Happy New Year

We are excited for another awesome year at the OAPS. There will be a number of fundraising events and activities happening at and for the shelter this year so make sure to check the website each month so you don’t miss anything!

We started off 2018 by taking in another 3 dogs from Texas to help with the continued relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Ginger, Jetta and Quincy are all sweet dogs who are sure to find good homes soon.

If your New Years resolution was to get in shape you can always come down to the shelter to walk the dogs. Or spend some quiet time playing with the cats. We hope to see you at the shelter soon!

Holidays at the Shelter

See all our animals for adoption

Happy Holidays from every one at the shelter! It has been an exciting year and December is no exception.

Our Christmas tree at Rosario

The dogs coming to us as part of the Hurricane Harvey rescue are finding homes on island and on the mainland. Tanner joins another Texas rescue dog and is now a city dog in Seattle. Milo joins a small pack of little dogs here on Orcas and fits perfectly in with his new companions. The only Hurricane Harvey dog still waiting for a home is Freddie.  He’s adorable, high energy and loves people.  If only we could convince him to like other dogs! If you are looking for that one and only dog in your life, Freddie would be a perfect choice.

We are excited to say that recently the large and handsome Sampson was adopted to a wonderful home, where he will have lots of critters to hunt outside but a warm bed to share with his person at night. Also, the fluffy Dolly  will go to her new home.  She’s a senior, like many of our cats, so finding a special place for her makes our day. Our brother and sister duo of Andre and Chai can now be found wondering the lobby. Andre strolls past the mini cat rooms and the shy ‘girls’ come out to greet him.  I guess, in the cat world, he’s considered a hunk.

Our Christmas tree is up at Rosario! Take your family and friends to see all the beautiful trees and vote, vote, vote!

Hurricane Harvey Animals

We have a fund set up with the Orcas Island Community Foundation to help cover the costs of transportation and veterinary care for the dogs coming to Orcas from the Hurricane Harvey disaster.  The relief effort will be ongoing for weeks to come and Orcas APS will continue to help as long as we can and until the area is stabilized.  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.  We’ll be posting photos of our first group of dogs soon.  Both dogs and cats will be taken in as our space permits.

Donate Here


Check out another of our awesome Painted Pets. This is Prince, he was created by Barbara Wixom. This funky purple dog will help you remember the late, great musician. Pick out your favorite as a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one. All proceeds will go to the animal shelter.

The Cat’s Pajamas

Today’s featured Painted Pet is the adorable, Cat’s Pajamas. This charming piece was created by Debi Secor. Check out The Cat’s Pajamas and all the painted pets at Rosario in August. Pick out your favorite as a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one. All proceeds will go to the animal shelter.


We are pleased to introduce Pansy! This beautiful dog was painted by Paula Capitano. Check out Pansy and all the painted pets at Rosario in August. Pick out your favorite as a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one. All proceeds will go to the animal shelter.

Painted Pets are Back

For the second year in a row the animal shelter is doing our Painted Pet fundraiser. We are so excited about all the beautiful animal sculptures that our local artists have painted. Come back every week to see a spotlight post about each piece we will have for sale.

Starting in August you can visit Rosario to see all the animals on display and pick a favorite to buy for your garden, children’s room or anywhere else you want a little joy.

A wonderful evening

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 Wine Dinner and Auction

It was a wonderful night and a huge success for the Animal Shelter.

Have You RSVP’d Yet?

Will you be joining the Orcas Animal Protection Society for our annual Wine Pairing Dinner & Auction?

Thursday, June 22nd – 6pm

In the Victorian Room of the Outlook Inn

Featuring a five course French menu created by: Chef Steve Debaste

Wine pairings introduced by: Sommelier Cole Sisson

$150 Per Person ~ RSVP NOW – 360-376-6777

It is kitten season!

Spring is definitely here with the arrival of lots of kittens. They are not all in our kitten room yet but they will be there as soon as their moms decide they are ready. 

  • Mom cat Daisy has one kitten, Tazzy, and they have the run of the lobby and office when we’re open.
  • Mom cat Willow has 3 tabby kittens with white paws born on April 24th.  Their eyes are just starting to open.
  • Our tuxedo mom cat has 4 kittens that are already mobile and we’ll have a better idea of their age when they see Dr. Joe
  • Our black mom cat came with 3 newborn kittens. They may only be about a week old.

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