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

Resources:
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

Resources:
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
Addy
AddyAddyAddy
  • Labrador Retriever, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Addy! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Goofy, exuberant,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Callie
Callie
  • Domestic Long Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Callie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Social, Affectionate... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Calvin
Calvin
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

Hi, my name is Calvin! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Active, curious,... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Cows
CowsCowsCowsCows
  • Cow

We currently have 5 wonderful calves/cows at our facility (4 females and 1 recently castrated male) looking for loving homes... View full description »

Baby, Female, Large
Death Metal Steve
Death Metal Steve
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs
Adult, Male, Medium
Fabio
Fabio
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed

Hi, my name is Fabio! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, active... View full description »

Baby, Male, Small
Fern
Fern
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Fern! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Observant, reserved,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Fonzi
Fonzi
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

Hi, my name is Fonzi! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy and... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Foster Kittens
Foster Kittens
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • 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:... View full description »

Baby, Female, Medium
Heather
Heather
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed

Hi, my name is Heather! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, Active,... View full description »

Young, Female, Small
Jazz
Jazz
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

Hi, my name is Jazz! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: -Can Live... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Kimchi
Kimchi
  • Hamster

Hi, my name is Kimchi! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious, Shy,... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Lucci
Lucci
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

Hi, my name is Lucci! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Affectionate, confident,... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Marcella
Marcella
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Marcella! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet and... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Marge & Maggie
Marge & Maggie
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed

Hi, we are Marge & Maggie! Here is what would work best for us in our home: -Personality: Shy, active... View full description »

Young, Female, Medium
Milk, Nancy, & Sid
Milk, Nancy, & Sid
  • Mouse

Hi, we are Milk, Nancy, & Sid! Here's what works best for us in our new home: -Personality: Shy, Curious,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
Millie and Miki
Millie and MikiMillie and Miki
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Millie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, timid,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Moe
Moe
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

Hi, my name is Moe! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy at... View full description »

Adult, Male, Large
Momma
MommaMommaMommaMomma
  • Mixed Breed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Momma! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Silly, spunky,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Pansy
Pansy
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed

Hi, my name is Pansy! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, curious,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
Peaches
Peaches
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

Hi, my name is Peaches! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious, confident,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Pepper
Pepper
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

Hi, my name is Pepper! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Zesty, active,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Pete
PetePetePete
  • 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.... View full description »

Senior, Male, Large
Poinsettia
Poinsettia
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Poinsettia! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, curious,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Popcorn
Popcorn
  • American, Mixed

Hi, my name is Popcorn! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Timid, Curious,... View full description »

Young, Female, Small
Quizzy & Sweetpea
Quizzy & Sweetpea
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Prefers home without small kids

Hi, we are Quizzy & Sweet Pea! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality:... View full description »

Young, Female, Medium
Sadie
Sadie
  • Plott Hound
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Sadie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, smart,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Santa's Little Helper
Santa's Little Helper
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Santa's Little Helper! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality:... View full description »

Baby, Female, Small
Snowball
Snowball
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed

Hi, my name is Snowball! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, active... View full description »

Young, Female, Small
Sophia
SophiaSophia
  • Domestic Medium Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Sophia! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet, but... View full description »

Senior, Female, Medium
Spencer and Reggie
Spencer and ReggieSpencer and Reggie
  • Rat

Hi, our names are Spencer and Reggie! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality:... View full description »

Adult, Male, Small
Stuart Little
Stuart Little
  • Mouse

Hi, my name is Stuart Little! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious,... View full description »

Young, Male, Small
Suki
SukiSukiSuki
  • Boxer, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Suki! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Goofy, playful,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Sylvie & Tilda
Sylvie & Tilda
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi, we are Sylvie & Tilda! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Sylvie... View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
Tequila
Tequila
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Tequila! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Very affectionate,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Theon and Snow
Theon and SnowTheon and Snow
  • Rat

Hi, our names are Theon and Snow! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality:... View full description »

Adult, Male, Small
Titan
TitanTitanTitanTitan
  • Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Titan! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Goofy, playful,... View full description »

Adult, Male, Large
Tonto
TontoTontoTonto
  • 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... View full description »

Senior, Male, Large
Totem and Idol
Totem and IdolTotem and Idol
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Totem! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy/nervous but... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Turbo
TurboTurboTurbo
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Turbo! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Super duper... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Verbena
Verbena
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Verbena! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Very timid,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Wilbur & Oscar
Wilbur & Oscar
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed

Hi, we are Oscar & Wilbur!! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Shy... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Yanni
Yanni
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Yanni! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, active... View full description »

Baby, Male, Small
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Rylee (Bella)

Hello!  My name is Allison and I adopted my dog Rylee (formerly Bella) as a puppy from Whatcom Humane 4 years ago. My sweet girl is FULL of sass and energy!  I work at a dog daycare, so Rylee gets to come to work with me and play with all of her friends (she’s got a soft spot for huskies).  On weekends she enjoys hiking and going to the beach. She LOVES the water and snow, and would swim all day if I let her! Rylee is incredibly smart and loves learning new tricks, our favorites are “spin”, “crawl”, and “find it!”.  On our more relaxing days, Rylee likes to lay in bed and snuggle, or sunbathe in the yard while we garden.  Anyways, thank you again for everything you all do!  Rylee and I appreciate every one of you.

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.