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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Rico's Surgeries

Can You Help Rico Suave?

Rico needs dental surgery and a neuter operation, and he’s counting on all of us to help him live his best life.

Getting Involved

Save an Animal

Adopting a Pet

Adoption fees for DOGS are:

  • 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.)

 New adoption fees starting 1/1/2021:

Puppies-$330 ($170 deposit)

Adult dogs-$250

Senior dogs-$190



Adult Cat-$130

Senior Cat-$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 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.

Sponsors for 2021 Paws and Claws coming soon!

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.