Note: These resources are for informational purposes only. The Whatcom Humane Society does not endorse any one particular business or service.
Health & Safety
Prescription Medication Rx Disposal – how to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medicine
Pet-Safe House Plants – a guide to keep your pets safe
8 Reasons Why Your Dog is Licking his Paws – common allergies and treatments for your pet
Vapers and Pets – safety tips for smokers & vapers who care about their pets
Allergies & Pets – testing kits and tips to help rid your home of hair & dander if you or a loved one has a pet allergy
How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home – helpful tips for your home & yard from 1-800 PetMeds
Moving with Pets: Understanding Your Pet – moving tips to help dogs & cats adjust to a new house
Family Paws Parent Education – providing ongoing support and education to new and expecting families with dogs.
Senior Pet Health & Wellness Guide – helping you meet the needs of older pets
|Animal Emergency Care||360-758-2200|
|Animal Eye Care||360-676-7770|
|Banfield Pet Hospital||360-734-9459|
|Birch Point Cat & Dog Clinic||360-332-2800|
|Blaine Animal Hospital||360-332-6813|
|Chuckanut Feline Center||360-671-7707|
|Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital||360-671-3903|
|Fountain Veterinary Hospital||360-733-2660|
|Glacierview Animal Hospital||360-384-4482|
|Kulshan Veterinary Hospital||360-354-5095|
|Larrabee Animal Medicine||360-527-9533|
|Lynden Veterinary Hospital||360-354-7988|
|Maplewood Animal Hospital||360-715-1430|
|Mountain Veterinary Hospital||360-592-5113|
|Nooksack Animal Hospital||360-966-3207|
|Northshore Veterinary Hospital||360-738-6916|
|Northwest Veterinary Clinic||360-366-5434|
|Village Veterinary Hospital||360-647-1980|
|Whatcom Veterinary Hospital||360-384-0212|
|Williams Veterinary Hospital||360-599-1030|
Peacehealth Pet Care Resources
Peacehealth St. Joseph Medical Center Pet Care Resources Program
Plan for Pet Care Before Your Hospital Stay. Sooner or later almost all of us will need care in the hospital. It may be planned, elective procedure or it may be an emergency. Either way, it is important to have a plan to care for your pet. Visit www.peacehealth.org/st-joseph/petcare for information on pet care options, emergency plans and financial assistance. For a downloadable brochure, click here.
GENERAL PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
All areas not posted otherwise require dogs to be under control and on leash at all times.
- Arroyo Park: All trails
- Lake Padden Park:
- The fenced off-leash area near the ball fields in the southeastern part of the Park
- Trails as designated at the east end of the park between the fenced off-leash area and the Galbraith Entrance.
- A dog water exercise area near the ball fields area on the east side of the lake is signed for dog training and exercise. Dogs are restricted to entering Lake Padden only in this area.
- Sunset Pond: All trails plus the water are designated for water exercise and training.
- Sehome Hill Arboretum: All secondary (unpaved) trails. Dogs must be on leashes on all paved trails plus the Jersey Street and Arboretum Walkway.
- Bloedel Donovan Park: During daylight hours from October 1 to April 30 and until 10:00 am from May 1 to September 30.
- Whatcom Falls Park: The Waterline Trail south of Whatcom Creek and west of the Water Treatment Plant to Bayview cemetery and the trail from the Waterline Trail south to Lakeway are off leash.
- Little Squalicum Park: All Trails. NOTE – Little Squalicum Creek may contain hazardous chemicals which may be harmful to animals. Also, the Little Squalicum Beach area is not owned or operated by the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department.
- Post Point Dog Park in Fairhaven: The field, trails and the lagoon water are in a designated area adjacent to the treatment facility and are open for dog training and exercise.
- Lincoln Park: Full park is off-leash.
- Skallman Park: Fenced play areas for dogs. Park is managed with the help of Grateful Dogs Off-Leash Society.
- VanderYacht Park: Off-Leash areas.
- Bender Fields: There is a 1 acre fenced enclosed off-leash dog park in the southeast corner of the complex.
- There are various off-leash areas and trails throughout Whatcom County and the North Cascades mountain region. Please check individual areas and trails before letting your dog off-leash. Whatcom County Parks and Recreation can point you toward off-leash areas.
When a dog is within a designated off-leash exercise and training area, it is the owner’s/handler’s option to keep the dog under control by means of a leash. When the dog is off-leash, the owner/handler must still keep the dog under voice or sound control and is therefore responsible for all action, behavior and clean up of the dog. NOTE: Dogs in heat MUST be restricted from off-leash areas, as well as dogs who exhibit aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs.
Scoop the Poop!
No Dogs Allowed
- Lake Padden Park and Bloedel Donovan swimming beach areas and any park land within fifteen (15) feet of the edge of Lake Padden or Lake Whatcom. The beach areas at each site are defined as:
- Lake Padden: all land directly between the beach house parking lot sidewalk and the lake
- Bloedel Donovan: all land bounded by the park/community building parking lot, boat launch, and the lake.
- Cornwall Park and Fairhaven Park wading pools.
- The athletic field playing surfaces located at:
- Frank Geri Fields (Civic Field Complex)
- Downer Fields (Civic Field Complex)
- Lake Padden Park Fields
- Battersby Field
- Inside fenced areas of Civic Field Stadium
- Inside fenced areas of Joe Martin Field Stadium
- Within all park playground equipment areas
- Within all tennis courts
- Spray Parks
- Big Rock Garden Park
- Lower level of Boulevard Park west of the path along the parking lot including all grass areas and the path along the bay shoreline, path to craft studio and path near the playground equipment. Dogs ARE allowed on leash on the path next to the parking lot and to the water trestle along the trail to the south end of the park and to the overhead trestle and trail at the north end of the park.
- All of Bloedel Donovan Park during the period of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend EXCEPT for off leash hours in the morning.
- In the COUNTY, dogs are NOT permitted on trails or cross-country areas within the National Park or designated shellfish beds, in park buildings, at Canyon Lake Community Forest, Stimpson Family Nature Reserve and point Whitehorn Marine Reserve.
- Arroyo Park: All Trails.
- Cornwall Park: Wooded area between ballfield and pedestrian trail.
- Lake Padden Park: Bridle trails on wooded side of park above pedestrian trail.
- Little Squalicum Park: Trail from Bellingham Technical College to Bay.
- Whatcom Falls Park: Trails across the bridge, north of Whatcom Creek.
The owner or handler is responsible for cleaning up waste deposits left on park property and they are required to have in their possession the equipment to remove the fecal matter when accompanied by their horse on public property or public easement.
PET LOSS SUPPORT
The loss of a cherished pet is a sad event for anyone. We’ve provided some helpful resources to help you get through it.
Note: These lists and links are provided as a service to the community and do not necessarily include all Pet Loss resources. The Whatcom Humane Society is not affiliated with these organizations and writers and does not take responsibility for the content therein.
Additional Pet Loss Resources
Pet Loss Support Group at WHS
Whatcom Humane Society’s monthly Pet Loss Support Group provides a safe, supportive place where pet owners can share stories about their pet and work through their grief with others who have suffered a similar loss. It offers support and resources to help those who have been touched by the loss of a pet, anticipating the death of a pet, dealing with the difficult decision of euthanasia, have suffered from a lost or stolen pet, or wondering when/if they are ready for another pet.
There is no charge for this group, no reservations are needed, and you are free to attend as often as necessary throughout your grief process. This group meets the third Thursday of every month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at: Whatcom Humane Society, 2172 Division Street Bellingham, WA 98226.
For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 360-733-2080 ext. 3116. Please bring a picture of your beloved pet to the session.
Pet Loss Hotlines
Washington State University Pet Loss Hotline 1-(866)-266-8635 or 1-(509) 335-5704 7:00–9:00 p.m. PST, Monday–Thursday 1:00–3:00 p.m. PST, Saturday
ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline 1-(877) GRIEF-10 or 1-(877) 474-3310 noon –midnight, daily
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline 1-(607)-253-3932 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. EST, Tuesday-Thursday
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement has chat rooms you can join and chat with other bereaving pet owners.
Books for Children
Dog Heaven by Cynthia-Rylant, 1995
I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm, 1988
Remembering Pets by Gina Dalpra-Berman, 2010
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D., 1982
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judy Viorst, 1987
Remembering My Pet: A Kid’s Own Spiritual Workbook for When a Pet Dies by Nechama Liss-Levinson, Ph.D. and Rev. Molly Phinney Baskett, M.Div., 2007
Books for Adults
Animals: God’s Faithful Servants by Dr. Joe King, 1997
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates by Gary Kurz, 2008
Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet Moira Anderson, Peregrine Press, 1994
Euthanasia of the Companion Animal: The Impact on Pet Owners, Veterinarians, and Society by William J. Kay, 1988
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz, 2012
Golden Angels: A Pet Loss Memoir by Stephanie Weaver, 2013
Goodbye My Friend: Grieving the Loss of a Pet by Mary and Herb Montgomery, 1991
Healing the Pain of Pet Loss: Letters in Memoriam by Kymberly Smith, 1997
Love Crosses Over by Elizabeth Allen, 2013
Loving and Losing a Pet by Michael Stern, PhD and Susan Cropper, DVM, 1998
Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet: Saying Goodbye with Love, Dignity, and Peace of Mind by Myrna Milani, D.V.M., 1998
Saying Good-Bye to the Pet You Love Lorri Greene, Ph.D. and Jacquelyn Landis, New Harbinger Publications, 2002
The Human-Animal Bond and Grief by Laurel Lagoni, Carolyn Butler & Suzanne Hetts, 1994
The following list is local and out of area dog trainers who utilize positive based training methods. Some may offer discounts on group or private classes to WHS adopters.
Dog Trainers List
Whatcom Humane Society has a long-standing policy of only recommending and working with dog trainers and dog training facilities that utilize positive, reward based training methods. We feel strongly that this is the most humane way of treating and training companion animals.
Rewards Based Training
Kennels and Boarding Facilities
|3 Schips & A Girl||360-927-6033|
|Bellingham Bed and Biscuit||360-398-9880|
|Cat Country Resort||360-966-4342|
|Cat Nap Inn||360-724-3513|
|Custer Kennels & Boarding||360-366-4709|
|Hyline Hotel & Training for Dogs||360-398-0174|
|Lomar’s Dog Haven||360-366-3647|
|Nooksack Animal Hospital||360-966-3207|
|Nooksack Dog Dens||360-988-2000|
|Pet’s Choice Sitting Services||360-306-0367|
|Pooch Palace & Kitty Kastle||360-526-0093|
|Rover Stay Over||360-306-5931|
|Whatcom Veterinary Hospital||360-384-0212|
Local Pet Sitters
|Amys Pet-n-Home Sitting||Bellingham, WA||360-820-3778|
|Aunt Carol’s Pet Sitting||Bellingham, WA||360-318-5606|
|Barkley’s Best Sitting||Bellingham, WA||360-325-2926|
|Catnip Cat Care Services||Bellingham, WA||360-224-7209|
|Down on the Farm||Bellingham, WA||360-739-9688|
|Happy Hounds and More||Bellingham, WA||360-961-2725|
|Hot Dawg Pet Care||Bellingham, WA||360-820-2320|
|Jan’s Critter Sitters||Bellingham, WA||360-671-0175|
|Lisa the Cat Nanny||Bellingham, WA||360-305-0575|
|Lynden Pet Nanny||Lynden, WA||360-318-9642|
|Pet Pals||Bellingham, WA||360-305-1280|
|Pet Sitters by the Bay||Bellingham, WA||360-734-0364|
|Spoiled Critter Services||Bellingham, WA||360-306-0367|
|Whatcom Pet Care Network||Bellingham, WA|
PET FOOD BANK
The Whatcom Humane Society operates a pet food bank for Whatcom County residents who are in temporary need of assistance providing food for their pets.
Note: Food bank is intended to be supplemental. WHS cannot guarantee a 30 day supply. Availability of pet food is dependent upon the generous donations made by members of the public to our food bank program. Please do not rely on this program as your sole source of care for your pets.
Rules for Recipients
- Photo ID is required to receive food bank at all times
- All animals in the household must be spayed or neutered in order to receive food bank
- If animals are already spayed or neutered proof must be provided
- Food bank recipients cannot add animals to the household at any time
- Food bank can only be received once every 30 calendar days
- Staff at WHS reserve the right to deny food bank at any time if we find that the rules listed above have been violated
Food bank recipients must be off the food bank program and able to independently provide food and care for the pets in their home for at least one year before being considered for the adoption of a new pet.
Low Cost Spay/Neuter
Persons with animals that are not spayed or neutered will be given information about the WHS low-cost Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) and other low-cost options in Whatcom County. The household receiving food bank will be required to provide proof of spay or neuter prior to receiving food bank a second time. These guidelines are part of our ongoing effort to curb the increasing pet overpopulation problem.