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

 

GUINEA PIG NADO…

ADOPTION SPECIAL!!!

July 28 – August 8

The fee for ALL guinea pig adoptions is just $5.00.

We have LOTS of guinea pigs looking for permanent, responsible homes.  If you have considered adding a small, furry friend to your household, please consider adopting a pair (or trio!) of pigs.

 

Completed and approved adoption application and required.

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
Amelia
Amelia
  • American

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

Adult, Female, Small
Banjo
BanjoBanjoBanjoBanjoBanjo
  • German Shepherd Dog, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

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

Young, Male, 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
Brutus
BrutusBrutus
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

Hi, my name is Brutus! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Rowdy, rambunctious,... 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
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
CalypsoCalypsoCalypsoCalypso
  • 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
Checkers
Checkers
  • American

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

Adult, Male, Small
Cherry and Buddy
Cherry and BuddyCherry and Buddy
  • Iguana

We have a beautiful bonded pair of 8 year-old Iguanas. They are looking for a home experienced with iguana care... View full description »

Adult, Unknown, 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
Chocolate
  • 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
Commander Chirp
Commander Chirp
  • Finch

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

Adult, Unknown, 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
Crouton
Crouton
  • Chihuahua, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Male, Small
Delores
Delores
  • Calico
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Female, Medium
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
Gandalf
Gandalf
  • Parakeet (Other)

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

Adult, Male, Small
Goten, Gohan, and Boo
Goten, Gohan, and BooGoten, Gohan, and Boo
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, our names are Gohan, Goten, and Boo! Here is what would work best for us in our new home:... View full description »

Adult, Male, Small
Grady and Oscar
Grady and Oscar
  • Siamese
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

Hi, my name is Grady and this is my brother Oscar! Here is what would work best for us in... View full description »

Senior, Male, Large
Gwen
Gwen
  • American

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

Adult, Female, Medium
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
Henry Hissinger
Henry Hissinger
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Medium
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
Hugo and Garcia
Hugo and GarciaHugo and GarciaHugo and Garcia
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Male, Small
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
Joy and Pepper
Joy and PepperJoy and Pepper
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Female, Small
Junior
JuniorJuniorJuniorJuniorJuniorJunior
  • Pit Bull Terrier, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Male, Large
Juniper
JuniperJuniper
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

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

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Lucas
Lucas
  • American

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

Adult, Male, Small
Lucille
Lucille
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Female, Small
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
Marjorie Fischer
Marjorie FischerMarjorie Fischer
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Markus
Markus
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Male, Small
Max
MaxMaxMaxMaxMax
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Male, Extra Large
Milo
Milo
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Moby Duck & Duck Norris
Moby Duck & Duck Norris
  • Duck

Moby Duck & Duck Norris are a bonded pair of adult, male domestic ducks looking for a forever home to... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
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
Pauly  Shore
Pauly  ShorePauly  ShorePauly  ShorePauly  Shore
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Young, Male, Medium
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
Petzy
  • 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
PhileusPhileus
  • 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
Rambo
RamboRamboRamboRambo
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Large
Roman
RomanRoman
  • American
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Male, Small
Sage
Sage
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Senior, Female, Medium
Scout
ScoutScout
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Male, Small
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
Shelter/Foster Kittens (Informational Posting)
Shelter/Foster 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
Sherman and Herman
Sherman and Herman
  • Guinea Pig

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

Adult, Male, Small
Smokey
Smokey
  • American

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

Young, Male, Small
Speed Racer
Speed Racer
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Female, Medium
Toupee
Toupee
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

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

Hi, my name is Tweed and this is my brother Khaki! Here is what would work best for us in... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Verina
Verina
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

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
Ymir and Gabi
Ymir and GabiYmir and Gabi
  • Gerbil

Hi, our names are Ymir and Gabi! Here is what would work best for us in our new home: -Personality:... View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
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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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