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WCHS is opening! However, things will still look a little different for a while. 

We are accepting already trained and approved volunteers, but we are not training new volunteers at this time. If you are an approved and trained volunteer, please contact us to sign up for shifts. 

For potential adopters: 

We still HIGHLY SUGGEST potential adopters fill out the application at home and bring it with them to meet the adoptable animals. This will minimize the length of time they are in the building and the items/surfaces they must touch significantly. 

Visitors must check in and out with the office as we must limit the amount of people in the building at once. If you want to guarantee a time is set aside for you to visit, we encourage you to schedule an appointment.

Do NOT visit if you are sick, symptomatic, or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days. 

 All employees and volunteers who are on-site during open hours (1-5pm) MUST wear a face mask the entire time they are in the cat building and/or interacting with customers.  All visitors per WA State requirements must also wear a mask.  All people who are considered high-risk should not visit WCHS until we have moved through all phases of the Safe Start plan. 

The dog building will remain closed and locked. Visitors can only enter if accompanied by a staff member and ONLY if they are interested in adoption.

 All people must maintain appropriate social distancing in the building. Visitors must follow the designated path in the building and cannot move to the next station until the person in front of them has moved on. There are “X” marks showing visitors where the stations are located. Only one family/household should be at a station at once. 

 All adoption counselings will be performed outside (or in the dog foyer between the first and second entrance if the weather does not permit an outdoor consultation) to maintain social distancing and indoor capacity limits.

Potential adopters only! If you are not considering adoption, please do not come just to pet cats. We are happy to welcome these kinds of visitors once we have the “all clear” to resume normal operations.  All visitors must sanitize their hands between each station and upon entering and leaving the building.

Staff will sanitize surfaces that are being touched frequently at least once every hour.  

WCHS values the human/animal bond, provides stewardship for homeless pets and promotes compassionate treatment of all companion animals. With your help we can make a difference. Learn more and get involved.

*Numbers do not include exotics.

Vote for WCHS in the Petco Holiday Wishes Campaign!

Vote to Help Whitman County Humane Society Win Up To $25K from the Petco Foundation

The public is invited to vote in the People’s Choice Competition to help WCHS win up to a $25,000 grant award. 

The Petco Foundation has selected Whitman County Humane Society as a 2019 Holiday Wishes finalist. We’re so excited to be named a finalist and now we need our supporters’ help to vote for us in the People’s Choice competition. Ashley, our Shelter Director wrote an excellent story about her adoption of Felix and has created this wonderful opportunity.  Ashely and all the staff work tirelessly to help all of the homeless pets of Whitman County and we are asking for you to help our holiday wishes come true by voting for her story and help us extend our lifesaving work this holiday season and beyond.

WCHS has the opportunity to earn up to an additional $25,000, but they need their supporters’ help. From now through Dec. 20, noon CST, you can vote for your favorite Holiday Wishes story on  Here is how to vote.

  1. Select "Ashley and Felix" as your favorite story
  2. Provide an email for a one time vote
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that you must click on for your vote to count!
  4. Make sure you get your email thanking you for voting.

The deadline to vote is Friday, December 20, 2019, noon CST. Winners will be announced late December. To view all 105 finalist stories and vote for a favorite, visit