Providing compassionate care and brighter futures for homeless animals
on San Juan Island and beyond.

Who We Are

The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor (APS-FH), was founded in 1982. It is a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization. We are proud to serve the people and animals of San Juan Island with a variety of programs including adoptions, low-income spay/neuter vouchers, and humane education for children of all ages. Through our outreach, advocacy, and services, we strive to ensure that animal protection and companionship is accessible. The APS-FH is private and receives no local, state or federal support with the exception of a portion of county dog license fees. Building a community of compassion is our goal – through adoption of homeless pets, humane education, abuse investigation, and community outreach and leadership.


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!











Keep up with what is going at the Animal Protection Society - Friday Harbor.

Thu 11, Oct, 2018
New animal shelter opens in Friday Harbor

A section of Cattle Point Road has gone to the dogs. In fact, 938 Cattle Point Road has gone to the cats, too. The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor staff and volunteers christened their new facility at that address on Saturday, Sept. 29. They plan to move their roughly 30 animals in by the end of October. The new […]

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Tue 07, Aug, 2018
New Shelter, Grand Opening

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announces it will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for its new shelter facility, Saturday September 29 from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon. Members of the community of all ages are invited to attend and tour the new animal shelter and enjoy light refreshments. Parking will be limited, so carpooling is suggested. For more information, […]

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Thu 12, Jul, 2018
“Take a Seat for Animals – A Wine Tasting and Painted Chair Auction”

Take a stand for animals by sitting down during Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society’s fundraiser featuring an auction of painted chairs by local artists. “All funding will go toward our operating expenses,” said Jan Murphy, animal shelter manager, noting that one of their major expenditures is veterinary costs for the animals. Costs for dental care, spaying and neutering and other […]

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