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.

Looking for more cats? We have partnered with NEKO, a Cat Cafe. Check it out here!

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.

Watch our live Cat Cam!

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.

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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 & 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
Franz
Franz
  • Mixed Breed, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Young, Male, Large
Ali
Ali
  • Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd Dog, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Skye Pilot
Skye PilotSkye Pilot
  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Skye Pilot! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: People-oriented,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

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

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

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

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Jack Daniels
Jack DanielsJack Daniels
  • Coonhound, Bloodhound, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Extra Large
Ashley
Ashley
  • Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, 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 Ashley! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet goofball... View full description »

Senior, Female, Large
Yoda
YodaYodaYodaYoda
  • Dachshund, Jack Russell Terrier, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Male, Small
Betty Bananas
Betty BananasBetty Bananas
  • Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Female, Small
Clea
Clea
  • Domestic Medium Hair, Mixed

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Veera
VeeraVeeraVeeraVeera
  • Siberian Husky, Mixed
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Female, Large
Teddy
TeddyTeddyTeddy
  • Domestic Long Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Male, Large
Noah
Noah
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Large
Kuwabara
KuwabaraKuwabara
  • Python

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

Young, Unknown, Medium
Rosy
Rosy
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

-Personality: Playful, affectionate, rowdy, people-oriented, excitable -Can Live with Kids: Rosy is a rambunctious lady who doesn't know her own... View full description »

Young, Female, Medium
Posie
Posie
  • Lionhead, Netherland Dwarf, Mixed
  • Housebroken

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Ty
TyTyTy
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Senior, Male, Extra Large
Talia
Talia
  • American, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Mojo & Brayden
Mojo & BraydenMojo & BraydenMojo & BraydenMojo & BraydenMojo & BraydenMojo & Brayden
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

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

Senior, Male, Extra Large
Anders
Anders
  • German Shepherd Dog, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Large
Thor
ThorThor
  • Boxer, Retriever, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Large
Robin
Robin
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Tonka
TonkaTonka
  • Catahoula Leopard Dog, Mixed
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Female, Large
Gusano
Gusano
  • Shepherd, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Large
Stella
StellaStellaStella
  • Pit Bull Terrier, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Female, Large
Tatyana
Tatyana
  • Box
  • Prefers home without small kids

Hi my name is Tatyana! Here is a little information about me and what would work best for me in... View full description »

Young, Female, Small
Tart & Amara
Tart & AmaraTart & Amara
  • Parakeet (Other)
  • Prefers home without cats

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

Adult, Female, Small
Apollo
ApolloApolloApolloApolloApollo
  • Pit Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, 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 Apollo! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Big, loveable,... View full description »

Young, Male, Large
Rhubarb
Rhubarb
  • Flemish Giant
  • Spayed/Neutered

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

Adult, Female, Large
Twynkle
Twynkle
  • Dwarf Hamster

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

Adult, Male, Small
Glimmer
Glimmer
  • Dwarf Hamster
  • Prefers home without small kids

-Personality: Curious, Shy -Can live with kids: 12+ only -Experienced hamster home: Yes -Energy level: Medium -Bite History: No -Additional... View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
Otis
OtisOtisOtisOtis
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Large
Shadow
ShadowShadow
  • Arabian, Thoroughbred, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered

Meet Shadow, our spunky 22 year old Arabian/Thoroughbred cross! This handsome boy stands at about 15.1hh and is working on... View full description »

Adult, Male, Large
Mochi & Jellybean
Mochi & JellybeanMochi & JellybeanMochi & JellybeanMochi & JellybeanMochi & JellybeanMochi & Jellybean
  • Holland Lop, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kids

Meet Mochi and Jellybean! Here is some information about us and what would work best for us in our new... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Danger Mouse & Stuart Little
Danger Mouse & Stuart Little
  • Mouse

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

Young, Male, Small
Ralph S. Mouse
Ralph S. Mouse
  • Mouse

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

Young, Male, Small
Jonathan Frisby
Jonathan Frisby
  • Mouse

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

Young, Male, Small
Mia
MiaMiaMia
  • Hound, Pit Bull Terrier, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Young, Female, Large
Zeus
ZeusZeusZeus
  • New Zealand, Mixed
  • Housebroken

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Graham
GrahamGrahamGrahamGrahamGraham
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Large
Rocky
RockyRocky
  • Appaloosa, Morgan, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered

Meet Rocky! This compact and chunky guy is a 30+ year old Appaloosa/Morgan, who has such an easy going and... View full description »

Senior, Male, Large
Fred
FredFredFred
  • Quarterhorse
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

This handsome, charming, 24 year old registered Quarter Horse is Fred. Fred lived his glory days as a roping/rodeo champion,... View full description »

Senior, 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
Josie
JosieJosie
  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi my name is Josie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Smart, playful,... 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
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
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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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