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

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.

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

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.