Category: “Service Award”

Prince

Prince

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.

It is kitten season!

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.

Our new security guard

Our new security guard

Our adorable lobby cat Ernie has elected himself our brand new security guard!

2016 Shelter Service Award: Jean Wellington

2016 Shelter Service Award: Jean Wellington

Each dog and cat coming through the doors of our animal shelter brings its own unique story.   With love and skill, our dedicated staff and volunteers learn about the needs of each animal in their care and work together to find them good homes.

Each year, Orcas APS recognizes one individual whose extraordinary service deserves special recognition. This year, we are delighted to honor Jean Wellington with our 2016 Shelter Service Award.

If you’re at the Animal Shelter on a Monday afternoon, you’ll likely find Jean visiting her feline friends in one of the communal cat rooms.   Caring for dozens of cats takes lots of housekeeping, but while scooping and sweeping, Jean always has time to visit and play with each of the cats living at the shelter.

As a long time island resident, Jean understands how the work of our animal shelter has changed the lives of so many homeless animals and the people who care for them and adopt them. To chronicle the ongoing story of Orcas APS, Jean has assumed the immense job of managing our historical records.  Each week, Jean collects information about the shelter’s work, including newspaper articles, pet of the week stories, shelter manager updates, special event activities, and photographs. Jean devotes countless hours to carefully preserving and adding these documents to our historical collection, providing a permanent history of our work with animals.

Congratulations Jean!  And thanks to all our outstanding volunteers and staff for your continued dedication to helping homeless animals.