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Upcoming Events

  • july, 2019

    sat20jul12:00 pm3:00 pmPetcoFirst three Saturdays of the Month12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Petco, 189 East Bakerview Rd

    sun28jul10:00 am3:00 pmPaws and Claws10:00 am - 3:00 pm Squalicum Creek Park, 1001 Squalicum way

  • august

    sat03aug12:00 pm3:00 pmPetco Adopt-a-thon12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    sat10aug12:00 pm3:00 pmPetco Adopt-a-thon12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    sat17aug12:00 pm3:00 pmPetco Adopt-a-thon12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    sat31aug11:00 am3:00 pmMud Bay Adopt-a-thonLast Saturday of every other month11:00 am - 3:00 pm PST Mud Bay Bellingham, 1022 Lakeway Dr.

  •   The Alternative Humane Society (AHS) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Whatcom County, Washington. AHS has been helping animals and educating the public since 1977. 100% of the money we raise goes toward our programs. We have no shelter, office, or paid staff.

    Adoptable Pets


    How You Can Help

    Would you like to buy a gift for a deserving dog or cat? Start here:

    Amazon Wish List


    Getting Involved

    Save an Animal

    Adopting a Pet

    Adoption fees for DOGS are:

    • Puppies (up to age 18 months): $275 (plus $200 spay/neuter deposit for puppies that are not spayed or neutered at time of adoption)
    • Adults (18 months - 8 years old): $200
    • Seniors (8 years and up): $160

    Adoption fees for CATS are:

    • Kittens (up to one year): $160
    • Adult cats (over one year): $100
      (All cats are FIV/FELV tested.)


    MakING a Donation

    We are an all-volunteer organization. We have no shelter, office, or paid staff. All of our funds go toward helping our dogs and cats.

    Our highest cost by far are our veterinary bills. All of our dogs leave our care fully vaccinated, spayed and neutered, and micro-chipped.

    We are asking for these funds to help with our vet bills.


    McEvoy Oil Company

    McEvoy Oil Company has proudly served the Puget Sound region since 1932. They are the largest branded wholesaler in Whatcom County, representing the Shell and Valero brands. McEvoy Oil also provides on-site fueling to clients in the construction, industrial, agricultural, and marine industries. For more information, visit their website at


    Rover Stay Over

    Rover Stay Over is an award-winning pet care facility conveniently located between Lynden and Bellingham. They offer doggy daycare, vacation boarding and a variety of grooming services for dogs. They welcome the opportunity to care for your fur babies and companion animals at their clean, modern kennel and grooming salon.

    Alignment & Brakes Plus

    Operating since 2005, the professional technicians at Alignment and Brakes Plus have over 20 years of industry experience. They're locally owned and operated and deliver personalized service every time. Bring in your car, truck, SUV, recreational vehicle, boat or utility trailer today for unmatched maintenance and repair.

    Maplewood Animal Hospital

    Maplewood Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate care for dogs and other pets. They believe that every animal they treat fully deserves their most complete and sincere effort and top-quality medical care. 

    eXp REALTY

    eXp REALTYWith over 14 years of Real Estate experience and an unparalleled dedication to her clients, Renay Daniels is regarded as one of the finest Realtors in Whatcom County, specializing in luxury home sales, new construction, estate and probate properties, interior design/home staging, and condominium management. 

    Kulshan Veterinary Hospital

    With eleven doctors and an extensive support staff, Kulshan Veterinary Hospital focuses on optimizing the human-animal bond through preventative health care. Whether working on a horse, cow, dog, cat or any other species, our team of professionals focuses on providing the best care available.

    Northwest Kennels

    Northwest Kennels in Bellingham is an animal boarding and grooming facility that offers a number of helpful services under one roof. They are a large capacity kennel with experienced and compassionate staff members that will take excellent care of your pets!

    Dynamite Images

    Abby Dynamite of Dynamite Images has photography services available for anything your little heart desires! Happy customers say, "Abby has an incredible eye for taking awesome photos! Whether it be kids, adults, families, animals or birds, she has the knack for making them all look great!" and "Great photographer and fantastic personality!"

    The Recovery Village (National)

    An integrated behavioral healthcare management company, Advanced Recovery Systems provides assistance to people with substance abuse issues, addictions, and mental health concerns. With facilities in various regions of the U.S., the Advanced Recovery Systems network strives to provide the highest quality of care, using evidence-based therapeutic models that really work.
    What we do

    Our Services


    AHS members foster dogs and cats in our own homes, and we work to match them with the best possible adopters. We have several thousand success stories, and each one is special!


    Our educational programs are designed to encourage and enable responsible pet guardianship. We also work with partner organizations (e.g., Community Cats and WeSNIP) for services that we ourselves do not provide. 


    We have plenty of events to give you to opportunity to meet your perfect new four-legged family member. Check out the events calendar for dates, times, and places.  

    Spay & NEuter

    We have a spay/neuter program in place for local dogs and cats. Our voucher program helps in Whatcom County, depending upon availability of funding.

    Upcoming Events—Meet Our Dogs and Cats!

    Petco Adopt-a-thons

    First three weekends of the month
    Saturday from 12pm to 3pm

    189 East Bakerview Rd
    Bellingham, WA 98226

    Bellingham Pet Supply Adopt-a-thons

    Last Saturday of every other month

    1701 North State St.
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    Mud Bay Adopt-a-thons

    Last Saturday of every other month

    1022 Lakeway Dr.
    Bellingham, WA 98229

    Paws for a Beer Adoption Event

    One Sunday each month (see Events Calendar for upcoming dates)

    501 Harris Ave.
    Bellingham, WA 98225