Monetary Donations

Adoption fees do not begin to cover the costs we incur for the animals we shelter, and we do not receive County financial support. Any gift, large or small, will be put to good use — 95 cents of every dollar raised goes to help the animals.

A memorial or honorary gift:

Do you wish to honor someone who cares about animals for his or her birthday or a special occasion? Do you have a special companion animal you would like to honor or memorialize? Indicate this on the form and we will send them a notification of the donation you made in their name.

Sponsor a Cat

Would you like to help a homeless cat by giving it a good home, but adopting a cat right now isn’t possible? Are you looking for a fun gift for a child or other loved one who cares about animals? Sponsoring a cat at Orcas APS is an answer. When a cat is brought to our shelter it stays with us until adopted. For a few of our cats, that’s been since 2004. You can provide for these cats through a one-year sponsorship.

As a sponsor, you’ll receive a welcome packet which includes a picture and biography of your cat. (If you are sponsoring the cat as a gift, both you and the recipient will receive the packet.) If your cat is adopted during your sponsorship period, we’ll let you know the good news and you can select another cat to sponsor.

Other Ways to Give

Our Endowment Fund: Orcas APS’s Endowment Fund is held at the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) and was established to ensure the financial stability of Orcas APS for generations to come. Money designated for our Endowment is invested wisely by independent money managers identified by OICF to preserve principal safely and then to maximize income and capital growth. Our hope is to grow the Endowment Fund to a level so that income from the Endowment covers 50% of our operating expenses. A contribution to our Endowment Fund will have a long-term impact on the happiness of our islands’ unwanted dogs and cats.

Consider the Orcas APS in your will: If you would like to have an impact on the health and happiness of unwanted dogs and cats on our island, please consider including the APS in your estate plan.

Donation of Needed Items:The shelter is always in need of many items including dry and canned cat food, clumping litter, paper towels, cat/dog beds, and pet toys. These items may not sound glamorous, but they sure make the animals happy.

Shop at Use the following link and sign up with AmazonSmile.  The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items and deposits this amount quarterly into our checking account.  A wonderful way to give financial support to your favorite nonprofit!