Summer is almost here. Let’s get ready to be outside!
Mud, ponded water, and streams flowing through our yards….winter was tough this year. With all that water, soils are soaked. Spring rains flow over wet soils, picking up and carrying pollutants on the land into ditches and creeks. This includes poop and bacteria from livestock, dogs, wildlife, and improperly functioning septic systems. Water carries fecal bacteria through our ditches and creeks, downstream to rivers and into our bays and harbors.
High bacteria levels increase the risk of people getting sick from contacting contaminated water. Our favorite beaches are closed to swimming and harvesting shellfish when there is too much bacteria. Everyone should be able to enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, crabbing, and harvesting shellfish – safely. Working together we can reduce bacteria, protect the health of our families, and allow our community to thrive.
Many neighbors are helping to protect water quality and our community’s health by responsibly managing manure and pet waste, reducing mud and soil compaction, and ensuring properly functioning septic systems.
There are ways for everyone to be a part of the solution. These spring season tips can get you started.
The following list of Resources is provided as a courtesy to assist you. Some of the information/links are commercial in nature and having a listing here does not necessarily mean that AHS is endorsing one business over another. Resources that we know to be questionable will NOT be listed here; however, the absence of a listing here should not be construed as negative. The best approach is to do your research and use your own judgment.
City Dogs Grooming – Independent, locally-owned grooming salon in Whatcom County. Long time advocate and friend to AHS, City Dogs staff is familiar with all breeds and experienced with special needs dogs. They are willing to work with elderly and behaviorally challenged dogs.
Rover Stay Over – Rover Stay Over is an award-winning pet care facility that offers doggy daycare, vacation boarding, and grooming at a clean, modern kennel. They welcome the opportunity to care for your fur babies and companion animals.
Furbaby Rescue -This site is dedicated to the rescue of Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apsos. If space is available they rescue all small dogs.
Dog Gone Gorgeous – Dog Gone Gorgeous is a full service professional pet grooming salon. They specialize in holistic, gentle touch grooming in a clean, quiet, and safe environment. They focus on the needs of your pet as well as the quality of service. Located on the Guide Meridian, Dog Gone Gorgeous offer free grooming services to our adoptable dogs. Thank You Dog Gone Gorgeous!
Lickety Clips – Lickety Clips is a Washington State licensed vocational school for pet grooming. Become a professional pet stylist in as little as 14 weeks! Located in Mount Vernon, Lickety Clips offers free grooming for our adoptable dogs.
WHS (Whatcom Humane Society) operates a pet food bank for Whatcom County residents who need short-term assistance providing pet food for their pets. Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis during shelter hours at both shelter locations. Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm; Sunday and Monday 11:00 am–5:00 pm. Closed to the public on Tuesdays and on major holidays.
Whatcom Voice of the Animals—a non-profit, no-kill shelter—offers free pet food to low-income pet owners in the greater Bellingham Area. Whatcom Voice of the Animals distributes pet food at Bellingham Food Bank on the second and last Fridays of every month at 11:00 am and distributes until the food runs out. Bellingham Food Bank, 1824 Ellis St, Bellingham WA. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, please call 360-650-0556.