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 (Adobe Acrobat PDF files) may be downloaded under “Adoption Fees” below.

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Cat Adoption Fees

Kittens/Cats under 1 year of age: $115.00

Two Kittens adopted together (same day): $200.00

Cats 1 year – 5 years: $50.00

Cats over 5 years of age: $30.00

 

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Dog Adoption Fees

Puppies/Dogs under 1 year of age: $125.00 Dogs 1 year to 5 years: $85.00 Dogs over 5 years of age: $60.00

 

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Rabbit Adoption Fees
Other Animal Adoption Fees

Ask Customer Service for adoption fee information for all other animals.

Horse Adoption Fees

Adoption fees vary based on the animal. Please contact us directly regarding horse adoptions.

 

Bird Adoption Fees

Prices vary for adopting birds. Please check with shelter staff for details.

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)
  • 30 Days Free Sheltercare Pet Health Insurance
  • 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
 . Kalin .
 . Kalin .  . Kalin .
  • Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
You want to play? YES, lets play! I'm a bouncy, high energy dog looking for my forever home. I'm your typical Shepard puppy: mouthy, jumpy, adorable, full of endless energy. I'm looking for a home that is as go go go as I am. I want to hike, walk, fetch, you name it I want to try it. I have lived with older kids and could live with kids 12 and up that can tolerate all my love bites and scratches. I have lived with a smaller dog and he didn't like me too much. What can I say I'm kind of rude and need a lot of socialization around other dogs. Speaking of rudeness I do need to be signed up for positive reward based training classes prior to my adoption. Trust me you will want me to work on some obedience training, including some potty training. I have lived with cats before and love to chase them so maybe a confident cat would be a better fit for me. If you are interested in adopting me please fill out an application at customer service to meet with me.
Baby, Male, Medium
 . Shadow .
 . Shadow .
  • German Shepherd Dog, Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Hey there, friends! My name's Shadow and I'm super duper happy to meet you! I've never met a person I didn't like, and my goal in life is to be everybody's best friend. I am still very much a puppy and am at the age where I'm just starting to grow into myself. I'm a loosey-goosey, gangly young man and don't have the biggest concept of personal space. I am very food motivated and if you ask me to "sit", I will kindly oblige! I can live with experienced children who don't mind getting knocked down from time to time. I love to play but sometimes I forget how big I am! I am required to sign up for positive, reward based classes prior to my adoption being finalized. I love other dogs and might really like to live with one in my new home. My only request is that my new family not have any cats, small animals, or livestock, as I did not do well with them in my previous home. Other than that, I'd be a great fit for most active families! Fill out an application to meet me today!
Young, Male, Large
 . Julie .
 . Julie .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without small kids
Hi I'm Julie. You could probably hear me calling to you from down the hall. I'm a vocal girl who loves to chat to her humans about their day. Why don't we sit watch some tv while you pet me and we can relax the day away. I am a little on the timid side initially; I just take a little time adjusting to new situations. I promise I'm worth the wait though! Since loud noises and new places scare me a little I'm looking for a home that is quiet with children over 12 that understand I need a little time to come around. I can live with other easy going cats; with proper introductions of course. Dogs are a little to loud and scary for me. I need to be indoor only. As you can imagine the outside world is a big scary place for me. Do we sounds like a match? Fill out an application at customer service to meet with me.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Sargent .
 . Sargent .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Are you looking for an affectionate but independent buddy? Sargent loves pets from his big pink nose to his stumpy little tail (just no belly rubs, please!) but he's pretty content to just lounge around or patrol his domain if you're busy, too! He can be a little nervous about loud noises and fast-paced environments, so a home with kids 12 or older who know to respect his space would be best. Likewise, dogs would probably just be too much for this guy. He doesn't like being picked up, but if you put out a cardboard box, he'll be there in a second and ready for attention! If Sargent sounds like your kind of guy, head up to customer service to meet him!
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Harriett .
 . Harriett .
  • Balinese
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Harriett! This sweet, sensitive kitty is looking for a quiet home that will allow her time to come out of her shell. The shelter is a pretty scary place for her, but once she's comfortable with you, she turns into a snuggly purr-monster! She loves cheek rubs and would be a great buddy to hangout and read a book with. Harriett would like a child-free home without any dogs. She might be able to live with another laidback cat. We see Harriett doing really well with a retired person or couple who can give her a calm environment with lots of love and regular grooming. If Harriett sounds like the kitty for you, head up to the front desk for an application to meet her.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Molly .
 . Molly .
  • Siamese
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
This beautiful kitty is Molly! She is an older, seasoned kitty looking for a home to retire in! She loves to get attention but does drool in the process! Molly is a bit of a chunk!! Her food intake will need to be monitored to ensure she doesn't gain any more weight so she can live as long as possible! Because of Molly's age she needs a home that is on the quiet side, Molly would also like her future home to have children over 12 years old and are cat savvy enough to be able to recognize Molly's signals when she is ready to be alone. Molly's history is unknown, but from her behavior here Molly needs to be the only feline in the home. Dogs on the other hand may be too loud or too fast for her and we don't want Molly living a life in fear! If molly tickles your fancy, head up to the front desk and fill out and adoption application, that way you can meet her.
Senior, Female, Medium
 . Kubo .
 . Kubo .  . Kubo .
  • Shepherd, Black Mouth Cur
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Kubo, he is a nervous big guy with a heart looking for the love of a forever home. He was surrendered because his previous owners could no longer keep him in their home. He has grown up being a guard dog and because he is nervous he would do best in a loving reassuring home instead. He will need some additional socializing because of his reaction to some strangers but with some work with a trainer that can be easily resolved through positive reinforcement training. Kubo has lived with children in his previous home but due to the stress of the shelter is very nervous of new people. For this reason he will need to go to a home with children over 12 years that understand to respect a dogs boundaries. Kubo is very unsure about other dogs and has never lived with one. He might be able to live with a elderly dog that will be gentle with him and respect his space. A proper introduction should be completed to be sure Kubo and another dog will get along. Because he is a shepherd he would be best to not live with a cat, they tend to have a high prey drive and enjoy chasing the smaller critters. If you have a reassuring happy home for Kubo, visit with him today to see if you are the yin to his yang.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Gordo .
 . Gordo .  . Gordo .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats
Meet Gordo the super dee dooper black lab mix now on the search for his forever home. Gordo was a stray coming to WHS so we don't know much about his history before here but we know what he is like here, and he is a pretty fantastic guy. Unfortunately Gordo does not seem to do well with other dogs, so he needs to be an only doggo child in the home. He would do okay with children over the age of 8 years old, because he has so much energy he may knock younger kiddos over. Because he is a lab and this breed tends to have a high prey drive we do not recommend him to go home with any cats either. Gordo enjoys toys, playing ball and is all feet when engaged in a game of play with either you or himself. Gordo plays like a little puppy and once you see it you will know why we love him so much here at WHS. If you have the right home for Gordo, visit with him today. He would make a fantastic new companion for the right home.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Buddy .
 . Buddy .  . Buddy .  . Buddy .
  • Akita
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Meet Buddy a young energetic Akita mix with a big goofy heart. Buddy was found as a stray and the finders could no locate an owner so he came to us. He was treating the small dog in the home like a toy so it would be best that Buddy does not go home with small dogs, silly puppy wants to do nothing but play but he does not realize his large intimidating size. Buddy would need to be introduced to another dog before going home and can be particular of his friends. Being an Akita he has a high prey drive and will not be good in a home with cats. He has lived with kids and he adored them, however because he is so bouncy and active he may be a little intense for the really young children. Buddy gets stimulated easily but has a love for food and is eager to learn, he is motivated by anything food so when he goes to positive reinforcement training classes for some basic obedience he will be quick to pick up on what he learns. If you are interested in visiting with Buddy visit with the customer service team to learn more.
Young, Male, Large
 . Smokey and Stache .
 . Smokey and Stache .  . Smokey and Stache .  . Smokey and Stache .  . Smokey and Stache .  . Smokey and Stache .
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Meet Smokey and Stache - a duo of pair-bonded young siblings who are embracing the Bellingham spirit by being "kitties of subdued excitement" and they can't wait to be a purring part of your morning coffee routine. Stache is named for his white "milk mustache" markings and is the bolder of these two siblings, curious and sometimes talkative, and completely down for belly rubs. Smokey is a little more reserved, but being with his brother gives him extra confidence, and with a little patience and gentle affection you can place him on your lap where he will settle like a PNW storm cloud, complete with thunderous purr. They have lived together their whole lives, so they are a well-matched pair for someone looking for quietly affectionate companions with the rest of their lives ahead of them. Smokey and Stache lived briefly with young children and found them too unpredictable, loud, and generally scary to ever settle in and should live in a home that is child-free, perhaps excepting cat-savvy older children who are willing to go slow (12+ yrs old). A dog is outside of their comfort zone, but another cat who exudes this same relaxed, mellow energy may be accepted with appropriate introductions.
Young, Male, Medium
 . Lil Mama .
 . Lil Mama .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Lil Mama a sweet little one year old kitty that was just transferred to the Whatcom Humane Society from SCRAPS Animal Control in Spokane, WA. Lil Mama is a tiny ball of nervousness but wants to cuddle and receive affection from those that are patient with her. She has had a long road and the right home will help her feel much less intimidated by this big world. Lil Mama would do best in a home with no children or dogs, but another sweet cat might help her come out of her shell. She would be a great single cat too with her person to love and lap to curl up on. Visit with Lil Mama today to see if she would be a good fit for your family.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Kaluha .
 . Kaluha .  . Kaluha .  . Kaluha .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
This affectionate girl is Kaluha she is a very loving cat that wants to have her head rubbed all day long. She is a fantastic lap warmer also. She is looking for a home that will allow her to be in charge and rule the house. Kaluha does have some sensitivity to her feet and belly being touched and because of this she does not like to be carried. Since she has some sensitive spots we are recommending a home with no children. Kaluha would likely do fine in a home with another furry companion as long as they won't bother her too much. She is also looking for a home that will provide her with weight management food to help her shed a few pounds and make sure she is an indoor only kitty for rest her years. If this loving, independent, older girl sounds like the one for you please head up to customer service for an application to meet with her.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . George .
 . George .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogs
Hiya! My name is George! I am looking for a nice, quiet home that I can live out the rest of my days in! Although I scare easily, I also warm up pretty quickly with some TLC. I am very cuddly once the purrs commence! I have lived with cats in the past, so with a slow introduction a feline friend would be okay with me! I have never lived with a dog before and I would like to keep it that way due to the fact that I am easily frightened! I could use some fish oil to help with my dandruff which will make my already super soft fur even softer! If you'd like to give me a pet, please fill out an application at the front desk!
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Nova .
 . Nova .  . Nova .  . Nova .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats
Are you interested in a fun loving goofy pup with a quirky personality? Then look no further, Nova is currently looking for her new forever home. Nova will be required to be a single dog in her home however, she was surrendered for fighting with the other dogs in the home. Nova can be a bit of a diva sometimes so we like to think it is because she wants all the love from her humans to herself. While she does not seem to get along well with dogs she does really well with almost any human she has encountered. She is a bundle of fun and has a ball interacting and playing with the people that are willing to engage with her. She would be okay with kids 8 and up, she might knock little ones over with her bouncy feet. Nova is a snuggle bug and once she gets her energy out and settles for the day, its couch and snuggle time for her. She is incredibly smart but we still recommend she takes a basic obedience class to help her learn to be the best dog she can be. Because Nova is a bully breed she has a high prey drive and should not live with cats. Whether you are looking for your one on one companion or a 4 legged family member visit with Nova, she might be just the perfect addition to your home.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Ducky .
 . Ducky .  . Ducky .  . Ducky .  . Ducky .
  • Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Meet Ducky. This adorable girl is learning that life isn't as scary as she thought, and working on being brave. Unfortunately, we think that Ducky hasn't had the best life so far, but she is hoping to find her forever home where she will be loved and spoiled and appropriately exercised. Ducky loves her people, and shows it by staying as close to them as possible and giving as many kisses as she can. Ducky could might be too nervous to live with little kids, but she should be okay to live with respectful kids 10+. Because she can be pretty jumpy when she's excited, and doesn't seem to know any commands yet, so she will be required to sign up for positive reward based training classes. Ducky would be okay to live with cats, as long as they are properly and slowly introduced to each other. A confident dog in her new home would probably help Ducky to come out of her shell, but they will need to meet prior to adoption to ensure that they will be a good fit! Ask for an application at the front desk to meet Ducky today!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Bella .
 . Bella .  . Bella .  . Bella .
  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Bella is a super smart, silly young dog who has been through a lot in her life. She's looking for a patient home who spends their time running, hiking, and throwing a tennis ball in the backyard! She is shy at first but once she warms up she will be your snuggle buddy. Bella will need an adult-only household without a whole lot of hustle and bustle. Bella loves to pal around with other dogs an would benefit from going to day care. While she likes to play with other canines she bond's very easily to her human and doesn't want to share her attention with any other animals; she wants to be your only fur baby. Bella is required to be signed up for positive reward based training to help her learn some leash skills and better bond with her human. If you have the room in your heart and home for a loving sweet girl like Bella please fill out an application to meet with her.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Selina .
 . Selina .  . Selina .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
I hear you have a lot items in your home I can aggressively rub on. I think we can get along just fine if so. I'm Selina and I'm looking for my furever home. I'm an actively affectionate girl; meaning I love to get pet then walk around rubbing on everything then come back for another pet and some more rubs. I'm an easy going cat wanting an easy going home. I can live with kids over 12 that understand I do have boundaries. I don't enjoy my feet or tummy being rubbed but love my chin and butt scratches. Other cats and dogs are far to overwhelming for me so please let me be your only fur baby. I am getting past middle aged and am ready to settle into an indoor only life. Come spend some time getting to know me by filling out an application at customer service to meet with me.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Sampson and Hannelore .
 . Sampson and Hannelore .  . Sampson and Hannelore .  . Sampson and Hannelore .  . Sampson and Hannelore .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without small kids
Hi I'm Sampson but you can call me Sam for short. Do you love a cat with a good purr? Let me purr my way into your heart. I am a warm hearted boy looking for a home to call my own. My sister Hannelore is also here with me and I am her emotional support cat. We are required to go home together since we are so bonded. We are mature cats looking for an adult only mature home to lounge our days away. We can live with other cats but would prefer to be the only two felines in your home. We cannot live with dogs in our forever home; they are far to intimidating. Do you have the perfect home for two easy going gentlecats to call home? If so please fill out an application at customer service to meet with us.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Adelina .
 . Adelina .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hello my name is Adelina and I am looking for the hero to my sidekick! I love attention and to be reassured that I am a great sidekick but I also like to shine on my own and will need solo missions. I am a lover not a fighter but I am not afraid to let you know when to leave me be,before you blow my cover. I am a great investigator and will sniff things out for you to make sure there are no other cats or dogs in the area, they are my arch nemeses. Children under 12 make me nervous, there is something suspicious about them so I would prefer to not have any under my roof. With great whiskers come great responsibility, so if you are ready to take on the world with me for the next decade grab your cape! I will be taking applications at the front desk.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Raphael .
 . Raphael .  . Raphael .  . Raphael .
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Did I hear you say party? Well count me as uninvited but totally coming. I'm a cat on a mission: PARTY! I love to play, explore, and test my limits. I'd love to play with you, but I can make a toy out of anything: pencils, post-it notes, your shoes! I'm not down to play with other cats or dogs though so I need to be the only party animal in your home. I can rock out with some teenagers 16 and over but don't want any young kids killing my vibe. I can get too into the party animal life and need a home that can read my signs and let me slow my roll before I get to amped up. I want to keep my parties to indoor only since I got some skin allergies and don't want the outdoor world ruining my party suit. If you are looking for some laughs and someone to liven up the party, think about inviting me; or I just may just show up. Want to pal around first? Well fill out an application at customer service to meet with me.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Sandy and Mandy .
 . Sandy and Mandy .  . Sandy and Mandy .
  • Guinea Pig
Meet Sandy and Mandy! These two are quite the perfect pair of pigs, and expect to be treated as such! Sandy and Mandy can be a little shy at first, but with continued calm handling and some yummy treats, will be your best friends in no time. These lovely ladies are a bonded pair, and find a lot of comfort in each other's presence. They love to snuggle up together in their cozy bed, and enjoy spending their free time playing chase with each other. They'd love lots of out-of-cage time where they can explore and stretch their legs. They can live with gentle, patient children who can go slow and be patient with them while they adjust. If these two sound like the perfect fit for your home, head up to the front desk for an application to meet them!
Adult, Female, Small
 . Mister Wilson .
 . Mister Wilson .  . Mister Wilson .  . Mister Wilson .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Meet Mister Wilson! This sweet boy is ready for his forever home with you! He loves people and treats! Mister Wilson is such a smart boy who is super willing to learn. He already knows sit and down. He'd love for his new family to continue working with him so he can learn a lot more cool tricks! Depending on your experience, he may be required to sign up for positive reward based training classes prior to his adoption. This will help to form a strong bond between him and his new adopters, and help everyone get started off on the right paw! Wilson would love an active family who will take him on hikes and include him in their daily lives. He loves to play with his toys and loves to tug! He has a high prey drive so no cats for this boy! He is particular about his doggy friends so he may need to meet them here a couple of times before going home. Mister Wilson is a bit nervous being left alone so no apartments for this guy as he whines and barks. He has been showing signs of some separation anxiety. Mister Wilson is a sweet, loyal, absolutely gorgeous boy who will make a great companion for the right home. Head up to the front desk for an application to meet him!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Mondo .
 . Mondo .  . Mondo .  . Mondo .
  • Spaniel, Hound
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Mondo! This is a dog whose name is very well suited for him-- he is very much "large and in charge" in both stature and personality! Mondo is a goofy boy who loves to romp around and play. He's a country dog at heart and needs a home where he has lots of room to run, with neighbors who don't mind it when he sings a little song from time to time. This is a dog who wants to be around his people as much as possible-- he has some pretty severe separation anxiety and has a long history of being destructive and noisy when left alone. While it can be frustrating at times, separation anxiety in dogs is workable and can absolutely improve over time with help from a patient and dedicated owner. Mondo is a rockstar with other dogs, and would really love to go to doggy daycare on days you'll be away from the house. Mondo is part Hound and will follow his nose wherever it goes, so a secure fence will be ideal for this curious boy. He thinks of cats and small animals as play things and will need a home that is free of these temptations. Mondo is a LOT of dog, and his previous owner stated he can be too much for young kids. For this reason, Mondo would prefer an adult-only home, or maybe one with teenagers who match his energy level. This silly, slobbery boy can't wait to be your friend! If you feel the same, head up to the front desk for an application to meet him!
Young, Male, Large
 . Rocky .
 . Rocky .  . Rocky .  . Rocky .
  • Appaloosa, Morgan
  • Spayed/Neutered
Meet Rocky! This compact and chunky guy is a 30+ year old Appaloosa/Morgan, who has such an easy going and charming attitude. Rocky was a trail horse in his heyday, but now prefers to hang out with his buddies and graze the day away. Rocky loves the company of other horses but has lived as a solo horse (with a few llama friends) in the past. He could use a refresher on ground manners but is a total gentleman for the farrier and vet. Rocky does have some arthritis, and has a daily pain management medication, but is otherwise 100% healthy and happy. If you are looking for an insanely adorable, brush loving, snuggle seeking, solid as a rock companion, Rocky is your guy!
Senior, Male, Large
 . Sassafras .
 . Sassafras .  . Sassafras .
  • Thoroughbred
Sassafras is a super relaxed and affectionate 17 year old Thoroughbred cross. This adorable girl is broke to ride, loves to be brushed, kissed and cuddled. She prefers to be with other horses and will definitely soak up all of the attention she can get from her human friends. Sass came to us in very poor condition and while she has put on some weight, she still has some to gain. She is currently very weak on her hind end due to muscle loss and is on a daily medication for pain management. However, once she gains the appropriate amount of weight and muscle, she will no longer need the medication. If you are looking for a mellow snuggle buddy, Sassafras is your girl!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Duke .
 . Duke .  . Duke .  . Duke .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special NeedsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Duke the the cuddlebug ready to steal your heart. Even though he only has three legs there's still plenty of him to go around! Duke loooves being around his people and will headbutt your head if he doesn't think you've pet him enough. Due to the instability in life Duke has developed some separation anxiety and that make him a little destructive in the home. Because of his separation anxiety Duke really needs a patient home that is okay with missing parts of door frames for the first couple of months. He is also required to go to positive reward based training to help him work through his anxiety. Duke wants to be the only one getting attention in your home so he needs an adult only, no cats, and no other dog home. If you're looking for your new movie watching snuggle buddy. Ask the front desk for an application today!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Prince and Coco .
 . Prince and Coco .  . Prince and Coco .  . Prince and Coco .
  • Guinea Pig
Hello there! We are Coco and Prince. We are about 2 years old. We need daily socialization with our people and this will help us be less shy. We like our cage kept clean! We need a high quality guinea pig pellets daily and fresh greens twice a day to stay healthy. We may not have survived a fire but we need a loving home and we have a lot of love to give! We can live with children who are respectful of us and won't squeeze us. If you think you can be the perfect home for us, fill out an application up front!
Adult, Male, Small
 . Beau .
 . Beau .  . Beau .  . Beau .
  • Standardbred
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Beau, aka Beau Cam Rock (Prior Names: Excuse My Card, Cam’s Card Shark, Another Excuse and No Nukes) is a 20 year old branded and gelded Standardbred off track pacer buggy racer. He was foaled on 5/07/1999. He is considered a gaited horse and had a lucrative racing career before being retired. Beau loves other horses, trailers amazingly well, is not spooky (unless in the arena where he thinks its race time and gets anxious but not scary), good with children to brush and pet him, cats and dogs and stands for the farrier. Never gave rear, buck or bite. He appears to be bombproof when it comes to loud noises too - probably from many years spent at the track. He's loving and really enjoys carrots and apples. He’s easy to catch and loves to have as much turnout time as possible. He is a kind and gentle horse but in his heart, mind and body he is still a racehorse. Because he is a pacer the faster you let him go the smoother the ride becomes. On the trail he is compliant but not content to go slow and wants to be the lead horse. He will do best in an experienced home that has a job for him (something with speed), other horses preferably and a rider that is high level intermediate to advanced and not afraid to GO! He will also need to have someone who can work with him on his groundwork as far as standing still for mounting, flexing and lowering his head etc. If you have the time and experience for this lovely guy, please contact WHS!
Senior, Male, Large
 . Mice .
 . Mice .  . Mice .  . Mice .  . Mice .
  • Mouse
Both male and female mice available. All less than 6 months old. Call our Customer Service Team for more information at 360-733-2080 ex.3004
Young, Female, Small
 . Tulips .
 . Tulips .
  • Goat
Tulips is looking for a retirement home that has the time to give her lots of love and TLC! We don't know Tulips' exact age, but we think she is between 10-15 years old. She is currently in a foster home gaining weight and getting pretty again! Tulips will need a home with some previous goat experience, as she can be a little nervous about approaching strangers, but is very well mannered once caught. Tulips rode great in the car on the way to her foster home, and is not phased by the horses and cats in the barn with her. She will, however, need to live with goat savvy dogs or have their initial interactions be supervised, as she reacts pretty typically to dogs by head butting them when they don't respect her space. She will need free choice hay, supplemented minerals and grain, and a constant supply of fresh water to keep her happy and healthy. Tulips would make an awesome companion for another goat or horse, but is looking for a home that won't breed or eat her. Please fill out an application and staff can make an appointment for you to meet this sweet older gal!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Aubrey .
 . Aubrey .  . Aubrey .  . Aubrey .  . Aubrey .
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Aubrey! This girl is full of personality, and she can't wait to show you! She's super silly and will entertain you all day long. She LOVES the snow! Aubrey loves to play with other dogs, but can be a little too pushy for some. She might really enjoy having another "rough & rowdy" dog friend to romp around with! She'd prefer a home with no cats. Aubrey would like a home with kids over 12 years of age who can handle excitable dogs. Sometimes she gets so happy that she just doesn't know her own strength! Aubrey will be a great adventure buddy, and is sure to fill your life with lots of sunshine. Fill out an application at the front desk to meet her today!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Chica .
 . Chica .  . Chica .  . Chica .  . Chica .
  • Siamese, Tortoiseshell
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Chica-- a gorgeous girl who's just a bit misunderstood. Chica bonded very hard to her previous owner, and when that person went off to college, Chica wasn't sure how to handle life without her. Now she's here trying to learn how to trust again. Chica is declawed, which means she doesn't have that first line of defense against scary things. Declawed cats often feel very vulnerable in the face of "danger", and because they don't have their claws, they typically resort to using their mouths to ward off any potential threats. Chica would like for any potential adopters to be aware and respectful of this fact, and understand that slow, patient interactions will be key in integrating her into her new home environment. Chica is fairly particular about her likes and dislikes, but once you figure them out, she warms up in no time! This lady is not a fan of being picked up, or having interactions rushed or hurried. She prefers a more mellow pace, and values her alone time when she wants it. We see Chica doing very well in a home with a retired person or couple, who are just looking for a companion to hangout on the couch with. She'd be a great knitting or reading buddy! She'd be happiest as the only child in your home, with no other animals or tiny humans to bother her. Chica may make you work to earn her love, but we promise it's worth it for that heart of gold! Fill out an application at the front desk to meet Chica today!
Senior, Female, Medium
 . Fred .
 . Fred .  . Fred .  . Fred .
  • Quarterhorse
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This handsome, charming, 24 year old registered Quarter Horse is Fred. Fred lived his glory days as a roping/rodeo champion, and has a spectacular history. Now-a-days, Fred is living the retired life, enjoying treats (especially peppermint), the company of his friends and getting a ton of kisses and cuddles from his humans. Fred is a gentle soul, with excellent ground manners and an incredibly sweet and friendly demeanor. Unfortunately, Fred does have advanced arthritis, therefore he cannot be ridden. But, with a daily pain management routine, he is kept on his feet! Fred would make an excellent companion, especially for a mare....he loves the ladies!
Senior, Male, Large
 . Goldie .
 . Goldie .  . Goldie .  . Goldie .
  • Shepherd, Rottweiler
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Meet WHS's resident golden girl, Goldie! This sweet pooch is in the market for her furever home. Goldie's favorite activities include cuddling, playing with squeaky toys, and going on jogs! Goldie is a very friendly girl, but can get pretty nervous (you can tell when this happens because she chatters her teeth!) when first introduced to new situations, so for this reason she would do best in a home with children 16 and older who know how to respect her space when she needs it. Goldie loves people and would be a great companion dog. She will need to have a proper and slow introduction with any other kitty or pooch she is to live with, as she has never lived with other animals and can be a little unsure of them at first! Goldie has not had any formal training and will be required to go to positive reward based training classes before going to her new home. If Goldie is the one for you, head on up to the front desk and fill out an adoption application to meet her today!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Tonto .
 . Tonto .  . Tonto .  . Tonto .
  • Thoroughbred
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Tonto is a fantastic 30+ thoroughbred gelding on the search for the perfect retirement home. He is a handsome old man who loves butt and neck scratches! He may have seniority and sometimes knows it, but, as soon as he knows he can't get away with calling the shots, he is a perfect, sweet and loving gentleman. Tonto has a very striking look about him with one unique eye. He never complains about it being dinner time or time to come into the barn and loves to be groomed. He will stand perfectly for hours if someone is brushing him! He prefers the company of mares and some other geldings. If you are interested in learning more about Tonto, please contact our farm caretaker at farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Senior, Male, Large
 . Baby .
 . Baby .  . Baby .  . Baby .
  • Quarterhorse
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
We don't know much about Baby's history, but, she can be very skittish at first and appears to have zero personality when meeting someone new. As soon as she warms up, however, she is quite charming! She does need a home with the patience to move slowly around her - especially until she's comfortable. Haltering, grooming, leading makes her nervous until she's 100% confident there is no threat. Baby has been diagnosed with asthma but it seems to be situational. Something in the pasture is causing her to struggle with breathing, however, in the stall and paddocks she is perfectly fine. She will need medication for the rest of her life, but it is only given on an as needed basis, not an everyday dosage. She also has oddly formed feet so she is slightly prone to laminitis, but with the proper environment she is okay. Other than that, she is a pretty typical lovely horse. She just wants to eat treats and lay in the sand all day! Loves snuggles and head scratches! Approximately 12 years old. Gentle, intelligent, forgiving, & sweet mare. Quarter Cross If you are interested in adding Baby to your family, please contact farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Pete .
 . Pete .  . Pete .  . Pete .
  • Paint / Pinto
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Pete is a 1994 AQHA Paint gelding who has been used as a trail horse in the past. He has had some issues with hoof abscesses throughout his life, but is currently sound and could possibly be used for some light riding. Pete has been mainly kept out to pasture for the last few years, so they could use refreshers on his ground manners. He is sweet and friendly with people and other horses, and will come running from across the pasture when he sees you at the gate. If you are looking to add this handsome guy to your family, please contact farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Senior, Male, Large
 . Foster Kittens .
 . Foster Kittens .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Many questions can be answered by reading through the text below. Kindly read the information before contacting us. Please note: The picture above is a stock photo. Thank you for your interest in foster kittens! Kittens who are in our foster care program are generally kittens who arrived at the humane society as unweaned orphans , were still nursing, or were not old or big enough to be placed up for adoption. These kittens would not have survived in a stressful shelter environment. Our foster care program provides care and comfort for animals with special needs in private homes of our trained volunteer foster care providers. Once the kittens are old enough (usually 6-8 weeks) and weigh enough to be spayed or neutered (2 lbs), they return to the shelter for adoption. Call the shelter at (360) 733-2080 to inquire about available kittens. Please note that we do not place “holds” on animals until you’ve met them in person, even if you’ve filled out an application and expressed interest in a specific animal. This is because we want to ensure that each animal is a good fit for the interested party, and that the interested party is a good fit for the animal. We try to set each adoption up for success, for both the animals and for the people. The kittens would love to meet you! Do you feel the same? Please fill out an adoption application (here or at either shelter) and turn it in to Amy Wilkinson, the foster care coordinator via email at foster@whatcomhumane.org, or fax it to 360.733.4746. Our adoption counselors will help you figure out if you're right for each other. Questions about foster kittens in general or other foster animals? Contact Amy, Foster Care Coordinator, via email at foster@whatcomhumane.org,or call 360.733.2080 x 3009. Many questions can be answered by reading through the above text. Kindly read the above information before contacting us. Thank you so much! Please note that this is a stock photo.
Baby, Female, Medium
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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.

Cat with a pink collar named Margo

We Named Her Margo

Hi! My mom and I adopted a cat from you guys in September. Her name was Shakira, I changed her name to Margo, after Margo in the book Paper Towns. She is such a great fit for me. I wanted a cat that would always be around me, be affectionate and sleep with me, that is exactly who she is. She follows my sleep schedule, at about 6:30am every morning she will wake me up, I absolutely love her!   She is very vocal. When I get home from school she’s normally in my room and starts meowing until I greet her. My mom told me while I was at school the second day we had her she was meowing for me until I came home. She was immediately attached to me. Her first night here we put her in a large crate to get her use to the surroundings and the next night she slept on my bed and has been ever since. She always sleeps on me or next to me. She’s such a funny girl. I love her personality. She is a very precious cat. I’m really glad I was able to adopt her. She is the perfect match for me.

Thank you Whatcom Humane Society!  -Brieanah, Rhonda and Margo.