About Whatcom Humane Society

Statement of Principal

The Whatcom Humane Society believes that all animals, as sentient beings, have value beyond economic measurements and are entitled to legal, moral, and ethical consideration and protection.

Vision

All animals in our community are treated with kindness, respect, and compassion.

Mission

  • Advocate for animals
  • Educate the community to promote humane treatment and respect for animals
  • Provide for abandoned, injured, abused or neglected animals

TARGETED RESULTS:

All domestic animals in Whatcom County have permanent, responsible, and loving homes.
All animals, regardless of species are treated with respect and compassion.
WHS operates a state-of-the-art shelter facility and resource center.
WHS is widely recognized and respected as a core service in the community.
WHS educational programs promote responsible animal care and prevent abuse, neglect, and overpopulation.

HISTORY

The Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) has been caring for animals throughout Whatcom County since 1902.

As the oldest non-profit animal welfare organization in Whatcom County, WHS is committed to caring for any animal in need.

As an open-admission animal shelter, WHS turns no animal away, regardless of the animals age, breed, temperament, physical or medical condition.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers care for approximately 4,500 domestic, wild and farm animals annually. We currently operate 3 shelter facilities – a domestic animal shelter, a wildlife rehabilitation center and a farm facility.

In addition, WHS provides 24 hour a day animal control & rescue services for the majority of Whatcom County including the Cities of Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Sumas, Everson, unicorporated Whatcom County and has relationships with both the Lummi & Nooksack Indian Reservations.

Click here to view our most recent Audited Financial Statement.

Number of animals brought to our domestic animal shelter in 2018

Number of hours in a day that Animal control officers are available for your calls.

Injured trumpeter swans were brought into the WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center last year.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an Open-Admission Shelter?
The Whatcom Humane Society has always been and will always remain, an open-admission shelter. This means that we accept animal animal in need regardless of the animals’ age, temperament, breed, medical conditions, physical conditions or the amount of space available in our shelter facilities.
Is WHS a “no-kill” shelter?
No! The Whatcom Humane Society is not a “no-kill” or limited admission shelter. We are an open-admission shelter, taking in all animals in need. In order to operate a “no-kill” facility, an organization must limit the number of animals it receives to those it has the resources to care for and the room to house at any given time. In a world where there are many more animals in need of homes than there are homes available, a “no-kill” or “limited admission” shelter can only maintain that status by turning some animals away. Those denied admission must be taken elsewhere to be adopted or euthanized. While “no-kill” shelters help some of the animals in a community, they cannot meet the needs of many of the stray or at-risk animals that are served by an “open-admission” facility like the Whatcom Humane Society. “No-kill” or “limited admission” facilities can only function well in communities that have an open admission shelter.
What do I do if I find a stray animal or see an animal in need?
If you find a stray animal or see an animal in need, please contact our animal control & rescue department at (360) 733-2080, extension # 3017 for assistance.
How long are stray animals held at Whatcom Humane Society?
Stray animals that are picked up or brought to the shelter without identification are held for a minimum of 3 – 5 days, not counting the day they came into the shelter or Tuesday and holidays. Those animals that come into the shelter wearing identification are held a minimum of 10 days. When stray animals are admitted, we make every attempt to locate their owner(s).If the animal is not claimed by the end of the stray holding period, he/she becomes the property of WHS and is carefully evaluated to determine whether he/she will be made available for adoption or euthanized. Factors taken into consideration upon making this decision often include the animal’s age, health, temperament and physical condition, as well as the amount of space available at the shelter.
How long do animals stay up for adoption at Whatcom Humane Society?
WHS has no set time that an animal stays at the shelter. Each animal is treated as an individual and evaluated on an individual basis. We will hold an animal as long as necessary providing there are resources available and the animal is physically and psychologically healthy. WHS has a large network of “foster homes” that animals are placed into for various reasons including age, health and space available at the shelter.
What is the Whatcom Humane Society’s Animal Wellness Plan?
The Whatcom Humane Society heightened its commitment to caring for animals by incorporating a comprehensive Animal Wellness Plan which includes:

  • Full time veterinarian provides in-house veterinary services for shelter animals five days a week.
  • Each animal receives a thorough physical examination by a trained animal care technician. The animal is given a “report card” that is monitored twice daily. The “report card” allows WHS staff and volunteers to observe the animal’s appetite, energy level, stool, general health and other daily activities, thus making it easier to notice changes in the animal that need to be further evaluated.
  • When necessary, each animal has a medical treatment plan prescribed by the veterinarian.

Several veterinary hospitals are now offering a free one-time basic exam with each WHS adoption. New adopters present the veterinary hospital with a copy of the animal’s WHS medical card at their initial appointment. This partnership benefits everyone as the participating veterinary hospitals increase their client base while WHS is assured that adopters are getting started on the “right paw” by taking their new companion animal to the vet.

How is it decided which animals will be up for adoption and which will be euthanized?
After the initial holding period, most animals that are relatively healthy and temperamentally sound will be made available for adoption. Those animals that would not qualify for adoption are those with aggressive behavior or those whose physical state involves pain or ongoing suffering. WHS works with rescue groups and with other shelters to place animals in appropriate homes.
What is euthanasia and how is it done?
Euthanasia is the act of facilitating a good death. Dogs are euthanized by an intravenous injection of an overdose of sodium pentobarbital. In approximately eight seconds the dog is rendered unconscious and the entire system shuts down within a few minutes. Cats are euthanized by an intraperitoneal injection. While this process takes longer, it is less stressful than an intravenous injection for cats. The euthanasia process requires a trained and certified technician. The procedure is a quick and painless one.

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OUR PEOPLE

Here are the great people who work hard behind the scenes at Whatcom Humane Society.

Our Staff

Administration

Executive Director, Laura Clark

Administration
Courtney Adams
Sarah Kirkish

Finance/Accounting
Dana Berger

Special Events
Dana Browne, Manager

Humane Education
Zakia Kaminski

Volunteer & Outreach Services
Carly Brewer, Manager

Animal Care & Shelter Services
Danielle Yencopal-Smith, Operations Manager
Kate Miller, Companion Animal Services Manager
Angelia Reid, Supervisor
Tylor Ackerman
Meghan Bland
Cholena Brown
Tina Claussen
Jillian Cobb
Kelsey Girvin
Savannah Lampman
Derrick Randolf
Gabrielle Whitehall
Hailee Wickersham
Amy Wilkinson, Foster Coordinator
Wildlife Rehabilitation Services
Alysha Evans, Manager, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, L.V.T.
Makenna Johansen, Lead, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Caroline Sullivan
Hayley Vanderveen
Animal Control & Rescue / Field Services
Paul Evans, Manager
Audie Wood, Supervisor
Alison Ehl, Dispatcher
Claudia Alvarez
Carrie Anderson
Kyle Berger
Ray Pederson
Veterinary Services
Karen Rounds, DVM
Sarah Hansen

Our Board

Monthly meetings of the WHS board of directors are held the 4th Thursday of each month.

Board Members
Janet Hofmann, President
Kim Rice, Vice President
Ali Alsos, Treasurer
Deborah Dial-Monroe
Scott Rice
Victoria Savage
Jane Talbot
Kevin Williamson
How to Contact the Board
To contact the board, please write
c/o: Whatcom Humane Society Board of Directors
2172 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226

For additional information, please email director@whatcomhumane.org.

Department Directory

Main Phone:  (360) 733-2080

Laura Clark, Executive Director
director@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3026

Animal Control & Rescue
animalcontrol@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3017

Shelter Operations
operations@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3075

Adoptions/Customer Service
adoptions@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3001

Licensing
licensing@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3010

Volunteer & Outreach Services
volunteer@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3024

Humane Education
outreach@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3116

Special Events/Fundraising
events@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3014

Donations
admin@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3002

Finance
finance@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3021

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
wildlife@whatcomhumane.org / (360) 966-8845

Farm Facility
farm@whatcomhumane.org

It’s a labor of love.

JOIN OUR TEAM!

Job Opportunities at WHS

The Whatcom Humane Society seeks individuals highly motivated toward the welfare of ALL animals.

Animal Control Officer - Full Time

JOB TITLE:  Animal Control Officer (Full Time)

FUNCTIONS: To enforce local and state laws pertaining to animals in the community. To participate in the implementation of other field service, education, and public relations activities for the benefit of animals, always following the established policies, principles, and objectives of the Society.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Enforce City, County, and State Animal Control laws.
2. Investigate complaints by the public.
3. Impound stray animals at large, issue citations and written warnings to owners/keepers in violation of local ordinances. Testify in court when necessary.
4. Implement quarantine procedures in cooperation with the Health Dept. for rabies control.
5. Capture, contain, and secure livestock, exotics, vicious dogs, and unusual animals for the safety of the public, transporting when appropriate.
6. Pick up dead animals from private/public designated areas.
7. Inspect/monitor kennels, pet shops, animal fairs, zoos, rodeos, and special events to insure the safety and well-being of the animals.
8. Sell pet licenses.
9. Keep complete records, daily logs, activity reports.
10. Write clear, concise reports.
11. Obtain search and seizure warrants/court orders when warranted.
12. Obtain voluntary statements from witnesses/experts.
13. Secure crime scene. Gathers evidence if applicable.
14. Cooperate with and assist other law enforcement agencies.
15. Maintain regular, open communication with supervisor and other officers.
16. Perform service pick up of unwanted/stray animals that are confined by citizens.
17. Collect fees and contributions when appropriate.
18. Record complete animal information on pickups.
19. Transport animals to shelter, veterinarian, or other when appropriate.
20. Respond to emergencies: injured animals – domestic and small wildlife, animals in distress, vicious domestic animals at large, administers first aid/transports to shelter, veterinarian, or owner for treatment or euthanasia.
21. Maintain interior and exterior of vehicle sanitation. Reports mechanical problems to designated person or supervisor.
22. Participate in work related training and education programs both by the Society and other agencies in order to develop or improve work skills.
23. Satisfactorily complete training and certification programs required for performance of duties.
24. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. High School Graduate or equivalent and minimum two years professional animal-related experience.
2. Has or can obtain a valid Washington driver’s license.
3. Minimum of 21 years of age
4. Must be eligible for limited commission/authorization by Police/Sheriff Dept & Superior Court (criminal background check necessary).
5. Ability to learn and interpret laws and ordinances governing animal care and control and teach others.
6. Demonstrate ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
7. Report writing ability to accurately record information in reports. Good spelling and grammar necessary.
8. Knowledge of the characteristics and appearances of common breeds of dogs, cats, and other domestic animals. Skilled in the handling and care of animals.
9. Knowledge of animal control equipment. Able to load and trailer livestock.
10. Ability to work harmoniously with other employees.
11. Ability to perform humane euthanasia and pass all certifications if necessary, as required by this agency and Washington State law in the use of Sodium Pentobarbital and Legend drugs.
12. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, sit, stand, bend, twist and lift 50+ pounds.
13. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
14. Successful attendance/completion of WACA or NACA animal control academy (if needed) within 1 year of hire.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Must work irregular hours, shifts, nights, weekends (both Saturday & Sunday) and holidays. Be able to deal with unruly, vicious, and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with a hostile public, a fast paced workload that at times can be stressful. Be able to deal with strenuous physical activity and the emotional drain of the job. Exposure to parasites and infectious diseases.

COMPENSATION:
$13.00 per hour, plus on-call and overtime pay. Benefits including medical/dental, vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period.

TO APPLY:
Send resume and cover letter to:
Whatcom Humane Society
Attn: Paul Evans, Animal Control & Rescue Manager
2172 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226
Fax:  360-733- 4746
Email: animalcontrolmgr@whatcomhumane.org

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

WHS is an equal opportunity employer.

Please Note: we use E-verify – www.dhs.gov/e-verify

Farm & Livestock Caretaker - Volunteer Position

JOB TITLE:  Farm & Livestock Caretaker
DEPARTMENT:  Animal Care & Services
ACCOUNTABILITY:  Executive Director
FUNCTIONS:  To provide quality and humane daily care to the horses and livestock housed at the WHS off-site farm property.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Clean and maintain various horse and livestock quarters, barn, paddocks, outbuildings and property in sanitary and orderly condition.
  2. Feed, exercise and observe animals daily as to their health and well-being.
  3. Provide basic medical care when advised of animals requiring medication, treatment, and/or special needs.
  4. Maintain paperwork/records in a clear and organized manner, including animal care logs, vaccination/medical records, and receipts.
  5. Maintain and order appropriate feed and supplies.
  6. Provide general socialization and handling of on-site livestock and manage different animal temperaments in a humane and safe manner.
  7. Coordinate vaccines, worming and medical treatment/exams of animals with shelter veterinarian, outside veterinarians, farriers and animal control officers as needed.
  8. Evaluate temperament and adoption potential of animals as needed.
  9. Respond to email inquires, interview potential adopters and coordinate adoptions with shelter staff.
  10. Work closely with WHS volunteer manager to train, schedule, communicate with and manage farm volunteers/foster homes and their daily duties at the facility.
  11. Other duties as assigned and necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. High school graduate or equivalent. Valid driver’s license.
  2. Strong and proven working knowledge of the equine care/behavior, livestock care and farm management.
  3. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
  4. Must be in good health, able to lift 50+ lbs on a regular basis, bend, twist, squat and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  5. Ability to work well with the public, volunteers, and fellow employees.
  6. Basic maintenance skills.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Ability to be available 24 hours/day to perform duties incidental to the functioning of the farm property.   Be able to deal with large unruly and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with strenuous physical activity and the emotional drain of the job. Exposure to parasites and infectious diseases.

COMPENSATION: 
This is a volunteer position.  Wages shall be in the form of possession of the residence located on the WHS Farm premises (located in Everson, WA), which must be occupied and maintained as a condition of this volunteer position.  The fair monthly rental value of the residence is $ 1,400.00.  The utilities including electricity, internet, and trash removal are included with the occupancy.  A monthly stipend of $400 will be provided.

TO APPLY:
Send cover letter and resume to:
Whatcom Humane Society
C/O Laura Clark, Executive Director
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Email: director@whatcomhumane.org
Fax: 360-733-2726

No phone calls please.

Please Note: we use E-verify – www.dhs.gov/e-verify

Humane Education/Outreach Coordinator – Full Time

JOB TITLE:  Humane Education/Outreach Coordinator – Full Time
DEPARTMENT:  Outreach
ACCOUNTABILITY:  Manager, Volunteer & Community Outreach Services
FUNCTIONS:  To provide community outreach and humane education programs to children and adults throughout Whatcom County in support of the Society’s mission

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Coordinate and implement humane education programs for children ages K-12. 
2. Foster public and community support by representing WHS at local events, festivals and fairs.
3. Coordinate community outreach events at local businesses in the community.
4. Conduct and supervise tours of shelter facilities for school groups and service organizations. 
5. Promote humane attitudes towards animals to diverse population of children and adults. 
6. Coordinate all humane education activities including but not limited to: Critter Camp, Dog Day Afternoon Reading Program, Reading Buddies Program, Kendall Kids Program and Girl Scout Programs.
7. Work closely with WHS volunteer manager to recruit appropriate humane education and community outreach volunteers.  
8. Supervise and train all humane education/outreach volunteers to ensure safety of children and animals. 
9. Expand and grow WHS humane education and outreach programs in creative ways to reach more children and adults in Whatcom County.   
10. Develop new WHS humane education programs that can be conducted at WHS shelter. 
11. Facilitate monthly Pet Loss Support Group Meetings at WHS shelter.
12. Attend WHS fundraising events and assist Fundraising Manager as needed. 
13. Other duties as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. High school graduate or equivalent with minimum two years experience working in education, non-profit organizations and/or the animal welfare field.
2. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
3. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team.
4. Proven experience working with children in class room or teaching environment.
5. Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Excel, Word & PowerPoint
6. Highly motivated towards the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
7. A strong belief in the Society’s mission and activities. 
8. Ability to work productively and positively with the public, fellow employees and volunteers. 
9. Workable knowledge of proper care and handling of animals. 
10. Ability to speak in public and make presentations in front of groups of children or adults. 
11. Must be in good health and able to pass a physical examination.
12. Has or can obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license and good driving record. 
13. Experience working with volunteers a plus.
14. Clean criminal background check required. 

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Must be able to look at a computer monitor for extended hours. Ability to lift up to 25+ lbs, some bending and frequent sitting. Must be willing to work irregular hours, shifts, weekends, evenings as needed. Be able to work effectively with groups of children, parents, teachers, the public and a fast paced workload that at times can be stressful. Be able to deal with the emotional drain of the job. Be able to work independently with little supervision.  Be willing and able to work with & manage volunteers of all ages.

COMPENSATION: 
$13.00 per hour.  Benefits include: medical/dental/vision, vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period. 

TO APPLY:
Submit Cover Letter and Resume to: 
Carly Brewer, Manager, Volunteer & Community Outreach Services
Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street 
Bellingham, WA 98226
volunteer@whatcomhumane.org 
(360)733-2746 fax 

No phone calls please. 

WHS is an equal opportunity employer. 

Please Note: we use E-verify – www.dhs.gov/e-verify

Animal Care Technician - Part Time

JOB TITLE:  Animal Care Technician – Part Time (16-24 hours/week)
FUNCTIONS:  To maintain the shelter in a thoroughly clean and sanitary manner and provide all sheltered animals with humane care, treatment and attention.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Clean, disinfect, and maintain various animal quarters and accompanying areas in sanitary condition.
2. Vaccinate, feed, and observe animals daily as to their health and well-being.
3. Provide special care when advised of animals requiring medication, treatment, and/or special needs.
4. Completion of odd jobs as assigned.
5. Properly identify all animals and maintain proper paperwork.
6. Proper and respectful handling of dead animals.

Animal Care Technicians will be assigned additional responsibilities after demonstrating competency at entry level. Examples of additional responsibilities are as follows: Incoming health examination and assessment – Euthanasia – Adoption selection – Receiving animals after hours – Assist public in redemption/adoption of animals

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. High school graduate or equivalent
2. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, and lift 50 pounds.
3. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
4. Workable knowledge of proper care for animals or ability to learn.
5. Ability to work well with the public, volunteers, and fellow employees.
6. Must be able to work independently.
7. Have minimum 1 year professional working experience with animals.

COMPENSATION:
$12.00 per hour. Benefits including vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Must work irregular hours, shifts, weekends and holidays. Be able to deal with unruly, vicious, and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with a hostile public, a fast paced workload that at times can be stressful. Be able to deal with strenuous physical activity and the emotional drain of the job. Exposure to parasites and infectious diseases.

TO APPLY:
Send cover letter and resume to:
Kate Miller, Companion Animal Services Manager
Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
animalcaremgr@whatcomhumane.org
(360)733-2746 fax

No phone calls please.

WHS is an equal opportunity employer.

Please Note: we use E-verify – www.dhs.gov/e-verify

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Dog Days of Summer

A festival for dogs & the people who love them! August 25 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The 10th Annual Whatcom Humane Society Putts Fore Pets Golf Event

Join us for a great day on the course with your friends and colleagues! Aug. 8 @ 11:30 am

Sunset Cruise

Join us for a 2 hour cruise on the Victoria Star! June 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Walk on the Wild Side Series

Join us for an informative series of talks about wildlife native to Whatcom County.

Four Courses with the Horses Dinner

Join fellow animal lovers for this exclusive dining experience! May 18 @ 5:00 pm

PAWPRINT NEWSLETTER

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Address & Hours

Address:  2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA  98226
Phone:  (360) 733-2080
Fax:  (360) 733-4746

Shelter Services (licensing, lost & found, redemptions, etc.)
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday – Monday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Tuesdays & Major Holidays

Adoption Services / Animal Adoption Viewing
Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:30 pm & Sunday – Monday 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Closed Tuesdays & Major Holidays

Animal Control Dispatch
Sunday - Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Farm Facility:  By Appointment Only

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center:
September-April 9:00 am-5:00 pm
May-August 8:00 am-7:00 pm
(360) 966-8845 – please call, not open to the public

Department Directory

Main Phone:  (360) 733-2080

Laura Clark, Executive Director
director@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3026

Animal Control & Rescue
animalcontrol@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3017

Shelter Operations
operations@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3075

Adoptions/Customer Service
adoptions@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3001

Licensing
licensing@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3010

Volunteer & Outreach Services
volunteer@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3024

Humane Education
outreach@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3116

Special Events/Fundraising
events@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3014

Donations
admin@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3002

Finance
finance@whatcomhumane.org / ext #3021

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
wildlife@whatcomhumane.org / (360) 966-8845

Farm Facility
farm@whatcomhumane.org