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 dogs and cats (Adobe Acrobat PDF files) may be downloaded below.

Adoption Application Form

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

Rabbits: $45

Other Animal Adoption Fees

Ask Customer Service for adoption fee information for all other animals.

Horse Adoption Fees

Horses 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

Application forms for all animals may be downloaded here.

 . Fiona .
 . Fiona .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Fiona! A sweet lady that is looking for a responsible, loving and permanent home. Fiona was abandoned by her previous owner. She has been kept as an indoor that, but she tries very hard to escape to the outdoors. Fiona loves being around kids, tolerates respectful small dogs, and loves to cuddle! She will need to be the only feline in her new home as she is not a huge fan of other cats. Miss Fiona is a bit on the chunky side and will need low calorie portioned food. Getting her moving with feather toys or a laser will help her to become more active. If you are interested in meeting Fiona, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Lily .
 . Lily .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Hi, my name is Lily! I need a home where I get to be the boss of the house. My day starts with making sure all closets and cupboards are kept in order. Next, I will check windows to make sure everything outside is under control. Then, I love to roll around in catnip! I like my solitude, which means I need to live in a home with NO other cats or dogs. I wouldn't mind living with respectful children, as long as they know I need my space sometimes! Toys are kind of boring, I would rather get some nice scratches behind the ears and sit in your lap. If you think you want to adopt me as your new family member, please fill out an application!
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Tom & Piper .
 . Tom & Piper .  . Tom & Piper .  . Tom & Piper .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Hello, I'm Piper. I love to play all the time with anything! I have a lot of energy and I like to run around as much as I can before I'm ready to calm down and nap. Of course, I do have some sass since I'm a tortie. I am a lovebug though when I want the attention. I love to cuddle after a long play session. My brother, Tom, usually tires out before me but after I'm done playing I look for him so we can nap. My brother and were in a foster home together and we lived with a large dog and an older cat so we would be fine with pets in our new home. We are looking for our forever home together. Cats can live for 15-20 years or more so our potential adopter will need to be able to commit to us for our whole lives. If you are looking for two wonderful kittens, please fill out an application up front to meet us!
Baby, Female, Medium
 . Applebee .
 . Applebee .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This super outgoing cat is Applebee and he is searching for his forever family. Applebee is very playful and loves all types of kitty toys. He is also a super affectionate cat that loves attention. He will curl up in your lap for some TLC or give you some kitty head butts. He enjoys his ears and chin scratched. Respectful children that understand cat behavior would be okay. He seems to do alright with other cats and with a slow and proper introduction may be able to have a feline friend. He is a confident kitty that would most likely be alright around a cat savvy dog. If you would like to meet Applebee, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Young, Male, Medium
 . Leia .
 . Leia .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special NeedsPrefers home without dogs
Hello my name is Leia. I am really in need of a new BFF! My favorite things are snuggling, playing on scratching posts, and lounging around. I am not that into loud noises or children so please can it just be me and my BFF? I don't want to share and would love the attention to go all to me in my new home. If I really have to share I might be able to accept another calm mellow male cat but ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS for me. I am a little shy and will need my BFF to go slow with me. Once I open up I love to have my head and chin rubbed! I have something called "dry eye syndrome", which means I can't produce tears on my own! This means that I will have to be on medication long term. Staff say that I am a breeze when getting my eyedrops-- I couldn't care less, and am just interested in nuzzling up to you after you're done! If we sound like a good fit for each other please head up to customer service for an application to meet with me.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Wednesday .
 . Wednesday .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This spicy lady is Wednesday and she is looking for a permanent, responsible and loving home. Wednesday is your typical calico cat which means love on her terms. She can be very sweet and playful but she is definitely an independent lady with a bit of catitude. Wednesday will need to be the only feline in her new home. She does not like other kitties and tends to get a bit feisty around them. She might be alright with a cat savvy dog that will leave her alone. She would prefer an adult only home as she is not a fan of being picked up and she needs somebody who understands cat behavior. If you are looking for a feline who will give you some love and then walk away and do her own thing then Wednesday might just be the cat for you.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Astrid .
 . Astrid .
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This creature of the night is Astrid. You're going to find her prowling through your house at night, waiting for the next victim, to attack with cuddles! This sweetheart wants nothing but your love, and would like to spend her days getting ear scratches and sitting in your lap. She could live with respectful children over 6 years. She also seems confident enough to live with another dog, and another feline friend to peruse the house with would definitely be beneficial for Astrid, as she is an intuitive and adventurous girl. Fill out an application today if you think Astrid is the one for you!
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Addy .
 . Addy .  . Addy .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Addy! This chunky lady is on the lookout for a family with lots of love, treats, and tennis balls! Addy loves to play and lights up whenever there's a squeaky toy around. She's a hefty lass who would benefit from a high-quality, low-calorie diet and lots of exercise. Addy has lived with kids in the past, but had reportedly began nipping at the younger ones. For this reason, Addy would do best in a home with children 8+. Her previous owners reported a high prey drive, so no cats for this lady. She seems to enjoy the company of other dogs, but any potential canine housemates will have to meet first to make sure they're a good match. If Addy sounds like the girl for you, fill out an application at the front desk to meet her!
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Ronny & Donny .
 . Ronny & Donny .  . Ronny & Donny .  . Ronny & Donny .
  • Chinchilla
  • Prefers home without small kids
These small, cute rodents have plush, soft coats of fur. They weigh around 1 to 1.5 pounds and can be up to a foot long. They have rounded ears and eyes on either side of a broad head. Their fur is very dense, soft, and pleasant to touch. The fur is often gray, but can be beige, tan, black or white. These beautiful rodents can live as long as 20 years. Chinchillas as Pets Chinchillas can make wonderful pets for the right family. They are smart, inquisitive, and loving animals. They are active, vocal, and entertaining to watch. Since they can live up to 20 years they can be long time companions. They are not recommended for young children. Children are often overzealous with affection and could frighten or injure a chinchilla. A chinchilla could possibly bite a child out of fear. Although loving animals, they do require gentle and careful handling. Ronny and Donny will be required to be adopted together. If you are interested in adopting these cuties you need to have thoroughly researched how to care for Chinchillas or have had experience with them.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Snow .
 . Snow .
  • American
  • Spayed/Neutered
Hello, I'm Snow and I'm a shy girl who loves to explore my surroundings. I need someone who is willing to go slow with me at first. I am still getting used to being held for long periods of time but with regular handling I'll get used to it. I would love a home who can commit to providing me with lots of time out of my cage to run around so I can get my daily exercise. I hope that my new home commits to caring for me for my whole life! I will need a roomy cage that is cleaned regularly. Rabbits require timothy hay daily or some other type of grass hay like orchard grass. They also need fresh greens daily. Once I have time to adjust to my new home, I will come out of my shell more. If you think you can meet my needs and want to be friends, please fill out an application at the front desk!
Adult, Female, Small
 . Tank .
 . Tank .  . Tank .  . Tank .
  • Coonhound
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Hi, my name's Tank and I am a big, awesome, slightly dopey boy! I am a typical hound and like to do hound things-- I'd sniff around the yard all day long if you'd let me, and you should hear me bellow!! Boy, do I have a set of pipes! If you're looking for a new member of your choir, I'd be a great tenor! I can often be found wagging my tail and checking in to see if you have any treats for me. (And I'm very gentle when I take them!) I am pretty active and would love to spend my days on outings with my family. I can be a little pushy with other dogs, but it's just because I'm so excited to meet them! I might be okay with a canine companion, but we'll have to meet first to ensure we're a good match. I'm not sure how I feel about kids, but I'm definitely open to meeting them and seeing how it goes! My friends here think I could be a really great family dog. If I sound like the boy you've been missing, head up to the front desk for an application to meet me!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Reggie .
 . Reggie .  . Reggie .
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Reggie is a big happy go lucky dog on the look out for a responsible, loving and permanent home. He loves to play tug of war with his stuffed animals and chase after the tennis ball. Reggie is very big and strong but a total teddy bear and could live with respectful children. He doesn't always know his own strength and could potentially knock over small children. He seems to like other dogs and could probably live with another canine companion. He will have to meet any potential house mates to ensure they get along. A confident cat that won't take his antics might be alright. Reggie is an active dog that loves to go on long walks/hikes and really wants to be part of a family. If this large and in charge guy seems like the dog for you, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Lijay .
 . Lijay .  . Lijay .
  • Beveren
  • Spayed/Neutered
This social guy is Lijay! He loves to explore and will come back to you occasionally for pets. Lijay isn't completely comfortable with being picked up but with more socialization he will do much better with it. He would love a home who can commit to providing him with lots of time out of his cage to run around so he can get daily exercise. Lijay will need a roomy cage that is cleaned regularly. He wants to go home with someone who will commit to being his friend for his whole life which could be 10 years or more! Rabbits require timothy hay daily or some other type of grass hay like orchard grass. They also need fresh greens daily. If you think you can meet my needs and want to be friends, please fill out an application at the front desk!
Adult, Male, Small
 . Bean .
 . Bean .  . Bean .
  • Mastiff, Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This is Bean and he is pretty perfect! He LOVES to be around people and he LOVES other dogs. Bean came in with his brother who has already been adopted. He will need to meet any other dogs living in your home to ensure they get along before he can be adopted. He will take all the pets he can get from you and even is okay with hugs occasionally. He seems like he would be fine living with a confident cat. Respectful children should also be okay, just be aware that he could potentially knock them over if he is very excited. He does get a little pushy when he doesn't want to do something but he can be convinced with treats. This smart boy knows sit and is working on learning more and he'd love for you to teach him! He will definitely make a wonderful best friend to some lucky person. He enjoys going on walks and has great leash manners. Bean is ready to be adopted so if you are looking for the sweetest boy, fill out an application to meet him.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Tolkien .
 . Tolkien .  . Tolkien .  . Tolkien .
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Do you need more love in your life? Do you want head butts and purring in you lap? Then you need Mr. Tolken in your life!! Meet this incredibly loving and affection boy. Tolken loves to give big strong head butts to get your attention; he will even follow you around and rub on you if you aren't giving him enough love. This social guy will likely do well with other cats and possibly and easy going dog. Tolken is also very tolerant and can live with respectful children. One of his favorite activities is chasing toys and playing with wands. He is a very playful guy and would likely be a great mouser! If you think this love bug would be a great addition to your family please head up to customer service for an application to meet with him.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Paula .
 . Paula .  . Paula .
  • Domestic Medium Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Paula! She is an affectionate little lady, who found herself pregnant with no where to go. She gave birth to 5 kittens at the shelter, and was quickly placed in a foster home. Now that her kittens are old enough to find homes of their own, it is Paula's turn! She loves climbing up her cat tree and using her scratch post. She loves being pet and having all your attention. Once she realized the resident dog wasn't a threat, she allowed him to be in the same room as her. She wasn't too fond of other cats, most likely because she was protecting her kittens. She may even like being adopted with one to avoid empty nest syndrome. She may do best as the only kitty in the home. Cats can live 15-20 years, so she is looking for a long term commitment! If Paula sounds like the perfect additions to your home, fill out an application at the front desk!
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Bey and Ashanti .
 . Bey and Ashanti .  . Bey and Ashanti .
  • Guinea Pig
This group of divas is ready to take the stage, in your home, as new family members! Riri, Cardi, Bey, and Ashanti would LOVE to go home with one of their siblings, so we require that they go home in pairs. If you would like to take a couple of these little ladies home, please see customer service at the front desk for an application. Who runs the world? Guinea Pigs!
Adult, Female, Small
 . Prince .
 . Prince .
  • Guinea Pig
Meet Prince! Not only is he royal, but he is an icon among guinea pigs! Just like his sisters, Prince would LOVE to go home with another pig, but it is not required. If you would like to meet this shelter sensation, please see customer service to fill out an application.
Adult, Male, Small
 . Topher .
 . Topher .  . Topher .
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
Hey this cute boy is Topher and he is on the look out for a new family to adopt him and give him his forever home. Topher would do best in a home with children 12 and older. He may be able to live with a confident cat. He seems to enjoy the company of other dogs but will have to meet any potential house mates to ensure they will be a good match. Topher loves to go on long walks/hikes and needs a family that will commit to giving him plenty of physical and mental stimulation to keep him from becoming bored and running off to find his own adventures. Depending on your experience he may need to be signed up for positive reward based classes. If you are interested in meeting Topher and having some time to get to know him, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Koda .
 . Koda .  . Koda .  . Koda .
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
This sweet, high energy guy is Koda. Don't let his size fool you, he is just a big puppy. He likes to play and explore outside, and his ideal family will have the time and energy to take him on daily walks or runs. Koda is a love bug, he really likes to be pet and will lean against you to let you know he appreciates the attention. While he doesn't fetch toys, he enjoys chasing them. Koda will need to attend positive, reward-based training to help him learn manners. When he is excited, Koda tends to jump up on people, and with his size, a home with older children or an adult only home would be best. Koda likes to wrestle and can be a little mouthy when he plays. He would do best in a home without other dogs, or with a medium to large female dog who can keep up with his energy level and play style. Due to his high prey drive, Koda cannot live with cats or other small animals and he shouldn't go to off-leash dog parks. Koda is so sweet and with a family who has the time and patience to train him, he will be a loving and loyal friend for years to come. If you would like to meet Koda, please complete an adoption application located at the front desk and ask for trainer recommendations.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Tug .
 . Tug .  . Tug .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This hefty lady is Tug and she's looking for her next workout buddy! Tug had a bit of a tough time sticking to her New Year's Resolution of losing some weight, and is ready to get back on the wagon. She would like a high quality, low calorie diet, and lots of extra play time to help shed some pounds. At her current size, Tug's quality of life is being negatively impacted-- her joints are stressed, she can't quite make it all the way around her body to groom herself properly, and at times it can be difficult for her to use the litter box (especially trying to do her business in the tight quarters we have at the shelter!) Don't let this deter you, though, Tug is a kitty with all the best intentions, she just needs the right human to help her along in her journey! Tug has the best rumbly purr, and like many calicos, is a huge talker! She could live with respectful children who aren't rough with her--she is not comfortable being picked up and carried around! (Likely due to her current size.) Tug prefers to be the only cat in the home. Because she is slow moving, her ideal home will be dog free. If you're looking for a cat with more to love, head up to the front for an application to meet her!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Dozer .
 . Dozer .  . Dozer .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small kids
This exuberant boy is Dozer which may be short for bulldozer because he is a bit pushy. He will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes before his adoption can be finalized. This will help him learn some manners and bond with his new family. Dozer is a sweet dog that loves to chase after the tennis ball. He is very affectionate and loves to go on long walks. He does like other dogs but can be a bit of a bully so he will need just the right dog in his new home. A confident cat might be alright but no cat would be even better. Dozer can play a bit rough so children 12 and older would be preferable. This guy is not a couch potato and really wants to go out for daily hikes and adventures with his family. If you are looking for a wonderful new companion, please head on up to customer service so you can meet Dozer.
Adult, Male, Large
 . Bella .
 . Bella .  . Bella .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
This timid girl is Bella and she is looking for just the right home. This new home should have another dog friend because she LOVES to play with other dogs. People are still a bit scary so any kids in the home should be teenagers. An adult only home would be even better. Bella has never lived with cats so she should probably continue to live in a cat free home. Bella will need to be signed up for positive reward based classes before her adoption can be finalized. Bella is playful and will need plenty of physical and mental stimulation to keep her healthy and happy. Bella can be a bit barky and would do best living in a house rather than an apartment or condo. If you are interested in this sweet shy lady, please fill out an application at customer service so you can meet her.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Indi .
 . Indi .  . Indi .  . Indi .  . Indi .  . Indi .  . Indi .
  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler, Australian Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Meet Indi! He is a sensitive soul who bonds strongly to his family. He is currently in foster care, as the kennels are too stressful for him. He was surrendered to a local veterinary clinic and now we are looking for a great new home for him! Indi is housetrained and crate trained, although he'd rather be sitting right next to you. He knows sit, down, and roll over. Indi can be a bit wary of strangers, but is a very loyal companion once he knows you. He would benefit from positive, reward based obedience classes which you can sign up for prior to his adoption. This will ensure he and his new family get started off on the right paw! Indi has a bit of a prey drive (typical of cattle dogs) and will need a home with no cats or small animals. Another canine companion could be good for him, as this would build his confidence and help him burn off some excess energy. He does enjoy a good game of fetch. He plays well with the resident dog in his foster home. As with all dogs, they'd have to meet first to ensure they're a good match. Indi prefers an ADULT ONLY home. If you can provide Indi with a patient, loving home, please fill out an application at the front desk! You can also email interest to adoptions@whatcomhumane.org or call at 360-733-2080.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Vespa .
 . Vespa .  . Vespa .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
This wild child is Vespa and she needs a family who can handle her rambunctious personality. Her new family should be adult only or have children 13 and older as she is extremely mouthy and jumpy and doesn't have the best bite inhibition. She will be required to be signed up for positive reward based classes to help her become a more well behaved and respectful dog. No cats for this girl as she has quite a bit of prey drive. She does like other dogs and could potentially live with another canine companion. She will have to meet any potential house mates to ensure they are a good match. Vespa is an energetic gal and really needs plenty of physical and mental to keep her from becoming destructive or running off to find her own adventures.If you have the time, patience and love to give for this lovely lady, please fill out an application at the front desk.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . 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
 . Ryder .
 . Ryder .  . Ryder .  . Ryder .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Ryder! This handsome fella came in as a stray and is now looking for his forever home. Ryder can be a bit wary of strangers, but is a very loyal companion once he knows you. With the help from our wonderful volunteers, Ryder is learning that people aren't so bad. He does better with women but is slowly learning that men aren't that bad. He may take some time to warm up to new people but trust us when we say he is the biggest lover in the world. He has so much love to give and just wants someone who will give him a chance. He seems to lack some confidence, and is required to be signed up for positive, reward based obedience classes prior to his adoption. This will ensure him and his new person get started off on the right paw! Ryder has a bit of a prey drive and will need a home with NO cats or small animals. Another canine companion could be good for him, as this would build his confidence and help him burn off some excess energy. As with all dogs, they'd have to meet first to ensure they're a good match. He absolutely loves other dogs and would love a home that would take him to doggy daycare so he can play with all his friends. He is currently going to Tails-a-wagging to learn how to socialize with other dogs and does great! Ryder is a very smart boy and learn new tricks very quickly. Ryder prefers an ADULT ONLY home.
Adult, Male, Medium
 . Lulu .
 . Lulu .  . Lulu .  . Lulu .
  • Retriever
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Meet Lulu! This young girl has grown up without a whole lot of structure in her life, which has caused her to have some nervous energy. She's a bit unsure of the world around her, which means things like strangers, loud noises, and unfamiliar situations are pretty scary. Lulu would like her new family to have both the time and energy to invest in her future. To make sure she gets started off on the right paw, Lulu will be required to sign up for positive, reward based obedience classes prior to her adoption. This will help boost her confidence and also foster a tight bond between you and her! Lulu would likely benefit from having another canine companion to show her the ropes. She loves to chase small animals, so we'd like it if her home was free of temptation-- no cats! Lulu can be a bit mischievous if her energy is not properly harnessed, which means she would benefit from a home where someone's around most of the time to supervise and tire her out! Her previous home said she was getting a little nippy with their children (likely due to her nerves), so her new home will have to be adult only, or with respectful kids 14+. If Lulu sounds like the girl you've been missing, please fill out an application at the front desk!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Forrest & Gypsy .
 . Forrest & Gypsy .  . Forrest & Gypsy .  . Forrest & Gypsy .
  • Paint / Pinto
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Meet Forrest & Gypsy - a pair of wonderful horses looking for a permanent, responsible and loving home TOGETHER. Forrest is a six month old Paint colt who arrived at WHS last spring as an orphaned infant. He suffered from severe tendon laxity in his front legs which made walking extremely difficult. Our farm caretakers cared for him round the clock for several weeks until he could care for himself. His endured multiple treatments on this front legs and even wore orthopedic horse shoes for a time. Thanks to their heroic efforts and the expertise of the equine veterinarians at Kulshan Veterinary Clinic, he is now a happy, healthy little boy. Forrest is halter broke, experienced and cooperative with both the vet and farrier. He does well with other horses - but loves his adopted mama Gypsy the best. Gypsy is an approximately 14 year old Morgan cross mare who arrived at WHS as an abandoned stray. She is a super sweet, socialized horse who upon arrival at our farm facility immediately adopted little Forrest as her own. She is extremely protective of Forrest and won't let him out of her sight. Gypsy stands beautifully for both the vet and farrier and gets along well with other horses - as long as they don't get too close to her "baby" Forrest. It is mandatory that this bonded pair be adopted together into a home that will provide them with the care and attention they deserve. The adoption fee is $450. To learn more about this dynamic duo, email our farm caretaker at: farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Young, Male, Large
 . Pete & Holly .
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  • Paint / Pinto
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Pete and Holly are a bonded pair of seniors looking to find a loving home where they can live together forever. 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. Holly is a 1996 Shire mare, who has to the best of our knowledge never been ridden. She came to WHS severely underweight, but with a high quality diet she is making great progress in getting up to a healthy weight. Holly had her jaw broken as a filly, and while it does not cause her any pain it does make it difficult for her to eat hay, so she will need to continue to supplement her diet with a high-calorie mash. She is very attached to Pete, who does not seem to mind having a draft-horse sized shadow following him around! Both horses have been mainly kept out to pasture for the last few years, so they could use refreshers on their ground manners. They are both very sweet and friendly with people and other horses, and will come running from across the pasture when they see you at the gate. If you are looking to add this adorable duo to your family, please contact farm@whatcomhumane.org.
Senior, Male, Large
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  • Black Mouth Cur, Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Ares is a high energy dog looking for a responsible, permanent home. He will need to be in an ADULT ONLY home as he did not do well with a child at his previous home. He is a smart boy who knows to sit, lay down and shake but has potential to learn so much more. It is mandatory that Ares be signed up for positive based classes before his adoption can be finalized. He has some fears of new people and will need a family willing to work with his fears. Ares will need to live in a cat free home and would do best in a home without any small animals (rabbits, chickens, etc.). Ares loves the ball and can play fetch for hours, he also loves long walks and would benefit from someone who likes to run regularly. He does better with a mellow female dog who can correct his rambunctious behavior. He will need to meet any potential doggy friend to make sure their personalities mesh well. Ares is a playful, goofball who is highly food motivated making him a great candidate to excel in obedience classes. If you would like to meet this handsome boy please fill out an adoption application at the front desk!
Young, Male, Large
 . Foster Kittens .
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  • 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.

A dog named Blue

A Dog Named Blue

Blue is a beautiful, rambunctious girl looking for a loving, active family to call her own! Blue is young and full of energy. She will require a lot of exercise, which would make her a perfect hiking or jogging buddy! Blue is working hard on her manners & learning a lot from the volunteers who work with her each day. She is still a puppy though, so she is a bit jumpy & mouthy as she feels her way through the world. She will require a home with no small children as she could accidentally knock them down. Blue would probably be too high energy for most cats, and she hasn’t done very well with other dogs at the shelter. She will be required to be signed up for positive reward based training with one of our approved trainers to help her adopters learn to guide and support her through her tough teenage years.

Think she’s a good fit?

We will be collecting applications for Blue and calling back the most appropriate homes to come in for a meet and greet.  If you think she would be a good fit for your home, please complete an adoption application today!