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On a Mission...

To provide quality, compassionate, affordable veterinary care to pet rescues, humane societies, and other non-profit animal welfare organizations in Whatcom County, Washington State. 

To help reduce feral cat overpopulation one colony at a time by providing professional, compassionate, and humane, feral cat TNR services from

start to finish.

***Based in Whatcom County Washington State***

Rescue Pet Vet Owner and Veterinarian

Christine Monroe DVM

A Michigan native Dr. Monroe graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM degree in 1993. Since graduating Dr. Monroe has worked both as a private practice and shelter veterinarian and also co-owned a small animal veterinary hospital.  In 2018 Dr. Monroe retired from private practice and formed Rescue Pet Vet to follow her passion of providing care to shelter/rescue animals and feral cats.  Professionally Dr. Monroe enjoys shelter medicine, general and diagnostic medicine, soft tissue surgery, and has a special interest in ferrets.


Dr. Monroe resides with her husband and two children on a small hobby farm in Ferndale WA.  Her farm consists of horses, goats, ducks, chickens, dogs, cats, ferrets, and conure parrots.  In her free time Dr. Monroe enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her horses.  She also loves sports and is an avid Seattle Seahawks and Michigan State Spartans fan.


Veterinary Assistant

Adrian Hoare

Adrian is a 2018 graduate of Northwest Career & Tech Academy where he earned his veterinary assistant certificate. Adrian joined Rescue Pet Vet as a part time veterinary assistant in 2020.  He also has work experience at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley and the NOAH Center.  In addition to work,  Adrian is also continuing his education to become a certified veterinary technician and aspires to someday become a practice or shelter manager.  Adrian says he is beyond lucky to be a part of the RPV team in its mission of “helping give second chances…”

Feral Coordinator/Trapper/Veterinary Assistant

Rhonda Shaffer

Rhonda is a long time resident of Whatcom County and her passion and life’s best work is trapping feral cats.  Rhonda’s dedication and love for feral cats is like no other as is working with some of the most dedicated and unique feral families. When Rhonda is not trapping feral cats or planning her next feral adventure, she enjoys the outdoors, a good fire, creating collage artwork, fostering kittens, cheffing, and spending time with her favorite people.



The Trailer

The Rescue Pet Vet trailer is a

20 ft. custom, full service, veterinary trailer that is equipped with AC, digital scale, autoclave, stainless steel cages, stainless steel wet sink/exam table, Engler Scale-Aire dental machine,
and a surgical suite with LED surgical lighting and isoflurane anesthesia.

Click here to take a tour of the trailer.

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