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.

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.

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

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:

 

If you are looking for adoptable pets, please keep scrolling!!  Our links are temporarily down, but you will find ALL of our available animals waiting for you below.  Thank you for your patience!

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.

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Adoption Application & Rabbit Adoption Fees
Adoption Application & Other Animal Adoption Fees
 
 

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

Adoption Application & Horse Adoption Fees
 
 

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

Adoption Application & Bird Adoption Fees
 
 

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

Adoption Requirements

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

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

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

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

Have the consent of all adults in your household.

Complete an application and discuss it with an adoption counselor.

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

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

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

Hours of Adoption Services

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

Included in the Adoption Fee

  • Basic Health Exam
  • Spay/Neuter Surgery (for unaltered dogs, cats & rabbits)
  • Initial Vaccinations including Rabies (dogs & cats)
  • Feline Leukemia Testing for Cats/Kittens
  • Microchip and Registration (dogs, cats & rabbits)
  • Identification Tags/License (dogs & cats)
  • 30 Days Free Sheltercare Pet Health Insurance
  • Collar & Leash for Dogs or Collar & Cardboard Carrier for Cats
  • Certificate for Complimentary Health Exam w/ Participating local Veterinarian
  • Reference Material on Pet Care & Training
Big Tim
Big Tim
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Buttons
ButtonsButtonsButtons
  • American, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Canaries
CanariesCanaries
  • Canary

We have 3 beautiful canaries: Turmeric, Curry, & Saffron! Here's what would work best in their new homes: -Personality: Active... View full description »

Adult, Unknown, Small
Chloe
ChloeChloeChloeChloe
  • Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd Dog, 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 Chloe! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Anxious/unsure at... View full description »

Young, Female, Large
Clarice & Hannibal
Clarice & HannibalClarice & Hannibal
  • Red-Eared Slider

This dynamic duo is looking for a great, responsible home together. A home experienced with caring for turtles (or willing... View full description »

Adult, Unknown, Medium
Cody Bear
Cody BearCody BearCody BearCody Bear
  • Rottweiler, Retriever, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Male, Extra Large
Cosmo & Begonia
Cosmo & BegoniaCosmo & Begonia
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Cows
CowsCowsCowsCowsCows
  • Cow

We currently have 5 wonderful calves/cows at our facility (4 females and 1 recently castrated male) looking for loving homes... View full description »

Baby, Female, Large
Diego
DiegoDiegoDiegoDiegoDiego
  • German Shepherd Dog, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Senior, Male, Large
Gizmo
Gizmo
  • Lionhead, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered

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

Young, Male, Small
Hazelnut & Max
Hazelnut & MaxHazelnut & MaxHazelnut & Max
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed

Hi, this is Hazelnut (aka Mr. Nut) & his buddy Max! Here is what would work best for them in... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Isaac
IsaacIsaacIsaacIsaac
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Young, Male, Large
Jasper
JasperJasperJasper
  • Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Male, Large
Luna & Knox
Luna & Knox
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

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

Baby, Female, Medium
Luna & Sol
Luna & SolLuna & Sol
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Mabel
MabelMabelMabelMabel
  • Labrador Retriever, Hound, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Female, Large
Mango, Jack, & Oreo
Mango, Jack, & OreoMango, Jack, & OreoMango, Jack, & Oreo
  • Guinea Pig, Mixed

Hi, we are Mango, Jack, & Oreo ! Here is what would work best for us in our new home:... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Mommas & Myah
Mommas & MyahMommas & Myah
  • Retriever, Chihuahua, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

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

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

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

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Mushroom Troops
Mushroom TroopsMushroom TroopsMushroom TroopsMushroom TroopsMushroom TroopsMushroom Troops
  • Rat

These adorable baby boys are the Mushroom Troops! Here is what would work best for them in their new homes:... View full description »

Baby, Male, Medium
Nigel
Nigel
  • Parakeet (Other)

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

Adult, Male, 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
Rat Pack Boys
Rat Pack BoysRat Pack BoysRat Pack BoysRat Pack BoysRat Pack Boys
  • Rat, Mixed

Hi! We are Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr, Joey Bishop, & Dean Martin! We also go by "The... View full description »

Adult, Male, Small
Sadie
SadieSadieSadie
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Scout
ScoutScoutScout
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

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

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

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Snowdog
Snowdog
  • American
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Young, Female, Small
Stella
StellaStellaStellaStella
  • Boxer, Retriever, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Senior, Female, Large
TLC Girls
TLC GirlsTLC Girls
  • Rat

Hi, we are Left Eye, Rozonda "Chilli", and Tionne "T-Boz" - an all female rat pack! Here is what would... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
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
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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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