Why a New Shelter Now?
ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY of FRIDAY HARBOR is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3), no-kill animal shelter serving San Juan Island. We opened in 1982 and since have provided dogs, cats and an occasional ‘other’ pet safehaven. In addition to providing a loving temporary home, we promote humane education and we combat pet overpopulation with an island based low-cost spay/neuter program.
Our work receives little to no financial support from the county; we depend entirely on the generosity of our donors.
Time and island growth have rendered our current shelter inadequate to safely accommodate the ever increasing number of animals. As a result, future demands may not be met. The most critical issues impacting our abilities include the following points:
- Our lease with the Port of Friday Harbor expired in 2017.
- Critical isolation, quarantine, treatment and recovery areas for ill, injured and expecting animals are severely limited. The probability of contagion remains high for the general population of healthy animals.
- Additional costs and time loss are incurred when special medical procedures require off-site veterinarian office visits.
- Dogs and cats reside in adjoining quarters. Stress levels are high for both species due to the lack of adequate separation.
- Our small reception/ lobby area also serves as an animal intake area, animal visitations and pickup, a make-shift veterinary office, conference, board and staff meetings, kitchen and puppy and kitten housing.
- We are unable to provide adequate quarters for dogs brought in by the sheriff’s department that may require quarantine from the public.
- In case of emergency, our facility’s size severely limits the number of animals that may be admitted and given care.
- Current facility lacks in energy efficient building materials and systems driving utility costs extremely high.