The Whatcom Humane Society(WHS) was founded in 1902. We are the oldest non-profit animal welfare organization in Whatcom County.
WHS is an open-admission shelter. We turn no animals away regardless of age, medical condition or temperament.
WHS provides care and shelter for over 4,500 animals each year.
Our shelter is locate at:
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Open Wednesday thru Saturday, 10am - 6pm, Sunday & Monday, 11am-5pm. Closed Tuesday and Major Holidays
Services include: Adoptions, Lost & Found, Community Outreach and Humane Education.
The Whatcom Humane Society provides animal control and rescue services for Whatcom County.
WHS investigates cases of animal neglect and cruelty.
We provide spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, deworming and microchip identification PRIOR to adoption.
Staff veterinarians work in the shelter five days a week.
The Whatcom Humane Society operates Paws Awhile, our "eclectic" gift shop located at 1200-10th Street in Bellingham. The store features new and old items donated by the community.
We provide short-term pet safekeeping for victims of domestic violence.
WHS operates a pet food bank, providing pet food to low income residents in need.
Our website address is: www.whatcomhumane.org
Adopting a Friend
The Whatcom Humane Society makes every effort to place animals into permanent, responsible and loving homes. WHS staff and volunteers counsel potential adopters to place animals in an enviornment that is compatible with his/her needs:
IN ORDER TO ADOPT AN ANIMAL, POTENTIAL ADOPTERS WILL NEED TO:
Be financially able to provide for the animals needs. This includes food, supplies, veterinary care and license.
Have adequate time to spend with their new pet, including time for training, exercise and grooming.
Have permission form their landlord 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 the household.
Complete and adoption application and discuss it with a WHS adoption counselor.
Be willing to bring in their current dog to meet the new dog.
Be willing to bring in their children to meet the animal.
Two Kittens Same Day $200
Altered Dog/Cat over 1 year of age $85
Young at Program
Any dog/cat over the age of 5 yearsadopted to a person over the age of 55 years $55
Other Animals - contact our Customer Service Team for fees
INCLUDED IN THE ADOPTION FEE:
Basic Health Exam
Spay/Neuter Surgery (for unaltered animals)
Initial Vaccinations (including Rabies)
Feline Leukemia Testing for Cats
Microchip and Registration
30 Days Free Sheltercare Pet Health Insurance
Collar & Leash for Dogs or
Collar & Cardboard Carrier for Cats
Certificate for Complimentary Health Exam w/ Participating Veterinarian
Reference material on pet care & training
Volunteering and Donations
Please refer to our website: www.whatcomhumane.org for information on volunteer and membership opportunities.
Whatcom Humane Society