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 live in the City of Bellingham and think you may qualify for a low-income or service dog license waiver, please e-mail email@example.com or call (360)733-2080 ext 3010.
Dogs in Bellingham, Blaine & Ferndale
Dogs over 4 months of age living in the city limits of Bellingham, Blaine and Ferndale 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.
Dogs over 7 months of age living in unincorporated Whatcom County are required to have a license. While the rabies vaccine is required by law in Washington state, proof is not required for licensing purposes.
Cats in Ferndale
Cat licensing is only required in the City Limits of Ferndale. Cats over 4 months of age living in the city limits of Ferndale are required to have a license. A certification of rabies 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. 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
Spay & Neuter
Whatcom Humane Society offers a low-cost spay and neuter program called SNAP for eligible applicants.
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Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Click here to download an application form for our spay/neuter program.
- Click Here to download Spay/Neuter Assistance Program Application For Lummi & Nooksack Tribal Members.
- Click here for information on WeSnip, Whatcom Educational Spay Neuter Impact Program.
Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet There are many compelling reasons to spay or neuter your pet. Find out why spaying and neutering is good for you, your pet, and your community! Click here for more information. Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering Click here for more information.
End of Life Services
Our trained staff can provide a humane, dignified end to your pet’s life.
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to the increased volume of shelter animals requiring surgery and treatments and the limited resources our organization currently has available, we are not scheduling any new low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for owned pets at this time. Applications for our SNAP program can still be submitted to WHS and as resources allow, our staff will contact applicants to schedule appointments.
For additional Whatcom County spay/neuter resources, please contact WeSNiP at www.wesnip.org. Thank you!
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.
- 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 information sessions.
Potential Volunteers MUST:
- Be 16+ years old
- 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.
At this time we have the Juinor Partner-Up program on hold. We are making some big changes to the program that will allow us to increase the number of kids we are educating each year. Rather than making a weekly commitment, we will begin hosting onsite workshops for teens and preteens to come to WHS, learn about the animals, and do hands-on service projects to help. We hope to have this new program launched at the first of the year. Please keep an eye on our website for details! Please contact Carly at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Other Ways You Can Help
Too young to volunteer? Or perhaps you don’t have the time to commit to weekly visits? There are plenty of other ways you can help the animals! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Host a gift drive for the animals collecting collars, leashes, toys, etc. (see our wish list for ideas!)
- Host a food drive in your school, work place, church or neighborhood
- Host a movie night for friends and have the “admission fee” be a donation for WHS
- Bake dog treats and donate them to the shelter – OR have a doggie bake sale!
- Create cat toys for the shelter cats (Pinterest has great options!)
- Host a fundraiser (lemonade stand, bake sale, garage sale, etc) and donate the funds to WHS
- Sponsor an animal (click here for details)
- Be a kind consumer. Learn more about finding cruelty free products!
- Become a foster family. You have to be 18, but it’s a great family opportunity! At least one parent must attend a Volunteer Info Session.
You can also reach out to the Whatcom Volunteer Center for information about other opportunities in the community. You will find them at www.whatcomvolunteer.org or 360-735-3055.
- Dog TLC (must be 18 years old)
- Cat TLC
- Bunny Brigade & Rat Pack
- Farm Animal Friend
- 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)
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.