The Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) is in the process of moving into a bigger, better facility on 12 acres of land at 2172 Division Street in Bellingham.
Moving an entire shelter into a new home is an arduous task, and the WHS office was closed all day June 18 as administrators, support staff and volunteers moved dozens of shelter animals into their new home.
The new WHS shelter was designed to provide a humane, stress-free home for thousands of animals and a spacious, friendly, inviting place for visitors, an administrator said.
All animals will have access to natural light and air, and special animal shelter-specific technologies have been used for acoustics, disease control, ventilation, energy efficiency and long-term maintenance. Each animal species will be housed in an area that responds to its unique physical and emotional needs.
A virtual walk through of the new facility posted on the WHS website shows a cat colony room with play toys, acquaintance rooms to get to know a new pet and dog kennels that provide 24-hour indoor/outdoor access.
In addition, the new WHS facility has an expanded veterinary and surgical area that will enhance available treatment options for injured animals. This includes more efficient workplaces for support staff and volunteers.
“We are so excited about our move and our beautiful new facility,” said WHS director Laura Clark. “Our new home is amazing and will allow us to provide quality services and care for thousands of homeless, unwanted and abused animals each year, as well as provide humane education and community outreach programs.”
The new facility was designed by Bellingham architect Curt Carpenter, in collaboration with University of California, Davis Koret School of Shelter Medicine and Design.
The Franklin Corporation, a local contractor, managed the construction, and the cost of the new facility was paid for entirely by private donations to a new building fund, which totaled more than $1 million.
Whatcom Humane Society has been caring for animals since 1902. As an open-admission shelter, no animal is turned away. Last year, WHS provided care and service to more than 4,500 animals in need.
A virtual walk-through of the new shelter, as well as up-to-date information about WHS and their services is available on their website, whatcomhumane.org