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Upcoming Events

  • february, 2020

    fri21feb4:00 pm6:00 pmAdopt, Don't Shop! (Sponsored by UKUSCA Doggie)4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Sycamore Square Building, 1200 Harris Ave. Suite 111

    sun23feb3:00 pm6:00 pmPaws for a Beer3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Paws for a Beer, 1022 Lakeway Dr.

    sat29feb12:00 pm3:00 pmMud Bay Adopt-a-thonLast Saturday of every other month12:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST Mud Bay Bellingham, 1022 Lakeway Dr.

  • march

    sat07mar12:00 pm3:00 pmPetco(First Saturday of the month)12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Petco, 189 East Bakerview Rd

    sat14mar12:00 pm12:30 pmBagging for DollarsCollecting resaleable items to benefit AHS12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Petco, 189 East Bakerview Rd

    sat14mar12:00 pm3:00 pmPetco(Second Saturday of the month)12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Petco, 189 East Bakerview Rd

    sat21mar12:00 pm3:00 pmPetco(Third Saturday of the month)12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Petco, 189 East Bakerview Rd

    sun22mar3:00 pm6:00 pmPaws for a Beer3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Paws for a Beer, 1022 Lakeway Dr.

    sat28mar12:00 pm3:00 pmBellingham Pet Supply12:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST Bellingham Pet Supply, 1701 N. State St.

  •   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:

    Effective 9/1/2019

    • Puppies (up to age 18 months): $300 (plus $200 spay/neuter deposit for puppies that are not spayed or neutered at time of adoption)
    • Adults (18 months - 8 years old): $220
    • Seniors (8 years and up): $180

    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.


    Northwest K-9 Inn & Spa

    Northwest K-9 Inn & Spa 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!

    Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets

    Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets in Bellingham, WA, is a pet-only funeral home with on-site cremation, offering personal and respectful care for you and your pet. They offer both eco-friendly water cremation and traditional flame cremation. Radiant Heart is a responsible and loving way for you to honor and preserve the memory of your beloved companion.

    Gene Hanacek - Ameriprise Financial

    Gene delivers personalized financial advice to help you achieve your goals, today and tomorrow, through his Confident Retirement® approach. He can help take the uncertainty out of planning for your financial future. Working together, he can help you feel more confident, connected, and in control of your financial life.

    K9 & Handler Dynamics

    Brittany, the owner of K9 & Handler Dynamics, is a certified dog trainer who graduated with honors from Animal Behavior College. She offers top-notch dog training for an affordable cost. With her expert help, you will have a happy, healthy relationship with your canine companion.

    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.

    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.

    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!”

    Special thanks to our major sponsor

    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