Blue Mountain Humane Society

Walla Walla, Washington

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About Blue Mountain Humane Society

Founded in 1967 by residents determined to make a change, Blue Mountain Humane Society passionately serves the community of Walla Walla Valley. Their comprehensive range of services and programs are aimed at addressing the stray dog and cat overpopulation problem while fostering a powerful bond between people and their pets.

Blue Mountain Humane Society is committed to making a difference in the lives of both people and animals through their high-impact community programs. Their Pets for Patriots program matches destitute pets with service members and veterans, and they make regular visits to senior centers and nursing facilities to comfort residents through interactions with animals.

Additional programs and services offered by BMHS include the following:

  • Subsidized sterilization services: Provides subsidized spay and neuter services, discounted microchipping and veterinary care to qualifying households.
  • License and tag services: Assists in licensing dogs according to city and county ordinances.
  • Animal adoptions: For all those considering adopting a shelter animal, they deliver compassionate, community centered adoption services.
  • Surrenders: If you want to re-home your pet, you can call BMHS and set an appointment.
  • Trap-Alter-Return: Aims to reduce the cat overpopulation problem by sterilizing feral cats.
  • Animal housing for people in local shelters: Individuals receiving assistance from local shelters may temporarily house their pets with BMHS.
  • AniMeals: Offers food and veterinary services to senior citizens who can't afford it.
  • Volunteer programs: The shelter loves help from the community and requires volunteers commit at least 1 hour per month.
  • Foster programs: BMHS works to develop a network of foster homes to care for animals that have special medical or behavioral needs until they find their perfect new home.
  • The WPS dog training program: A partnership with the Washington State Penitentiary to train, socialize, and care for animals in need. This program helps dogs pass the Canine Good Citizen test and become desirable pets, ready to find their forever home.

Contact Info

7 George St
Walla Walla
(509) 525-2452

Hours of Operation

Mon: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tue: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wed: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Adoption Process

To adopt a cat, dog, or other furry friend, you can head over to Blue Mountain Humane Society's website and view the animals ready to be rehomed, or visit the shelter directly. You're encouraged to interact and play with your new cat or dog as much as possible to ensure they're a good fit.

If you're adopting a dog, you should take them home and introduce them to your family and other pets. This is referred to as BMHS's no-obligation home trial. If no trial is necessary, you can complete the adoption application and take your pet home the very same day.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Blue Mountain Humane Society are as follows:


  • Medium and large breeds: $125
  • Small breeds: $175
  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $250
  • Highly desirable or purebred dogs: $250


  • Cats: $50
  • Kittens (up to 4 months): $95

Your adoption fee covers a complete health check, sterilization, microchip with registration, vaccinations, 30 days worth of pet insurance, and a FELV/FIV test for cats.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Blue Mountain Humane Society
Walla Walla
directly using the contact info above.

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