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.
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
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
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.
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
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!!
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.
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.