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
 . Cherry and Peanut .
 . Cherry and Peanut .  . Cherry and Peanut .
  • Gerbil
Say hello to Cherry and Peanut! This bonded pair of gerbils are in search of their forever home! To keep these little ladies happy and healthy, they will require a diet of mainly gerbil/rodent pellets that is sometimes supplemented with some fresh veggies (spinach, lettuce, leafy greens, carrots). Make sure to avoid treats high in sugar (sugary fruits, yogurt treats, etc) as they are not good for gerbils. Gerbils love to burrow, so they will need lots of bedding and a nice big aquarium to play in. They have been well handled and are well socialized. If you are looking for some adorable gerbils, fill out an application up front to meet them.
Young, Female, Small
 . Teddy and Triston .
 . Teddy and Triston .  . Teddy and Triston .
  • Guinea Pig
Meet Triston along with his brother Teddy. This fun little duo are making brotherly trouble all day long and coo'ing while they do so. They seem like they are almost laughing at each other and giggling when they really get going. These two would do best sticking with the two of them but are cool enough to allow a new pal into the clan too. Fill out an application to visit with them today.
Young, Male, Small
 . Acai .
 . Acai .
  • Parakeet (Other)
Meet Acai, the sweetest budgie around. Acai is currently looking for his new forever home and possibly one with other parakeets in it for him to talk to. Parakeets are best in pairs and right now this little loner is rather quiet without someone to talk to. They do well in an attentive home with plenty of one on one time to prevent further loneliness. If you have the time and dedication for a budgie or another lonely budgie at home looking for a new mate, visit with Acai today.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Larry Bird .
 . Larry Bird .
  • Cockatiel
Let me sing you the song of my people. Hi my name is Larry Bird and I am ready to be your new best friend! I'm looking for a bird experienced home that knows how to care for me and give me my best life. I"m still learning that fingers are friends not food so a home will children 10 and up would be best. I looooove to sing and will entertain you for hours with my beautiful voice. I love to be your companion and will sometimes sit on your finger, but much prefer your head or shoulder! I love to fly around and would love a big cage where I could stretch my wings. If I sound like the perfect addition to your home head up to customer service to fill out an application!
Adult, Male, Small
 . Machina .
 . Machina .  . Machina .  . Machina .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Machina is my name; hunting is my game. I'm not your average house cat! I'm a bit on the wild side and I like to do my own thing like chase wands and toys and even mice. Oh you want my love and attention ok I'll give you some head butts and purr but then I'm off. I love exploring and would love to be an indoor/outdoor cat. I definitely like things my way and have no problem telling you the way I want it. I rule my my roost with an iron paw and you'll get my paw if you touch me in the wrong places. I don't like to be held, touched on the belly, or touched on the feet. What can I say I like my freedom and don't want to be bogged down. I want an adult only home that will allow me to just be myself. I don't like other cats again I need to be the only queen be in this home. I have lived with a dog before and might tolerate and easy going dog that won't bother me much. Sounds like you need a sassy little thing like me in your home. Well go on then and fill out an application to meet with me; but don't keep me waiting for too long!
Adult, Female, Small
 . Tyson .
 . Tyson .  . Tyson .  . Tyson .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Tyson, a goofy bundle of energy looking for an active home just like him. Tyson is a happy go lucky 5 year old pittie mix with tons of love and energy to spare. Tyson will need to attend some positive reinforcement training so he can learn some manners. We are recommending that Tyson does not go home with children under the age of 12 years due to his high energy and should not go home with cats. Tyson gets very excited with other dogs are around so if you have a female pittie at home or another dog with the same energy, make sure to schedule a meet and greet with them after you fall in love with Tyson. Fill out an application with customer service today to visit with this fun loving boy.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Murphy .
 . Murphy .  . Murphy .  . Murphy .
  • Mastiff
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Do you love gentle giants? Are you ready to take home a big, sweet, people oriented love? Why don't you take a look at this guy! Murphy is a very loving boy ready to find his forever home. He can be a little shy at first and takes his time getting to know people. Once he warms up he is very affectionate and really looks to his humans for support and confidence. Murphy is very timid with other dogs and can only live with very gentle easy going dogs that will not scare him. We don't know if Murphy has been exposed to cats but we think he might to well with an easy going cat that will not bother him. Since Murphy is on the shy side he can only go to a home with children over 8 that understand to go slow and respect his space. Would you like to meet with Murphy and get to know him? Please fill out an application at customer service to spend time with him.
Adult, Male, Not known
 . Mattis .
 . Mattis .  . Mattis .  . Mattis .
  • Shepherd, Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Howdy! I'm Mattis and I'm ready for my forever home. I've had a bit of a rocky life lately with all the changes. I'm looking for consistency for the rest of my life. I am a bit nervous here and with new people but just go slow with me and I'll try my best! I love to go on walks and smell all the smells! I would be a wonderful adventure buddy! Don't let my age fool you, I am still very active. In my previous home I had a doggy door that I was used to using since my human wasn't able to be home much. I am looking for someone that is home or can take me with them so I'm not alone for most of the day. I lived with children in my previous home and can live with children 8 and up as long as I meet them here first. I haven't lived with cats before but may be able to in my new home. I also didn't live with any dogs in my previous home. I am a bit nervous around them and would do better with a mellow dog who won't be in my face all the time. If you think we are a perfect match, fill out an application up front to meet me!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Jigsaw .
 . Jigsaw .  . Jigsaw .  . Jigsaw .  . Jigsaw .
  • Chihuahua, Miniature Dachshund
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Hello, sorry I'm a bit nervous. My name is Jigsaw and I have had a lot of change in my life lately. My whole world changed and now I'm looking for my new best friend! I would do best in a quiet home with no children. If you have children in your household, they need to be above 16 years old since I am very nervous with younger children. I have lived with cats before and would be okay with one in my new home with proper introduction of course. I love to sit on your lap and follow you around the house. Missing an adorable pup to follow you around and be on the look out for snacks? I'm not sure how I feel about other dogs. I didn't live with one in my previous home. It may take one or two meets for me to feel comfortable with another dog. Depending on your experience I may be required to go to obedience classes with you which will help me gain some confidence. If you are interested in meeting me, fill out an application up front!
Adult, Male, Small
 . Doughboy .
 . Doughboy .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This is Doughboy and his siblings. He came in a little under the weather but he has been treated and is now ready for his forever home! This little guy is a bit nervous of new things and learning to be brave. He needs a quieter home that can go slow with him at first. He needs a home with older children who can give him the space he needs. Once he comes out of his shell he will be a bouncy kitten who is super playful. Kittens can live for 15 to 20 years and Doughboy is looking for a commitment for his whole life! Since he is under six months he will need to go home either with one of his siblings or to a home with another cat. A dog may be too scary for him but if you have a mellow dog that won't be too scary he may be able to go with them. If you are interested in meeting Doughboy or one of his siblings fill out an application up front.
Baby, Male, Medium
 . Kitty .
 . Kitty .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Hi there I'm Kitty! Are you ready for a love machine in you life? Well look no further because I'm your girl. I love to give big head butts on you face, on chairs, on cupboards, even on myself in the mirror. I'm an adorable sill kitty and can't wait to love on you in our home together. I also love head scratches and back rubs and will make the best muffins in your lap. I enjoy the occasional outing to catch some mice and enjoy the sun shine but I could easily adjust to an indoor only cat; given you make the inside environment just as stimulating as the outside world. I have never lived with other animals before but might adjust to an easy going cat if introduced slowly. I think dogs might be too scary for me and do not want them in my home. Since I tend to be a little nervous with new situations I need to be in a home with children over 12 that understand to go slow with me. With a little time and patience I guarantee we could be best friends. Want to spend some time getting to know me? Head to customer service to fill out an application to meet with me.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Kuma .
 . Kuma .  . Kuma .
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Kuma the 4 year old Great Pyrenees mix. This fun loving goofy guy has a positive energy and needs an attentive experienced home to bring him into. Kuma has struggled with consistency in his training during his upbringing and will be required to attend some basic obedience training courses to get him on the right track. Because Kuma is so energetic he will need an active home with a large area to play and run. He can be a little too much for smaller kids so we recommend he goes home with children 12 years of age and older. Kuma has a history of chasing small animals and cattle so we require him to go home with no other small animals. He can be particular of his dog friends, even though he came in with Kona and has lived with another Pyrenees his whole life, he can be particular of his dog friends. If you are interested in visiting with Kuma, fill out and application with customer service and visit with an adoption counselor.
Adult, Male, Not known
 . Toki .
 . Toki .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hi there, I'm Toki! I'm a cool, confident cat with a calm, quiet presence. I thrive in supervisory roles, and would love to watch over you as you go about your daily activities. I'll always check in with you every so often to make sure you're staying on track, and if so, I'll reward you with some headbutts and purrs. I am a friendly dude but I err on the side of independence: I have my own agenda to tend to after all, and I will definitely let you know if you're inconveniencing or interrupting me! I don't take kindly to other cats in my territory (especially other males!) and would really love to be the only kitty in your home. I might be able to tolerate a very calm dog if they mostly leave me alone. Kids are not on my list of favorite things, and I would prefer an adult only home, or one with respectful, older children who promise not to bombard me with too much commotion. If you're looking for a super cool roommate to hangout with, I just might be your guy! Fill out an application to meet me today.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Stephan .
 . Stephan .
  • Domestic Long Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without small kids
Say hello to Stephan. This handsome man is a shy, easy going man looking for a nice quite adult only home to spend his days. Stephan is looking for a family that will go slow and take their time getting to know him. Once he opens up he loves getting pets and will give a nice big purr. Stephan enjoys attention but also likes time to himself to groom and maybe even explore if he is feeling brave enough. Stephan would do best in an indoor only home; the outside world is far too scary for him. He might be ok with an easy going cat in his home that won't bother him too much. Stephan does not want to live with dogs; they are just loud and scary to him. Do you have the room in your home and heart for a shy guy in need of some TLC? Please fill out an application at customer service to meet with him.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Sharky .
 . Sharky .  . Sharky .
  • Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
This sweet boy is Sharky and he is ready for his forever home! Sharky is super affectionate and has lots of energy. He would be the best adventure buddy who will bond strongly with his people! He would be a wonderful pup to take hiking or to the beach. Sharky is super food motivated and would love to learn new tricks. He would be a perfect candidate for crate training as well. Sharky is a very playful boy who loves his toys. This boy has tons of potential and would thrive in the perfect home. He is required to be signed up for basic obedience classes prior to adoption. This will help him with some manners and to focus. We don't know much about his history but we think he would be okay with children 12 and up who understand that Sharky is a jumpy boy who may knock them over. He has a high prey drive so he cannot live with cats in his new home. Sharky likes other dogs but can be a bit of a rough player at times. For this reason, he would probably do best with dogs who have a similar energy level and play style to his. As with all adoptions, any dogs currently living in your household must come in to meet Sharky before the adoption can be finalized. If you are interested in meeting this adorable boy, fill out an application up front. SHARKY HAS A BITE HISTORY. PLEASE ASK A STAFF MEMBER ABOUT HIS HISTORY & BEHAVIOR.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Alfonzo and Pippi .
 . Alfonzo and Pippi .  . Alfonzo and Pippi .  . Alfonzo and Pippi .
  • Redbone Coonhound
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Helllooooooooo! I'm Alfonzo and I'm soooooo excited to meet you! As you can tell I love to use my wonderful hound bay and sing! I came in with my sister Pippi and we would love to go home together. We have lived together our whole lives and help each other feel less anxious! Since we were mainly outdoor only dogs we get anxious in smaller spaces. We need a large area where we can run, sniff around, and howl to our hearts content! Depending on your experience we may be required to go to basic obedience classes after we're adopted. Pippi and Alfonzo have lived their whole lives together mostly outside in a kennel. When they are apart Pippi is very anxious. Perhaps with time she will gain some confidence with her new family without him but for now she is more comfortable when Alfonzo is near by. Being hounds they would not be good apartment dogs. Their lovely hound singing voices can carry far. Pippi is very sweet and would love a home that will make her part of the family. Talk with the staff for more info! Pippi and Alfonzo think that chasing smaller animals is so much fun!! They need a home without them so they don't scare any small animals such as cats! They are a bit too anxious for children in the house and would do best in an adult only home, although they can live with respectful children over 16. If you have the space for Alfonzo and Pippi, fill out an application up front and they'll sing you a wonderful song!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Harvest .
 . Harvest .  . Harvest .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Hi, I'm Harvest! I'm an affectionate young lady, but very much on my own terms-- I'm not afraid to tell you when I've had enough attention, and will let you know by giving you a little swat. Don't let that scare you though, I have a lot of love to give, and as long as you respect my signals, I promise to be nice! I'd love a home with older, cat-experienced children who won't overwhelm me with too much commotion. I'd prefer to be the only kitty in your home but might be able to tolerate a laidback cat if given a slow, proper introduction. I'm not sure how I feel about dogs but I'd be willing to give it a shot; I am a bit of a bossy gal and could surely put one in their place if they get a little too friendly with me! I love to play and hope that we can spend our days chasing toys around together. I'm a pretty cool cat if I do say so myself! If you'd like to meet me, head to the front desk for an application. You'll be glad you did! =^.^=
Adult, Female, Small
 . Wiggly Piggly .
 . Wiggly Piggly .
  • Guinea Pig
Guinea pigs, while easy to care for, do require daily interaction with their favorite humans, a safe space to exercise outside the cage and regular nail trims. Wiggly Piggly will need all of this, plus lots of hay, water, fresh greens– and of course a clean cage big enough for them to move around in! Just like all pets, guinea pigs are a big commitment. Guinea Pigs can live from 5 to 10 years which means you should be in for the long haul if you decide to adopt one (or several)! If you think she is a great fit for your home, stop by the front desk for an application today. She can’t wait to meet you!
Adult, Female, Small
 . Teddy and Tristan .
 . Teddy and Tristan .
  • Guinea Pig
Meet Teddy along with his brother Tristan. This fun little duo are making brotherly trouble all day long and coo'ing while they do so. They seem like they are almost laughing at each other and giggling when they really get going. These two would do best sticking with the two of them but are cool enough to allow a new pal into the clan too. Fill out an application to visit with them today.
Young, Male, Small
 . Snow .
 . Snow .
  • Californian
  • Spayed/Neutered
This outgoing bun is Snow and he would love to go home with you! He came in with his siblings after their mom was rescued. He isn't bonded to another bunny but would love a friend. He is a little bossy so a male or very calm female would be an ideal partner for him. Snow will need a roomy cage that is kept clean and daily time outside of his cage. Snow is a curious guy and loves to roam around and explore. Snow is looking for a home to give him lots of enrichment; he loves puzzles and chew toys and the occasional treat of carrots or strawberries. If you would like to spend some time getting to know him please fill out an application at customer service to meet with him.
Young, Male, Small
 . Rosie .
 . Rosie .  . Rosie .
  • American
  • Spayed/Neutered
Looking for a bunny? This lady is Rosie and she is pretty perfect. She will need a nice roomy cage that is kept clean. She is very particular about how her bowls and everything in her cage is set up so she may rearrange if you do it wrong. Rosie would likely enjoy a digging box for enrichment or if you have a safe area outside that she could visit. Rosie will need daily exercise outside of her cage so she has a chance to run around and play! She will need fresh greens and hay daily plus some rabbit pellets. If you are the perfect home for this sweet lady bun, fill out an application up front to meet her!
Adult, Female, Small
 . Espresso and Americano .
 . Espresso and Americano .  . Espresso and Americano .  . Espresso and Americano .
  • Guinea Pig
Meet Espresso and Americano. Guinea pigs, while easy to care for, do require daily interaction with their favorite humans, a safe space to exercise outside the cage and regular nail trims. This pair will need all of this, plus lots of hay, water, fresh greens– and of course a clean cage big enough for them to move around in! Just like all pets, guinea pigs are a big commitment. Guinea Pigs can live from 5 to 10 years which means you should be in for the long haul if you decide to adopt one (or several)! If you think they are a great fit for your home, stop by the front desk for an application today. They can’t wait to meet you!
Adult, Male, Small
 . Berry and Carlita .
 . Berry and Carlita .
  • American
  • Spayed/Neutered
Meet Berry and Carlita! They are looking for a loving forever home together. They will need a nice roomy cage with plenty of exercise time. They don't like to be held but will warm up with time and continued socialization. These sweet buns love to cuddle together and with their human. Berry and Carlita will need fresh hay and greens daily with high quality rabbit pellets. They use their litter box well. They would love lots of outside of kennel time to run and binky around! If you are looking for a pair of sweet bunnies, fill out an application up front!
Young, Female, Small
 . Lacey .
 . Lacey .  . Lacey .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This sweet girl is Lacey and she is looking for her forever home! Lacey has quite a few allergies and has already had the allergy tests done so we know exactly what she is allergic to. They are mainly environmental allergies and fungal allergies. She is currently being treated for these issues but it will likely be a lifelong allergy that she will need special food for and other medications for. The costs for the meds and food may be $100+ per month. Our vet has let us know that this will be a chronic issue for Lacey but she is a very happy go lucky girl. She is a huge sweetheart who just wants to be near her people! She can live with children of any age since she has a history of doing well with children. She lived with another dog in her previous home and would love a canine companion in her new home! Lacey hasn't lived with cats before but she will do well with a confident cat. She is allergic to house and cat dander as well so will need her environment kept clean. Lacey will make a wonderful adventure buddy and wants to be near you always. If you want to meet this sweet lady, fill out an application up front to spend some time with Lacey!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Rusty .
 . Rusty .  . Rusty .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Hi I'm Rusty. I'm a smooth cool dude ready to find my forever home. I love exploring, purring, talking, and getting pets. I'm a very affectionate guy but I like things to go my way. I want a home that understands I get a little worked up if movements go to fast. I like to take my time we don't need to rush our time together. I'm looking for an adult only home kids are far to chaotic for my pace. I have never lived with other animals before and don't know how I feel about them. Maybe an easy going cat or dog with slow proper introductions might be alright. I can be an indoor/outdoor cat but need a very responsible home. I got into a few scuffles before and would benefit from just chilling inside. If we sound like a good match fill out an application at customer service to meet with me.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Keanu .
 . Keanu .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Hey there this is Keanu and he is ready to be your best friend! He is such a sweetheart who will come to you when he wants pets. Keanu is pretty independent and prefers to explore. He was an indoor/outdoor cat in his previous home and he would like to be that again after he learns where his new home is. He will need to stay as an indoor only cat for several months before he can go outside. Ask staff if you have any questions! He lived with cats in his previous home and would love to have a feline companion. He hasn't lived with children before and he can be a bit nervous so we are asking that he only goes to a home with children 12 and older. Keanu lived with large dogs in his previous home who would chase him. We are asking that Keanu preferably goes to a home without dogs, but if you have a super mellow dog who will not scare him he can get used to that. If you are interested in this wonderful cat, fill out an application up front to meet him!
Adult, Male, Large
 . George .
 . George .  . George .  . George .
  • Angora Rabbit
  • Spayed/Neutered
Hi ya'll I'm George! It's great to meet you all! I'm a fluffy young dude looking for my forever home! I've been well socialized and enjoy pets. I am okay with being picked up for short periods of time but I like to be in control of where I am. Since I'm an angora rabbit, I need a timely grooming schedule to keep my lovely fur from getting matted. Brushing me often will help a lot and its a wonderful bonding activity for us. I need a high quality pellet diet with fresh daily greens. I also need hay daily to keep healthy! I was found as a stray so we don't know much about my history. I'm a sweet boy who is looking for the perfect home. If this is your first time owning a rabbit, that is okay. We can figure it out together! Rabbit.org is a wonderful resource I hear so you can learn more about owning a bun! If you want to hang out with me, fill out an application up front!
Young, Male, Medium
 . Marley .
 . Marley .  . Marley .  . Marley .
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Marley. This sweet, gentle girl is looking for a place to call home. Marley is a shy cat wanting a home that can go slow getting to know her. Once she opens up she is sweet as pie. She loves to have her chin scratched! Marley would prefer an adult only home but could live with kids over 16 that are respectful of her boundaries. We do not have background information on her as she was a stray but believe she could live with an easy going cat, with proper introductions. Since she is a little timid dogs would likely be to overwhelming for this sweet girl. Marley has been exposed to the outside world but we highly recommend she be indoor only or outdoor with supervision. Being outdoors for a timid girl can be a lot to handle especially in a new home. If you would like to spend some time getting to know her please fill out an application at customer service to meet with her.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Kent .
 . Kent .  . Kent .  . Kent .  . Kent .  . Kent .  . Kent .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Hi! My name is Kent. I'm a super chill cat, who is just looking for his forever family. I have had a ruff start in life, but I don't hold that against anyone, I just want all the love-pets you can give me all day-everyday. I would love a home that I can just lay around and relax all day, maybe every now and then explore my house, check out what my family is doing. Since I'm easy-going, I can live with another feline or canine long as they are calm. I can live with kids 12 years and older, long as they are cat-savvy and of course will give me unlimited pets-love. If I sound like a purrrfect match to become part of your forever family, please fill out an adoption application located at the front desk, be sure to let them know you want to meet me.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Chester .
 . Chester .  . Chester .  . Chester .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hello Hooman! I'm SO EXCITED to see you!!! We are going to be best friends forever!! I love to lick you so I hope you're okay with slobber on your face! I'm a bit of a jumping bean and really need to learn how to keep all four paws on the ground! For this reason obedience classes are required for me to go home with my future family! I LOVE food! Any kind and anywhere (counters are no obstacle for me). Training should be made somewhat easy since I am so food motivated but will still take time and patience for me to settle down since I have endless energy. My future home can only have children over 16 since I am large and can knock someone on their back with all this excitement! My future home also can not have any cats since my prey drive is high and I will scare any kitty I come close to. If you have endless energy please see the front desk for an application so you can take me (or I'll be taking you) for a walk today!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Sargent .
 . 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
 . Sampson .
 . Sampson .  . Sampson .  . Sampson .  . Sampson .
  • 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 warmhearted boy looking for a home to call my own. I'm a mature cat looking for an adult only mature home to lounge my days away. I have lived with cats in the past and would love a companion after a proper introduction, but I'd also be okay to be the only cat in the household. I need a home without dogs since I think that they are far to intimidating. Do you have the perfect home for an easygoing, gentle cat to call home? If so please fill out an application at customer service to meet with me.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Mister Wilson .
 . Mister Wilson .  . Mister Wilson .  . Mister Wilson .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
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. His ideal family will be adult-only, or with children over the age of 12 who are experienced with large breeds. If you're a body builder or a long distance runner, you may be a perfect match-- he will need a human who is very strong, as he has been known to pull pretty hard on a leash! 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
 . 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
 . 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
 . 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
 . 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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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.