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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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:
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:
Rabbit Adoption Fees
Other Animal Adoption Fees

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

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

 

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

Adoption Requirements

Be sure that you are financially able to provide for the animal’s needs. This includes food, supplies, license and veterinary care.

Be certain you have adequate time to spend with your new pet including time for training, exercise and grooming.

Have your landlord’s permission to bring an animal onto his/her property.

Be at least 18 years of age and have verifiable identification.

Have the consent of all adults in your household.

Complete an application and discuss it with an adoption counselor.

Be willing to bring in your current dog to meet the dog you are interested in adopting.

Be willing to bring in your children to meet the animal you are interested in adopting.

Understand that WHS adopts animals – does not sell them. WHS reserves the right to postpone or refuse an adoption.

Hours of Adoption Services

Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday – Monday 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Closed Tuesdays & Major Holidays

Included in the Adoption Fee

  • Basic Health Exam
  • Spay/Neuter Surgery (for unaltered dogs, cats & rabbits)
  • Initial Vaccinations including Rabies (dogs & cats)
  • Feline Leukemia Testing for Cats/Kittens
  • Microchip and Registration (dogs, cats & rabbits)
  • Identification Tags/License (dogs & cats)
  • 30 Days Free Sheltercare Pet Health Insurance
  • Collar & Leash for Dogs or Collar & Cardboard Carrier for Cats
  • Certificate for Complimentary Health Exam w/ Participating local Veterinarian
  • Reference Material on Pet Care & Training
 Emma
Description: Hi, my name is EMMA! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Rowdy, Playful,... (more info)
  • Baby
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Black Labrador Retriever (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Winston
Description: Hi, my name is Winston (or Winnie for short)! Here is what would work best for me in my new... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Lop Eared (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
 Nova
Description: Hi, my name is Nova! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Super goofy,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
Breed:
Husky (primary), German Shepherd Dog (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Good with dogs.
 Jenny
Description: Hi, my name is Jenny! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: A bit... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
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.
 Marlee
Description: Hi, my name is Marlee! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Loving, Energetic,... (more info)
  • Young
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler (primary), Boxer (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Sunflower
Description: Hi, my name is Sunflower! I am a "Hero Dog", please read the purple tag for more information. Here is... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
French Bulldog (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Good with children.
Good with dogs.
 Nina
Description: Hi, my name is Nina! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, Mellow... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Chihuahua (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
 Tiny Head
Description: Hi, my name is Tiny Head! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Goofy,... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Labrador Retriever (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Good with dogs.
 Steve
Description: Hi, my name is Steve! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Intelligent, attentive,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Border Collie (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Vanessa
Description: Hi, my name is Vanessa! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Independent, Quirky,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Long Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
 Emerald
Description: Hi, my name is Emerald! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Timid at... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
 Silky
Description: Hi, my name is Silky! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy but... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
 California
Description: Hi, my name is California! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Curious, Adventurous,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
American (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Good with children.
 Chance
Description: Hi, my name is Chance! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Friendly, Active,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Good with cats.
 Finny
Description: Hi, my name is Finny! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Timid, sweet,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
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.
 Blueberry
Description: Hi, my name is Blueberry! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, talkative,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Parakeet (Other) (primary)
Additional:
 Kiwi
Description: Hi, my name is Kiwi! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, talkative,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Parakeet (Other) (primary)
Additional:
 Bailey
Description: Hi, my name is Bailey! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Affectionate, cautious,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary), Labrador Retriever (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
 Priscilla
Description: Hi, my name is Priscilla! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Energetic, Affectionate,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Extra Large
Breed:
Neapolitan Mastiff (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Giselle
Description: Hi, my name is Giselle! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Quiet &... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Has been declawed.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Dipper
Description: Hi, my name is Dipper! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, Gentle,... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary)
Additional:
 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.
 Rob Roy
Description: Hi, my name is Rob Roy! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: A... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Medium Hair (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
 Sebastian
Description: Hi, my name is Sebastian! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Adventurous, independent,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Medium Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Requires extra support/attention.
Shots are current.
 Thunder
Description: Hi, my name is Thunder! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Total cuddlebug,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary), Mastiff (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Good with children.
Not good with cats.
 Iven
Description: Hi my name is Iven! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality:Sweet, calm -Can... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Belgian Shepherd / Tervuren (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Not good with dogs.
 Strudel
Description: Hi, my name is Strudel! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Friendly, happy,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Chinchilla (primary)
Additional:
 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.
 Lilac
Description: Hi, my name is Lilac! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Shy, Affectionate,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
 Graham
Description: Hi, my name is Graham! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Very active,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with cats.
 Domino
Description: Hi, my name is Domino! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet and... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Shots are current.
Not good with children.
Not good with dogs.
Not good with cats.
 Snow
Description: This outgoing bun is Snow and he would love to go home with you! He came in with his siblings... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Californian (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
 Rocky
Description: Meet Rocky! This compact and chunky guy is a 30+ year old Appaloosa/Morgan, who has such an easy going and... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Appaloosa (primary), Morgan (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
 Beau
Description: Beau, aka Beau Cam Rock (Prior Names: Excuse My Card, Cam’s Card Shark, Another Excuse and No Nukes) is a... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Standardbred (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Shots are current.
 Mice
Description: Both male and female mice available. All less than 6 months old. Call our Customer Service Team for more information... (more info)
  • Young
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Mouse (primary)
Additional:
 Fred
Description: This handsome, charming, 24 year old registered Quarter Horse is Fred. Fred lived his glory days as a roping/rodeo champion,... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Quarterhorse (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Shots are current.
 Wilma and Pebbles
Description: Say hi to Wilma and Pebbles! These sweet little fluff balls are looking for a home to call their own.... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Chinchilla (primary)
Additional:
 Tonto
Description: Tonto is a fantastic 30+ thoroughbred gelding on the search for the perfect retirement home. Tonto was once the Everson... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Thoroughbred (primary)
Additional:
Shots are current.
 Pete
Description: Pete is a 1994 AQHA Chestnut Tobiano Paint gelding who has been used as a trail horse in the past.... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Paint / Pinto (primary)
Additional:
Shots are current.
 Foster Kittens
Description: Many questions can be answered by reading through the text below. Kindly read the information before contacting us. Please note:... (more info)
  • Baby
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.

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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.

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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