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 specific animals (Adobe Acrobat PDF files) may be downloaded under “Adoption Fees” below.

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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

Resources:
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

Resources:
Rabbit Adoption Fees
Other Animal Adoption Fees

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

Horse Adoption Fees

Adoption 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
 Simba
Description: Hi, my name is Simba! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Out-going, Social,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Sadie
Description: Hi, my name is Sadie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Cuddly, sweet,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Husky (primary), German Shepherd Dog (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Mena
Description: **In a foster home, please submit adoption applications for consideration** Hi, my name is Mena! Here is what would work... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
Breed:
Siberian Husky (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Booger
Description: Hi, my name is Booger! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Independent, bold,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Long Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Harley Quinn
Description: Hi, my name is Harley Quinn! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
Breed:
Shepherd (primary), Siberian Husky (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Warren
Description: Warren is an 8 year old India blue peacock. He has lived with a variety of other birds (turkeys, ducks,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Peacock / Peafowl (primary)
Additional:
 Iron Man
Description: Hi, my name is Iron Man! Here is a little information about me and what would work best for me... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Loki
Description: Hi, my name is Loki! Here is a little information about me and what would work best for me in... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Captain America
Description: Hi, my name is Captain America! Here is a little information about me and what would work best for me... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Medium Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Boots
Description: Hi, my name is Boots! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality:Loves attention, and... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Moony
Description: Hi, my name is Moony! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Sweet, shy,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Malikai
Description: Hi, my name is Malikai! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Timid, Sweet,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Medium Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Rosie
Description: Hi my name is Rosie! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Timid, but... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Diesel
Description: Hi my name is Diesel! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Friendly, sweet,... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Labrador Retriever (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Graham
Description: Hi, my name is Graham! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Very active,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Bear
Description: Hi, my name is Bear! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: reserved at... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
Breed:
Shepherd (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Logan
Description: Meet Logan this little pig is ready for his forever home. He came in because his owner couldn't keep him... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary)
Additional:
 Kevin
Description: Meet Kevin! He came in because his owner couldn't keep him in their new place. He has a lot of... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary)
Additional:
 Roxy
Description: Hi, my name is Roxy! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Bouncy like... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Labrador Retriever (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Toby
Description: Hi my name is Toby! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Social, Loving,... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Pit Bull Terrier (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Gracie
Description: Ready for a cute easy going bun in your life? Meet Gracie. This sweet heart is an easy to handle... (more info)
  • Young
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Havana (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
 Gypsy
Description: Gypsy is a 15 year old Dark Bay Morgan Cross searching for her forever home. She is a super affectionate... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
Breed:
Morgan (primary)
Additional:
Shots are current.
 Wiggly Piggly
Description: Guinea pigs, while easy to care for, do require daily interaction with their favorite humans, a safe space to exercise... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Guinea Pig (primary)
Additional:
 Snow
Description: This outgoing bun is Snow and he would love to go home with you! He came in with his siblings... (more info)
  • Young
  • Male
  • Small
Breed:
Californian (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
 Kubo
Description: Meet Kubo, he is a nervous big guy with a heart looking for the love of a forever home. He... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Shepherd (primary), Black Mouth Cur (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.
 Rocky
Description: Meet Rocky! This compact and chunky guy is a 30+ year old Appaloosa/Morgan, who has such an easy going and... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Appaloosa (primary), Morgan (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
 Sassafras
Description: Sassafras is a super relaxed and affectionate 17 year old Thoroughbred cross. This mellow and adorable girl is broke to... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
Breed:
Thoroughbred (primary)
Additional:
Shots are current.
 Beau
Description: Beau, aka Beau Cam Rock (Prior Names: Excuse My Card, Cam’s Card Shark, Another Excuse and No Nukes) is a... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Standardbred (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Shots are current.
 Mice
Description: Both male and female mice available. All less than 6 months old. Call our Customer Service Team for more information... (more info)
  • Young
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Mouse (primary)
Additional:
 Fred
Description: This handsome, charming, 24 year old registered Quarter Horse is Fred. Fred lived his glory days as a roping/rodeo champion,... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Quarterhorse (primary)
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Shots are current.
 Bom
Description: Say hi to Bom. This sweet little fluff ball is looking for a home to call her own. They are... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Chinchilla (primary)
Additional:
 Tonto
Description: Tonto is a fantastic 30+ thoroughbred gelding on the search for the perfect retirement home. Tonto was once the Everson... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Thoroughbred (primary)
Additional:
Shots are current.
 Ginger
Description: Hi, my name is Ginger! Here is what would work best for me in my new home: -Personality: Independent, Mellow,... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Small
Breed:
Domestic Long Hair (primary), Ragdoll (secondary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Has been declawed.
Shots are current.
 Baby
Description: Baby is a 12 year old Bay Quarter Horse searching for her forever home. Baby can be timid but she... (more info)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
Breed:
Quarterhorse (primary)
Additional:
Shots are current.
 Pete
Description: Pete is a 1994 AQHA Chestnut Tobiano Paint gelding who has been used as a trail horse in the past.... (more info)
  • Senior
  • Male
  • Large
Breed:
Paint / Pinto (primary)
Additional:
Shots are current.
 Foster Kittens
Description: Many questions can be answered by reading through the text below. Kindly read the information before contacting us. Please note:... (more info)
  • Baby
  • Female
  • Medium
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair (primary) Mixed Breed
Additional:
Has been Spayed.
Has been housetrained.
Shots are current.

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The Golden Girl

I thought I’d give you an update on how Goldie is doing.  She is a sweet dog and my girl’s love snuggling with her.  I know there was some concern about her getting along with my cat.  That has not been an issue at all.  Our cat actually rubs on Goldie and they get along great.  I’ve been working on socializing her and she’s made friends with a few dogs in the neighborhood.  The sad part is how she reacted towards some of my guy friends, leading me to think she has suffered some abuse in her past life.  She is getting past this thanks to my friends working with her.  She is still a bit anxious and when she is settled we want to come get her a playmate that can match her energy level.  Goldie is an intelligent dog and a welcome addition to our family.  Thanks for letting us have her!!

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.