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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If you are interested in adopting a cat from NEKO, please read through our detailed NEKO Cat Adoption  Information Sheet first.  Please call our Customer Service department with questions at 360-733-2080 during WHS business hours.

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Adoption Application & Cat Adoption Fees
Kittens (under 6 months of age): $125.00

Two Kittens (under 6 months) Adopted Same Day: $220.00

Young Adult Cats (6 months – 2 years):  $100.00

Adult Cats (2 years – 8 years):  $75.00

Senior Cats & Special Needs Cats:  $30.00

Hero Cats“:  $125.00 – TBA

Hero Cats” are identified by WHS staff and may have a higher adoption fee.  These “hero cats” may be purebred, popular breeds or highly sought after for a variety of reasons.  These cats are considered “heroes” because the higher adoption fee associated with these special felines help support ongoing animal care and veterinary programs in our domestic animal shelter.
 

 
Resources:
Adoption Application & Dog Adoption Fees

Puppies (under 6 months of age):  $250.00

Young Adult Dogs (6 months – 2 years): $200.00

Adult Dogs (2 years – 8 years): $150.00

Senior Dogs & Special Needs Dogs:  $85.00

“Hero Dogs”:  $250.00 – TBA

Hero Dogs” are identified by WHS staff and may have a higher adoption fee.  These “hero dogs” may be purebred, popular mixed breeds or highly sought after for a variety of reasons.  These dogs are considered “heroes” because the higher adoption fees associated with these special dogs help support ongoing animal care and veterinary programs in our domestic animal shelter.

Resources:
Adoption Application & Rabbit Adoption Fees
Adoption Application & Other Animal Adoption Fees

Prices vary depending on the size and species of animal.  Please contact WHS Customer Service for more information.

Adoption Application & Horse Adoption Fees
Adoption fees vary based on the animal. Please contact us directly regarding horse adoptions.

 

Adoption Application & 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
 Dizzy
Description: Hi, my name is Dizzy! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Very curious,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Beagle (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
Not good with dogs.
 Luffa
Description: Hi, my name is Luffa! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Nervous at... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Good with children.
 Samoa & S’Mores
Description: Hi, we are Samoa & S’Mores! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Timid,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Do-Si-Doe & Toffee
Description: Hi, we are Do-Si-Doe & Toffee! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Timid,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Finn
Description: Hi, my name is Finn! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, gentle,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Rat (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Cuddles & Puddles
Description: Hi, we are Cuddles & Puddles! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Shy,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Simon
Description: Hi, my name is Simon! Here is what Simon says would work best for me in my new home: -Personality:... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Fatty Chatty
Description: Hi, my name is Fatty Chatty! Here is what he says would work best for him in my new home:... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Rhubarb
Description: Hi, my name is Rhubarb! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious, sweet,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Extra Large
Breed:
Flemish Giant (primary)
Additional:
Not good with children.
 Amara
Description: Hi, my name is Amara! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Chatty and... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Parakeet (Other) (primary)
Additional:
Good with children.
 Tart
Description: Hi, my name is Tart! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Chatty, goofy... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Parakeet (Other) (primary)
Additional:
Good with children.
 Baby
Description: Hi, my name is Baby! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, talkative,... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Cockatiel (primary)
Additional:
Good with children.
 Lavender
Description: Hi, my name is Lavender! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Spunky, playful... (more info)
  • Young
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Lilac (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been housetrained.
Not good with children.
 Soda Pop
Description: Hi, my name is Soda Pop! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Gentle,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Alaskan Malamute (primary), Mixed Breed (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
Good with dogs.
 Clyde
Description: Hi, my name is Clyde! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Energetic, curious,... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Long Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Good with cats.
 Stitch
Description: Hi, my name is Stitch! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Affectionate, talkative,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Good with children.
 Harold
Description: Hi, my name is Harold! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy and... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Medium Hair (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Good with cats.
 Bernie
Description: Hi, my name is Bernadette, but you can call me Bernie! Here is what would work best for me in... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Rhodesian Ridgeback (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
Good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Sephora
Description: Hi, my name is Sephora! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Timid at... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
 Aslan
Description: Hi, my name is Aslan! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality:Playful, happy-go-lucky, lots... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary), Mixed Breed (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been housetrained.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Lump
Description: Hi, my name is Lump! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Very shy,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Domestic Long Hair (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
 Wrigley
Description: Hi, my name is Wrigley! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Social, loving,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Long Hair (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Zena
Description: Hi, my name is Zena! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Affectionate, energetic... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
American Staffordshire Terrier (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Good with children.
Good with dogs.
 Theodore
Description: Hi, my name is Theo! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Goofy, gentle,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Retriever (primary), Mixed Breed (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
Good with dogs.
 Barry
Description: Hi, my name is Barry! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet, attentive,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Rottweiler (primary), Mixed Breed (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
Good with dogs.
 Luna
Description: Hi, my name is Luna! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Timid at... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
 Piper
Description: Hi, my name is Piper! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Gentle, sweet... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Retriever (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Apollo
Description: Hi my name is Apollo! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Big, loveable,... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary), Bullmastiff (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Hank
Description: Hi, my name is Hank! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Extremely shy... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Good with cats.
 Twynkle
Description: Hi, my name is Twynkle! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet and... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Dwarf Hamster (primary)
Additional:
 Glimmer
Description: Hi, my name is Glimmer! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet and... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Dwarf Hamster (primary)
Additional:
 Ellie
Description: Hi, my name is Ellie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Gentle, affectionate,... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Not good with cats.
 Nala
Description: Hi, my name is Nala! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, but... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Medium Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
 Otis
Description: Hi, my name is Otis! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Tennis Ball... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Mila
Description: Hi, my name is Mila! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Loveable goofball,... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Not good with children.
Good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Shadow
Description: Meet Shadow, our spunky 22 year old Arabian/Thoroughbred cross! This handsome boy stands at about 15.1hh and is working on... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Arabian (primary), Thoroughbred (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
 Mochi & Jellybean
Description: Meet Mochi and Jellybean! Here is some information about us and what would work best for us in our new... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Holland Lop (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Not good with children.
 Bella
Description: Hi, my name is Bella! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Friendly, Active,... (more info)
  • Baby
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary), Terrier (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
Good with dogs.
 Butter Cream & Ginger
Description: Hi, I'm Ginger and this is my daughter Butter Cream! Here is what would work best for us in our... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Not good with children.
 Danger Mouse & Stuart Little
Description: Hi, my name is Danger Mouse! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious,... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Mouse (primary)
Additional:
Good with children.
 Ralph S. Mouse
Description: Hi, my name is Ralph S. Mouse! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality:... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Mouse (primary)
Additional:
Good with children.
 Jonathan Frisby
Description: Hi, my name is Johnathan Frisby! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious,... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Mouse (primary)
Additional:
Good with children.
 Mars & Mercury
Description: Hi, we are Mercury & Mars! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Timid,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary)
Additional:
 Ramsey
Description: Hi, my name is Ramsey! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Whirlwind of... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Mixed Breed (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Thomas
Description: i, my name is Thomas! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Friendly, playful,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
German Shepherd Dog (primary), Labrador Retriever (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Good with dogs.
Good with cats.
 Mia
Description: Hi, my name is Mia! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Reserved, but... (more info)
  • Young
  • Female
  • Large
Breed:
Hound (primary), Pit Bull Terrier (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Not good with children.
Not good with cats.
 Zeus
Description: Hi, my name is Zeus! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Outgoing, goofy,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
New Zealand (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
 Illinois, Miep, & Clover
Description: Hi, our names are Illinois (harlequin), Clover (white), and Miep (copper)! Here is what would work best for us in... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Luru
Description: Hi, my name is Luru! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Active, alert,... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Siberian Husky (primary), Pit Bull Terrier (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with cats.
 Billy
Description: Sir William - aka "Billy" - is a large and-in-charge 5 - 8 year old goat. Just like his size,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Alpine (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.

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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.

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