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 can be submitted online or may be downloaded (Adobe Acrobat PDF files) below.

Working Cat Program

Are you interested in a working cat for your barn or warehouse?  Find out more details of our NEW program here!

Hours of Adoption Services

Animal adoption kennels
Tuesday thru Saturday noon – 5pm
(Dog adoption introductions by appointment only)

Closed To The Public
Sundays, Mondays, & Major Holidays

Bringing Home a New Pet?

It’s exciting when it’s finally time to bring home a new family member!  We want to ensure you are prepared with a list of basics your new pet will need in their new home.  If possible, please consider having these items ready before bringing your new pet home:

 

Looking to adopt?

Cat Adoption Application & Fees
Cat Adoption Application  
 
  • Kittens (under 6 months of age): $150.00
  • Two Kittens (under 6 months) Adopted Same Day: $250.00
  • Young Adult Cats (6 months – 4 years):  $125.00
  • Adult Cats (4 years – 8 years):  $75.00
  • Senior Cats (8+ years) & Special Needs Cats:  $30.00
  • Hero Cats“:  $150.00 – TBD

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:
Dog Adoption Application & Fees
  • Puppies (under 11 months of age):  $275.00
  • Young Adult Dogs (11 months – 4 years): $200.00
  • Adult Dogs (4 years – 8 years): $150.00
  • Senior Dogs (8+ years) & Special Needs Dogs:  $85.00
  • “Hero Dogs”:  $275.00 – TBD

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:
Small Furries Adoption Application & Fees

 

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

Bird Adoption Application & Fees

 

Prices vary for adopting birds. Please check with shelter staff for details.

Horse Adoption Application & Fees

 

Adoption fees vary based on the animal. Please contact us directly regarding horse adoptions.

Barnyard Adoption Application & Fees
Other Animal Adoption Application & Fees
 Prices vary depending on the size and species of animal.  Please contact WHS Customer Service for more information.

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

Animal adoption kennels
Tuesday thru Saturday noon – 5pm
(Dog adoption introductions by appointment only)

Closed To The Public
Sundays, Mondays, & 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)
  • 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
Abby
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  • Goat

Abby is a 9 year old goat looking for her forever farm! She can be quite bossy and independent so she'll need a home that understands her stubbornness. View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Bedhead
BedheadBedhead
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, our names are Bedhead. Here's more about me: -Personality: Shy, but curious -Can live with kids: Yes, although they can not be my primary caretaker. -Can live with other guinea pigs: Yes -Litter box trained: No -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional information: I need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. My diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality guinea pig pellets, and fresh greens daily. I am on the shy side, so someone who could commit to daily social time would really help me out. If you'd like to meet me, please fill out an application at the front desk! View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
Bernard
Bernard
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Bernard! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy but curious -Can live with kids: Yes although they can not be my primary caretaker. -Can live with other guinea pigs: I was surrendered for being aggressive to my other male guinea pig roommate, but I could possibly live with another male if it's the right match. Introductions would need to be done very slowly and supervised. Would be perfectly happy being the only guinea pig in the home. -Litter box trained: No -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional information: I need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. My diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality guinea pig pellets, and fresh greens daily. I am on the shy side, so someone who could commit to daily social time would really help me out. If you'd like to meet me, please fill out an application at the front desk! View full description »

Adult, Male, Small
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. View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Bubba
Bubba
  • Husky, Boxer, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Bubba! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: High energy, adventure buddy, goofy, exuberant -Can Live with Kids: Dog-savvy kids ages 8+ (up to counselor's discretion) -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history, but not recommended. I would likely be overwhelming for most cats. -Can Live with Dogs: Yes, could potentially live with a tolerant dog after an initial introduction here at the shelter -Can do Apartment Living: No -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, at least one private lesson -Energy Level: Very HIGH! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a neuter/MC Additional Information: Bubba is an energetic boy who would do best in an ACTIVE household where he will get to go on lots of adventures. If you're looking for the calm couch potato type, Bubba is NOT the dog for you! This diamond in the rough hasn't had much training and needs someone willing to put in the time/effort to get him up to speed. Bubba is friendly and affectionate and will likely make a wonderful companion once he's had a little training. He's a bit of an escape artist and should never be left unattended outside. If you'd like to meet Bubba to see if he's your perfect match, the first step is filling out an adoption application. Our staff will then review applications to ensure it's a good match before setting up an introduction. View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Declan
Declan
  • British Shorthair
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Declan! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, reserved, sweet -Can Live with Cats: No thanks! -Can Live with Dogs: No thanks. Dogs are too rambunctious for me. -Can Live with Kids: Kids age 10+ that can read my body language and respect my space. -Needs Indoor Only Home: Highly recommended, but not required -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Low -Bite History: None -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a neuter and a microchip. Additional Information: Declan is a wise old soul who is a bit frightened by shelter life. We don't know much about his past since he arrived at WHS as a stray, but this guy is looking forward to a new start and a better future! Declan loves to be up high observing his kingdom, so he'd love a nice tall cat tower near a window where he could watch the world go by. While he may take a little while to warm up, Declan is a sweet boy with lots of love to give and would make a great addition to the family. View full description »

Adult, Male, Large
Dolly
Dolly
  • Domestic Long Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken

Hi, my name is Dolly! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Social, playful, energetic, affectionate -Can Live with Cats: Possibly with a slow, supervised intro -Can Live with Dogs: Not likely, as the dogs here at the shelter seem to overwhelm her. She might be fine with an older, mellow dog that won't chase her. -Can Live with Kids: Yes -Needs Indoor Only Home: Indoor only is highly encouraged, but not required. -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: High -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: *UPDATE AFTER PUFA CHECK* Additional Information: Dolly got her name by being a total doll. Everything we love about cats is all wrapped up in this furry little bundle. She loves to snuggle her human, explore, and PLAY! She's got a purr you can hear from a mile away, and just seems to be very happy with every aspect of life. This active girl is easy-going and would make a great addition to almost any dog-free household. She'd love a nice high cat tree or scratching post where she could practice her gymnastics. If you'd like to meet Dolly, visit the front desk to fill out an application. View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Fluffer Nutter
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  • Husky, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations up to date
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

*Please note: dog adoptions are being facilitated by appointment only at this time. Please contact our front desk at (360) 733-2080 ext. 0 with questions. Thank you! Hi, my name is Fluffer Nutter! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Athletic, Playful, Smart, Sensitive -Can Live with Kids: I could live with dog-experienced, older teenagers (16+) -Can Live with Cats: I’d do best in a cat-free home. -Can Live with Dogs: I could potentially share my home with a tolerant, well-balanced dog of similar size and energy level, pending an introduction at the shelter. -Can do Apartment Living: No apartments for me, please! My ideal placement is a home with a fenced yard. -Potty Trained: Unknown history, but good habits at the shelter. I’m confident I can pick up any skills you teach me! -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, one to three private lessons, depending on adopter experience. -Energy Level: High - will need adequate exercise and mental stimulation to be his best -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Nope - I'm neutered and ready to go home! Additional Information: Fluffer Nutter originally arrived at Whatcom Humane Society as a stray without much in the way of training or even exposure to lots of things. He’s become a volunteer favorite in his time at the shelter and has developed lots of skills that will help him to be a wonderful companion. Fluffer Nutter has learned to walk nicely on leash, is happy to show off his “sit” for a treat, and he’s even gotten confident enough to ride in a car. Once Fluffer Nutter is familiar with a person, he enjoys snuggling up next to them. He is still uncertain about encountering unfamiliar things he wasn’t exposed to as a younger dog (like bicycles or joggers) but can step off a trail and let them pass. His future family will need to set him up for success by working with a positive reinforcement trainer to help him settle into his new life as a beloved family member. This smart, food-motivated dog will reward your effort by quickly learning the skills you put in the effort to teach him. To keep his beautiful coat in good condition Fluffer will require regular brushing. View full description »

Young, Male, Large
Freya
Freya
  • American

Hi, my name is Freya! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Social, curious, sweet -Can live with kids: Yes although they can not be my primary caretaker -Experienced rabbit home: Not required but if this is your first rabbit we recommend doing research before adopting. -Energy level: Moderate -Can live with other rabbits: Potentially yes, introductions will be done at WHS to make sure everyone gets along! -Litter box trained: No -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes a spay -Additional information: I need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. My diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens daily. I am a social bunny who loves to interact with people! If you'd like to meet me, please fill out an application! View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
General Whiskers Von Litter
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  • Tiger
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Vaccinations up to date
  • Special Needs

Hi, this is General Whiskers Von Litter! Here is what would work best in his new home: -Personality: Best head bunter in town, gentle, sensitive. -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history but would probably do best as an only cat. If other cats do reside in home, other cats must be FIV+. -Can Live with Dogs: Unknown history, would most likely do best in a home without dogs. -Can Live with Kids: Kids 13+ as he is a sensitive boy and young kids would be overwhelming. -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes, he is FIV+ -History of Litter Box Issues: Nope -Energy Level: Medium -Bite History: None -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No Additional Information: This charming boy is looking for a quiet home who can offer lots of yummy treats and head rubs. He can be a bit introverted at first but once he warms up, he lets his affectionate, sweet self shine! He enjoys being near his humans and isn't shy about asking for attention once he feels comfortable. He is FIV+ which can impact his immune system but he can live a very normal, healthy life still. Please ask the front desk to meet this sweet boy today! View full description »

Adult, Male, Large
Hall & Oates
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  • Pot Bellied
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations up to date

Meet Hall & Oats - a pair of fun-loving young male castrated pigs looking for a rural home to call their own. These silly piggies currently spend their days at the WHS farm facility getting into all sorts of trouble (typical rock stars!). They love to root in the grass and mud, snack on veggies, nap, wrestle and play. They are growing boys and will most likely be much larger when fully grown. Hall & Oats are looking for a peaceful home with a secure (pigs can be sneaky and strong!) spacious fenced area - and dry, draft-free enclosure so they can stay safe, cool, warm and dry from the weather. A home that has the resources to provide a life-time of care for them - and one that will treat them as valued family companions, NOT food products. Pigs are incredibly smart, sensitive animals and these sweet boys are no exception. They will make wonderful companions in the right environment. If you would like to learn more about Hall & Oats, contact our farm caretaker at: farm@whatcomhumane.org. View full description »

Young, Male, Large
Jimmy
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  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Vaccinations up to date

Hi, my name is Jimmy! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Active, smart, energetic, adventurous -Can Live with Kids: Jimmy would do best with older kids or teens who have some prior dog experience and can read/respect canine body language, giving him space when he needs it. -Can Live with Cats: Jimmy lived successfully with a cat in his previous home. He will need slow, supervised introductions to any new kitties to ensure they all get along. -Can Live with Dogs: Potentially the right match pending an initial introduction here at the shelter. Jimmy was surrendered in part to being reactive to other dogs while on leash, but seems to tolerate calm/social dogs when introduced correctly. He would not be a good match for rough/rowdy dogs who will not respect his boundaries. -Can do Apartment Living: No, Jimmy was surrendered because he was not compatible with apartment life. A heavily populated apartment setting with lots of dogs/unknowns is not going to be a place where Jimmy thrives. A home with a fenced yard would be ideal! -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Not required, but would certainly be beneficial! -Energy Level: High -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: Jimmy is a super smart cattledog mix with whiskers like a seal. He was surrendered to the shelter in hopes of finding a home in a more rural setting- his former owners lived in an apartment in busy downtown Bellingham where Jimmy struggled with dog/leash reactivity. Jimmy has gone through formal obedience training, unfortunately through a facility that used punishment based methods which can often make reactivity worse. Jimmy is highly food motivated and eager to please-- we expect him to pick up new skills in no time once provided with science-based, effective, positive reinforcement training from a dog-savvy handler. Jimmy already knows sit, down, stay, shake, and high five, and he takes treats very gently which is a plus! Jimmy has tons of potential to shine and blossom into a top notch companion for many years to come. Submit an application to see if Jimmy's a good match for you! View full description »

Adult, Male, Large
Kittens!! (Informational Posting)
Kittens!! (Informational Posting)
  • Domestic Medium Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Vaccinations up to date

During kitten season (approximately April through October) 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 Tuesday-Saturday Noon-5pm 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! View full description »

Baby, Male, Small
Lincoln
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  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Lincoln! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy but curious -Can live with kids: Yes although they can not be my primary caretaker. -Can live with other guinea pigs: I would love to be paired with another male guinea pig. Introductions are done here at WHS. -Litter box trained: No -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional information: I need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. My diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality guinea pig pellets, and fresh greens daily. I am on the shy side, so someone who could commit to daily social time would really help me out. If you'd like to meet me, please fill out an application at the front desk! View full description »

Adult, Male, Small
Little
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  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations up to date
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Little! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy but affectionate, talkative -Can Live with Cats: I have lived with other cats previously, so should be okay with a proper introduction. -Can Live with Dogs: No dogs please, too scary. -Can Live with Kids: Respectful teenagers (13+ years) -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes -History of Litter Box Issues: Yes, I have had litterbox issued in my previous home and here at the shelter. We are working to find the best litter and litter box type for me. -Energy Level: Low -Bite History: None -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Just a rabies vaccine. Additional Information: I am a nervous girl who will need some time to adjust to my new home. To make the transition easier, a nice quiet corner with a comfy bed I can call my own would definitely help. Being the only child also sounds like a good idea, although I may get along with another quiet kitty. Once I adjust to my new home, I'll be ready to enjoy some cheek scratches and will talk your ear off! Note: Little is currently staying in the WHS Admin offices and while it's taken some time for her to settle in, she has started to really appreciate all the different comfortable spaces she can claim as her own. She'd thrive in a home where she can have the space to hide when she feels like it and ask for pets when she wants them. She is the queen of hide and seek so don't be surprised if you find her in a random corner or under your laundry. If she can hide in or under it, she will! View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Louis
Louis
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations up to date

Hi, my name is Louis ! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Social, outgoing, independent -Can Live with Cats: unknown history, will need slow and supervised introduction -Can Live with Dogs: Any potential canine roommates will need a very slow and supervised introduction to ensure they get along, lived with other dogs successfully in a previous home -Can Live with Kids: Yes, 6+, kids need to be cat savvy and know how to read feline body language he has the potential to get overstimulated -Needs Indoor Only Home: No, but needs to be supervised while outside -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Medium -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No Additional Information: Louis is a sweet boy independent boy that is looking for a somewhat quiet forever home. Louis has been returned to us twice now, and frankly he is quite tired of it. Louis is a sweet cat that is always looking for attention, and he is not afraid to let you know. He will give you loving head-butts all day as long as you aren't too rough with him -- he has a potential to become overstimulated. Despite this, he is very affectionate and loving. If you would like to meet this precious little man, fill out an application! View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Lucy and Henry
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  • Flemish Giant, Lop Eared, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations up to date

Hi, my name is Lucy! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet, gentle -Can live with kids: Yes although they can not be my primary caretaker. -Experienced rabbit home: Not required but if this is your first bun, we recommend doing research before adopting! -Energy level: Moderate -Can live with other rabbits: Lucy is required to go home with Henry. Any other rabbit would need to be properly introduced. -Litter box trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional information: We need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. Our diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens daily. Lucy and Henry are a bonded pair of sweet, social rabbits. They required to go home together. Adoption fee is $80 for the both of them. If you'd like to meet them, please fill out an application! View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Meeshka
Meeshka
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Meeshka! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Snuggly lap cat! -Can Live with Cats: No, I would like to be the only pet in the household! -Can Live with Dogs: No, I would like to be the only pet in the household! -Can Live with Kids: Yes kids any age are fine with me as long as they respect my body language. -Needs Indoor Only Home: Not required but highly recommended. -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Moderate -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes a spay. Additional Information: Meeshka is a sweet girl who had a bit of a rough start to life. Her owner had moved away and sadly left her to fend for herself. Thankfully one of the neighbors noticed and took her in and gave her shelter. Now she is looking for her new forever home! She did get into a couple of scuffles with other animals while living on her own, and is now quite afraid of other cats and dogs. Due to this she would like to be the only pet in her new home. Meeshka is quite the snuggle bug and would love to be with someone who isn't gone for too long during the day. She will be sure to follow you around all day to make sure you're happy and let you know you're loved. If Meeshka sounds like the cat for you, please fill out an application! View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Nelson
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  • Mixed Breed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations up to date

Hi, my name is Nelson! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Smart, active, adventurous -Can Live with Kids: Strong, sturdy, older kids/teens should be okay pending an intro at the shelter. At this time we're recommending kids 14+ -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history, will need slow, supervised intro. -Can Live with Dogs: Nelson struggles with reactivity toward other dogs, but during dog/dog tests outdoors, has proved to be much more receptive to interaction. He is selective, and won't consider every dog a friend. He appears to prefer social female dogs over rowdy males. While not every dog is going to be a match for Nelson, it's possible he could live with just the right one after a slow/proper introduction. Please speak with an adoption counselor with any questions. -Can do Apartment Living: Not recommended due to size/energy level/activity needs, but could be possible with the right person/lifestyle. Speak with an adoption counselor with any questions. -Potty Trained: Unknown -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Not required, but would certainly be beneficial! -Energy Level: High! -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: Nelson is an ACTIVE dog who needs to use his brain! Along with plenty of physical exercise, he needs to be enriched mentally in order to succeed in his new home and be the best boy he can be. Nelson LOVES food puzzles (frozen Kongs, treat feeders, Kong Wobblers, etc) and utilizing these tools really helps him settle down and refocus. Nelson is experiencing high levels of kennel stress in the shelter environment, and will likely be much more relaxed once decompressed/settled in his new home environment. An active family will be necessary for this high energy guy, and consistent/continued training will go a long way in his overall quality of life. View full description »

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

Hi, my name is Peggy! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Friendly, affectionate, independent, a little rough around the edges 🙂 -Can Live with Kids: Kids ages 16+ (due to my rough play/mouthy behavior) -Can Live with Cats: No thanks, I would likely be overwhelming to cats -Can Live with Dogs: No thanks, I'd prefer being the only dog in the home. This may change pending further testing. -Can do Apartment Living: No, I'm too much dog for an apartment -Potty Trained: It appears so -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, one private lesson -Energy Level: Medium -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a spay and MC -Additional Information: Peggy is an affectionate pup who loves attention from her people. She came to us as a stray, so we unfortunately have no information regarding her history. It seems she likely had a bit of a rough life based on her physical condition when she came in - she was dirty, scabby, and it appears she's had at least one litter of puppies. We're hopeful that Peggy's perfect match will come in and give her the life she deserves! Miss Peggy is in need of some consistency - she would benefit greatly from positive reinforcement training, a routine, and a person/family who can return the love she gives. Peggy can be a bit mouthy when she gets excited and is still working on her leash manners. She would likely get overwhelmed in busy settings (ie. breweries, restaurants, busy hiking trails) and is best suited for a low-key home that doesn't have too much going on. If you'd like to meet Peggy, the first step is filling out an adoption application. Our staff will then review applications to ensure it's a good match before setting up an introduction. View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Pete and Tonto
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  • Paint / Pinto
  • Vaccinations up to date

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. View full description »

Senior, Male, Large
Priscilla & Valentine
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  • Cow

These two goofy bovines are Priscilla and Valentine! They are roughly two years old and they love attention, treats, head and neck scratches. You'll have to be mindful of their horns but give these two some scratches and you got yourself a friend for life! If you have ever dreamed of adopting a couple of cows for your farm/pasture/barn and have the space and resources to provide a permanent, loving and peaceful home to some farm animals in need, please contact our farm caretaker at: farm@whatcomhumane.org. View full description »

Adult, Female, Extra Large
Pumpkin & Sweet Potato
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  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Pumpkin! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Social, interested in being held. -Can live with kids: Yes although they can not be my primary caretaker. -Can live with other guinea pigs: Yes, I am a bonded pair with Sweet Potato, so we will need to go home together! -Litter box trained: No -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No Additional information: We are Pumpkin and Sweet Potato and we will need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. Our diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality guinea pig pellets, and fresh greens daily. We are social boys and would love to go home with you! If you'd like to meet us, please fill out an application at the front desk. View full description »

Young, Male, Medium
Reah Sunshine
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  • Husky, Shepherd, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Vaccinations up to date

Hi, my name is Reah Sunshine! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Energetic, playful, independent, sensitive, nervous with strangers but warms up with time -Can Live with Kids: Kids ages 16+ -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history, but would likely overwhelm most kitties. At this time, we are recommending a feline-free home. -Can Live with Dogs: I may do okay with a social, tolerant male dog pending an introduction here at the shelter. I would likely not do well with other female dogs. -Can do Apartment Living: No -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, at least one private lesson -Energy Level: Medium/high -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a spay/MC -Additional Information: Are you looking to add the perfect "Re-ah" Sunshine to your life? Well we have the perfect girl for you! Reah came into us as a young mom with the cutest litter of puppies and is now looking for her forever home. It took her a little while to warm up, but now she loves to wag her tail, show off her toys and give you a big smile when you walk her. Reah is looking for someone to show her patience as she gets settled into being the young, independent girl she was meant to be! If you would like to invest in her growth as a companion please fill out an application with our front desk! View full description »

Young, Female, Large
Rhino
RhinoRhinoRhino
  • Pit Bull Terrier, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Vaccinations up to date
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Rhino! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Friendly, rowdy, playful, large and in charge! -Can Live with Kids: No, Rhino is a LOT of dog and is still learning to use his manners. He would do best in an adult-only home, or at least one with strong, dog-savvy teenagers who can handle a big, rowdy pup. -Can Live with Cats: No thanks! -Can Live with Dogs: Rhino could potentially live with just the right match after a slow intro process, although he'd likely prefer to be an only child. He would not be well matched with small dogs, seniors, or selective dogs who don't tolerate pushy play. -Can do Apartment Living: Yes; however I have a lot of energy to spend so getting ample time to be outside and on walks is ideal in this scenario. Be sure to check for breed restrictions. -Potty Trained: Yes -Bite History: No -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, one private lesson -Energy Level: Med/high- Rhino is happy to romp around and play, then snuggle up for a nap. -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Nope! -Additional Information: Meet Rhino! This handsome gentleman is stocky, social, and super fun. He loves people and is working very hard at practicing polite greetings when making new friends. Rhino would benefit from continued training with a patient, dog-savvy adopter who can help him become the best dog he can be! A bit of a freight train, Rhino could use some assistance brushing up on his leash manners. He's experiencing some kennel stress at the shelter and may take a few extra days to decompress in his new home, but once he has some time to settle into his new routine, we know Rhino will be an awesome companion for many years to come. *Here's what Rhino's favorite shelter staff member had to say about him: "I am a muscly, hyper, and Tonka Truck like dog! I can trot around and knock you over like a bowling pin but it is all in the name of play and it is done with the utmost love for my family! Let me show you how much of a loving, playful, and cuddly family dog I can be."* View full description »

Adult, Male, Large
Roomba
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  • Hound, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Vaccinations up to date
  • Prefers home without dogs

*Please note: dog adoptions are being facilitated by appointment only at this time. Please contact our front desk at (360) 733-2080 ext. 0 with questions. Thank you! 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! View full description »

Young, Male, Large
Rue
Rue
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Rue! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Outgoing, active, chatty, energetic -Can Live with Cats: Previous owner recommended no other cats -Can Live with Dogs: Previous owner recommended no dogs -Can Live with Kids: Yes, respectful kids should be okay -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes, she's been indoor only her whole life -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Med/high -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes - spay Additional Information: Rue is an active, chatty cat who was surrendered to the shelter when her owner was moving and couldn't take her with. This busy lady loves to explore, climb, play with her toys, and tell you all about her day! Rue would do best in a home where there's someone around most of the time. We have not observed any behavioral concerns during her time at the shelter. If you're looking for a med/high energy kitty to add to your home, submit an application to see if it's a match! View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
S'mores!
S'mores!
  • Californian

Hi, my name is S'mores ! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious, sweet -Can live with kids: Yes, but they cannot be my primary caretaker! -Experienced rabbit home: Not required, but we do recommend doing some research before adopting. -Energy level: Low -Can live with other rabbits: With a proper introduction. -Litter box trained: No. -Bite History: None. -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a neuter and microchip. -Additional information: My name is S'mores and I am looking for my forever home! I need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. My diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens daily. View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Sally
SallySally
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations up to date
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Sally! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Affectionate, chatty, timid at times -Can Live with Cats: No, she's lived with other cats in the past and fought with them -Can Live with Dogs: No, she's lived with dogs in the past and was afraid of them -Can Live with Kids: Calm, mature kids 10+ -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes -History of Litter Box Issues: Yes, she had issues in her past home, but this may have been due to having lots of other animals and children in the home causing her stress. -Energy Level: Medium -Bite History: Yes, ask staff for details -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Possibly Additional Information: Sally is a sweet, affectionate cat with a sassy streak 😉 She would like a home with no other animals, and minimal commotion and ruckus. She loves to be pet, and will make little biscuits and purrrr her heart out. She's a little on the heavy side and will need some help managing her weight with a proper diet so she can feel her best and stay healthy. If you'd like to meet with Sally, ask for an adoption application at customer service. View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Samosa & Dumpling
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  • Guinea Pig

Hi, our names are Samosa and Dumpling. Here's what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Curious, a little skittish. -Can live with kids: Yes although they can not be my primary caretaker. -Experienced rabbit home: Not required but if this is your first guinea pig we recommend doing research before adopting. -Energy level: Moderate -Can live with other guinea pigs: Yes, we are required to go home together. We could live with other female guinea pigs as long as we all get along. Introductions will be done here at WHS. -Litter box trained: No -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional information: Dumpling and Samosa were hiding near some bathrooms in Deception Pass State Park. Thankfully a good samaritan found them and brought them to the shelter. They did suffer a little bit of frost bite to the ears but otherwise made it out unscathed. Now that they have warmed up and had some fresh cilantro, they are ready to find their forever home! They will need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. Their diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality guinea pig pellets, and fresh greens daily. If you'd like to meet us, please fill out an application! View full description »

Young, Female, Small
Shadow
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  • Rex

Hi, my name is Shadow! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy at first but warms up. Curious -Can live with kids: Yes but they can not be my primary caretaker. -Experienced rabbit home: Not required but if this is your first rabbit we recommend doing research before adopting. -Energy level: Moderate -Can live with other rabbits: Most likely yes with a proper introduction. -Litter box trained: No -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a neuter Additional information: Shadow is a shy guy who was surrendered due to the previous owners' allergy issues. He is very curious and loves to explore, and will eventually enjoy snuggles once he's comfortable. He needs a nice roomy cage with daily exercise. His diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality rabbit pellets, and fresh greens daily. Shadow is currently living in one of our amazing foster homes and if you'd like to meet him, please fill out an application at the front desk! View full description »

Young, Male, Small
Skunk & Earl
Skunk & EarlSkunk & Earl
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Skunk ! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Cuddly, loves to be pet if you are patient -Can live with kids: Yes, although they can not be my primary caretaker. -Can live with other guinea pigs: Yes, I am a bonded pair with Earl and we are required to go home together! GUINEA PIGS SHOULD NOT LIVE ALONE -Litter box trained: No -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional information: **Skunk will need routine hygienic trims to keep him looking his best** We are Earl and Skunk and we are looking for our forever homes! We need a nice roomy cage with daily exercise, we love to run around and jump for glee at a freshly cleaned cage! Our diet should consist of unlimited grass hay, high quality guinea pig pellets, and fresh greens daily. We are good boys and like to be held when we are comfortable. If you would like to meet us, please fill out an application with the front desk! View full description »

Adult, Male, Small
Tetsu
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  • Akita, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations up to date
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Tetsu! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Intelligent, playful, stubborn (like an akita or a husky), and very active! -Can Live with Kids: No, I will need an adult-only home due to my handling sensitivities -Can Live with Cats: No, I would likely be "too much" for cats -Can Live with Dogs: No, I would likely enjoy being the only dog in the home. Further testing pending. -Can do Apartment Living: No thank you, I need more space. My ideal home would have a large fenced yard! -Potty Trained: As a recently neutered male, I still like to mark and have peed on things inside the shelter. This may improve with time. -Bite History: None -Positive Reward Based Obedience Classes Required: Yes, 1-3 private lessons depending on adopter experience -Energy Level: High -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: No -Additional Information: As an akita mix, Tetsu has some needs that his future adopters will need to meet. First and foremost, his new person/family will need to be experienced with high energy dogs (ideally akita and/or husky experienced) and able to read their body language. He can be a bit sensitive to handling, especially with strangers, but does enjoy attention/affection once he's gotten to know you - this is just going to take some time. We think this big guy will develop a strong bond with his person once he's had time to settle in to his new home. Tetsu is very intelligent and very high energy - he will need LOTS of exercise and mental stimulation to keep him happy. This means Tetsu cannot be left alone for long periods of time (especially while you're still getting to know him!) because he will become easily bored and potentially destructive. Tetsu would likely not do well at dog parks or other busy places (ie. restaurants, breweries, etc.) because he becomes easily overstimulated. Tetsu LOVES playing fetch and would do best in a home with a big fenced yard where he can get out his zoomies. If you'd like to meet Tetsu, the first step is filling out an adoption application. Staff will then review applications to ensure it's a good match before scheduling an introduction. View full description »

Young, Male, Large
Thomas
Thomas
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Housebroken
  • Prefers home without dogs

Hi, my name is Thomas! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: A sweet guy who's just a little scared. -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history with how he does with cats but should do okay as long as they are properly introduced. -Can Live with Dogs: Dogs are going to be too scary for me! I could possibly live with an elderly small dog who would just ignore me as long as they are quiet. -Can Live with Kids: Kids aged 10 and up are okay as long as they respect my body language. -Needs Indoor Only Home: Yes, I would likely bolt and then hunker down to hide if let outside. Could do leashed outdoor time. -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Moderate -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes, a neuter. Additional Information: Thomas is a sweet guy who is just a little scared to be in the shelter environment. Loud noises and commotion are quite overwhelming for him, but once he is in a quiet space he settles down and enjoys playing with toys. A low traffic home with no loud dogs or kids would be best for him. He would love someone who has the time to help him gain confidence and show him the good things in life. If you think Thomas is the cat for you, please fill out an application. View full description »

Young, Male, Medium
Velma
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  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Housebroken

Hi, my name is Velma! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy at first but a sweetie once you get to know her. -Can Live with Cats: Unknown history but she may do okay as long as they are properly introduced. -Can Live with Dogs: Dogs would likely be too scary for her. -Can Live with Kids: Kids aged 10 and up should be okay as long as they respect my body language! -Needs Indoor Only Home: Not required but always recommended. -History of Litter Box Issues: No -Energy Level: Moderate -Bite History: No -Needs Medical Procedure Before Going Home: Yes a spay Additional Information: Velma came to the shelter as a stray with her babies. Her babies were old enough to be on their own so we went ahead and separated them since Velma was telling us she needed a break! She is now looking for her forever home. Since she did come in as a stray we really don't know too much about her history or how she does with other cats or dogs. Due to her being a little timid and afraid of loud noises she would like to go to a home without dogs. Other feline friends may be okay but will need a very slow introduction. Velma is also a little shy with people at first, but once she knows she's safe she really enjoys cheek scratches and playing in catnip. If you think Velma is the right kitty for you please fill out an application! View full description »

Adult, 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.

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.

Cat with a pink collar named Margo

We Named Her Margo

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.

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