Who We Are

The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor (APS-FH), established in 1982, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) (ID# 91-1717047) organization dedicated to animal welfare. APS-FH operates solely through private funding without any local, state, or federal support, except for a small portion of county dog license fees. Our primary purpose is to provide essential programs and services that protect and improve the lives of companion pets. Through adoption matchmaking; local, regional, and national partnerships; low-cost clinics and other community support services; outreach, and education we strive to create a society where empathy and love for animals are foundational, and every pet has a happy “home.”


Our mission is to provide compassionate care and brighter futures for homeless animals.


We commit to the following:

  • Provide a safe haven for homeless and lost animals
  • Reunite lost pets with their owners
  • Place animals in our care in qualified, loving homes
  • Reduce pet overpopulation with spay/neuter education and assistance
  • Advise and advocate for the protection of animals
  • Network with other shelters and pet rescue groups impacted by overcrowding or natural disasters to decrease euthanasia rates and ultimately save lives
  • Advance animal welfare through education, outreach and assistance
  • Promote a stronger sense of the animal/human bond
  • Always adhere to our no-kill philosophy for adoptable animals

We Are Proud to Serve the People and Pets of San Juan Island!