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 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

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

You can view all our adoptable pets on our PetFinder page.

Barnabas
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  • Holland Lop
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Young, Male, Small
Bernina
Bernina
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Female, Medium
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
Briggs
Briggs
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsSpecial Needs

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

Adult, Male, Large
Bumble
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  • Ball Python

Fellow snake people! Meet Bumble - a 5 year old Ball Python of the bumblebee morph who is ready for... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Chico
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  • 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
Criss Cross
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  • Retriever, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

**CURRENTLY IN A FOSTER HOME - Submit an application and contact WHS to set up a meeting** Hi, my name... View full description »

Adult, Male, Extra Large
Crystal
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  • Domestic Long Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsSpecial Needs

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

Senior, Female, Medium
Dedenne, Emolga, & Nidorina
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  • Chinchilla
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

Whatcom Humane has several chinchillas available for adoption! -Personality: Shy, alert, active -Can live with kids: Kids can be in... View full description »

Adult, Female, Small
Dewey and Caramel
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  • 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
Dijon
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  • Gecko
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Young, Male, Small
Ed
EdEd
  • 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 Ed! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sensitive to... View full description »

Adult, Male, Large
Fischer
FischerFischerFischer
  • Siberian Husky
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Fluffer Nutter
Fluffer Nutter
  • Husky, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without cats

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

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

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

Senior, Female, Large
Geeko
Geeko
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Young, Female, Medium
Goomba
GoombaGoombaGoomba
  • Hound, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

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

Young, Male, Large
Gus
GusGus
  • Hound, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Male, Large
Harley Quinn
Harley QuinnHarley Quinn
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Female, Large
Jasper
Jasper
  • Labrador Retriever, Rough Collie, 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 Jasper! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Smart, active,... View full description »

Young, Male, Large
Juniper & Snow
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  • American

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

Young, Male, Small
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 November) kittens under six months of age come and go so quickly we often... View full description »

Baby, Male, Small
Logan
LoganLogan
  • Beagle
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Adult, Male, Medium
Max
Max
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without catsSpecial Needs

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

Young, Male, Medium
Mikey
Mikey
  • Mixed Breed
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

**CURRENTLY IN A FOSTER HOME - Submit an application and contact WHS to set up a meeting** Hi, my name... View full description »

Young, Male, Small
Nugget
Nugget
  • Domestic Long Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats

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

Young, Female, Large
Oreo
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  • 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
Panda
Panda
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

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

Adult, Female, Small
Pepper & Oliver
Pepper & Oliver
  • Guinea Pig

Hi, our names are Pepper and Oliver! Here's a little about us and what would work best for our new... View full description »

Young, Male, Small
Pete and Tonto
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  • 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
Popeye & Olive
Popeye & OlivePopeye & Olive
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids

MEET POPEYE: -Personality: Sensitive, shy, observant -Can Live with Cats: Yes, and is a bonded pair with Olive -Can Live... View full description »

Adult, Male, Medium
Pumpkin
PumpkinPumpkin
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special Needs

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

Adult, Female, Large
Rex
RexRexRex
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Prefers home without small kidsPrefers home without dogs

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

Young, Male, Large
Roki
Roki
  • Boxer, Pit Bull Terrier, Mixed

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

Baby, Male, Medium
Shasta
ShastaShasta
  • Pit Bull Terrier, Retriever, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots

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

Young, Female, Medium
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
Smokey
SmokeySmokeySmokey
  • Abyssinian

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

Young, Male, Small
Tiga
Tiga
  • Domestic Short Hair, Mixed
  • Housebroken
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs

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

Young, Female, Medium
Verina
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  • 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
Yoshi
YoshiYoshi
  • Chameleon
  • Prefers home without small kids

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

Adult, Male, 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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