additional Information: Layla is a sweet, affectionate young pup who would benefit from a regular routine with a patient family. She is eager to please but a little unsure how to trust. She can run like the wind and will need an active home that can take her along on their adventures!
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Fairy, Faroo, & Farrah .
 . Fairy, Faroo, & Farrah .  . Fairy, Faroo, & Farrah .  . Fairy, Faroo, & Farrah .
  • Ferret
  • Spayed/Neutered
Calling all you ferret people...meet Farrah, Fairy and Faroo - three wild and crazy sister ferrets looking for an awesome new home TOGETHER. The silly girls have two speeds - turbo charged and power nap! They are extremely curious and love to explore. Once they finally wear themselves out, they love to sleep in their groovy hammocks. They need a home experienced with ferrets than can provide them with a lifetime of love. The adoption fee for these lovely (and stinky) ferrets is $250 and includes an awesome 3 story deluxe enclosure. WHS adoption application and policies apply. Visit our Division Street shelter and meet these fabulous ferrets today. For more info, contact us at adoptions@whatcomhumane.org.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Potato .
 . Potato .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Potato! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, vocal, affectionate -Can Live with Cats: Maybe an older, calm cat -Can Live with Dogs: No -Can Live with Kids: No -Needs Indoor Only Home: Strongly recommended but not required -History of Litter Box Issues: Unknown -Energy Level: Low -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Bite History: No Additional Information: Potato is overweight and will need a low-calorie diet to get her back to where she needs to be! It can take her a while to get used to change - she might hide under your bed for a couple days - so she will need an owner who understands this and is patient with her.
Adult, Female, Small
 . O'rion .
 . O'rion .
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi my name is O'rion! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Playful, feisty, independent -Can Live with Cats: No -Can Live with Dogs: No -Can Live with Kids: No, adults only, please! -Needs Indoor Only Home: No -History of Litter Box Issues: Yes, ask staff for more information -Energy Level: High -Bite History: Yes, ask staff for more information -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No Additional Information: O'rion is a bit of a wild thing looking for a special home. His adopters should be well-versed in feline body language and able to spot when he is getting overstimulated and needs space. O'rion is a super cool dude who is just a little particular about his likes and dislikes. He'd make a great addition to a home who's looking for another roommate rather than a lapcat.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Custard .
 . Custard .  . Custard .
  • Domestic Long Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Custard! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy but Sweet, Playful when comfortable -Can Live with Cats: No other pets for me, please. -Can Live with Dogs: No other pets for me, please. -Can Live with Kids: No, I need a mellow, adult only home. No children under 16. -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Medium -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No, I'm already neutered! -Bite History: No Additional Information: Custard (AKA Meeko) has recently gone through a lot of change and is anxious in the shelter environment, but once he gets to know you, he's a secret purr machine and a pretty talented string chaser. He is looking for a mellow home environment where he can get comfortable and get lots of affection - he loves cheek scritches.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Walker .
 . Walker .  . Walker .  . Walker .  . Walker .  . Walker .
  • Treeing Walker Coonhound
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Walker! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Very goofy and full of energy -Can Live with Kids: Yes 16+ -Can Live with Cats: Maybe a confident one. No history with them though. -Can Live with Dogs:Yes, with an easy going tolerant one. -Can do Apartment Living: Not ideal, but with a lot of exercise possibly. -Potty Trained: Unknown -Bite History:No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, basic obedience -Leash Trained: Yes, but pulls -Energy Level: High -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, neuter -Additional Information:I am a very goofy hound that looooves to give kisses. As a hound I looove to howl so my new home needs to be aware and okay with that. I am still young and need to work on my manners a little bit, but have the potential to be the best dog ever!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Timber .
 . Timber .  . Timber .  . Timber .  . Timber .  . Timber .
  • Siberian Husky
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Timber! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: I am a very goofy husky that loves to be chased and play with toys. -Can Live with Kids: Yes 12+ -Can Live with Cats: No -Can Live with Dogs: Maybe with a calm tolerant one -Can do Apartment Living: No this girl is high energy and needs room to run! -Potty Trained: Unknown -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, Basic obedience -Leash Trained: Yes, but pulls strongly -Energy Level: High! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: I am a total husky a little goofy and kind of rude. I loooove to play and chase and be chased. I am very high energy and will go for ever and ever.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Mia .
 . Mia .  . Mia .  . Mia .  . Mia .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Mia! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Wildchild, super playful, treat-lover, people-oriented -Can Live with Kids: Yes, dog-savvy kids aged 12+ -Can Live with Cats: No cats or small animals, please! -Can Live with Dogs: Maybe if it's the perfect match! -Can do Apartment Living: No -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: No -Leash Trained: Yes -Energy Level: High! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, spay. -Additional Information: Mia is a high-energy girl who would do well with a dedicated family that can help her learn some manners and boundaries. She is a typical Lab who loves treats and sniffing her surroundings. She'd be a great adventure buddy and would love it she could be with her people more often than not.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Laika .
 . Laika .  . Laika .  . Laika .
  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Laika! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Energetic, Playful, Loving -Can Live with Kids: Yes, children over 12 years old that can handle a rough player -Can Live with Cats:Yes, cat savvy dogs. Laika has lived with cats in her previous home and did like to chase them. -Can Live with Dogs: No, Laika is very picky with her dog friends and has fought with other dogs before. -Can do Apartment Living: No, she is far to active. -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: Yes, please ask staff for more details. -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, due to her bite history and dog reactivity. -Leash Trained: Yes, but can pull a little strongly. -Energy Level: Very High -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: Laika is a young active girl ready for her next adventure in life. Laika is looking for a family that can keep up with her energy level and keep both physically and mentally active. Laika already knows sit, shake, and lay and is ready to learn more with her new family.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Pete .
 . Pete .  . Pete .
  • American
  • Spayed/Neutered
Hi, my name is Pete! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: A little shy at first but warms up easily -Can live with kids: Yes older ones that can respect my space -Experienced rabbit home: No, but research on rabbit care is highly suggested -Energy level: Medium -Can live with other rabbits: Yes after careful slow introductions -Litter box trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Additional information: I need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. My diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens every day.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Edward .
 . Edward .  . Edward .
  • Angora Rabbit, Satin
  • Spayed/Neutered
Hi, my name is Edward! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious, Active -Can live with kids: Yes, children over 12 years. -Experienced rabbit home: Not required but would be beneficial -Energy level: medium -Can live with other rabbits: No history but potentially with slow proper introductions. -Litter box trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Additional information: Edward is a curious active bunny ready for some TLC in his life. Edward would benefit from continued socialization. Edward was recently shaved due to the condition of his fur and once it all grows back will need regular grooming.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Chowder .
 . Chowder .  . Chowder .
  • American
  • Spayed/Neutered
Hi, my name is Chowder! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Outgoing, active, and goofy -Can live with kids: Yes, 12 and older. -Experienced rabbit home: No, would be a good first time rabbit -Energy level: Medium to high -Can live with other rabbits: Yes! He would love to be bonded to another bun! -Litter box trained: Working on it! Was a stray rabbit for several months -Bite History: No -Additional information: Doesn't like to be picked up much more comfortable on the ground. I need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. My diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens every day.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Bob .
 . Bob .  . Bob .
  • Angora Rabbit, Satin
  • Spayed/Neutered
Hi, my name is Bob! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Calm, Friendly -Can live with kids: Yes, children over 12 years -Experienced rabbit home: No -Energy level: Low -Can live with other rabbits: Possibly with slow proper introductions. -Litter box trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Additional information: Bob is an easy going friendly bunny. Bob has recently been shaved due to his fur having severe matting. Once his coat is back he will need regular grooming.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Callie .
 . Callie .  . Callie .  . Callie .
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi my name is Callie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet kitty who loves pets and quiet adventures -Can Live with Cats: No, she lived with a cat previously and they didn't get along -Can Live with Dogs: No, Callie is too timid and hasn't done well with dogs in the past -Can Live with Kids: Yes! 12 years and older please! -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes but not required. She is very nervous though and will need to be indoor only for at least 6 months. -History of Litter Box Issues: No. -Energy Level: Medium -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes a spay Additional Information: Callie is a little unsure about the world. She prefers to take things slow and just watch for awhile before she decides how she feels about the situation. She may take a little longer to adjust to her new home but once she does, she'll show you how much of a love bug she is! Callie isn't quite sure what toys are at the moment but hopefully with time she will learn how fun they can be!
Adult, Female, Small
 . Ben .
 . Ben .  . Ben .  . Ben .  . Ben .  . Ben .  . Ben .
  • Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Hi, my name is Ben! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Energetic, Friendly, Smart -Can Live with Kids: Yes - I can live with kids 12+ who have dog experience and are comfortable with rowdy play. -Can Live with Cats: No, I would do best in a cat-free home. -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, I may be able to live with a dog of similar size, temperament, and play style after proper intros. -Can do Apartment Living: Ideal home has a yard, but can live in an apartment with consistent daily exercise. -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes - Basic Obedience, a single private lesson. -Leash Trained: Yes, but I can pull. -Energy Level: High - Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: It's easy to be charmed by Ben's pretty eyes and wagging tail. He is a high energy dog and will need to go into an active family in order to be well-adjusted. Short daily walks won't cut it for this boy. In addition to being handsome, he is also smart! Ben knows several commands including "sit" and "shake" and is highly motivated to learn more.
Young, Male, Large
 . Mara .
 . Mara .  . Mara .  . Mara .  . Mara .
  • Domestic Medium Hair
Hi, my name is Mara! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Loving but on her own terms -Can Live with Cats: Maybe a laid back male -Can Live with Dogs: With a cat savvy dog -Can Live with Kids: Only ones that are 12 or older who can respect my boundaries -Needs Indoor Only Home: No -History of Litter Box Issues: Need to find a litter I like -Energy Level: Low -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Spay Additional Information: I am very sweet and love attention, but please do not touch my polydactyl feet or I might have to teach you the hard way. I will also need someone that will take care of my grooming needs as I suck at it, which might need to be done by a groomer or vet since I do not like to be brushed or have my nails trimmed.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Evie .
 . Evie .  . Evie .  . Evie .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Prefers home without dogs
Hi, my name is Evie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Very timid and scared at first but sweet -Can Live with Cats: Yes, a nice older brother or sister might get me out of my shell -Can Live with Dogs: No they are too loud and scary -Can Live with Kids: Only children older than 12 otherwise they are too loud and scary -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes, the outside world is too scary -History of Litter Box Issues: None -Energy Level: Low, love to sit and watch the world out the window -Bite History: None -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Spay Additional Information: I am really shy and scared at first and will cry to let you know about it. I warm up easily specially if you pet me under the chin and give me a big window to look out so I can do some bird watching. I need a quiet home that will give me time to get settled.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Shira .
 . Shira .  . Shira .
  • Beagle
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Hi, my name is Shira! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Easy-going, Playful -Can Live with Kids: Yes, has lived with children of varying ages in previous home. -Can Live with Cats: No, potential for prey drive since she has displayed some chasing behavior. -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, would do best with an easy going respectful dog -Can do Apartment Living:Yes, with plenty of daily exercise and the understanding that she has lived as an outdoor only dog and will need an adjustment period to get used to being indoor. -Potty Trained: No -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, due to breed. -Leash Trained: Yes -Energy Level: Medium -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, spay -Additional Information: Shira is a sweet gal ready to find her forever home. Shira has spent a majority of her time as an outdoor only dog and will need a patient family to help her transition to being a companion animal in a home. Shira loves to play tug of war and then curl up and cuddle.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Ramone .
 . Ramone .  . Ramone .  . Ramone .  . Ramone .
  • Curly Horse
  • Spayed/Neutered
Meet Ramone - a very handsome, approximately 8 years old Bashkir curly. Around 15hh, give or take, Ramone is sturdy, but not a real big guy. Ramone arrived at the WHS farm facility last spring, several hundred pounds underweight, filthy and in need of veterinary care. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our farm caretaker, farm volunteers and the equine veterinary team at Kulshan Veterinary Hospital, he is now healthy, happy and looking for a permanent, responsible and loving home to call his own. This gorgeous, sweet horse is smart, but he needs work. He has some trust issues, but comes around one he gets to know you. He has an overall mellow disposition when he is comfortable, but can be stubborn and will act like a sulky teenager when he has to do something he doesn't want to. He still needs some sedation for the farrier/vet but with time and patience, he should improve. We have no idea if he's been ridden or has had any training, but he is halter broke and knows how to lead. Ramone is social and likes to be around other horses, though he tends to be low horse in the pack. Did we mention he's gorgeous? To learn more about Ramone, please email our farm caretaker at: farm@whatcomhumane.org. YEEHAW!
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Pebbles .
 . Pebbles .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Special Needs
Hi, my name is Pebbles! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Bold, Inquisitive, Cuddly -Can Live with Cats: Yes -Can Live with Dogs: Yes -Can Live with Kids: Yes, of any age! -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Moderate, I like to explore and also lounge and play with toys -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, spay. Additional Information: Pebbles came in with some skin issues and will likely need some extra care for the rest of her life. Right now she is on a special diet to help with her itchiness. This sweet lady would make a wonderful family cat!
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Mars .
 . Mars .  . Mars .  . Mars .  . Mars .  . Mars .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without cats
Hi, my name is Mars! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Happy go lucky! -Can Live with Kids: Yes, 12 and older since he is a very "Paws-on" dog! -Can Live with Cats: Ideally no, but up to counselors discretion -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, he would love a playmate -Can do Apartment Living: Maybe, with plenty of physical and mental stimulation -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, Bully Breeds 101 -Leash Trained: Yes -Energy Level: High -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Nope! -Additional Information: This smiling boy is Mars and he is out of this world! Mars is looking for a loving, gentle home to cuddle up with for life! Ask the front desk for an application to get to know him and you won't regret it!
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Lilac .
 . Lilac .  . Lilac .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Lilac! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, Affectionate, Independent -Can Live with Cats: Prefers calm cats that won't bother her -Can Live with Dogs: Maybe a very easy going dog but she has been known to hide from dogs -Can Live with Kids: Yes, kids over 12 that understand she needs space -Needs Indoor Only Home: No, she had issues being indoor only -History of Litter Box Issues: Yes, due to being indoor only -Energy Level: Low -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No Additional Information: Lilac is a sweet girl that is looking for an easy going home. She prefers not to be held but loves to have her neck pet. Lilac would love a home with lots of scratching posts or trees otherwise she will happily use your couch.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Graham .
 . Graham .  . Graham .  . Graham .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Graham! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Very active, exuberant, goofy -Can Live with Kids: No. Needs an adult only home please -Can Live with Cats: No -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, would love an active playmate -Can do Apartment Living: No -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: Yes, Please ask staff for more details -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, a six week basic obedience course required -Leash Trained: Yes, but pulls strongly -Energy Level: High! - Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: Needs a super active home. Would make a wonderful adventure buddy who'd love to go on hikes or long jogs with you! Absolutely loves all toys!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Bear .
 . Bear .  . Bear .
  • Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi, my name is Bear! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: reserved at first but then affectionate. Has a high activity level and needs an active home. High prey drive is very high -Can Live with Kids: NO -Can Live with Cats: NO -Can Live with Dogs: yes -Can do Apartment Living: not recommended -Potty Trained: yes -Bite History: YES, please see an adoption counselor for more information about the bite and circumstances -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: socializing recommended. -Leash Trained: yes -Energy Level: high - Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: no -Additional Information: Bear under no circumstances can live with children under the age of 18 years old or be around children, he has an extensive history of being aggressive toward small children. Bear would be best suited in an active adult only home.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Snow .
 . Snow .
  • Californian
  • Spayed/Neutered
This outgoing bun is Snow and he would love to go home with you! He came in with his siblings after their mom was rescued. He isn't bonded to another bunny but would love a friend. He is a little bossy so a male or very calm female would be an ideal partner for him. Snow will need a roomy cage that is kept clean and daily time outside of his cage. Snow is a curious guy and loves to roam around and explore. Snow is looking for a home to give him lots of enrichment; he loves puzzles and chew toys and the occasional treat of carrots or strawberries. If you would like to spend some time getting to know him please fill out an application at customer service to meet with him.
Young, Male, Small
 . Adelina .
 . Adelina .  . Adelina .  . Adelina .  . Adelina .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hello my name is Adelina and I am looking for the hero to my sidekick! I love attention and to be reassured that I am a great sidekick but I also like to shine on my own and will need solo missions. I am a lover not a fighter but I am not afraid to let you know when to leave me be,before you blow my cover. I am a great investigator and will sniff things out for you to make sure there are no other cats or dogs in the area, they are my arch nemeses. Children under 12 make me nervous, there is something suspicious about them so I would prefer to not have any under my roof. With great whiskers come great responsibility, so if you are ready to take on the world with me for the next decade grab your cape! I will be taking applications at the front desk.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Rocky .
 . Rocky .  . Rocky .
  • Appaloosa, Morgan
  • Spayed/Neutered
Meet Rocky! This compact and chunky guy is a 30+ year old Appaloosa/Morgan, who has such an easy going and charming attitude. Rocky was a trail horse in his heyday, but now prefers to hang out with his buddies and graze the day away. He can be a little stubborn but he handles easily. Rocky loves the company of mares but can be bossy with geldings. He has lived as a solo horse (with a few llama friends) in the past. He could use a refresher on ground manners but is a total gentleman for the farrier and vet. Rocky does have some arthritis, and has a daily pain management medication, but is otherwise 100% healthy and happy. If you are looking for an insanely adorable, brush loving, snuggle seeking, solid as a rock companion, Rocky is your guy!
Senior, Male, Large
 . Sassafras .
 . Sassafras .  . Sassafras .  . Sassafras .
  • Thoroughbred
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Sassafras is a super relaxed and affectionate 17 year old Thoroughbred cross. This mellow and adorable girl is broke to ride, loves to be brushed, kissed and cuddled. She prefers to be with other horses and will definitely soak up all of the attention she can get from her human friends. Sassafras is a loving girl who is easy to handle. She even likes to lick people sometimes! Sass came to us in very poor condition and while she has put on some weight, she still has some to gain. She is currently very weak on her hind end due to muscle loss and is on a daily medication for pain management. However, once she gains the appropriate amount of weight and muscle, she will no longer need the medication. If you are looking for a mellow snuggle buddy, Sassafras is your girl!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Beau .
 . Beau .  . Beau .  . Beau .
  • Standardbred
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Beau, aka Beau Cam Rock (Prior Names: Excuse My Card, Cam’s Card Shark, Another Excuse and No Nukes) is a 20 year old branded and gelded Standardbred off track pacer buggy racer. He was foaled on 5/07/1999. He is considered a gaited horse and had a lucrative racing career before being retired. Beau loves other horses, trailers amazingly well, is not spooky (unless in the arena where he thinks its race time and gets anxious but not scary), good with children to brush and pet him, cats and dogs and stands for the farrier. Never gave rear, buck or bite. He appears to be bombproof when it comes to loud noises too - probably from many years spent at the track. He's loving and really enjoys carrots and apples. He’s easy to catch and loves to have as much turnout time as possible. He is a kind and gentle horse but in his heart, mind and body he is still a racehorse. Because he is a pacer the faster you let him go the smoother the ride becomes. On the trail he is compliant but not content to go slow and wants to be the lead horse. He will do best in an experienced home that has a job for him (something with speed), other horses preferably and a rider that is high level intermediate to advanced and not afraid to GO! He will also need to have someone who can work with him on his groundwork as far as standing still for mounting, flexing and lowering his head etc. If you have the time and experience for this lovely guy, please contact WHS!
Senior, Male, Large
 . Mice .
 . Mice .  . Mice .  . Mice .  . Mice .
  • Mouse
Both male and female mice available. All less than 6 months old. Call our Customer Service Team for more information at 360-733-2080 ex.3004
Young, Female, Small
 . Fred .
 . Fred .  . Fred .  . Fred .
  • Quarterhorse
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This handsome, charming, 24 year old registered Quarter Horse is Fred. Fred lived his glory days as a roping/rodeo champion, and has a spectacular history. Nowadays, Fred is living the retired life, enjoying treats (especially peppermint), the company of his friends and getting a ton of kisses and cuddles from his humans. Fred does really well with children and small animals. He loves mares and younger gelding, but can be very bossy towards older geldings. Fred is a gentle soul, with excellent ground manners and an incredibly sweet and friendly demeanor. Unfortunately, Fred does have advanced arthritis, therefore he cannot be ridden. But, with a daily pain management routine, he is kept on his feet! Fred would make an excellent companion, especially for a mare....he loves the ladies!
Senior, Male, Large
 . Wilma and Pebbles .
 . Wilma and Pebbles .  . Wilma and Pebbles .  . Wilma and Pebbles .
  • Chinchilla
Say hi to Wilma and Pebbles! These sweet little fluff balls are looking for a home to call their own. They are smart, inquisitive, active, vocal, loving animals and entertaining to watch. Chinchillas do require some specialized care so please do some research before taking one home. Chinchillas require dust baths; no water for their very special fur. Chinchilla's will also need a nice big enclosure so they can play and explore. They cannot have any paper bedding because they think it is a snack and will eat the paper and temperatures in excess of 72 degrees can be very detrimental to their health so a climate controlled environment is very important. Since they can live up to 20 years they will be long time companions. Although loving animals, they do require gentle and careful handling and for this reason they do best in a home with older respectful children. Chinchillas are vegetarians, have sensitive stomachs, and require specific foods to maintain their health. They are also animals that partake in coprophagy, meaning they eat their own feces. This practice is completely normal and necessary for them to get important nutrients. Hay provides the roughage your chinchilla needs and is a very important part of his daily diet. It also can aid in wearing his ever growing teeth. Timothy or Alfalfa hay is a good choice along with commercial pellet chinchilla food. If you would like to spend some time with them please head up to customer service for an application.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Tonto .
 . Tonto .  . Tonto .  . Tonto .
  • Thoroughbred
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Tonto is a fantastic 30+ thoroughbred gelding on the search for the perfect retirement home. Tonto was once the Everson parade horse, but he can no longer ride due to his sway back. He is a handsome old man who loves butt and neck scratches! He may have seniority and sometimes knows it, but, as soon as he knows he can't get away with calling the shots, he is a perfect, sweet and loving gentleman. This guy has a big personality and he's very smart. Tonto has a very striking look about him with one unique eye. He never complains about it being dinner time or time to come into the barn and loves to be groomed. He will stand perfectly for hours if someone is brushing him! He doesn't mind being alone, and is very loyal to his person. If you are interested in learning more about Tonto, please contact our farm caretaker at farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Senior, Male, Large
 . Baby .
 . Baby .  . Baby .  . Baby .
  • Quarterhorse
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Baby is a 12 year old Bay Quarter Horse searching for her forever home. Baby can be timid but she is never aggressive. She does need a home with the patience to move slowly around her - especially until she's comfortable. Singing to her often helps calm her down! As soon as she warms up, she is quite charming! Once she gets to know her person better, she definitely enjoys a good cuddle. Baby does great with all the horses, and all of the horses adore her as well. We are not sure if she is broke, she was a brood mare in her previous home. 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! If you are interested in adding Baby to your family, please contact farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Kiyomi .
 . Kiyomi .  . Kiyomi .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats
Hi my name is Kiyomi! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Loving, social, playful -Can Live with Cats: No prior experience, but probably ok with proper intro -Can Live with Dogs: Maybe a calm, quiet dog with proper intro -Can Live with Kids: Yes, mature, cat-savvy kids ok -Needs Indoor Only Home: Not necessarily, but gets nervous at sounds and commotion -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Medium -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No Additional Information: Kiyomi is pretty relaxed, but can get a bit nervous when things get too exciting. She's a loving cat who likes to cuddle and be near you. She can get playful sometimes, and likes feather wands and jingle balls especially. If you want to meet this sweet girl, head up to customer service to fill out an application.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Pete .
 . Pete .  . Pete .  . Pete .
  • Paint / Pinto
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Pete is a 1994 AQHA Chestnut Tobiano 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. Pete is an expressive boy who adores a snack of plums every now and then as well as the company of mares. Pete has been mainly kept out to pasture for the last few years, so he could use refreshers on his ground manners. He is sweet and friendly with people and other horses, and will come running from across the pasture when he sees you at the gate. If you are looking to add this handsome guy to your family, please contact farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Senior, Male, Large
 . 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 Amy Wilkinson, 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 Amy, 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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The Golden Girl

I thought I’d give you an update on how Goldie is doing.  She is a sweet dog and my girl’s love snuggling with her.  I know there was some concern about her getting along with my cat.  That has not been an issue at all.  Our cat actually rubs on Goldie and they get along great.  I’ve been working on socializing her and she’s made friends with a few dogs in the neighborhood.  The sad part is how she reacted towards some of my guy friends, leading me to think she has suffered some abuse in her past life.  She is getting past this thanks to my friends working with her.  She is still a bit anxious and when she is settled we want to come get her a playmate that can match her energy level.  Goldie is an intelligent dog and a welcome addition to our family.  Thanks for letting us have her!!

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.