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.

NEKO, a Cat Cafe

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.

Working Cat Program

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:

 

Cat Adoption Application & Fees
 
 
  • 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:
Other Animal Adoption Application & Fees
 
 

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

Horse Adoption Application & Fees
 
 

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

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:

 

Bird Adoption Application & Fees

 

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

Rabbit Adoption Application & Fees

 

PUPPY SPEED DATING!!

We are currently caring for 19 large, mixed breed puppies. They are all looking for permanent, responsible, loving homes!

If you are interested in adopting a puppy and attending our upcoming Puppy Speed Dating event on Saturday, September 4th at Tails-A-Wagging Doggie Daycare & Canine Training Center, please complete an adoption application by August 30th.  Respond to your email confirmation with the subject line “PUPPY SPEED DATING”.

Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified with more information if selected to attend a session.

Questions?  Please contact Customer Service at 360-733-2080 ext. 0.

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)
  • 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
Abby
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Young, Female, Small
Aeja
Aeja
  • Mixed Breed, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Angel
AngelAngel
  • Domestic Short 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 Angel! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Big personality... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Apollo
Apollo
  • German Shepherd Dog, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Young, Male, Large
Ash
AshAsh
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Female, Large
Baby
BabyBabyBaby
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsSpecial Needs

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Bella
Bella
  • Siberian Husky, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Young, Female, Large
Bo
BoBoBo
  • German Shepherd Dog, Rottweiler, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

-Personality: Bo is a social, sweet young guy looking for a home who can meet his needs where he will... View full description »

Young, Male, Extra Large
Bonnie
BonnieBonnie
  • Quarterhorse

Bonnie is a beautiful mare in her mid twenties. (Unsure of breed.) She is very young for her age though,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Bowtie
BowtieBowtieBowtie
  • Shepherd, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Large
Butch and Sundance
Butch and SundanceButch and SundanceButch and Sundance
  • Guinea Pig

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

Young, Male, Small
Buttermilk Buscuit
Buttermilk Buscuit
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Young, Male, Medium
Calvin
CalvinCalvinCalvin
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

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

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

Adult, Female, Large
Chico
ChicoChicoChicoChico
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Large
Chocolate
ChocolateChocolateChocolate
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Male, Small
Criss Cross
Criss CrossCriss CrossCriss CrossCriss CrossCriss Cross
  • Retriever, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Male, Extra Large
Dedenne, Eevee, Emalga, & Nidorina
Dedenne, Eevee, Emalga, & NidorinaDedenne, Eevee, Emalga, & Nidorina
  • Chinchilla
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Female, Small
Dewey and Caramel
Dewey and CaramelDewey and Caramel
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Male, Large
Diesel & Mya
Diesel & MyaDiesel & MyaDiesel & MyaDiesel & Mya
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Young, Female, Medium
Digger
DiggerDigger
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Extra Large
Dutchess
DutchessDutchess
  • Mixed Breed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Dutchess! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: ACTIVE/HIGH ENERGY,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Gator
GatorGator
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Ghost
Ghost
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Gohan
Gohan
  • Guinea Pig

MEET GOHAN: -Personality: A bit skittish, curious, vocal -Can Live With Kids: Yes, but an adult must be my primary... View full description »

Adult, Male, Small
Goldspur & Winesap
Goldspur & WinesapGoldspur & Winesap
  • Mouse

Hi, we're Goldspur & Winesap! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Shy, Curious,... View full description »

Adult, Male, Small
Honey Boo Boo Child and Oreo McFlurry
Honey Boo Boo Child and Oreo McFlurry
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Honey Boo Boo Child! Here is what would work best for me in my new home:... View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
Hyacinth & Daffodil
Hyacinth & Daffodil Hyacinth & Daffodil Hyacinth & Daffodil Hyacinth & Daffodil Hyacinth & Daffodil Hyacinth & Daffodil
  • Cow

Meet Hyacinth & Daffodil - a mother/daughter duo of Dexter Cows looking for a permanent, responsible and loving home TOGETHER.... View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Kittens!! (Informational Posting)
Kittens!! (Informational Posting)
  • Domestic Medium Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

During kitten season (approximately April through October) kittens under six months of age come and go so quickly we often... View full description »

Baby, Male, Small
Koko
KokoKokoKoko
  • Mixed Breed, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Lorena
Lorena
  • Hamster
  • Special Needs

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

Adult, Female, Small
Melba
MelbaMelba
  • Mouse

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

Adult, Female, Small
Mini
MiniMiniMiniMini
  • Domestic Long Hair, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Young, Female, Medium
Miss Cleo
Miss CleoMiss Cleo
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Nancy Drew, & Amelia Bedelia
Nancy Drew, & Amelia BedeliaNancy Drew, & Amelia BedeliaNancy Drew, & Amelia Bedelia
  • Rat
  • Prefers home without small kids

Hi, we're the storybook rats! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality: Curious, Active,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
Ned
Ned
  • Hamster

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

Adult, Male, Small
Onyx
OnyxOnyxOnyx
  • German Shepherd Dog, Siberian Husky, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Male, Large
Oreo
Oreo
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Male, Small
Pete and Tonto
Pete and TontoPete and TontoPete and TontoPete and TontoPete and TontoPete and Tonto
  • Paint / Pinto
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

Pete and Tonto are a bonded pair looking for a forever home together. They need a good retirement home together,... View full description »

Senior, Male, Large
Petzy
PetzyPetzyPetzy
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Male, Small
Phileus
PhileusPhileusPhileusPhileus
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Male, Large
Popcorn
Popcorn
  • Bunny Rabbit, Mixed

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

Adult, Male, Small
Rowan
RowanRowanRowanRowanRowan
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Male, Large
Sadie
Sadie
  • Mixed Breed, 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 Sadie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sensitive, loyal,... View full description »

Adult, Female, Medium
Shadow
ShadowShadow
  • Mixed Breed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Male, Large
Sheep
SheepSheepSheep
  • Sheep
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

We currently have 4 Jacob Sheep available for adoption. 3 females, Edith, Karen and Sophie and 1 castrated male Jake.... View full description »

Adult, Female, Large
Sherman
Sherman
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Male, Large
Siesta & Fiesta
Siesta & FiestaSiesta & Fiesta
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, my name is Siesta and this is my sister, Fiesta! Here is what would work best for me in... View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
Smokey
Smokey
  • Hamster

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

Adult, Male, Small
Spiffy
SpiffySpiffy
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Tonya
Tonya
  • Hamster

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

Adult, Female, Small
Uma
Uma
  • American, Mixed

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Verina
VerinaVerinaVerinaVerina
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Female, Large
Zoot Suit
Zoot SuitZoot SuitZoot Suit
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Male, 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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