Note: These resources are for informational purposes only. The Whatcom Humane Society does not endorse any one particular business or service.
Financial Assistance Options for Pet Owners
Numerous financial assistance options are available to pet owners in Washington State. The link below offers resources to help low income families with veterinary care and crisis relief.
Health & Safety
Prescription Medication Disposal – how to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medicine
Pet-Safe House Plants – a guide to keep your pets safe
10 Reasons Why Your Dog is Licking his Paws – common allergies and treatments for your pet
Vapers and Pets – safety tips for smokers & vapers who care about their pets
Allergies & Pets – testing kits and tips to help rid your home of hair & dander if you or a loved one has a pet allergy
Guide to Flea and Tick Season – preventative tips for the most active season
How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home – helpful tips for your home & yard from 1-800 PetMeds
Family Paws Parent Education – providing ongoing support and education to new and expecting families with dogs.
Senior Pet Health & Wellness Guide – helping you meet the needs of older pets
Perfectly Imperfect – home modifications for disabled pets
|Animal Emergency Care||360-758-2200|
|Animal Eye Care||360-676-7770|
|Banfield Pet Hospital||360-734-9459|
|Blaine Animal Hospital||360-332-6813|
|Chuckanut Feline Center||360-671-7707|
|Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital||360-671-3903|
|Fountain Veterinary Hospital||360-733-2660|
|Glacierview Animal Hospital||360-384-4482|
|Kulshan Veterinary Hospital||360-354-5095|
|Larrabee Animal Medicine||360-527-9533|
|Lynden Veterinary Hospital||360-354-7988|
|Maplewood Animal Hospital||360-715-1430|
|Mountain Veterinary Hospital||360-592-5113|
|Nooksack Animal Hospital||360-966-3207|
|Northshore Veterinary Hospital||360-738-6916|
|Northwest Veterinary Clinic||360-366-5434|
|Village Veterinary Hospital||360-647-1980|
|Whatcom Veterinary Hospital||360-384-0212|
|Williams Veterinary Hospital||360-599-1030|
GENERAL PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
All areas not posted otherwise require dogs to be under control and on leash at all times.
- Arroyo Park: All trails
- Lake Padden Park:
- The fenced off-leash area near the ball fields in the southeastern part of the Park
- Trails as designated at the east end of the park between the fenced off-leash area and the Galbraith Entrance.
- A dog water exercise area near the ball fields area on the east side of the lake is signed for dog training and exercise. Dogs are restricted to entering Lake Padden only in this area.
- Sunset Pond: All trails plus the water are designated for water exercise and training.
- Sehome Hill Arboretum: All secondary (unpaved) trails. Dogs must be on leashes on all paved trails plus the Jersey Street and Arboretum Walkway.
- Bloedel Donovan Park: During daylight hours from October 1 to April 30 and until 10:00 am from May 1 to September 30.
- Whatcom Falls Park: The Waterline Trail south of Whatcom Creek and west of the Water Treatment Plant to Bayview cemetery and the trail from the Waterline Trail south to Lakeway are off leash.
- Little Squalicum Park: All Trails. NOTE – Little Squalicum Creek may contain hazardous chemicals which may be harmful to animals. Also, the Little Squalicum Beach area is not owned or operated by the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department.
- Post Point Dog Park in Fairhaven: The field, trails and the lagoon water are in a designated area adjacent to the treatment facility and are open for dog training and exercise.
- Lincoln Park: Full park is off-leash.
- Skallman Park: Fenced play areas for dogs. Park is managed with the help of Grateful Dogs Off-Leash Society.
- VanderYacht Park: Off-Leash areas.
- Bender Fields: There is a 1 acre fenced enclosed off-leash dog park in the southeast corner of the complex.
- There are various off-leash areas and trails throughout Whatcom County and the North Cascades mountain region. Please check individual areas and trails before letting your dog off-leash. Whatcom County Parks and Recreation can point you toward off-leash areas.
When a dog is within a designated off-leash exercise and training area, it is the owner’s/handler’s option to keep the dog under control by means of a leash. When the dog is off-leash, the owner/handler must still keep the dog under voice or sound control and is therefore responsible for all action, behavior and clean up of the dog. NOTE: Dogs in heat MUST be restricted from off-leash areas, as well as dogs who exhibit aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs.
Scoop the Poop!
No Dogs Allowed
- Lake Padden Park and Bloedel Donovan swimming beach areas and any park land within fifteen (15) feet of the edge of Lake Padden or Lake Whatcom. The beach areas at each site are defined as:
- Lake Padden: all land directly between the beach house parking lot sidewalk and the lake
- Bloedel Donovan: all land bounded by the park/community building parking lot, boat launch, and the lake.
- Cornwall Park and Fairhaven Park wading pools.
- The athletic field playing surfaces located at:
- Frank Geri Fields (Civic Field Complex)
- Downer Fields (Civic Field Complex)
- Lake Padden Park Fields
- Battersby Field
- Inside fenced areas of Civic Field Stadium
- Inside fenced areas of Joe Martin Field Stadium
- Within all park playground equipment areas
- Within all tennis courts
- Spray Parks
- Big Rock Garden Park
- Lower level of Boulevard Park west of the path along the parking lot including all grass areas and the path along the bay shoreline, path to craft studio and path near the playground equipment. Dogs ARE allowed on leash on the path next to the parking lot and to the water trestle along the trail to the south end of the park and to the overhead trestle and trail at the north end of the park.
- All of Bloedel Donovan Park during the period of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend EXCEPT for off leash hours in the morning.
- In the COUNTY, dogs are NOT permitted on trails or cross-country areas within the National Park or designated shellfish beds, in park buildings, at Canyon Lake Community Forest, Stimpson Family Nature Reserve and point Whitehorn Marine Reserve.
- Arroyo Park: All Trails.
- Cornwall Park: Wooded area between ballfield and pedestrian trail.
- Lake Padden Park: Bridle trails on wooded side of park above pedestrian trail.
- Little Squalicum Park: Trail from Bellingham Technical College to Bay.
- Whatcom Falls Park: Trails across the bridge, north of Whatcom Creek.
The owner or handler is responsible for cleaning up waste deposits left on park property and they are required to have in their possession the equipment to remove the fecal matter when accompanied by their horse on public property or public easement.
PET LOSS SUPPORT
The loss of a cherished pet is a sad event for anyone. We’ve provided some helpful resources to help you get through it.
NOTE: Our monthly support group has been temporarily suspended due to public health concerns with COVID-19. However, we understand how difficult losing a pet can be and how that is made even more challenging by social distancing. If you have been touched by the loss of a pet, are anticipating the death of a pet, or dealing with the difficult decision of euthanasia, we are here for you.
Please contact Kelsey at email@example.com or 360-733-2080 x3116. She will put you in touch with one of our amazing volunteer support group facilitators. These folks understand what you are going through and would be happy to listen without judgment and offer valuable resources as you continue your journey through grief.
Note: These lists and links are provided as a service to the community and do not necessarily include all Pet Loss resources. The Whatcom Humane Society is not affiliated with these organizations and writers and does not take responsibility for the content therein.
Additional Pet Loss Resources
Pet Loss Support Group at WHS
There is no charge for this group, no reservations are needed, and you are free to attend as often as necessary throughout your grief process. This group meets the third Thursday of every month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at: Whatcom Humane Society, 2172 Division Street Bellingham, WA 98226.
For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 360-733-2080 ext. 3116. Please feel free to bring a picture of your beloved pet to the session.
Pet Loss Hotlines
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline 1-(607)-253-3932 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. EST, Monday-Thursday & Saturday
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement has chat rooms you can join and chat with other bereaving pet owners.
Books for Children
I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm, 1988
Remembering Pets by Gina Dalpra-Berman, 2010
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D., 1982
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judy Viorst, 1987
Remembering My Pet: A Kid’s Own Spiritual Workbook for When a Pet Dies by Nechama Liss-Levinson, Ph.D. and Rev. Molly Phinney Baskett, M.Div., 2007
Books for Adults
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates by Gary Kurz, 2008
Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet Moira Anderson, Peregrine Press, 1994
Euthanasia of the Companion Animal: The Impact on Pet Owners, Veterinarians, and Society by William J. Kay, 1988
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz, 2012
Golden Angels: A Pet Loss Memoir by Stephanie Weaver, 2013
Goodbye My Friend: Grieving the Loss of a Pet by Mary and Herb Montgomery, 1991
Healing the Pain of Pet Loss: Letters in Memoriam by Kymberly Smith, 1997
Love Crosses Over by Elizabeth Allen, 2013
Loving and Losing a Pet by Michael Stern, PhD and Susan Cropper, DVM, 1998
Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet: Saying Goodbye with Love, Dignity, and Peace of Mind by Myrna Milani, D.V.M., 1998
Saying Good-Bye to the Pet You Love Lorri Greene, Ph.D. and Jacquelyn Landis, New Harbinger Publications, 2002
The Human-Animal Bond and Grief by Laurel Lagoni, Carolyn Butler & Suzanne Hetts, 1994
The following list is local and out of area dog trainers who utilize positive based training methods. Some may offer discounts on group or private classes to WHS adopters.
Dog Trainers List
Tails-A-Wagging, Bellingham,WA 360-733-7387
Nichols Dog & Animal Training (The Dog Guy) , Bellingham, WA 360-255-9832
Petco Dog Training, Bellingham, WA 360-715-3785
The Clever Canine, Bellingham, WA 360-223-2241
Embarking the Pet Dog, Bellingham, WA 360-399-6380
Speak Dog Training, Bellingham, WA 206-595-5670
Dog Training 101, Lynden, WA 541-297-7073
Janine’s Super K9s, Bellingham, WA 360-303-6482
McKenna Rosser, Everson, WA 360-543-8129
Sunnylane K9 Training Academy, Sedro Woolley, WA
Cedar Valley K9, Mission, BC 604-312-6604
Modern Canine, Langley, BC 604-866-8999
Healthy Paws Dog Training, Langley, BC 604-308-6837
Joyful Hound, Langley, BC 604-888-5665
Super Nova Dog Training Academy, Langley, BC 604-828-3625
Adventure Dog Ranch, Marysville, WA 360-652-2924
Sno-King Dog Training, Marysville, WA 360-652-2924
Paws Afoot, Everett, WA 425-350-5288
The Dog Works, Monroe, WA 360-793-2368
Four Paws Sports, Lynwood, WA 425-835-0483
Dog Spot NW, Everett, WA 425-252-7768
Seattle Humane Society, Seattle, WA 425-641-0080
Ahimsa Dog Training, Seattle, WA 206-364-4072
Pick of the Litter Dog Training, Kent, WA 206-779-3552
Happy Dog Institute, Olympia, WA 360-9157130
Let’s Talk Dogs, Lacey, WA 360-556-6857
Whatcom Humane Society has a long-standing policy of only recommending and working with dog trainers and dog training facilities that utilize positive, reward based training methods. We feel strongly that this is the most humane way of treating and training companion animals.
Rewards Based Training
We all like to be praised rather than punished. The same is true for your dog. This is the theory behind dog training with positive reinforcement based training methods. Positive reinforcement means giving your dog something pleasant or rewarding immediately after the dog does something you want him/her to do. Because your praise and/or reward makes the dog more likely to repeat the behavior in the future, positive reward based training is one of the most powerful tools you can use to shape your dog’s behavior.
Helpful Links on Reward Based Dog Training:
Kennels and Boarding Facilities
|3 Schips & A Girl||360-927-6033|
|Cat Country Resort||360-966-4342|
|Cat Nap Inn||360-724-3513|
|Custer Kennels & Boarding||360-366-4709|
|Hyline Hotel & Training for Dogs||360-398-0174|
|Lomar’s Dog Haven||360-366-3647|
|Nooksack Animal Hospital||360-966-3207|
|Nooksack Dog Dens||360-988-2000|
|Northwest K9 Inn and Spa||360-384-6578|
|Pet’s Choice Sitting Services||360-306-0367|
|Pooch Palace & Kitty Kastle||360-526-0093|
|Rover Stay Over||360-306-5931|
|Whatcom Veterinary Hospital||360-384-0212|
Local Pet Sitters
|Amys Pet-n-Home Sitting||Bellingham, WA||360-820-3778|
|Aunt Carol’s Pet Sitting||Bellingham, WA||360-318-5606|
|Barkley’s Best Sitting||Bellingham, WA||360-325-2926|
|Bham Pet Sitting||Bellingham, WA||360-940-9878|
|Catnip Cat Care Services||Bellingham, WA||360-224-7209|
|Cozy Critter Care||Bellingham, WA||360-223-5117|
|Down on the Farm||Bellingham, WA||360-739-9688|
|Happy Hounds and More||Bellingham, WA||360-961-2725|
|Hot Dawg Pet Care||Bellingham, WA||360-820-2320|
|Jan’s Critter Sitters||Bellingham, WA||360-671-0175|
|Lisa the Cat Nanny||Bellingham, WA||360-305-0575|
|Lynden Pet Nanny||Lynden, WA||360-318-9642|
|Northwest Kitty Care||Bellingham, WA||360-319-7536|
|Pet Sitters by the Bay||Bellingham, WA||360-734-0364|
|West Coast Pets, LLC||Ferndale, WA||360-306-8679|
|Whatcom Pet Care Network||Bellingham, WA|
PET FOOD BANK
The Whatcom Humane Society operates a pet food bank for Whatcom County residents who are in temporary need of assistance providing food for their pets.
Note: Food bank is intended to be supplemental. WHS cannot guarantee a 30 day supply. Availability of pet food is dependent upon the generous donations made by members of the public to our food bank program. Please do not rely on this program as your sole source of care for your pets.
Rules for Recipients
All persons requesting assistance with pet food must abide by the rules listed below:
➢ Photo identification must be presented at each visit to receive food bank. A driver’s license with full name and address is required on your first visit to set up your food bank account. If you are picking up food for someone else, you will need to present their photo identification or a copy of such.
➢ Food bank will be provided to only one person per household. If you are picking up for another member of your household, you will need to present their photo identification or a copy of such.
➢ All dogs and cats in the household must be spayed or neutered in order to receive food bank. If the animals are already spayed or neutered, proof must be provided prior to receiving food bank a second time. If any animals remain unaltered, the household will not be eligible for food bank.
➢ Food bank recipients cannot add animals to the household at any time. This includes replacing animals that have passed away, are lost, or given away.
➢ Food bank can only be received once every 30 calendar days. You must wait a full 30 days between visits to receive food bank. If you are unsure when you last received assistance, please call the front desk at (360) 733-2080 ext. 0 and a staff member can assist you.
➢ Food bank recipients must be off the food bank program and able to independently provide food and care for the pets in the home for a minimum of one year before being eligible to adopt from the Whatcom Humane Society.
➢ Recipients who become disrespectful or verbally abusive to staff may become ineligible to receive assistance.
The Whatcom Humane Society reserves the right to deny food bank at any time if we find that the rules listed above have been violated.
*Persons with animals that are not spayed or neutered will be given information on the WHS low-cost Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP). The household receiving food bank will be required to provide proof of spay or neuter for all dogs and cats in the home prior to receiving food bank a second time. These guidelines are part of our ongoing efforts to curb the pet overpopulation problem in Whatcom County.