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.

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Domestic animals are successfully adopted, redeamed or transferred each year by WHS.

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
Cholena Brown
Tina Claussen
Jillian Cobb
KiAnna Hoppe
Sovhan McCallum
Dianna Miller
Maria Prieto-Rivera
Mikayla Spencer
Caroline Sullivan
Gabrielle Whitehall
Amy Wilkinson, Foster Coordinator
Wildlife Rehabilitation Services
Alysha Evans, Manager, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, L.V.T.
Kelly Hogan
Makenna Johansen, Lead, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Hayley Vanderveen
Animal Control & Rescue / Field Services
Paul Evans, Manager
Rebecca Crowley, Lead Officer
Alison Ehl, Dispatcher
Claudia Alvarez
Carrie Anderson
Kyle Berger
Stephan Neu-Yagle
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
Mary Meeks, Secretary
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.

We are currently looking to fill the following positions:

Animal Care Technician - Part Time

JOB TITLE:  Animal Care Technician (Part Time)
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:
$11.50 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
Email: animalcaremgr@whatcomhumane.org
Fax: (360)733-2746

No phone calls please.

WHS is an equal opportunity employer.
Please Note: we use E-verify – www.dhs.gov/e-verify

Licensed Veterinary Technician - Part Time

JOB TITLE:  Licensed Veterinary Technician – Part Time (20-25 hours/week)
DEPARTMENT:  Veterinary Department
ACCOUNTABILITY:  Staff Veterinarian
FUNCTIONS:  To provide medical care and treatment to all sheltered animals in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Society and the State laws of Washington.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Conduct morning and evening rounds of all areas of the shelters to ensure well-being of all animals.
2. Review list of veterinary treatments to be completed during the course of the day.
3. Communicate and help facilitate daily list of shelter animals requiring veterinarian examinations.
4. Confirm daily medical treatment to all sheltered animals as prescribed by staff veterinarians.
5. Assist veterinarian in examination and treatment of animals.
6. Initiate emergency medical treatment as needed.
7. Assist with the training and supervision of veterinary clinic department volunteers
8. Be familiar with proper processing of animals through the shelters, and the corresponding paperwork and filing required.
9. Clean and maintain the in-house vet clinic in an orderly and sanitary manner according to standards established by WHS.
10. Provide humane care and treatment to all sheltered animals.
11. Prepare animals for surgery – administer pre-anesthetic and anesthetic drugs, intubate animals and monitor during anesthesia as directed by veterinarian. Aseptically prepare surgical field.
12. Perform grooming and dental procedures.
13. When necessary, communicate and act as liaison between WHS veterinary clinic and WHS animal control staff, wildlife rehabilitation center and farm property.
14. Process paperwork associated with animals treated by veterinarian.
15. Monitor animals after surgery in recovery.
16. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Licensed veterinary technician with a current Washington State license, or ability to become licensed in Washington State within 3 months of hire – and with at least 1 year professional experience.
2. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, and able to lift 40 lbs.
3. Has or can obtain a valid Washington driver’s license.
4. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
5. Must be self-motivated, dependable, and able to work independently with little or no supervision.
6. Must have the ability to work well and communicate with fellow employees and volunteers.
7. Must show maturity and good judgment. Must perform the job in a professional manner and work efficiently under pressure.
8. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
9. Must be able to work with the public, staff and volunteers in a friendly and courteous manner.
10. Prefer experience working at or volunteering at an animal shelter.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
May be asked to work flexible hours when necessary.  Be able to deal with unruly, vicious, and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with 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:
DOE.  Benefits include vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period.

TO APPLY:  Send cover letter and resume to:
Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Attn: Chris Sessler, Human Resources
Email:  hr@whatcomhumane.org
(360)733-4746 fax

No phone calls please.

WHS is an equal opportunity employer.

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

Licensed Veterinary Technician - Full Time

JOB TITLE:  Licensed Veterinary Technician – Full Time
DEPARTMENT:  Veterinary Department
ACCOUNTABILITY:  Staff Veterinarian
FUNCTIONS:  To provide medical care and treatment to all sheltered animals in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Society and the State laws of Washington.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Conduct morning and evening rounds of all areas of the shelters to ensure well-being of all animals.
2. Review list of veterinary treatments to be completed during the course of the day.
3. Communicate and help facilitate daily list of shelter animals requiring veterinarian examinations.
4. Confirm daily medical treatment to all sheltered animals as prescribed by staff veterinarians.
5. Assist veterinarian in examination and treatment of animals.
6. Initiate emergency medical treatment as needed.
7. Assist with the training and supervision of veterinary clinic department volunteers
8. Be familiar with proper processing of animals through the shelters, and the corresponding paperwork and filing required.
9. Clean and maintain the in-house vet clinic in an orderly and sanitary manner according to standards established by WHS.
10. Provide humane care and treatment to all sheltered animals.
11. Prepare animals for surgery – administer pre-anesthetic and anesthetic drugs, intubate animals and monitor during anesthesia as directed by veterinarian. Aseptically prepare surgical field.
12. Perform grooming and dental procedures.
13. When necessary, communicate and act as liaison between WHS veterinary clinic and WHS animal control staff, wildlife rehabilitation center and farm property.
14. Process paperwork associated with animals treated by veterinarian.
15. Monitor animals after surgery in recovery.
16. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Licensed veterinary technician with a current Washington State license, or ability to become licensed in Washington State within 3 months of hire – and with at least 1 year professional experience.
2. Must be in good health, able to pass a physical examination, and able to lift 40 lbs.
3. Has or can obtain a valid Washington driver’s license.
4. Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals.
5. Must be self-motivated, dependable, and able to work independently with little or no supervision.
6. Must have the ability to work well and communicate with fellow employees and volunteers.
7. Must show maturity and good judgment. Must perform the job in a professional manner and work efficiently under pressure.
8. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
9. Must be able to work with the public, staff and volunteers in a friendly and courteous manner.
10. Prefer experience working at or volunteering at an animal shelter.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
May be asked to work flexible hours when necessary.  Be able to deal with unruly, vicious, and dangerous animals humanely. Be able to deal with 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:
DOE.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision plan – vacation, sick, holiday pay after successful completion of introduction period.

TO APPLY:  Send cover letter and resume to:
Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Attn: Chris Sessler, Human Resources
Email:  hr@whatcomhumane.org
(360)733-4746 fax

No phone calls please.

WHS is an equal opportunity employer.

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

Want to VOLUNTEER?

If you LOVE animals, you will LOVE volunteering for Whatcom Humane Society.

NEWS & MEDIA

Kids Holiday Workshop

Join us for an afternoon of furry friends & fun! Dec. 15 @ 1:00 pm

Santa Paws Photos

Bring your pets to Mud Bay in Bellingham for a special visit with Santa Paws!
Dec. 1-2 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

DRIBS and DRABS: Replacing Unwanted Behavior

Understand the reason behind your dog’s bad habits and how to teach more pleasing behavior. Nov. 17 @ 1:00 pm

Masquerade Gala

Join us for an elegant evening to benefit the animals. Oct. 20 @ 5:30 pm

Feeding Native Wildlife

Every year, the WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center encounters well-meaning citizens who bring the center orphaned wildlife that they have been feeding for several days. The reason that these animals finally make it to our facility is because they have become lethargic. By the time that we are able to start treatment, they are often too far gone and have sustained severe injury to their organs and are not able to pull through.

PAWPRINT NEWSLETTER

Published quarterly, our PawPrint Newsletter is a great way to keep up-to-date with the work we are doing for abandoned, injured and abused wild & domestic animals throughout our community.

 

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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:  9:00 am – 5:00 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