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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

News from Facebook

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If you’re more of a “cat person” than someone who falls into puppy pandemonium, did you hear that in addition to newly available pups (see last post), we also have some kittens who are now ready for adoption🥹! These littles, Sorsha (boy) and Kiaya (girl), are part of a litter who were found without a momma on Mt. Finlayson, have since been receiving care from (in partnership with us at APS-FH) one of our local fosters, and are now ready to find their forever homes. Could that be you? If so, now is the time to fill out and submit the feline application* on our website so that our Adoption Team can go through the process of finding these two cuties their forever families💓!

Photo 1 - Sorsha 
Photo 2 - Kaiya 

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

#apsfh #adoption #adoptacat #adoptkittens #adoptdontshop

If you’re more of a “cat person” than someone who falls into puppy pandemonium, did you hear that in addition to newly available pups (see last post), we also have some kittens who are now ready for adoption🥹! These littles, Sorsha (boy) and Kiaya (girl), are part of a litter who were found without a momma on Mt. Finlayson, have since been receiving care from (in partnership with us at APS-FH) one of our local fosters, and are now ready to find their forever homes. Could that be you? If so, now is the time to fill out and submit the feline application* on our website so that our Adoption Team can go through the process of finding these two cuties their forever families💓!

Photo 1 - Sorsha
Photo 2 - Kaiya

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

#apsfh #adoption #adoptacat #adoptkittens #adoptdontshop
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2 days ago

Comment on Facebook

Adorable kittens ♥️ I shared

I'm coming in!

So cute!

Karla Sabin know anyone in the market?

😍

OMGosh how darling

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Did you hear? We have a mama and her puppies who will be ready for adoption by the end of this week! You may have already “met” our “bird litter” if you read our most recent Pet of the Week, but allow us to introduce you to Robin (mom) and her four pups, Jay, Raven, Starling and Wren😍! This family of small breed mixes came to us from a hoarding situation in Eastern Washington and have spent the last ~1.5months growing up and being cared for (in partnership with us at APS-FH) by one of our local fosters and are now soon ready to find their forever homes. Could that be you? If you think so, now is the time to fill out and submit the canine application* on our website so that our Adoption Team can set up meet and greets and go through the process of finding these five awesome pups their forever families💕!  

Photo 1 - Mom (Robin) and her 4 puppies 
Photo 2 - Mom (Robin) and 3 of her puppies (Jay not pictured)
Photo 3 - Jay (male)
Photo 4 - Raven (female)
Photo 5 - Starling (female)
Photo 6 - Wren (female)
Photo 7 - all 4 puppies 

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

#apsfh #adopt #adoptdontshop #adoptadog #adoptpuppies

Did you hear? We have a mama and her puppies who will be ready for adoption by the end of this week! You may have already “met” our “bird litter” if you read our most recent Pet of the Week, but allow us to introduce you to Robin (mom) and her four pups, Jay, Raven, Starling and Wren😍! This family of small breed mixes came to us from a hoarding situation in Eastern Washington and have spent the last ~1.5months growing up and being cared for (in partnership with us at APS-FH) by one of our local fosters and are now soon ready to find their forever homes. Could that be you? If you think so, now is the time to fill out and submit the canine application* on our website so that our Adoption Team can set up meet and greets and go through the process of finding these five awesome pups their forever families💕!

Photo 1 - Mom (Robin) and her 4 puppies
Photo 2 - Mom (Robin) and 3 of her puppies (Jay not pictured)
Photo 3 - Jay (male)
Photo 4 - Raven (female)
Photo 5 - Starling (female)
Photo 6 - Wren (female)
Photo 7 - all 4 puppies

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

#apsfh #adopt #adoptdontshop #adoptadog #adoptpuppies
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2 days ago

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Absolute cuteness overload!! 😍😍😍

About how big will the puppies get?

Nancy Utt

Amber Kleine 🤣🤣

What are the genders of all the puppies?

Can you share the genders?

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~ PET OF THE WEEK~

Robin

Age: 2 years old
Sex: Female 
Breed:Chihuahua Mix
Origin: Eastern Washington 
Weight: ~12lbs 
Personality: Protective, Doting, Strong-As-All-Get-Out
Energy Level: I’m a new mother so my energy is taken up by my pups and depleted more often than not
Likes: Getting Some Rest, Watching My Puppies Grow Big, Corny Reality Shows
Dislikes: Mom Shaming, When the Babysitter Cancels

Hi there, my name is Robin. As a female, I am vast and I have many sides, but most pressing right now is the title of young, new, mom. Although there are many things that a new mom must decide, one of highest importance is choosing a name for her child; so, when I found myself bearing my first litter, I just knew I had to get it right in picking their names! I started to think of my own name, Robin. I have always been so grateful to have it as it was given to me in honor of a beloved family member. Additionally, I always liked the association with the bird of the same name; a quintessential North American species known for being an early-bird. Before long it occurred to me to use birds as name inspiration for my babies and although it was so difficult to choose from all the avian options, I soon settled on their names. Below are those names and why I chose them for my pups: 

Jay - blue jays are birds known for their intelligence and tight family bonds 

Raven - a bird that is a representative of Baltimore, a place I’ve always loved. 

Starling - I’ve always been a sucker for William Shakespeare and in the 19th century these birds arrived in North America thanks to the help of Shakespeare enthusiasts. 

Wren -  pacific wrens are known for their larger-than-life, complex, and oh so beautiful songs.

Birds of a feather, me and my little ones flock together. My puppies will grow quickly (I am told by all mothers that it will go by in a blink) and before long they’ll be off on their own, with their new families while I too find my next adventure. But no matter where we go, our connection will forever be in heart and name. Where will we “fly” to next? Is it into your home and hearts? We hope so! 

#apsfh #petoftheweek #adoptdontshop #adoptadog

~ PET OF THE WEEK~

Robin

Age: 2 years old
Sex: Female
Breed:Chihuahua Mix
Origin: Eastern Washington
Weight: ~12lbs
Personality: Protective, Doting, Strong-As-All-Get-Out
Energy Level: I’m a new mother so my energy is taken up by my pups and depleted more often than not
Likes: Getting Some Rest, Watching My Puppies Grow Big, Corny Reality Shows
Dislikes: Mom Shaming, When the Babysitter Cancels

Hi there, my name is Robin. As a female, I am vast and I have many sides, but most pressing right now is the title of young, new, mom. Although there are many things that a new mom must decide, one of highest importance is choosing a name for her child; so, when I found myself bearing my first litter, I just knew I had to get it right in picking their names! I started to think of my own name, Robin. I have always been so grateful to have it as it was given to me in honor of a beloved family member. Additionally, I always liked the association with the bird of the same name; a quintessential North American species known for being an early-bird. Before long it occurred to me to use birds as name inspiration for my babies and although it was so difficult to choose from all the avian options, I soon settled on their names. Below are those names and why I chose them for my pups:

Jay - blue jays are birds known for their intelligence and tight family bonds

Raven - a bird that is a representative of Baltimore, a place I’ve always loved.

Starling - I’ve always been a sucker for William Shakespeare and in the 19th century these birds arrived in North America thanks to the help of Shakespeare enthusiasts.

Wren - pacific wrens are known for their larger-than-life, complex, and oh so beautiful songs.

Birds of a feather, me and my little ones flock together. My puppies will grow quickly (I am told by all mothers that it will go by in a blink) and before long they’ll be off on their own, with their new families while I too find my next adventure. But no matter where we go, our connection will forever be in heart and name. Where will we “fly” to next? Is it into your home and hearts? We hope so!

#apsfh #petoftheweek #adoptdontshop #adoptadog
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5 days ago

Comment on Facebook

Someone will be very lucky to have this little girl in their life. She will devote herself to them forever. I was fortunate to have one just like her, a once in a lifetime dog.

She reminds me of Daphne, who we got from APS in 2019. She's the BEST DOG!

Love her!!

SPOTTED: Baby Stripey making his routine early evening appearance 🥹😍! This handsome boy is more of a night owl, usually choosing to hang out up on his favorite ledge comfy spot during the day, and coming down to hang with the rest of the felines when the sun starts to set. 

#apsfh #adoptdontshop #adoptacat #adoptasenior #adoptaseniorcat #nightowl

SPOTTED: Baby Stripey making his routine early evening appearance 🥹😍! This handsome boy is more of a night owl, usually choosing to hang out up on his favorite ledge comfy spot during the day, and coming down to hang with the rest of the felines when the sun starts to set.

#APSFH #adoptdontshop #adoptacat #adoptasenior #adoptaseniorcat #nightowl
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6 days ago
Yesterday our whole day (read: life) was made by the Axling family who brought us this beautiful posterboard thank you in celebration of the one year adoptiversary of their kitties, Patches and Sunshine who they adopted on Thanksgiving Weekend 2021. We are completely blown away by this sweet gesture and the creativity Lucian, Arlo, Heather, and Matt Axling put into making it 🥹🤩
Every Happily Home story is one our team holds closely to our hearts, and getting to see how incredibly loved Patches and Sunshine are is truly such a gift! 

Whether it’s getting to sleep in the human beds with their beloved family, playing like kids, lounging in their favorite relaxation spots, or being spoiled rotten it’s clear that Patches and Sunshine are an integral part of the family🥰 Not only that, but the Axling’s said that these adorable felines have completely changed their family from being strictly dog-lovers to bonafide “cat people” 😻 We’re so happy to hear how smitten the whole family is with its newest members and how showered with love they are. 

Welcome to the “Cat People” Club Axling Family 😂🥳 and thank you so, so much for giving Patches and Sunshine a place in your hearts and home! 💕

1st Photo - Lucian Axling (11) and Arlo Axling (8) hold up the thank you posterboard they made for the APS-FH Team 

2nd Photo - a close up of the thank you card which now hangs in our reception area

#apsfh #apsfhhappilyhome #happilyhome #adoptdontshop #adopt #adoptacat #catpeople

Yesterday our whole day (read: life) was made by the Axling family who brought us this beautiful posterboard thank you in celebration of the one year adoptiversary of their kitties, Patches and Sunshine who they adopted on Thanksgiving Weekend 2021. We are completely blown away by this sweet gesture and the creativity Lucian, Arlo, Heather, and Matt Axling put into making it 🥹🤩
Every Happily Home story is one our team holds closely to our hearts, and getting to see how incredibly loved Patches and Sunshine are is truly such a gift! 

Whether it’s getting to sleep in the human beds with their beloved family, playing like kids, lounging in their favorite relaxation spots, or being spoiled rotten it’s clear that Patches and Sunshine are an integral part of the family🥰 Not only that, but the Axling’s said that these adorable felines have completely changed their family from being strictly dog-lovers to bonafide “cat people” 😻 We’re so happy to hear how smitten the whole family is with its newest members and how showered with love they are. 

Welcome to the “Cat People” Club Axling Family 😂🥳 and thank you so, so much for giving Patches and Sunshine a place in your hearts and home! 💕

1st Photo - Lucian Axling (11) and Arlo Axling (8) hold up the thank you posterboard they made for the APS-FH Team

2nd Photo - a close up of the thank you card which now hangs in our reception area

#apsfh #apsfhhappilyhome #happilyhome #adoptdontshop #adopt #adoptacat #catpeople
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7 days ago

Comment on Facebook

We totally agree. Ms Agnes has changed our lives … she is funny and endearing. This week she discovered her first holiday tree. We are overjoyed.

You folks do such good work. Thank you.

Oh this is the best! ♥️♥️♥️

This is so awesome

As a private, non-profit organization, we at The Animal Protection Society - Friday Harbor (APS-FH) rely heavily on the kind donations of individuals and entities inside and outside of our community to help with both regular operational costs and wishlist items. This #GivingTuesday we are hoping to raise funds for such a wishlist item — a High Quality Tag Engraving Machine! 

Securing the funds to purchase this would allow our shelter to be the only location on island with the ability to make high quality and customizable engraved tags. By having this machine on-site at the shelter we can then: 

- Increase the rate of reunification of lost pets with their families in our community 

- Ensure that all shelter animals have proper identification when leaving, especially those who are at higher flight risk

- Be an added resource for community residents looking to get proper identification for their current pet(s)

We are hoping to raise $5,000 to make this purchase possible! Anyone wanting to donate can follow the below link: 

https://www.apsfh.com/donate/ 

#givingtuesday

As a private, non-profit organization, we at The Animal Protection Society - Friday Harbor (APS-FH) rely heavily on the kind donations of individuals and entities inside and outside of our community to help with both regular operational costs and wishlist items. This #GivingTuesday we are hoping to raise funds for such a wishlist item — a High Quality Tag Engraving Machine!

Securing the funds to purchase this would allow our shelter to be the only location on island with the ability to make high quality and customizable engraved tags. By having this machine on-site at the shelter we can then:

- Increase the rate of reunification of lost pets with their families in our community 

- Ensure that all shelter animals have proper identification when leaving, especially those who are at higher flight risk

- Be an added resource for community residents looking to get proper identification for their current pet(s)

We are hoping to raise $5,000 to make this purchase possible! Anyone wanting to donate can follow the below link:

www.apsfh.com/donate/

#GivingTuesday
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1 week ago

Happily Home Stories

Did you know 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime?

We’re partnering with Petco Love Lost to help pets reunite with their families. Petco Love Lost is a free, easy-to-use national resource, using patented pet facial recognition technology to make it easier than ever to find possible matches for lost and found pets. Join us, and let’s unite to reunite at petcolovelost.org.