Rescue Groups

Sunny Lane Canine Academy is happy to recommend the following animal rescue groups.


Whatcom County Humane Society

  • Advocate for animals
  • Educate the community to promote humane treatment and respect for animals
  • Provide for abandoned, injured, abused or neglected animals
2172 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226
Telephone: (360) 733-2080 • 24 hour Emergency Service, call 911.

Alternative Humane Society of Whatcom County

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.
PO Box 2321
Bellingham, WA 98227 US
Telephone: (360) 671-7445.

S.P.O.T. (Saving Pets One at a Time), Burlington

S.P.O.T. is a local, all-volunteer, rescue organization. Their mission is to provide the Skagit Valley and the surrounding areas an alternative method of caring for and adopting out companion animals. They provide a wonderful alternative adoption option to other local shelters, without the risk of euthanizing healthy and adoptable pets. They are always in search of good foster homes. Can you be a hero while a dog or cat patiently awaits their forever home? Donations are gratefully accepted.
Telephone: (360) 336-5388.

Old Dog Haven, Lake Stevens

Old Dog Haven is a small group of people that provide loving care for senior dogs abandoned at late stages in life. They need foster homes and donations. Please take a look at the website to see what love can do.
Telephone: Judith and Lee Piper at (360) 653-0311.

Happy Tails, Happy Homes, Bellingham

Happy Tails Happy Homes is a no-kill, nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to protecting and serving the well-being of animals and fostering positive relationships between people and animals. We are an at-home foster program: no shelters, no offices, and no paid staff. All of the money donated to HTHH goes directly to our animals. Donations and volunteers always appreciated.
Telephone: (360) 209-4450.

The NOAH Center, Stanwood

Northwest Organization for Animal Help (The NOAH Center) is dedicated to stopping the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable and treatable homeless dogs and cats. We are committed to high quality spay and neuter programs available for low income residents, family friendly pet adoptions, humane education and volunteer programs through our state-of-the-art facilities and Spay/Neuter Center.
Telephone: (360) 629-7055.

Rescued Hearts Northwest, Sedro Woolley

Rescued Hearts Northwest is committed to saving and improving the lives of at-risk dogs; to educate communities about the importance of spaying and neutering and the benefits of adopting instead of purchasing pets; to nurture and support the positive and respectful relationships between pets and people; and to advocate for all animals, especially for those in high-need circumstances.
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Telephone: (360) 318-6911.

PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap

PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap honors the bond between seniors and pets by providing a range of services. PAWS is looking for people over 65 who live independently and would like the companionship of a pet but whose finances won’t stretch to pet ownership.

A healthy, older dog or cat could join your home as a permanent foster. PAWS would retain ownership and pay for food, litter and vet visits.

This arrangement is a “win-win” for pets not likely to be adopted due to their age and for seniors who want to enjoy the companionship of a pet.

View: Website • Facebook: PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.
Telephone: 206-842-2451 extension 3. Leave a voicemail with your mailing address requesting an application and one will be mailed to you.