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
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
|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
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!
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.
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.
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. 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
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
Sunnylane K9 Training Academy, Sedro Woolley, WA 360-856-5631
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
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
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:
- The Association of Professional Dog Trainers
- The Whole Dog Journal
- Positively Victoria Stillwell (Nationally Recognized Dog Trainer)
- The Humane Society of the United States
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|