Amy Lear Compassion of the Year Award

The Amy Lear Compassion in Action Volunteer of the Year Award was conceptualized in 2015, after board member and animal shelter supporter, Amy Lear passed away. Amy embodied compassion and kindness in everything she did, particularly in her work with The Animal Protection Society.

We are fortunate to have known and worked with Amy and are proud to remember her contributions each year when we honor a new Volunteer of the Year.


During our “Wags to Riches” event, The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announced Jan Gray as the animal shelter’s “Volunteer of the Year.”

Gray has been a volunteer for the animal shelter for over two years. She has donated countless hours of her time walking dogs, doing administrative tasks, working in the Treasure Hounds retail store, and transporting pets to and from vet appointments. Over the last 12 months, Jan has been responsible for transporting over 47 dogs from an overcrowded shelter in Chapala, Mexico to APS-FH, where they have been adopted into loving, responsible homes here on the island and throughout the greater northwest region.

Jan was awarded a beautiful, custom-designed bowl by Paula West for her efforts on behalf of the homeless animals of Friday Harbor.