SERVICESThe Whatcom Humane Society is an open-admission animal shelter providing care and services to domestic, farm and wild animals in Whatcom County including Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Sumas & Everson.
SERVICES : WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?
We provide animal services for Whatcom County which includes Bellingham, Blaine & Ferndale.
Animal Control & Rescue
The Whatcom Humane Society Animal Control / Field Services Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Picking up stray, injured, aggressive, dangerous and dead animals.
- Transportation and impoundment of stray animals to the shelter for impound, or in cases of emergency, to a veterinarian for medical treatment (if WHS staff veterinarian is not available).
- Administration and enforcement of all animal related laws and ordinances for the Cities of Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Sumas, Everson and unincorporated Whatcom County.
- Investigation of cruelty and neglect complaints as authorized by State, City and County ordinances.
- Acting as a liaison for WHS at community events, pet licensing clinics and neighborhood meetings to educate and inform residents about animal welfare issues.
If you are aware of an animal being abused or neglected, please call our Animal Control Office at (360) 733-2080, ext #3017.
If you need assistance after our regular business hours and you have an animal related emergency, such as an animal running in traffic, an injured animal, an animal acting aggressively or you need to report an animal being harmed, please call 911. The 911 dispatcher on duty will contact a WHS animal control officer for further assistance.
Animal Control Emergency?
Licensing Your Pet in Whatcom County
If you need a kennel license or have questions about licensing, please email email@example.com or call (360) 733-2080 x3010.
Dogs in Bellingham, Blaine & Ferndale
Dogs over 7 months of age living in Whatcom County are required to have a license. Before a license is issued for any dog, the owner must certify under penalty of perjury that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies. A certification of vaccination signed by an accredited veterinarian, and showing that the vaccination does not expire prior to the expiration date of the license, must be provided upon request.
Cats in Ferndale
Cat licensing is only required in the City Limits of Ferndale. A microchip may be used in place of a license tag for Ferndale cats. The microchip number must be provided at the time of licensing.
PLEASE NOTE: Effective January 1, 2012 the State of Washington requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated for rabies. The vaccination must be kept current. (WAC 246-100-197 (3))
How Much Does it Cost?
The annual license fee for sterilized cats or dogs is $11.
The annual license fee for each unsterilized male or female is $41.
HEALTH & VETERINARY SERVICES
We offer this lifesaving service for just $20 at our shelter facility. No appointment is necessary!
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Low Cost Microchip Clinic
1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime. Although no bigger than a grain of rice, this permanent form of identification could be your pet’s ticket home if this ever happens to them.
We offer this lifesaving service for just $20.00 every day at our shelter facility. No appointment necessary!
Spay & Neuter
Whatcom Humane Society offers a low-cost spay and neuter program called SNAP for eligible applicants.
We need to get her fixed!
Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)
Thank you for your interest in the Whatcom Humane Society’s low-cost spay/neuter program (S.N.A.P.). If you are interested in having your companion animal spayed or neutered, please fill out the S.N.A.P. application below and return to the shelter. Upon receipt of your completed application a WHS staff member or volunteer will contact you to review your application, discuss payment options and schedule an appointment for your animal.
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Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering
End of Life Services
Our trained staff can provide a humane, dignified end to your pet’s life.
He is suffering...
The following is a list of conditions under which an animal may not be placed for adoption:
- If they are under 8 weeks of age.
- If their advanced age is causing extreme medical or physical problems.
- If they are in poor general health or physical condition.
- If their temperament or behavior is such that they would not adapt well to a new home.
- If they are showing signs of extreme stress due to being placed in a kennel environment.
- If they show signs of communicable disease that could infect other animals.
- If there is no space available in the adoption kennels.
Depending on the specifics of the animal’s condition and availability of space, some animals with these conditions may be placed in foster care, held for treatment, or observation until they are old enough to be made available for adoption.
At WHS every effort is made to find loving homes for animals in our adoption program. Once an animal is placed into our adoption program there is no set holding period. Animals may remain available for adoption for a day, week, month, or longer. Animals available for adoptions may be euthanized if there is a decline in their health, temperament, or physical condition. They may also be euthanized if our adoption areas become overcrowded and room needs to be made for new incoming animals. Any animal who is euthanized (humanely put to death) will be administered a painless injection of sodium pentobarbital.
If you wish to inquire about this animal, you may do so by calling the shelter at (360) 733-2080. Please save your surrender paperwork to assist us in providing you with information.
Pet Personality Profiles
If you decide to surrender your pet to the Whatcom Humane Society, please complete the personality profile below and bring it with you to the shelter. Please leave your animal(s) in the car when you arrive. Once paperwork is complete, staff will ask you to bring them in. Our surrender fee is $50. If this fee is a hardship for you, please call customer service at (360) 733-2080 ext 3001.
Our country as a whole, is suffering a tragic pet overpopulation problem, with 10 million animals being euthanized nationwide each year because new homes are not available.
Thank you for your interest in Volunteering!
Whatcom Humane Society cares for thousands of animals each year, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our dedicated volunteers.
How to Get Started
If you are ready to commit to helping animals in our community complete the steps below to get involved:
- Read through the Volunteer Handbook.
- Review the dates of the next available Information Sessions below.
- RSVP and attend the Information Session that fits your schedule.
- Complete a WHS Volunteer Application.
- Complete the required hands-on training session(s) for the position that interests you.
- Become a valued member of our volunteer team!
Due to the number of inquiries we receive, there is no wait list for adult volunteers (16+).
Potential Volunteers MUST:
- Be 16+ years old or 12-15 years old and accompanied by an adult at all times
- Make a 6 month commitment
- Be available to volunteer at least 2 hours per week
- Be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for long periods of time
- Be committed to treating animals and people with compassion and respect
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate volunteers looking to fulfill community service hours or students completing culminating projects.
This program is for kids ages 12-15 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teams can volunteer with cats or small animals as well as participate in outreach & special events.
Note: Junior Partner Up teams are currently being put on a waiting list due to the demand on the program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to be put on the list.
Whether you are interested in caring for animals, providing administrative support or helping with fundraising events, there are opportunities for anyone who wants to make a difference.
- Dog TLC (must be 18 years old)
- Cat TLC
- Bunny Brigade & Rat Pack
- Farm Animal Friend
- Junior Partner-Up Team (for volunteers ages 12-15)
- Maintenance Assistant
- Vet Clinic Assistant (full!)
- Special Events/Fundraising
- Humane Education & Outreach
- Foster Care Provider – click here for more information!
- Wildlife Care Assistant (must be 18 years old)