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.

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

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

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

Check out these videos of some of our available animals!

Watch our live Cat Cam!

 . Luca .
 . Luca .
  • Sheep Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Hey there my name is Luca, I am a little Sheepdog pup who needs some work on my manners. I may be a cute little fluffer puppy but I need some training for my mouthy playtime. I am a typical puppy with a bunch of energy for an active family or a large property with plenty of room to run and the dedication I need to grow into the great dog I can be! I am in the important stage of my life when I need to be getting to know other people, dogs and kids, I do have a history with ducks and chickens so I should not be left alone with them for any period of time. If you have the time for me I would love to get to know you and grow with you in your home!
Baby, Male, Large
 . Forge .
 . Forge .  . Forge .
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet the wonderful Forge! This studly dude hasn't had the best upbringing, and is looking for a patient home with a sense of humor! Forge's previous owner's stated that they never walked or exercised him, which for this active guy, is an absolute NO-NO! He wants to have lots of constructive outlets for his energy, and loves to play with toys and go for walks. He'd love a fenced yard where he can run around freely. Forge knows a few commands, but definitely needs to brush up on his manners. For this reason, he will have to be signed up for positive, reward based classes prior to his adoption. This will also serve as an excellent way to burn off some energy! Forge lived with a child in his previous home, but has been known to growl at unfamiliar children. This means Forge will need an adult-only home. He will also need to live in a cat-free house. Forge might be able to live with just the right canine companion-- perhaps a goofy, female dog who can keep up with his rambunctious play style! Any potential housemates will have to meet first to ensure they're a good match. Forge is a go-getter-- he lives life with enthusiasm and excitement, and is ready to find his perfect partner in crime!! If Forge sounds like your adventure buddy, head up to the front desk for an application to meet him.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Moose .
 . Moose .
  • American Bulldog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Meet Moose! This wild child is looking for a super active family that can keep up with him. Moose has a lot of manners to learn. He is mouthy, jumpy and he steals toys and food. He will be required to be signed up for positive reward based classes. Moose doesn't always realize his own strength and has nipped a child in the past so to be on the safe side we are requiring him to go to an adult only home or at least a home with children 16 or older. Moose loves to play tug of war and he is a total foodie. He enjoys playing, running and belly rubs when he's tired out. Moose would do best in a home with no small critters, including cats. He seems to be alright with certain dogs and might be able to live with another canine companion but would do best as an only dog so that he can get the attention and training he so desperately needs. Moose would do best in a house with plenty of acreage to run on. If he isn't given plenty of physical and mental stimulation he will most likely become destructive and possibly run away to find his own adventures. Please fill out an application to meet Moose.
Young, Male, Large
 . Porter .
 . Porter .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Porter is a sweet older gentleman looking for a nice quiet adult only home. He is an affectionate kitty that enjoys chin and ear scratches. He can be very affectionate at times but he also has an independent side. He would prefer to be the only feline in his new home but may be able to live with another cat if they are given plenty of personal space. A cat savvy dog that won't chase after him might be alright. Porter just wants a nice bed he can curl up in and a post he can scratch on. If you are interested in meeting Porter, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Senior, Male, Medium
 . Neil .
 . Neil .  . Neil .  . Neil .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Neil is a wonderful kitty looking for new digs to call his own. Neil's family moved leaving him behind and he is sad and needs another family to make a lifetime commitment to him. Neil was said to be quite the mouser. He loves spending time exploring outside and would be happiest as an indoor/outdoor cat. He may be able to live with children 10 and older. A cat savvy dog that will respect his space may be alright. Another cat might be okay if given plenty of time and space to get to know each other. He can be a bit timid at first but it's not long before he's rubbing against you and muffin making in your lap. To meet Neil, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Spartacus .
 . Spartacus .  . Spartacus .
  • Sulcata
Meet Spartacus - a spectacular African Spurred Tortoise (also known as Sulcata Tortoise) looking for a permanent, responsible and loving home. Spartacus is a fantastic tortoise who needs a home that is extremely experienced with tortoise/reptile care. He/She (we are not exactly sure!) can grow up to be very large and live for many decades if properly cared for. Currently, Spartacus is being housed in a large plastic swimming pool, with two separate heat sources to allow him proper space, areas to bask in the heat, nest and roam and burrow. A new home will need to have the resources to provide for this amazing tortoise as he/she continues to grow - this will include indoor/outdoor enclosures, heat sources and veterinary care. Spartacus loves to snack on dark leafy greens and veggies (shredded carrots and tomatos are a current favorite), very limited amounts of fruit and orchard and alfalfa hay, which is used as both a snack and for nesting. The adoption fee to a qualified adopter is $150.00. If you would like to meet Spartacus, visit our Division Street shelter. For more info, contact us at: adoptions@whatcomhumane.org.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Rudy .
 . Rudy .  . Rudy .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This happy go lucky dog is Rudy and she is on the look out for a responsible,loving and permanent home. Rudy is a wiggle butt and loves to roll over and get belly rubs. She is a bit of a rough player as she doesn't realize her own strength. Any kids in her home should be 8 and older and able to handle a strong jumpy dog. Rudy does know some basic commands and is smart enough to learn more. She will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes to get her started off on the best paw. She is an energetic dog and needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation. A very confident cat that will show her who's boss might be okay. She will have to meet any potential dog room mates to ensure they would be a good match. If you are interested in meeting Rudy, please fill out an application to meet with her.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Mack .
 . Mack .  . Mack .
  • Boxer, Great Pyrenees
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Mack! This sweet boy is looking for an adult only home with large breed experience. Mack needs a home with no cats but may be able to live with just the right dog. Depending on your experience we may require him to be signed up for positive reward based classes. Mack loves to put his big paws on your shoulders so that he can hug you. He is also all about the kisses. He needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation or he will likely become destructive or run off to find his own adventures. Mack can be a bit nervous around new people so a home where not a lot of new people are constantly rotating through would be best. No apartments for this guy. He needs a big house and plenty of outside yard to run around. If you are interested in meeting Mack, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Male, Not known
 . Barkley .
 . Barkley .  . Barkley .  . Barkley .
  • Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Barkley! This sweet boy is looking for an adult only home with husky/shepherd experience. Barkley needs a home with no cats but may be able to live with just the right dog. Depending on your experience we may require him to be signed up for positive reward based classes. Barkley loves to bark at you asking for attention. He needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation or he will likely become destructive or run off to find his own adventures. Barkley can be a bit nervous around new people so a home where not a lot of new people are constantly rotating through would be best. No apartments for this guy. He needs a big house and plenty of outside yard to run around. If you are interested in meeting Barkley, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Male, Large
 . River .
 . River .  . River .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet River! A lovely kitty looking for a responsible, loving and permanent home. River was just to overwhelmed in her previous home so now she is looking for an adult only home. She will also need to be the only kitty in her new home. No dogs either as she just his from them all the time. Her perfect home would be a quiet adult home where she can feel safe from other animals. She is very affectionate and loves having her ears and chin scratched. She is a lovely lady looking to be somebodies best friend.If you would like to meet River, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . PJ .
 . PJ .  . PJ .
  • English Spot
  • Spayed/Neutered
Meet PJ the sweet bunny looking for his forever family. PJ will need a nice indoor hutch where he can be part of the family. A clean cage with fresh water, veggies, pellets and plenty of hay would make PJ very happy. He is a bit shy so making sure to spend time handling and socializing him a few hours everyday will be very beneficial for him. If you'd like to meet PJ, please fill out an application at the front desk .
Young, Male, Medium
 . Fiona and Debbie .
 . Fiona and Debbie .  . Fiona and Debbie .
  • Rat
Meet Fiona and Debbie. These two lovely ladies are looking for a home together. Rats are social animals that do better in pairs or groups. These two ladies have lived together for a while now and lived with two other rats that were adopted already. They will need a roomy cage with plenty of places to burrow and nap. Rats are smart and can learn different tricks as well! They are easy to handle and have been well socialized. They enjoy nibbling on treats, building nests and cuddling with each other. If you can provide these sweet girls a loving home, please fill out an adoption application at the front desk.
Adult, Female, Small
 . Vanilla .
 . Vanilla .  . Vanilla .  . Vanilla .  . Vanilla .  . Vanilla .  . Vanilla .
  • Boxer, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Vanilla came in with her brother Rosco and she is looking for a responsible, loving and permanent home. Vanilla is the more energetic and rambunctious of the two. She is more into rough playing rather than snuggling. She is very jumpy and mouthy and will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes to help her learn some much needed manners. She would do best in a home with older, respectful children. Another dog might be okay but she will have to meet any potential house mates to ensure they will be a good match. A super confident cat might be okay but no cat would be even better. This little lady is very energetic and will need plenty of physical and mental stimulation to keep her happy and healthy. If you are interested in Vanilla, please fill out an application at the front desk. We will be calling back the most appropriate homes to come in and meet her.
Young, Female, Large
 . Reggie .
 . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Reggie! A super high energy dog looking for a very active home that can provide plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Without a proper outlet he will most likely become destructive and run away to find his own adventures. Reggie is very rambunctious and needs a lot of training. He will be required to be signed up for positive reward based classes to help him start off on the best paw. Respectful children 13 and older would be preferred as he has a lack of manners and has no concept of his ability to knock over or scratch people as he's jumping up on them. He needs to work on his leash manners as he likes to play tug of war with his leash. He would be to much for a cat and any dog in his new home will have to be just the right match as he doesn't have the best greeting manners. Reggie would make a great exercise buddy and with training an excellent companion. If you are up for the challenge of a dog that needs plenty of obedience and exercise then Reggie may be the dog for you.
Young, Male, Large
 . Marlie .
 . Marlie .  . Marlie .  . Marlie .  . Marlie .
  • Greyhound, Mastiff
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Marlie! A beautiful dog looking for a responsible, loving and permanent home. Marlie loves to roll on her back and receive belly rubs. She also loves to play and go for long walks. Marlie can take a little while to warm up so children in the home should be 10 and older. She can live with another canine companion but will need to meet any potential house mates to ensure they will be a good match. A confident cat may be alright. Marlie will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes to help work on her confidence and this will also help her bond with her new family. If you are interested in the lovely girl, please fill out an application at the front desk to meet with her.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Chelsea .
 . Chelsea .
  • Polish
  • Spayed/Neutered
This pretty lady is Chelsea! She came in with Andy and they would love to go home together if possible. They will need to be separated for a while after being spayed and neutered though if they do go home together. This little lady is so sweet and loving! She enjoys being pet and is getting used to being held. She will need daily socialization and a roomy cage that is kept clean and tidy! Rabbits require timothy hay or other type or grass hay every day because it should be the foundation to their diet it should be available all of the time. She will also need greens daily and high quality rabbit pellets. If you want to meet this pretty lady, please fill out an application up front.
Young, Female, Small
 . Andy .
 . Andy .  . Andy .  . Andy .
  • Polish
  • Spayed/Neutered
This sweet boy is Andy! He came in with Chelsea and they would love to go home together if possible. They will need to be separated for a while after being spayed and neutered though if they do go home together. Andy is a sweetheart and loves to be pet! He is a bit timid about being held and he will need daily socialization to help him enjoy being held. He is looking for a roomy cage that is kept clean and tidy! Rabbits require timothy hay or other type or grass hay every day because it should be the foundation to their diet it should be available all of the time. He will also need greens daily and high quality rabbit pellets. If you want to meet Andy, please fill out an application up front.
Young, Male, Small
 . Julian .
 . Julian .  . Julian .  . Julian .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats
Have you been missing a house panther in your life? This charming cat is Julian. He is nervous in new situations and likes time to adjust. Julian is a very independent boy who will come to you occasionally for pets and love. He mostly likes to do his own thing. Julian would love a window to watch the birds and bugs go by. In his previous home they noticed that he didn't want to live with other pets so this guy wants all the attention to himself. Given his timid nature, he would do best in an indoor only home. He could go to a home with children older than 12 who will give him the space he needs. Julian will take more time to adjust to his new home and family but once he does, he will show you how affectionate he can be! If you want to meet this shy boy, please fill out an application up front.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Kiri .
 . Kiri .  . Kiri .  . Kiri .  . Kiri .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Is your home in need of a new head muffin maker? Then meet Kiri! Kiri is a lovely cat looking for a responsible, loving and permanent home. She is very affectionate but can be scared of loud noises and new environments and might hide for a bit while she is warming up. She loves to be pet and have her ears and chin rubbed. She is not a fan of being picked up but who could blame her when she is busy muffin making! Kiri will need an adult only home but may be able to live with respectful teenagers. She has lived with a cat but would greatly prefer to be the only feline in her new home. She could live with a cat savvy dog that will allow her space. Kiri would probably do best as an indoor/outdoor kitty once she gets used to her new home. If you'd like to meet Kiri, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Jack .
 . Jack .
  • Hamster
This hairy little man is Jack! He was surrendered to us because his owner no longer had time for him. Jack is very curious, but gets nervous when picked up. Slowly scooping him up from underneath is the best way to pick him up without scaring him. Jack would love an enclosure with lots of hidey holes and wood chews! Jack is eight months old, but hamsters can live up to four years! For their diet, dry pellets and added veggies such as peas or broccoli is best. Also, there should always be access to fresh water. If you're interested in meeting Jack, please fill out an application at the front desk!
Adult, Male, Small
 . Guinea Pigs .
 . Guinea Pigs .  . Guinea Pigs .  . Guinea Pigs .  . Guinea Pigs .  . Guinea Pigs .
  • Guinea Pig
We have many guinea pigs up for adoption! They are looking to be adopted in same sex pairs if possible. They are really sweet and with more socialization and handling they will be perfect little companions. They need plenty of fresh hay and yummy greens. They love to sleep in their little house together. Guinea Pigs need to have there cages cleaned regularly and have plenty of supervised play/ handling time. If you are interested in meeting the guinea pigs, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Red .
 . Red .  . Red .  . Red .
  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Meet Red! This handsome man was surrendered to us when he started herding and nipping at his 4 year old human friend. This is pretty typical behavior for this breed. Because of this, we recommend that his new home be child-free and/or breed experienced. Red is a smart dog who knows Sit, Stay, Down, Come, and "Load Up"! He'd love lots of room to run, and maybe a job to do! Red needs a home with NO cats or small animals, as he has been known to chase them. Red can be a bit dog selective, but might be able to live with just the right canine companion. They'll have to meet first to ensure they're a good match. Red is an active, joyful boy who's waiting for his forever family! Think that could be you? Head up to the front desk for an application to meet him!
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Marla .
 . Marla .  . Marla .  . Marla .  . Marla .
  • Border Collie, Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This super silly, high energy puppy is Marla and she is ready to be adopted. She is a loving and affectionate dog that can live with respectful children. She enjoys the company of other dogs and would love another canine companion in her new home. She will have to meet any potential house mates to ensure they will be a good match. She can live with a confident cat as she does like to chase smaller animals. Marla wants to live in a house with lots of room to run, an apartment would not be a good fit for her.She would make a great running/hiking partner. She will need to be signed up for positive reward based training to help her continue learning and socializing. This will also help her bond with her new family. We will be collecting applications and calling back the most appropriate homes to come in and meet her. **Adoption applications submitted for puppies under one year of age will initially be put on file for review only. Due to the large volume of interest in puppies available for adoption we do not facilitate same day introductions. Adoption applications for puppies will be collected for a 1-2 week period before being reviewed to find the best possible match based on the individual needs of the puppies that are available. Adoption applications selected to meet with an available puppy will be contacted directly by Whatcom Humane Society adoption counselors and an introduction time will be set up. Adoption applications may be submitted in person, via fax (360) 733-4746, or via e-mail at adoptions@whatcomhumane.org. If you have not been contacted by staff after submitting an adoption application for a puppy, or if you have questions about what stage of the review process a certain puppy is in, please contact the customer service department by calling (360) 733-2080 ext 3001 or e-mailing adoptions@whatcomhumane.org. All puppies are required to be signed up to attend positive, reward based obedience classes before the adoption can be finalized.**
Young, Female, Medium
 . Crona .
 . Crona .  . Crona .  . Crona .  . Crona .
  • Ferret
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Crona the ferret! Ferrets live for 6 to 13 years and during that time they will require regular vaccinations and veterinary check ups to remain in tip top shape. In particular, Ferrets are at risk of fleas and heartworm, so monthly preventative treatments like Advocate (for kittens) should be used. They are also at risk of canine distemper, and annual vaccination can prevent this. Ferrets are highly intelligent and social pets that do best in small groups. It is highly recommended you consider adopting a pair of ferrets so they will always have a companion to socialize with. Ferrets natural play includes nipping and training is required to ensure your ferret knows that nipping humans is not an acceptable behavior. They are also extremely inquisitive, anything you may have in your home IS of interest, so ferret proofing your home is must so they do not get caught in between, underneath or behind things.are usually designed with two levels and a place to hang a cozy hammock. The cage should also contain a dark enclosure such as a wooden hut, where the ferrets can make a nest for sleeping. Towels and similar fabrics make good bedding. The bedding will need to be washed frequently, and the cage itself will need regular scrubbing. Your ferret needs several litter boxes: one for the cage and several for playtime outside the cage. The best litters to use are shredded paper and newspaper-based cat litters. If you are interested in adopting Crona, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Bently .
 . Bently .  . Bently .
  • Border Collie, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Bently is a very goofy, fun loving dog who loves to play tug of war, fetch balls and play in the snow. He loves being outdoors and is still learning how to not pull on the leash during walks. Bently has a bite history with children and will need an adult only home. He shows some signs of resource guarding which is something he will need to work on. Bently is also not a fan of being petted and will give you a quick warning about hugging or trying to pet him when he doesn't want you to. He will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes before his adoption can be finalized. He might be able to live with another dog but it would have to be a perfect match. He should not live with cats. Bently is known to be anxious and will bark at noises, strangers and anything he deems scary. This sweet boy is a bit of a project dog but with the right person he will make a wonderful companion. We will be collecting applications for Bently and then calling back the most appropriate homes to come in and meet him. **Adoption applications submitted for puppies under one year of age will initially be put on file for review only. Due to the large volume of interest in puppies available for adoption we do not facilitate same day introductions. Adoption applications for puppies will be collected for a 1-2 week period before being reviewed to find the best possible match based on the individual needs of the puppies that are available. Adoption applications selected to meet with an available puppy will be contacted directly by Whatcom Humane Society adoption counselors and an introduction time will be set up. Adoption applications may be submitted in person, via fax (360) 733-4746, or via e-mail at adoptions@whatcomhumane.org. If you have not been contacted by staff after submitting an adoption application for a puppy, or if you have questions about what stage of the review process a certain puppy is in, please contact the customer service department by calling (360) 733-2080 ext 3001 or e-mailing adoptions@whatcomhumane.org. All puppies are required to be signed up to attend positive, reward based obedience classes before the adoption can be finalized.**
Young, Male, Large
 . Darla .
 . Darla .  . Darla .  . Darla .  . Darla .  . Darla .
  • Flat-Coated Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
This lovely lady is Darla and she is looking for a responsible, loving and permanent home. Darla is a high energy gal who wants to go on daily hikes/walks with her family. She is quite smart and knows basic commands. She can live with respectful children 8 years and older. Darla likes other dogs and would probably enjoy having another canine companion in her new home. She will have to meet any potential house mates to ensure they are a good match. Darla has a bit of a prey drive and has been known to go after smaller critters so it would be best if there were no cats, bunnies, chickens etc... Darla isn't a fan of being left alone and would love somebody that works from home or somebody that can take her with them to work. If you are interested in meeting the fabulous Darla, please fill out an application at the front desk.
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
 . Mimi .
 . Mimi .  . Mimi .  . Mimi .  . Mimi .  . Mimi .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Mimi! This gorgeous kitty is looking for a home that will love her for who she is! Mimi's former home surrendered her to us because she was scratching the carpet. Mimi would love it if her new home would invest in some extra cat scratchers in all sorts of varieties so she can have other options besides the carpet! Mimi is a typical sassy female cat who prefers love on her terms. When she's in the mood for pets, she is the biggest love bug, and will press all her weight into your hand to really get the full effect! When she's NOT in the mood for pets, she'll let you know-- she has perfected a pristine "Ice Queen" glare when she feels her boundaries have been crossed! Mimi would be a great companion for a retired person who's just looking for a buddy to share their space with. Mimi would love a nice sunny spot on the windowsill, or a tall cat tree she can perch upon to survey her kingdom. Mimi would prefer to be an only kitty but might be able to coexist with a laidback male cat if given a proper introduction. A dog that will leave her alone (or allow her to rule over!) might be okay. Mimi is a sweet, unique looking feline who's just waiting for her perfect match! If you think that could be you, head up to the front desk for an application to meet her!
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Lexie .
 . Lexie .  . Lexie .  . Lexie .
  • Arabian
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Lexie is a 23 year old Arabian Cross who is awaiting a forever family that will be patient with her and earn her trust. She is a smart and obedient girl who prefers the company of other mares and would do well with friends in her new home. She appears to have training and can ride. She does have some arthritis but can still enjoy some light riding and will need a home that will be patient with her. This polite and well-mannered girl is a fabulous companion who just wants to be your friend! If you are interested in learning more about Lexie, please contact our farm caretaker at: farm@whatcomhumane.org
Adult, Female, Large
 . Hank .
 . Hank .  . Hank .  . Hank .  . Hank .  . Hank .  . Hank .
  • Appaloosa
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Hank! This handsome fellow is an 18 year old Appaloosa searching for a home to call his own. Hank is a goofy, loveable boy who greatly enjoys grooming sessions and adores affection. He is a social guy who will need a companion in his new home to keep him company and be patient with his goofy ways. Before arriving at our farm facility he was used for trail riding and he seems to know his stuff, as he is well trained. He is beginning to show some signs of arthritis but is still a great candidate for light riding adventures. If you are interested in welcoming this gentle giant into your home and pasture, please contact our farm caretaker at: farm@whatcomhumane.org
Adult, 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
 . 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 Caitlyn Orr 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 Caitlyn, 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.