Note: These resources are for informational purposes only. The Whatcom Humane Society does not endorse any one particular business or service.

Renting with Pets

Zillow, Trulia and HotPads – Pet friendly rentals in Whatcom County

Information for Renters with Pets ~ Resolve landlord issues and find housing for you & your pet

Pet Care in Condos & Apartments ~ Choosing the right pet for your space

Health & Safety

Prescription Medication Rx Disposal  – how to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medicine

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

Veterinary Hospitals
Animal Emergency Care 4176 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226 360-758-2200
Animal Eye Care 405 32nd St. #103, Bellingham, WA 98225 360-676-7770
Banfield Pet Hospital 4379 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226 360-734-9459
Bellingham Veterinary 720 Virginia St., Bellingham, WA 98225 360-734-0720
Birch Point Cat & Dog Clinic 1733 H St., Blaine, WA 98230 360-332-2800
Blaine Animal Hospital 8892 Blaine Rd., Blaine, WA 98230 360-332-6813
Chuckanut Feline Center 1214 Dupont St., Bellingham, WA 98225 360-671-7707
Dollar Wise Animal Clinic 414 W Bakerview Rd. #101, Bellingham, WA 98226 360-922-0262
Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital 2330 Old Fairhaven Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225 360-671-3903
Fountain Veterinary Hospital 2430 Meridian St. #2, Bellingham, WA 98225 360-733-2660
Glacierview Animal Hospital 1874 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248 360-384-4482
Kulshan Veterinary Hospital 8880 Benson Rd, Lynden, WA 98264 360-354-5095
Larrabee Animal Medicine 1110 Larrabee Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 360-527-9533
Lynden Veterinary Hospital 1919 Front St., Lynden, WA 98264 360-354-7988
Maplewood Animal Hospital 2869 W Maplewood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 360-715-1430
Mountain Veterinary Hospital 3413 Mt. Baker Hwy., Bellingham, WA 98226 360-592-5113
Nooksack Animal Hospital 302 W Columbia St., Nooksack, WA 98276 360-966-3207
Northshore Veterinary Hospital 1486 Electric Ave. #102, Bellingham, WA 98229 360-738-6916
Northwest Veterinary Clinic 8115 Birch Bay Square St. #135, Blaine, WA 98230 360-366-5434
Village Veterinary Hospital 236 36th St. Bellingham, WA 98225 360-647-1980
Whatcom Veterinary Hospital 5610 Barrette Ave., Ferndale, WA 98248 360-384-0212
Williams Veterinary Hospital 7786 South Silver Lake Road, Maple Falls, WA 98266 360-599-1030
Peacehealth Pet Care Resources

Peacehealth St. Joseph Medical Center Pet Care Resources Program

Plan for Pet Care Before Your Hospital Stay.  PetCareResourcesCat-120x156

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 for information on pet care options, emergency plans and financial assistance.

For a downloadable brochure, click here.

Where to let them run free?

A guide for taking dogs to our local parks.
Off-Leash AreasOn-Leash Areas


All areas not posted otherwise require dogs to be under control and on leash at all times.

Off-Leash Areas


  • 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!

The owner or handler of any dog is to REMOVE FECAL MATTER deposited by their animal on public property or public easement before the owner leaves the immediate area where the fecal matter was deposited. The owner or handler of any dog must have in their possession the equipment necessary to remove their dog’s fecal matter when accompanied by said dog on public easement.

Any violation of the provisions of the animal regulations is a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine.

On-Leash Areas

All areas not posted otherwise require dogs to be on leash as part of city and county codes and leash laws. Dogs on city sidewalks must be leashed, as well as in all parks not expressly designated as off-leash areas. Within city limits, dogs must be licensed and up to date on rabies vaccinations.

Dogs off leash and at large are subject to confiscation and impoundment and are available for redemption in accordance with local law.

No Dogs Allowed

Due to heavy use by the public plus safety and health concerns, there are several park areas where dogs and domestic animals are not 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.

Horses are only allowed on paved roads open to motor vehicles OR designated bridle trails and parks as follows:

  • 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.


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  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. Pacific Time Zone, Monday–Thursday
1:00–3:00 p.m. Pacific Time Zone, Saturday

ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline
1-(877) GRIEF-10 or 1-(877) 474-3310
noon –midnight, daily

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone, 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 Loss of a Pet by Wallace Sife, 2005

When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings by Jamie Quackenbush, 1988


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 County:

Tails-A-Wagging, Bellingham,WA  360-733-7387

Hyline Hotel and Training, Bellingham, WA  360-398-0174

The Dog Guy, Bellingham, WA  360-255-9832

Petco Dog Training, Bellingham, WA  360-715-3785

PetSmart Dog Training, Bellingham, WA  360-738-9653

Friends for Life Canine Scholarship Fund, Bellingham, WA  360-594-4223

The Clever Canine, Bellingham, WA  360-223-2241

Embarking the Pet Dog, Bellingham, WA  360-399-6380

Nosey Dog Training, Bellingham, WA

Confident Canine Puppy Training, Bellingham, WA 360-746-1411

Skagit County:

Sunnylane K9 Training Academy, Sedro Woolley, WA  360-856-5631

British Columbia:

Cedar Valley K9, Mission, BC  604-312-6604

Modern Canine, Langley, BC  604-866-8999

Healthy Paws Dog Training, Langley, BC  604-308-6837

Joyful Hound, Langley, BC  604-888-5665

Super Nova Dog Training Academy, Langley, BC  604-828-3625

Snohomish County:

Smarter Than Your Dog, Anacortes, WA  360-421-5968

Adventure Dog Ranch, Marysville, WA  360-652-2924

Sno-King Dog Training, Marysville, WA  360-652-2924

Paws Afoot, Everett, WA  425-350-5288

The Dog Works, Monroe, WA  360-793-2368

Four Paws Sports, Lynwood, WA  425-835-0483

Dog Spot NW, Everett, WA  425-252-7768

King County:

Seattle Humane Society, Seattle, WA  425-641-0080

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

We all like to be praised rather than punished. The same is true for your dog. This is the theory behind dog training with positive reinforcement based training methods. Positive reinforcement means giving your dog something pleasant or rewarding immediately after the dog does something you want him/her to do. Because your praise and/or reward makes the dog more likely to repeat the behavior in the future, positive reward based training is one of the most powerful tools you can use to shape your dog’s behavior.

Helpful Links on Reward Based Dog Training:


Kennels and Boarding Facilities
3 Schips & A Girl 4775 Aldrich Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226 360-927-6033
Animal Attraction 5206 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226 360-318-6411
Bellingham Bed and Biscuit 5028 Hannegan Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226 360-398-9880
Cat Country Resort 6912 Mecklem Rd., Everson, WA 98247 360-966-4342
Cat Nap Inn 1244 Butler Creek Rd., Sedro Woolley,  98284 360-724-3513
Custer Kennels & Boarding 8185 Stein Rd., Custer, WA 98240 360-366-4709
Hyline Hotel & Training for Dogs 1012 E Hemmi Rd., Everson, WA 98247 360-398-0174
Lomar’s Dog Haven 8274 Custer School Rd., Custer, WA 360-366-3647
Nooksack Animal Hospital 302 W Columbia St., Nooksack, WA 98276 360-966-3207
Nooksack Dog Dens Sumas, WA 360-988-2000
Northwest Kennels 4796 Northwest Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226 360-384-6578
Pet’s Choice Sitting Services Bellingham, WA 360-306-0367
Plush Pooch 953 Bass St., Bellingham, WA 98229 360-676-0430
Pooch Palace & Kitty Kastle 7056 Peace Portal Way, #A1, Ferndale, 98248 360-526-0093
R&R Kennels 1861 Mt. Baker Hwy., Bellingham, WA 98226 360-671-8445
Rover Stay Over 6451 Hannegan Rd., Lynden, WA 98264 360-306-5931
Upscale Puppy 8365 Kickerville Rd., Blaine, WA 98230 360-332-2136
Whatcom Veterinary Hospital 5610 Barrette Ave., Ferndale, WA 98248 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
The Puget Hound Bellingham, WA 360-224-5307
Whatcom Petcare Network Bellingham, WA