Founded in 1902, Whatcom Humane Society is the oldest animal shelter in the county and houses more than 5,000 domestic and wild animals yearly.

Whatcom Humane Society aims to provide more than temporary shelter – it is a true sanctuary to animals of all walks of life with an open-admission policy , regardless of age, temperament, breed, or medical condition. Both domestic and native wildlife are offered second chances at the Society’s facility in Bellingham, 10-acre farm in Everson, and wildlife rehabilitation center. In addition, the Society has implemented a foster program for animals with special needs and/or severe medical issues that require care in temporary volunteer homes until they are ready to be returned to the shelter or adopted for life.

True adversaries of animal abuse, Whatcom Humane Society offers 24-hour animal control and rescue, cruelty investigation, and rehabilitation of animals that have been rescued from abuse. As knowledge begins with the youth, the Society regularly hosts educational programs in local schools and libraries on the importance of kindness and empathy towards animals, as well as Critter Camp – a weeklong day camp for kids ages 8-11.

Pet owners in need are no exception to the Society’s capacity for compassion. The Society offers low cost and even free spay/neuter assistance for low-income pet owners, as well as a pet food bank.

Interested in adopting?

Visit the Whatcom Humane Society website or amuse yourself with a peek at its Cat Cam.

Want to make a difference?

Get involved by volunteering or donate supplies.

Or, join your fellow animal lovers at the Society’s annual Putts Fore Pets tournament August 10th at Bellingham Golf & Country Club. Raffle prizes and a delicious buffet dinner are included with all support going towards the animals!