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
Beck
Beck
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Beck! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet, gentle, mellow -Can Live with Kids: Yes, any age -Can Live with Cats: No. Beck was very fixated on the resident cat in his last residence and would do best in a cat-free home. -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, Beck has lived with a dog in his previous home. -Can do Apartment Living: Yes! -Potty Trained: Appears to be -Bite History: None -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, 1 private lesson -Energy Level: Medium -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, neuter -Additional Information: This velvet hippo would love to snuggle his way into your home! Beck is a very calm, gentle dog who will mesh well with most households. Beck has some skin sensitives - as most Pitbull's do, and will need a special diet and possibly medicated baths to keep him comfortable as he can get very itchy! We recommended asking your vet for more information to help with these issues.

Adult, Male, Large
Bonnie
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  • Quarterhorse

Bonnie is a beautiful mare in her mid twenties. (Unsure of breed.) She is very young for her age though, she has tons of energy! She can be ridden, has been well trained in the past, but has just been out in a field for the past 5 years or so, so she'll need a refresher. She is a beautiful mover, but will need an experienced handler/rider. She is high strung, is absolutely alpha in the herd, and becomes attached to other horses easily, so she needs a home with other horses. She is very sweet though, and wants to please. Definitely has the red mare attitude haha. She has had some major dental work in the past, and will need to see a dentist every six months or so. If you are interested in adding Bonnie to your family, please contact farm@whatcomhumane.org.

Adult, Female, Large
Bowtie
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  • Shepherd, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Bowtie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Unsure/a little anxious, energetic, goofy, playful -Can Live with Kids: No thanks! -Can Live with Cats: We have observed some prey-driven behaviors from Bowtie at the shelter, and at this time are recommending he go to a home with NO cats or other small animals. -Can Live with Dogs: No dogs please! I prefer to be an only child. Speak with an adoption counselor about Bowtie's history with dogs. -Can do Apartment Living: No thanks! I am vocal and may have a bit of separation anxiety. -Potty Trained: It appears so! -Bite History: Yes - ask staff for more details -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, one private lesson -Energy Level: Medium -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: Bowtie came to us as a stray and the shelter environment is not his favorite place to be. He's a little anxious/skittish and will need a dog-experienced owner who is willing to work with him on these issues. He will need consistent positive reward based training to help him gain confidence and bond with his new person/family! We think Bowtie would do best in a home with a fenced yard (he came to us as a stray, after all!) where he can play fetch and be silly! He's super playful but hasn't really figured out how to use his legs yet - his new owners will definitely be entertained by how clumsy and floppy he is! Bowtie has not had an easy start to life, so he needs a person or family who can commit to a successful future with him for the long haul! If you're interested in meeting with Bowtie, the first step is filling out an adoption application. Once that is complete you can come into the shelter for an introduction.

Adult, Male, Large
Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown
  • Mixed Breed, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

Hi, my name is Charlie Brown! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Easily excitable, food motivated, attention seeking, trouble maker -Can Live with Kids: Yes, we are recommended sturdy kids 12 and older, as Charlie can be jumpy and mouthy when he gets excited. Charlie also has a history of being fearful and would benefit from kids who can read dog body language. -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history. Charlie would likely be a lot for a cat. Cats in his new home will need to be confident and the introduction will have to be slow and supervised. -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, Charlie is rude and will be a lot for most dogs, he will need a match that is tolerant of puppy behavior. No senior or small dogs, introduction done here at WHS. -Can do Apartment Living: Ideally no. We are unsure if Charlie has lived in a home before and may become destructive when left alone. Charlie has also not been socialized much and a busy apartment complex or downtown living would be too much for him. -Potty Trained: Likely not. Will need a consistent potty routine in new home. -Bite History: None -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, basic obedience. -Energy Level: HIGH!! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a neuter and MC -Additional Information: Charlie Brown came into WHS as a frighten, thin, under socialized stray young pup and has since become a lovable ball of energy. Charlie is insanely motivated by food and will do anything to get to it, whether that be by commands or taking matters into his own paws and getting it off the counter himself! Charlie is always on the move and will need lots of physical and mental stimulation - including stuffed kongs, puzzle feeders, snuffle matts and more to keep him from getting into trouble in his new home. Charlie will thrive in a home that is willing to invest in his future and really keep consistent with training and exercise. If Charlie sounds like the dog for you, please see customer service for an adoption application.

Baby, Male, Medium
Chico
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  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Chico! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Goofball, loving, playful, a little anxious. -Can Live with Kids: Yes, sturdy, dog-experienced kids aged 12+, pending an introduction at the shelter. -Can Live with Cats: No - history of chasing cats and small animals. -Can Live with Dogs: Chico was surrendered for not getting along with the small dog in the home. Another tolerant dog of similar size might be workable but would want to seek assistance from a trainer on integration. Chico's ideal living situation is one where he is the only dog. -Can do Apartment Living: Ideally no - small spaces (hallways, elevators) with lots of strangers may not be the best fit for him. -Potty Trained: Appears to be! -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, at least one private lesson. -Energy Level: Medium. Chico is able to accompany you on your adventures (jogs, hikes, walks around the block), but also totally happy chillin' with you on the couch. -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: Chico is a bit of an anxious boy who's on the lookout for his forever snuggle buddy. Chico has been very fearful at the shelter, especially being surrounded by other dogs, but he's warming up every day and showing us a little more of who he really is. Chico is a goofy, playful boy who loves to romp around with his toys. He would love to be the little spoon and thinks himself a lapdog. Chico would love a home with a steady, predictable routine with home-body adopters who enjoy relaxing around the house or playing fetch in the backyard.

Adult, Male, Large
Criss Cross
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  • Retriever, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

**CURRENTLY IN A FOSTER HOME - Submit an application and contact WHS to set up a meeting** Hi, my name is Criss Cross! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Affectionate, patient, gentle giant, BIG cuddler, social butterfly, curious explorer, adventure buddy -Can Live with Kids: Criss Cross has done very well with children of all ages in his foster home. Kids should be familiar with dogs however, as CC is a very big boy! -Can Live with Cats: No- Criss Cross has a very high prey drive and likes to chase all things that run. He needs a cat-free/small-animal free home! -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, pending an initial intro here at the shelter and a prolonged intro process in the home. Would not do well with rude or rough/rowdy dogs - potential canine companions will need to be MELLOW, TOLERANT, and capable of peacefully coexisting. -Can do Apartment Living: No, this large and in charge boy needs lots of space. He can be quite vocal when left alone and likely has some separation anxiety. -Potty Trained: 100%! -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Depending on adopter experience, he may be required to sign up for one private lesson. -Energy Level: Medium -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: Criss Cross is a gentle giant who's looking for his forever person! This big boy loves to snuggle and cuddle, and he's almost certainly a total bed hog (he particularly loves early bed times and sleeping in). He's a social butterfly and gets rather lonely when his people leave. He would really like a family who can be around home with him often or can take him with them on outings and adventures. Criss is definitely an active boy who likes his runs, walks, and playtime. He's a goofy dog who loves squeaky toys and lights up with big crossed eyes when he gets treats he REALLY likes. Criss Cross walks well on a leash the majority of the time, but is *very* strong and can pull pretty hard when he's interested in something. However, he's made consistent improvement on his leash skills in his foster home with positive reinforcement. If you think this big loaf of love sounds like your perfect match, submit an application to come in and meet him!

Adult, Male, Extra Large
Crystal
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  • Domestic Long Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsSpecial Needs

Hi, my name is Crystal! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Independent, Affectionate, Opinionated -Can Live with Cats: No, thanks! Crystal would prefer to be the only cat in the home. -Can Live with Dogs: Preferably, no. Crystal has co-existed with a dog at one point in her life, but this senior lady would do best as an only child. -Can Live with Kids: No. Crystal has shown a high potential for over stimulation and should go to an adult only, cat experienced home. -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes, she is a senior and has not been outside her whole life. -History of Litter Box Issues: Crystal uses her litter box consistently here at WHS, but there are periodic, just-outside-the-box accidents. -Energy Level: Medium -Bite History: No, but Crystal can be easily over stimulated and will use her teeth to communicate when she's over threshold -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Nope, but she will require ongoing senior and dental care! Additional Information: Crystal is a Golden Girl with some big opinions. When she's comfortable with you she can be a playful, affectionate, talkative kitty. But it might take her some time to warm up, and she has shown a high potential for over stimulation here at WHS. Crystal will need an adult only, cat experienced home who can read her body language and give her space when she wants it and love when she requests it. She is likely to repay your patience with loyalty and a strong bond with her chosen people. Crystal will require an adopter who can continue to invest in appropriate vet care for a senior girl with a history of dental disease. If Crystal sounds like a possible match for your home, please submit an application to set up an introduction!

Senior, Female, Medium
Dumptruck and Bulldozer
Dumptruck and Bulldozer
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

Hi, my name is Bulldozer and this is my brother, Dumptruck! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: A little shy, gentle, observant, playful, affectionate -Can Live with Cats: Due to history of spraying, Dumptruck and Bulldozer would prefer to be the only cats in the home. -Can Live with Dogs: Unknown history, will need slow, supervised intro. -Can Live with Kids: Yes- any age. Dumptruck and Bulldozer did well with the kids in their previous home. -Needs Indoor Only Home: Encouraged if possible but not required. -History of Litter Box Issues: Yes- previous owner states both of them were spraying in the home. They have used their litter box consistently while at the shelter and there have been no notes of them spraying. -Energy Level: High -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes- neuter/MC Additional Information: Dumptruck and Bulldozer are two fun loving kitties who would love to find a home together! Dumptruck is the more outgoing of the two, and loves to race around the room and roll in catnip. Bulldozer is a little more shy, and prefers to relax on the couch with his person rather than cause general chaos like his brother. Dumptruck and Bulldozer were surrendered to the shelter for spraying in their previous home. Exact details are unknown, but they have been using their litter box consistently while at the shelter, and we expect the spraying behavior to decrease and eventually stop altogether, especially once they are neutered. These boys seem very bonded and would strongly prefer to be adopted as a pair! If you've got room in your heart and home for this duo, fill out an application to come in and meet them.

Young, Male, Medium
Fluffer Nutter
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  • Husky, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Fluffer Nutter! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: HIGH ENERGY/ACTIVE, playful, a bit mischievous, adventure buddy -Can Live with Kids: Due to handling sensitivities, I can only live with teens ages 16+ -Can Live with Cats: No - due to the potential for high prey drive -Can Live with Dogs: Could potentially live with another rough/rowdy player who is tolerant of my rude behavior pending an initial introduction here at the shelter. I would not be a good match for any dogs who are dog-selective or cannot handle rude/rough play. No small dogs. -Can do Apartment Living: Absolutely not, I was likely an outdoor-only dog in my previous home and would NOT do well in apartments, condos, or trailers. Would do best in a home with acreage and a large fenced yard. -Potty Trained: Unknown -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, one to three private lessons depending on adopter experience -Energy Level: VERY VERY HIGH!!!! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a neuter / MC Additional Information: Fluffer Nutter is an active dog looking for an active person/family to match his energy level! This floofy guy will need LOTS of physical exercise as well as mental stimulation, or else it's pretty likely that he will channel all that energy into something destructive. Fluffer Nutter came to us as a stray, but it appears he was likely an outdoor-only dog in his previous home. It's pretty clear Fluffer Nutter hasn't had much training and was probably left to his own devices prior to his arrival here at the shelter. He will need to go into a home with owners who are patient and willing to be consistent with positive reinforcement based training. Luckily he's a smart boy, which will hopefully be beneficial during training. We do not recommend adopting Fluffer Nutter if you work long hours and won't be home for most of the day - he has far too much energy and will need more interaction/activity than the average dog. If you'd like to make this sweet boy your new adventure buddy, the first step is filling out an adoption application.

Young, Male, Large
Grizzly
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  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Grizzly! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Smart, attentive, playful, a little anxious -Can Live with Kids: Gentle, respectful, dog-experienced teenagers would be okay. At this time, we're recommending no kids under 14 yrs old. -Can Live with Cats: Grizzly's previous owner said he chased the cats in the home, and would do best in a feline-free household. -Can Live with Dogs: No, though he enjoys the company of his people, Grizzly needs to be the only pup in his new home due to his prior history with other dogs. Grizzly is not going to be a dog park candidate, or a dog that can go to breweries, etc, but is a match for families looking for a dog to hang out at home. -Can do Apartment Living: No, tight spaces with lots of neighbors would not be a good match for this guy. He's used to having 2 fenced acres to explore and would love a similar setting in his new home! -Potty Trained: Appears to be! -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, one private lesson -Energy Level: Medium/high -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes-- neuter/microchip -Additional Information: Grizzly is an intelligent, active dog who's very attentive and eager to please. He loves playing with his toys and will happily retrieve/release a tennis ball all day long! Grizzly lived with 3 other dogs in his previous home, and had a few altercations with one of them which resulted in some veterinary care. Although we have not observed any dog/dog aggression during his time at WHS, this prior history should be noted and extra caution should be used if Grizzly is ever in the presence of other dogs. German Shepherds are super smart and Grizzly is no exception-- he would excel with continued training! Grizzly will be a wonderful companion to the right person for many years to come. If you think that could be you, fill out an application to come in and meet him!

Adult, Male, Large
Jasper
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  • Labrador Retriever, Rough Collie, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Jasper! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Smart, active, easily overstimulated and playful -Can Live with Kids: No - has lived with kids in the past and did not do well. -Can Live with Cats: No, Jasper would likely be too much for a cat. -Can Live with Dogs: No - at this time we are recommending Jasper be the only dog in the home -Can do Apartment Living: Yes, however his ideal home would be a house with a yard. If living in an apartment it would have to be low traffic, and his people couldn't leave him alone for long periods of time daily. -Potty Trained: Appears to be -Bite History: Yes - ask staff for more details. -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, 3 private lessons. -Energy Level: HIGH -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No Additional Information: Jasper is a very smart, high energy dog who needs a dedicated, experienced adopter who can provide him with a regular routine and continued training. Jasper gets overstimulated and nippy easily and has a history of resource guarding. For this reason, Jasper needs to go into an adult-only home. Jasper has a low threshold for handling and can quickly escalate to growling, so he needs an experienced dog owner who can read his cues. He is not a dog who can go to breweries, street markets and anyone who lives in a busy area like downtown would likely not be a good match. Jasper is eager to learn and just needs to right person to be patient and work on his issues with a positive reward based system. If you are interested in meeting Jasper, please submit a dog adoption application for review.

Young, Male, Large
Jazzy
Jazzy
  • Pit Bull Terrier, Mixed
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Jazzy! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Bouncy, playful, EXUBERANT, rowdy -Can Live with Kids: No, this "ruff around the edges" girl is going to need an experienced, adult-only home. -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history, will need very slow, supervised introduction for safety. Jazzy is high energy, curious, and still very puppy-like, and may easily overwhelm shy kitties. A confident cat who will stand up to her rather than run would likely be best. -Can Live with Dogs: At this time, we are recommending Jazzy be an "only child" however she did come in with another dog and may be able to live with another neutral dog. Will need to do introduction at shelter. Staff will continue to evaluate her behavior with other dogs through playgroup. Jazzy would not do well at a dog park as she can get very easily overstimulated. -Can do Apartment Living: Possibly, as long as she's given PLENTY of exercise and mental stimulation. We'd really love to see Jazzy go to a home with a large fenced yard to play in, but this is not a requirement. -Potty Trained: Appears to be! -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, a basic obedience course or 1 private lesson, based on adopter experience and at adoption counselor's discretion. -Energy Level: High! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes- spay/microchip -Additional Information: Jazzy is an action-packed pup who's on the lookout for her forever family! This energetic lady is very eager to learn, grow, and bond with her person. She's so excited to meet you that she sometimes forgets to use her manners! She's catching on quickly that the way to get the love and attention she craves is by keeping "all four on the floor", *NOT* by jumping up on the person she's trying to get it from. With continued training, Jazzy has a ton of potential to be an awesome pup for the right person. She would love a family with some prior dog experience, who is able to keep her under threshold and provide her with plenty of playtime, exercise, mental stimulation, and of course, SNUGGLES! Jazzy loves working on her food puzzles/treat feeders, and has the best wiggle butt when she's parading her toy around the room. If Jazzy sounds like a good fit for you, fill out an application to come in and meet her!

Adult, Female, Medium
Juniper & Snow
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  • American

Hi, our names are Juniper and Snow! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Curious, social, gentle -Can Live With Kids: Yes, but an adult must be our primary caregiver -Experienced Rabbit Home: Not required, but we strongly recommend doing plenty of research if we will be your first rabbits -Energy Level: Medium -Can Live With Other Rabbits: It is required that we be adopted as a pair! Introductions with any new rabbits will need to be slow and structured. -Litter Box Trained: Unknown -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a neuter Additional Information: Snow and Juniper will need a nice roomy cage/enclosure with daily exercise and socialization. Their diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens daily. Rabbits are social animals (much like cats and dogs) and would do best in homes with people who intend to interact with them daily. If you plan on putting them in a cage and leaving them there all day - these are not the pets for you! If you're interested in meeting this perfect pair to see if they're a good match for you, the first step is filling out an adoption application.

Young, Male, Small
Kittens!! (Informational Posting)
Kittens!! (Informational Posting)
  • Domestic Medium Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

During kitten season (approximately April through November) kittens under six months of age come and go so quickly we often do not have a chance to post them online! If you are wondering about the availability of kittens under six months old, please visit our facility Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5:30pm or Sunday & Monday Noon-4:30pm with no appointment necessary to walk through the available cat kennels. You are also welcome to contact our front desk at (360) 733-2080 ext 0. or email adoptions@whatcomhumane.org for information on the availability of kittens prior to your visit. Thank you!

Baby, Male, Small
Linus
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  • American Foxhound
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

Hi, my name is Linus! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Goofy, playful, curious, vocal -Can Live with Kids: Linus can be pretty rough/jumpy/mouthy, especially when excited, and could easily overwhelm small kids. We're recommending no kids under the age of 12. -Can Live with Cats: *Unknown history.* Foxhounds were bred to do just as their name suggests-- hunt foxes. While every dog should be treated as an individual regardless of breed, there is a potential for prey drive which may make Linus not well suited for homes with a cat. Please speak with an adoption counselor with any questions. -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, introduction done here at WHS. Ideally Linus would live with a tolerant dog who would not be intimidated by loud barking and quick, rude approaches. Linus would not be the best match for a social events or dog parks. -Can do Apartment Living: No, this active, VOCAL breed loves to sniff and explore, and is not a good match for apartment life. A home with a large fenced yard would be ideal! -Potty Trained: Appears to be! -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: No -Energy Level: High -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes-- neuter/microchip Additional Information: Linus is a fun-loving pup who's looking for his forever adventure buddy! This bouncy guy will need an active owner who can provide him with plenty of exercise, enrichment, and mental stimulation. A large fenced property to explore would make Linus a very happy dog!! Experience with the breed and all the fun that comes along with it would be ideal, although not required. Linus is very eager to learn new things, and catches on quickly (especially when you use yummy treats!) He still has a lot of puppy energy, and sometimes gets so excited that he forgets his manners. Linus and his friends at the shelter are working very hard at "all 4 on the floor", as well as various impulse control activities. With consistent training, Linus will continue to improve and blossom into an awesome lifelong companion for the right person! If you think that could be you, fill out an application to come on in and meet Linus!

Young, Male, Large
Mally
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  • Husky
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Mally! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Intelligent, independent, stubborn and very active -Can Live with Kids: Yes, 14 and older. -Can Live with Cats: No, Mally reportedly fought with cats in his previous home and injured a chicken so he would do best in a home without any small animals. -Can Live with Dogs: No, Mally is under socialized and will escalate interactions with other dogs into fights. -Can do Apartment Living: No. Mally is too high energy for an apartment and will need a house with a FENCED YARD. This is required due to the fact that Mally will not be able to go to a dog park and will need lots of space to get plenty of exercise. -Potty Trained: Appears to be -Bite History: None -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, one private lesson required. -Energy Level: HIGH!!! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a spay Additional Information: Mally was surrendered over to WHS when her owners had a change in lifestyle that prevented them from providing proper care for her. Mally is a very smart gal who can get anxious very easily - these traits will require a lot of mental and physical stimulation to keep Mally happy and healthy. Her new home will need to be very active, as being a working dog she has endless energy to burn. She would benefit from crate training and having someone home majority of the day, when left to her own devices she will get bored and may become destructive. Mally's new home will need to have dog experience as huskies do not make for good first dogs. Mally has a history of seizures, however she has not had an episode since May 2021. If Mally sounds like a good fit for your home and you meet all the requirements, please submit an application to the front desk for review.

Young, Female, Large
Maximus
Maximus
  • Mixed Breed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Maximus! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Intelligent, loyal, sweet -Can Live with Kids: Yes, sturdy, dog-savvy kids 16 and older who can understand dog body language. -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history. Will need slow and supervised introduction. -Can Live with Dogs: No. Max has a history of be protective of his owner around other dogs in the home. -Can do Apartment Living: No. Maximus has been destructive and vocal when left alone. -Potty Trained: Appears to be -Bite History: None -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, 1-3 private lessons depending on adopters experience with working dog breeds. -Energy Level: HIGH! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No Additional Information: Maximus came to the shelter after being in a few different homes in the last two years. Max needs a home that can commit and invest in his future. He will highly benefit from training and mental stimulation as he is a very intelligent dog who gets bored and stressed out easily when left alone. Maximus can be fearful at times, especially with strangers and around a lot of commotion, so a calm household without a lot of visitors would work best. Ideally Max would go to an active, dog-experienced family who is home for most of the day and has a fenced-in yard. If Maximus looks like the dog for your home please fill out an adoption application for review.

Young, Male, Large
Milo
MiloMiloMiloMilo
  • Mixed Breed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Milo! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Exuberant, food motivated, people-oriented -Can Live with Kids: Yes, sturdy kids 10+ and older pending an introduction here at the shelter - this puppy is jumpy and mouthy and will overwhelm smaller children. -Can Live with Cats: No. Milo has shown strong prey drive behaviors here at the shelter. -Can Live with Dogs: Pending further behavioral evaluation, Milo will need to be the only dog in the home. Ask staff for more information. -Can do Apartment Living: Milo is going to be a large dog and his ideal placement will have a home with a yard. Milo may be able to do apartment living with the right adopter, who can commit to providing him plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. -Potty Trained: Milo is a puppy and has been working on his housetraining. He'll need your help to learn where to potty. 🙂 -Bite History: None -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, a puppy obedience class. -Energy Level: High -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: Milo is a happy-go-lucky young looking for a responsible forever home. He has been through a lot in his short life, originally coming to WHS very sick and then being returned several months later when his adopter was displaced during the historic Whatcom county flooding of November 2021. Despite his size, Milo is still a juvenile dog and his future family will need to have the time and resources to invest in him to set him up with the skills he needs to succeed as a lifelong companion.

Baby, Male, Large
Peppercorn
PeppercornPeppercorn
  • American
  • Spayed/Neutered

Hi, my name is Peppercorn! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: A bit shy, food motivated, curious -Can Live With Kids: Yes, but an adult must be my primary caregiver -Experienced Rabbit Home: Not required, but we strongly recommend doing plenty of research if I will be your first rabbit -Energy Level: Medium -Can Live With Other Rabbits: Yes, We will need a slow and structured introduction process to ensure we get along. -Litter Box Trained: No -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a neuter/microchip -Additional Information: Peppercorn will need a nice roomy cage/enclosure with daily exercise and socialization. His diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens daily. He can also have the occasional treat (ie. rabbit-safe fruits, alfalfa and more). Rabbits are social creatures and do best in homes where they're considered part of the family. Peppercorn's ideal home will be one in which he is interacted with daily and is showered with lots of love! If you'd like to meet this bunny, the first step toward adoption is filling out an application!

Adult, Male, Medium
Pete and Tonto
Pete and TontoPete and TontoPete and TontoPete and TontoPete and TontoPete and Tonto
  • Paint / Pinto
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

Pete and Tonto are a bonded pair looking for a forever home together. They need a good retirement home together, preferably with a barn, as Tonto likes to be safe in his stall every night. Tonto is on a daily pain pill for his arthritis and has a hard time with hay, so he needs to be supplemented in the winter with a senior mash diet. 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. 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 Pete and Tonto, please contact our farm caretaker at farm@whatcomhumane.org.

Senior, Male, Large
Rick & Morty
Rick & MortyRick & Morty
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Rick and this is my brother Morty! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Food-motivated, curious, skittish -Can live with kids: Yes, I can be handled by respectful kids ages 5+, however an adult must be my primary caregiver. **We are not particularly used to handling yet and are not the best match as pets for younger kids.** -Can live with other Guinea Pigs: Yes I am required to go home with my Brother, Morty. We can also live with other male Guinea pigs with a proper introduction. -Bite History: None -Additional information: Ricky and Morty are a bit under-socialized and will need a patient home that can help them become comfortable being held. They need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise and handling. Their diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality guinea pig pellets, and fresh greens daily.

Young, Male, Small
Roomba
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  • Hound, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Roomba! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Loving, friendly, goofy -Can Live with Kids: Roomba can be a little jumpy/mouthy when excited and would do best with strong, sturdy kids 12+ who aren't afraid to get knocked over from time to time! -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history, but preferably no. Roomba showed a lot of interest in chickens, small animals, and cats on walks. He likely has a high prey drive. -Can Live with Dogs: Based on tests done at the shelter, it appears Roomba would prefer to be an only dog. He is not likely to be a good dog park candidate, either. -Can do Apartment Living: Yes, with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation -Potty Trained: Appears to be, although we can't say for sure. May need some assistance when adjusting to his new home. -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, 1 private lesson -Energy Level: Medium -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No, already neutered -Additional Information: Roomba is an affectionate dog who loves to lean against your legs and gaze lovingly into your eyes. He has a very sweet soul that shines through despite a lot of puppyish behavior in an adult dog's body! Roomba was surrendered to the shelter after ingesting something toxic -- he's a grazer and more than likely a counter surfer/garbage eater, so anything potentially hazardous to dogs should be kept out of reach from this curious guy! Roomba LOVES snacks and is eager to show off his tricks and learn some more. It seems like he might have some food sensitivities that result in his skin being a little flaky/itchy, and may need a special diet to keep him looking and feeling his best. If Roomba sounds like your type of pup, fill out an application to meet him today!

Young, Male, Large
Sheep
SheepSheepSheep
  • Sheep
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

We currently have 4 Jacob Sheep available for adoption. 3 females, Edith, Karen and Sophie and 1 castrated male Jake. These wonderful sheep are extremely under socialized, but are slowly learning to trust people. They are all up to date on vaccinations and in good health. With time and patience they will be wonderful companions for someone looking to invest in their future. Their new homes will need to provide them with a dry, draft-free outdoor enclosure or barn and a secure pasture where they can spend their days hanging out and living a life full of love and respect where they will be treated as valued companions. They would do best being adopted in pairs or all four together. The adoption fee for each is $50. For more information, contact our farm caretaker at: farm@whatcomhumane.org.

Adult, Female, Large
Sushi
Sushi
  • Rex, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

Hi, my name is Sushi! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Tolerant, curious, active, friendly -Can live with kids: Yes any age, however an adult MUST be my primary care giver to ensure I am being kept in appropriate conditions. -Energy level: Medium -Can live with other rabbits: Yes, bunnies do better in pairs and can live with another bunny after a proper introduction. Sushi is already neutered. -Litter box trained: Working on it! -Bite History: None -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No! Additional information: Sushi is a sweet, tolerant bunny looking for a compassionate home. He will need a nice roomy cage that is cleaned daily and will need out of cage time for exercise daily as well. When Sushi was returned to the shelter his fur was in pretty poor condition, he had urine scalding on his rear end and his tail was matted. This was due to his enclosure not being properly cleaned and had urine soaked fur which lead to hair loss and irritated skin. His new adopter will need to take Sushi into the vet to get a proper exam, treatment if needed and will also need to be vigilant about keeping his cage and fur clean so this does not happen again as it can be painful and uncomfortable. Sushi's diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens daily. If you are interested in meeting Sushi, please fill out a small animal adoption application.

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

Hi, my name is Vincent! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Social, curious, friendly, active -Can Live with Cats: Yes, after a proper introduction. I came in with Mya, but it is not required we be adopted together. -Can Live with Dogs: Likely yes, after a proper introduction -Can Live with Kids: Yes, kids of any age -Needs Indoor Only Home: Not required but encouraged! -History of Litter Box Issues: Unknown, but I have been using my box consistently while here at the shelter -Energy Level: Medium -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No Additional Information: Vincent is a confident kitty that will likely adjust well to most homes. He's an active boy who loves to play and explore. Vincent came in with Mya, but they do not appear to be particularly bonded. They can either be adopted together or adopted separately. If you'd like to meet Vincent to see if he's the cat for you, the first step is filling out an adoption application.

Adult, Male, Medium
Yuki & Momo
Yuki & MomoYuki & Momo
  • Lop Eared

Hi, my name is Momo and this is my sister Yuki! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious, active, social -Can live with kids: Yes, however they cannot be my primary caregiver -Experienced rabbit home: Not required, however we do recommend doing research on rabbits -Energy level: Medium -Can live with other rabbits: Yes, I would love to go home with my sister, we appear to be bonded. -Litter box trained: Not yet! -Bite History: None -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a spay and Microchip Additional information: I need a nice roomy cage with daily out of the cage exercise. My diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens daily. I would love a family that will treat me like I'm part of the family. I cannot go to a home that will keep me outside. If you are interested in meeting me or my sister, please fill out an adoption application to meet me!

Young, Female, 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.