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Welcome to APS-FH!
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Why adopt?
Looking for a new friend? Make an appointment to come meet our incredible pets awaiting their forever homes.
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You had us at meow.
Each year about 90 kittens find their way to forever homes with your help. Thank you!
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We can't do this alone, can you help?
There's many ways you can support our efforts in the care and adoption of our sweet shelter pets.
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Providing compassionate care and brighter futures for homeless animals on San Juan Island and beyond.

We are hiring!

Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor is seeking a part time and a full time Animal Care Team Member.

Kitty Holding Now Hiring Sign

Search for your new friend here.

Through adoption of homeless pets, humane education, abuse investigation, and community outreach and leadership, we match pets and people. There are many places to acquire a dog or a cat, but our shelter is special. Before you adopt your companion animal from us, the Animal Protection Society will:

  • Treat the pet for internal and external parasites
  • Give them all initial vaccinations
  • Spay or neuter the pet
  • Test all cats for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

Beyond all that, animals at the shelter are lovingly played with, socialized, and observed for all possible behavior problems. We care about our friends, and it shows! Learn more.

How You Can Help

Donate

Outright donations help us feed and take care of the shelter pets. Make a one-time donation, a monthly donation, or become a Shelter P.A.L. by making a yearly donation of any amount.

Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities are many, just to name a few: walking dogs, trapping feral cats, pet training, medical support, fostering pets, and volunteering time at Treasure Hounds store.

Treasure Hounds

Shopping at our upscale retail thrift store is another way to support us, so is donating gently used household furnishings, home goods & decor to Treasure Hounds.

Shelter News

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~ PET OF THE WEEK~

River 

Age: ~ 6 months old  
Sex: Male 
Breed: ShihTzu/Pug/Chihuahua Mix 
Origin: Eastern Washington  
Weight: 10lbs   
Personality: Exuberant, Agile, Giving 
Energy Level: Puppy Medium-High 
Likes: Licking Humans’ Faces, Running Fast, the Power of Positive Thinking 
Dislikes: Being Rushed, Stereotypes About Weight, Scary Movies 

Pandemonium / (noun): a wild uproar (as because of anger or excitement in a crowd of people)

Puppy pandemonium / (noun): when the pandemonium (of the excitement variety, obviously) erupts in response to the cuteness overload that puppies bring

HI! MY NAME IS RIVER, and I’m one of the 8(!) puppies who arrived here at the shelter earlier this month, buuut based on the excitement we’ve stirred up in this island community, I have a feeling you may have already known that! You may be so wrapped up in puppy pandemonium that you’re unable to see all the individual ways in which each one of us lil’ pups shine. Don’t worry though, there are no judgements from me and my shelter friends; we know all too well the effect baby animals (especially puppies) have on people — us included!

So, before cuteness overload takes hold of your brain completely, I wanted to share some fun facts about the one and only me, River! : 
(1) I’m a Parvo+ Survivor 
(2) I have an underbite which I’m told is very adorable
(3) Out of all 8 of us, I’m the biggest
(4) Although this photo doesn’t show it, I have a little white mohawk which is my favorite hairstyle right now 

One final note: Although I’m a very happy puppy, I will only be friends with someone who notices that sometimes I get a little scared and who will respect my boundaries. Don’t worry though, I warm up to new, understanding, friends quickly!

If you are interested in adopting, and would like to make an appointment for a meet and greet, please fill out and submit our Canine Adoption Application on our website: 

https://www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/canine-application/ 

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon. 

#apsfhpetoftheweek #apsfhpets #petoftheweek #adoptadog #puppies #rescuedogsrock #apsfh #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland #adoptarescuedog

~ PET OF THE WEEK~

River

Age: ~ 6 months old
Sex: Male
Breed: ShihTzu/Pug/Chihuahua Mix
Origin: Eastern Washington
Weight: 10lbs
Personality: Exuberant, Agile, Giving
Energy Level: Puppy Medium-High
Likes: Licking Humans’ Faces, Running Fast, the Power of Positive Thinking
Dislikes: Being Rushed, Stereotypes About Weight, Scary Movies

Pandemonium / (noun): a wild uproar (as because of anger or excitement in a crowd of people)

Puppy pandemonium / (noun): when the pandemonium (of the excitement variety, obviously) erupts in response to the cuteness overload that puppies bring

HI! MY NAME IS RIVER, and I’m one of the 8(!) puppies who arrived here at the shelter earlier this month, buuut based on the excitement we’ve stirred up in this island community, I have a feeling you may have already known that! You may be so wrapped up in puppy pandemonium that you’re unable to see all the individual ways in which each one of us lil’ pups shine. Don’t worry though, there are no judgements from me and my shelter friends; we know all too well the effect baby animals (especially puppies) have on people — us included!

So, before cuteness overload takes hold of your brain completely, I wanted to share some fun facts about the one and only me, River! :
(1) I’m a Parvo+ Survivor
(2) I have an underbite which I’m told is very adorable
(3) Out of all 8 of us, I’m the biggest
(4) Although this photo doesn’t show it, I have a little white mohawk which is my favorite hairstyle right now

One final note: Although I’m a very happy puppy, I will only be friends with someone who notices that sometimes I get a little scared and who will respect my boundaries. Don’t worry though, I warm up to new, understanding, friends quickly!

If you are interested in adopting, and would like to make an appointment for a meet and greet, please fill out and submit our Canine Adoption Application on our website:

www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/canine-application/

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon.

#apsfhpetoftheweek #apsfhpets #petoftheweek #adoptadog #puppies #rescuedogsrock #apsfh #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland #adoptarescuedog
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4 days ago

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🙏🐾❤️🐾🙏

What a cutie°

~ PET OF THE WEEK ~

Faline

Age: 5ish years old 
Sex: Female 
Breed: Domestic Medium Hair, Brown Tabby
Origin: Moses Lake, WA 
Weight: 8lbs 
Personality: Plucky, Joyful, Knowledgeable 
Energy Level: Medium 
Likes: Head Boops, A Good Story, Underdogs 
Dislikes: Being underestimated, Superficialness

I’ve heard what some people say— they say I look “a little rough around the edges”, but I really like the way I look and the scars that I have! I wear them with pride because they are reminders of all the life I have lived despite being only five.

Prior to coming here, I lived out in the wilderness and streets of Moses Lake, WA. Those times were not always easy, but they defined me. Whether it was the absolute joy of being outside in nature, having to survive on my own, motherhood, or getting sick — these experiences are ones I reflect back on warmly. My life has been adventurous thus far and although I’m still looking to keep things interesting, I’m now wanting to slow down somewhere I can call home, with a person(s) I can call my own. 

I want to find someone who will let me love them hard, but will also appreciate and adore my quirks because they are a part of my story..a part of me! My person(s) must love the way my left eye leers to the side, how my coat doesn’t ever lay “just so”, and the fact that I am FIV+ and FeLV+. They must value these things in me, because I DO. 

Could you be, would you be my safe space? If so, I’d love to meet you. 

If you are interested in adopting, come by the shelter for a visit, or you can fill out and submit our Feline Adoption Application on our website: 
https://www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/feline-application/ 

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon.  

#apsfhpetoftheweek #petoftheweek #apsfhpets #adoptacat #specialneedscat #rescuecats #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland

~ PET OF THE WEEK ~

Faline

Age: 5ish years old
Sex: Female
Breed: Domestic Medium Hair, Brown Tabby
Origin: Moses Lake, WA
Weight: 8lbs
Personality: Plucky, Joyful, Knowledgeable
Energy Level: Medium
Likes: Head Boops, A Good Story, Underdogs
Dislikes: Being underestimated, Superficialness

I’ve heard what some people say— they say I look “a little rough around the edges”, but I really like the way I look and the scars that I have! I wear them with pride because they are reminders of all the life I have lived despite being only five.

Prior to coming here, I lived out in the wilderness and streets of Moses Lake, WA. Those times were not always easy, but they defined me. Whether it was the absolute joy of being outside in nature, having to survive on my own, motherhood, or getting sick — these experiences are ones I reflect back on warmly. My life has been adventurous thus far and although I’m still looking to keep things interesting, I’m now wanting to slow down somewhere I can call home, with a person(s) I can call my own.

I want to find someone who will let me love them hard, but will also appreciate and adore my quirks because they are a part of my story..a part of me! My person(s) must love the way my left eye leers to the side, how my coat doesn’t ever lay “just so”, and the fact that I am FIV+ and FeLV+. They must value these things in me, because I DO.

Could you be, would you be my safe space? If so, I’d love to meet you.

If you are interested in adopting, come by the shelter for a visit, or you can fill out and submit our Feline Adoption Application on our website:
www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/feline-application/

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon.

#apsfhpetoftheweek #petoftheweek #apsfhpets #adoptacat #specialneedscat #rescuecats #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland
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2 weeks ago

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I'm interested but being an outdoor cat who lived in nature, I worry she would be determined to slip out and somehow trick me into it! Then I would have to worry about spreading the FeLv in addition to being heartbroken. Still hoping to adopt a cat at some point.

~ PET(S) OF THE WEEK ~

Moxie & Tilly

Age: 6 & 4 years old 
Sex: Females
Breed:  Chihuahuas 
Origin: Bakersfield, California 
Weight: 8lbs & 10lbs 
Personality: Affectionate, Inclusive, Engaging 
Energy Level: Medium 
Likes: Public Displays of Attention, Chai Lattes, WiFi
Dislikes: Internet Trolls, Misogyny, Commercials

Hiii, we’re Moxie and Tilly and we’ve been besties ever since meeting a few years ago in a coffee shop we both frequented. We formed a fast friendship and bonded over our shared appreciation for a good cuddle — us chihuahuas are known for it after all! Soon we were spending all our coffee shop hours together as we teamed up to create and launch our youtube series and blog, “Cuddle Culture” — the success of which has led us to be the Wellness Influencers that we are today! We aim to educate all to the therapeutic and health benefits to cuddling. We also discuss the culture, recent science, current trends, and how-to’s of a good cuddle. 

Although we don’t plan on slowing down on social media, we are at a point in our lives where we’re ready to find our forever family! As besties and business partners, we are determined to find a family that will take us both. Although we love cuddling we require gentleness and for this reason are hoping for a kid-free home. 

If you are interested in adopting, and would like to make an appointment for a meet and greet, please fill out and submit our Canine Adoption Application on our website:

https://www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/canine-application/

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon.

#apsfhpetoftheweek #apsfhpets #petoftheweek #adoptadog #chihuahuastotherescue #rescuedogsrock #apsfh #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland #adoptarescuedog

~ PET(S) OF THE WEEK ~

Moxie & Tilly

Age: 6 & 4 years old
Sex: Females
Breed: Chihuahuas
Origin: Bakersfield, California
Weight: 8lbs & 10lbs
Personality: Affectionate, Inclusive, Engaging
Energy Level: Medium
Likes: Public Displays of Attention, Chai Lattes, WiFi
Dislikes: Internet Trolls, Misogyny, Commercials

Hiii, we’re Moxie and Tilly and we’ve been besties ever since meeting a few years ago in a coffee shop we both frequented. We formed a fast friendship and bonded over our shared appreciation for a good cuddle — us chihuahuas are known for it after all! Soon we were spending all our coffee shop hours together as we teamed up to create and launch our youtube series and blog, “Cuddle Culture” — the success of which has led us to be the Wellness Influencers that we are today! We aim to educate all to the therapeutic and health benefits to cuddling. We also discuss the culture, recent science, current trends, and how-to’s of a good cuddle.

Although we don’t plan on slowing down on social media, we are at a point in our lives where we’re ready to find our forever family! As besties and business partners, we are determined to find a family that will take us both. Although we love cuddling we require gentleness and for this reason are hoping for a kid-free home.

If you are interested in adopting, and would like to make an appointment for a meet and greet, please fill out and submit our Canine Adoption Application on our website:

www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/canine-application/

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon.

#apsfhpetoftheweek #apsfhpets #petoftheweek #adoptadog #chihuahuastotherescue #rescuedogsrock #apsfh #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland #adoptarescuedog
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3 weeks ago

Comment on Facebook

I absolutely love these girls - so adorable 🥰🥰

~ VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH ~

Amara Johnsen

APS-FH is pleased to announce Amara Johnsen as our Volunteer of the Month for September!  Amara has been volunteering at the APS-FH Treasure Hounds store since March 2022.  She works as a Retail Salesclerk for the store as well as being our resident jewelry expert.

We were introduced to Amara when, in 2021, she adopted Charlie Girl from the shelter; a long-time lobby cat with FIV - and gave her a wonderful, forever home.

For Treasure Hounds, Amara brings her knowledge and understanding about jewelry. She is a jewelry maker who sells her beautiful items at the local markets and fairs.  Amara can repair jewelry and brings in her own tools and supplies to help renew items that have been donated to Treasure Hounds so they can be 
sold to raise funds for APS-FH. Treasure Hounds supports 25% of the organization’s operations.

Amara is able to recognize special properties in the donated jewelry pieces so they can be priced accordingly. She creates beautiful displays that show off the stores jewelry. Customers delight in the merchandise, and the way it is displayed. All of these skills have helped massively increase jewelry sales at Treasure Hounds.

Amara is always there for anyone that needs her - she is a kind soul and a delight to be around. Although Amara is very busy with her jewelry making and running her business, she still makes time to volunteer at Treasure Hounds, because she cares about shelter animals. Just ask her cat Charlie Girl!

**APS-FH has numerous volunteering opportunities.  If you are interested in helping, please visit our website at apsfh.com to learn more about our Volunteer Program.

#apsfhvolunteerofthemonth #volunteerofthemonth #sheltervolunteersrock #sheltervolunteerofthemonth #apsfhpets #apsfhvolunteers #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland

~ VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH ~

Amara Johnsen

APS-FH is pleased to announce Amara Johnsen as our Volunteer of the Month for September! Amara has been volunteering at the APS-FH Treasure Hounds store since March 2022. She works as a Retail Salesclerk for the store as well as being our resident jewelry expert.

We were introduced to Amara when, in 2021, she adopted Charlie Girl from the shelter; a long-time lobby cat with FIV - and gave her a wonderful, forever home.

For Treasure Hounds, Amara brings her knowledge and understanding about jewelry. She is a jewelry maker who sells her beautiful items at the local markets and fairs. Amara can repair jewelry and brings in her own tools and supplies to help renew items that have been donated to Treasure Hounds so they can be
sold to raise funds for APS-FH. Treasure Hounds supports 25% of the organization’s operations.

Amara is able to recognize special properties in the donated jewelry pieces so they can be priced accordingly. She creates beautiful displays that show off the store's jewelry. Customers delight in the merchandise, and the way it is displayed. All of these skills have helped massively increase jewelry sales at Treasure Hounds.

Amara is always there for anyone that needs her - she is a kind soul and a delight to be around. Although Amara is very busy with her jewelry making and running her business, she still makes time to volunteer at Treasure Hounds, because she cares about shelter animals. Just ask her cat Charlie Girl!

**APS-FH has numerous volunteering opportunities. If you are interested in helping, please visit our website at apsfh.com to learn more about our Volunteer Program.

#apsfhvolunteerofthemonth #volunteerofthemonth #sheltervolunteersrock #sheltervolunteerofthemonth #apsfhpets #apsfhvolunteers #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland
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3 weeks ago

Comment on Facebook

Congratulations Amara!

~ PET OF THE WEEK ~

Zelda

Age: 5ish years old
Sex: Female
Breed: Domestic Shorthair, Brown Tabby
Origin: San Juan Island
Weight: 9lbs
Personality: Adventurous, Easy Going, Loving
Energy Level: Low to Medium
Likes: Dreamers, Cuddling, Comfortable Silence
Dislikes:  Labels, Scaredy-Cats, Limitations

Hi, I’m Zelda! Although you may have already heard the story of how I ended up in the shelter, I’m here to tell you the real, insider story straight from the cat’s mouth — mine!

The story, as the shelter knows it, is that I ended up in one of their traps meant for the feral cats and immediately upon realizing I was too lovey-dovey to be feral, they tried to find if I had owners. But here’s what only I know, and what only I can tell you: I went into that trap intentionally. I know I’m not feral, but that doesn’t mean I’m not street-smart. These smarts led me to realize that these traps, once filled, made their way to APS-FH and that’s exactly where I wanted to be. Why you ask? Because although you may notice the beauty scars I’ve obtained from a life on the outside, what I have always really dreamed of, is being someones. I long for the comfort, safety, and never-ending love that comes from being a part of a family. I made and executed the plan to get here, now I just need you to come adopt me!

If you are interested in adopting, come by the shelter for a visit, or you can fill out and submit our Feline Adoption Application on our website:

https://www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/feline-application/

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon.

#apsfhpetoftheweek #petoftheweek #adoptacat #adoptarescuecat #catsofinstagram #browntabbycat #apsfh #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland

~ PET OF THE WEEK ~

Zelda

Age: 5ish years old
Sex: Female
Breed: Domestic Shorthair, Brown Tabby
Origin: San Juan Island
Weight: 9lbs
Personality: Adventurous, Easy Going, Loving
Energy Level: Low to Medium
Likes: Dreamers, Cuddling, Comfortable Silence
Dislikes: Labels, Scaredy-Cats, Limitations

Hi, I’m Zelda! Although you may have already heard the story of how I ended up in the shelter, I’m here to tell you the real, insider story straight from the cat’s mouth — mine!

The story, as the shelter knows it, is that I ended up in one of their traps meant for the feral cats and immediately upon realizing I was too lovey-dovey to be feral, they tried to find if I had owners. But here’s what only I know, and what only I can tell you: I went into that trap intentionally. I know I’m not feral, but that doesn’t mean I’m not street-smart. These smarts led me to realize that these traps, once filled, made their way to APS-FH and that’s exactly where I wanted to be. Why you ask? Because although you may notice the beauty scars I’ve obtained from a life on the outside, what I have always really dreamed of, is being someones. I long for the comfort, safety, and never-ending love that comes from being a part of a family. I made and executed the plan to get here, now I just need you to come adopt me!

If you are interested in adopting, come by the shelter for a visit, or you can fill out and submit our Feline Adoption Application on our website:

www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/feline-application/

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon.

#apsfhpetoftheweek #petoftheweek #adoptacat #adoptarescuecat #catsofinstagram #browntabbycat #apsfh #fridayharbor #sanjuanisland
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4 weeks ago

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Wow! What an amazing bit of creative writing. Bravo to the author. Good Luck to that sweet kitty!

~ PUPPY TIME! ~

The rumors are TRUE!  We just transferred in some adorable pups from our friends over at ARFS - Animal Rescue Friends Society of Grant Co., Wa and Okandogs.  These puppies are true warriors, as they are recent Parvo survivors.  Thanks to swift action from ARFS and Okandogs along with their local veterinarians they were able to save two sick litters of pups and their moms.  They are now recovered, happier than ever, and ready to find their own special homes!  All pups will be ready for adoption by next week.  We will be accepting applications and scheduling meet and greets starting this weekend.

If you are interested in adopting, and would like to make an appointment for a meet and greet, please fill out and submit our Canine Adoption Application on our website:

https://www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/canine-application/

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon.

~ PUPPY TIME! ~

The rumors are TRUE! We just transferred in some adorable pups from our friends over at ARFS - Animal Rescue Friends Society of Grant Co., Wa and Okandogs. These puppies are true warriors, as they are recent Parvo survivors. Thanks to swift action from ARFS and Okandogs along with their local veterinarians they were able to save two sick litters of pups and their moms. They are now recovered, happier than ever, and ready to find their own special homes! All pups will be ready for adoption by next week. We will be accepting applications and scheduling meet and greets starting this weekend.

If you are interested in adopting, and would like to make an appointment for a meet and greet, please fill out and submit our Canine Adoption Application on our website:

www.apsfh.com/adoption-program/canine-application/

An Adoption Team Member will be in touch soon.
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4 weeks ago

Comment on Facebook

They're all cute but Moxie and Tilly still have them beat!!❤️🥰

Aren’t they the cutest!♥️

Pretty bright eyes!

Robin Blake nelly needs a boyfriend 😂❤️

Do you need any fosters?

No way!

All adorable.

Julie Auter-Smith

Lucky pups ❤️

Anna Pierotti

Teeny teens!

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