Animal Control Services
BMHS provides animal control services that include responding to reports of stray, aggressive, barking and nuisance dogs as well as injured, missing and lost animals as part of our contract with Walla Walla County. In addition, we assist with investigations when there are reports of cruelty or neglect of livestock in the County.
AniMeals assists senior citizens by providing free basic pet needs such as food, litter, grooming supplies and occasional veterinary care when required in an effort to remove some common obstacles that can prevent people from keeping their pets. We believe that love has no age or income limit and it is our hope that by providing access to basic pet care needs, pets and their people can stay together for life.
After you have exhausted all other options, the shelter may be able to assist you in placing your companion animals with another owner, provided there is space available at the shelter. We accept surrenders by appointment only. Please call 509-525-2452 to schedule an appointment.
Cat Management Cooperative (CMC)
A community-wide effort that started in 2008 continues today with monthly Trap-Alter-Return events targeting feral and free-roaming cats, dramatically reducing the number of cats that enter the shelter each year.
Walla Walla City and County ordinances require that all dogs over the age of 6 months living within the city limits or within the county’s dog control zone must wear a current license tag. Even dogs that live primarily indoors are required to be licensed. Your pet’s ID Licensing helps ensure the safe and timely return of your pet should it be lost, and provides proof of ownership. About 95 percent of lost animals that wear current identification are reunited with their owners.
Foster families provide temporary special care, compassion and love that some shelter pets need to become cherished companions for their future adoptive families. Eligible pets include unweaned puppies and kittens, nursing dogs and cats along with their babies, injured animals in recovery, and those needing to work on their manners or behavior challenges. We even have some dedicated foster families that provide care during Ringworm treatment for pets!
Our Humane Education team visits local schools throughout the Walla Walla Valley, offering programing that teaches kids to be kind to other people and animals. We love to take adoptable pets to community events like Commitment to Community Kids Day, Cinco De Mayo at Wa-Hi, National Night Out, and study break visits during finals week at Whitman College, Walla Walla University and Walla Walla Community College.
BMHS has adoptable cats available in the PETCO Adoption Center every day. Throughout the year we hold adoption events around the community, often at the request of one of our community partners such as Friends of Children of Walla Walla or Farmers Market.
Pets for Patriots
BMHS is a proud adoption partner of Pets for Patriots, a charity that operates nationally to save lives by matching adoptable pets with United States veterans and service members. Pets for Patriots works to improve wellness within the military community and promotes the adoption of often overlooked shelter pets. If you know someone who might benefit from this worthwhile effort please send them our way!
Senior Center Visits
Shelter pets make regular visits to assisted living, senior centers and skilled nursing facilities throughout the Walla Walla Valley, providing pet therapy sessions that share the unconditional love only pets can offer. It is our privilege to ensure that everyone possible has an opportunity to enjoy a pet snuggle, particularly those who can no longer have animals of their own.
Subsidized Spay/Neuter Services
The high costs that are associated with traditional veterinary care can be a barrier between people and pets. In support of our commitment to keep people and pets together and to end pet overpopulation, BMHS provides discounted spay/neuter services for pets belonging to income-qualified individuals. Any healthy animal over the age of 8 weeks and weighing at least 2 pounds is eligible for these services. Microchips and some basic healthcare services are also available to pet owners at a reduced cost at the time of surgery.
Temporary Emergency Animal Housing
We offer free, temporary housing for pets of people who are receiving assistance at all local shelters, including the YWCA and the Christian Aid Center. Please call us for specific instructions if you are in need of assistance. (509) 525-2452
Volunteers give their time, talents, energy and expertise every day at BMHS. Their efforts are directly linked to healthier animals, increased adoption rates and greater awareness of our programs and services in the community All volunteers are asked to commit to at least one 1-hour shift per month for a minimum of three months. We require that volunteers under 14-years-old be accompanied by an adult during their service.
WSP Dog Training Program
As a testimony to the powerful bond between people and pets, our partnership with the Washington State Penitentiary has grown to include dogs and kittens. Inmates who qualify apply and are carefully screened before being matched with an untrained dog or a feral, often unweaned, kitten. They assist with the pets every need, providing 24-hour a day care creating socialized, highly desirable pets. Dogs are taught skills to help them pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test before they graduate from the program and are placed with eager adopters.