Services

Summary of Programs and Services

  • Founded in 1902, WHS is the oldest non-profit animal welfare organization in Whatcom County.
  • Open-admission shelter, the Whatcom Humane Society turns no animal away regardless of his/her age, temperament, breed, physical or medical condition.
  • Provided care, comfort and services for approximately 5,000 domestic and native wild animals in 2014.
  • Operates a state of the art facility in Bellingham, a 10 acre farm facility in Everson and wildlife rehabilitation center near Bellingham.
  • Provides 24 hour animal control and rescue services for Whatcom County.
  • Investigates cases of animal neglect & cruelty.
  • Interactive adoption program for homeless animals that includes counseling new
  • adopters on responsible pet care and a variety of animal behavior issues.
  • Animal wellness program that provides health exam, vaccinations, flea medication, de-worming and additional medical treatment for animals upon arrival – and spay/neuter surgery, microchip, collar, license or id tag prior to adoption.
  • Staff veterinarian provides in-house veterinary services for shelter animals five days a week.
  • Operates wildlife rehabilitation services center, providing life-saving care and services for orphaned and injured native wildlife.
  • Implementation of Safe-Pet Program, providing short-term pet safekeeping for victims of domestic violence.
  • Humane education programs in Whatcom County schools and libraries that educate children (K-12) on the importance of showing kindness and compassion towards animals.
  • Critter Camp – weeklong day camps for kids ages 8-11.
  • Community outreach programs including working with local media to showcase animals available for adoption, presence at local street fairs and festivals and networking with other area non-profits and businesses to foster good relations.
  • Low cost & free Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) for the pets of low-income residents in need.
  • Pet food bank providing pet food to the pets of low-income residents in need.
  • Working relationships with other local and national animal welfare organizations.
  • Volunteer services department with over 200 dedicated volunteers giving hands-on care to animals, educating our community, providing administrative support, and more.
  • Foster program that houses animals with special needs and/or severe medical issues in volunteer homes for care and rehabilitation until animal is ready to return to the shelter.