Alternative Humane Society

Adopt a Pet

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.

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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

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.

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.

Fee includes basic shots, spay/neuter, and microchip on dogs and cats (except puppies under 6 months of age). All cats are FIV/FELV tested. 


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. 


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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)

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Get Involved


We have many different volunteer opportunities. Some are long term, some are temporary or seasonal. Some require a considerable time commitment, while others can be done with just 30 minutes per week. Training and necessary supplies are provided. 


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