A wonderful evening

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?

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!

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.

Happy Birthday Toby!

Happy Birthday Toby!

Toby the island cat is turning 21, that’s 100 in people years! We decided to celebrate Toby and all senior animals by having a Facebook event. Do you have a pet who has lived an extra special life? Click here to visit the event page and share photos and stories about your pets, and hear all about the wonderful Toby. 

Toby is lucky to have found his forever home but there are many senior cats at the shelter looking for theirs. If you want to help a senior cat live their golden years in the comfort of your home come visit us! Or you can help sponsor a senior cat at the shelter, learn more here

Our new security guard

Our new security guard

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

3% Thursday on March 16th

3% Thursday on March 16th

On Thursday, March 16th, 3% of the gross receipts of Orcas Food Co-op will be donated to the Orcas Animal Protection Society.

OAPS is thrilled to have been chosen for this wonderful program. Thank you to the Orcas Food Co-op and the Orcas community for the wonderful support.

Rosario Christmas Tree

Rosario Christmas Tree

The Christmas season is upon us. A fun family event is a visit to see all the trees at Rosario Resort decorated by island nonprofits. Our tree is beautiful thanks to the decorating talents of our shelter elves. Come, enjoy and vote. Take time to look at the creative ways ornaments can be made on our tree. Mason jar lids turned into sweet picture frames – so creative!

 

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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.

A Triple Dose of Love by Lovella R. Daoust

A Triple Dose of Love by Lovella R. Daoust

On an ordinary Wednesday in August I headed to one of my favorite spots on Orcas Island, Orcas Island Animal Protection Society where my daughter Alina is a volunteer.   I planned to pet the kitties, indulge in a chat with the hard-working staff who’ve become our friends, then head home with my girl to care for the pair of frisky young felines we had adopted only weeks before.   Instead, I fell in love with a Chihuahua.

“Mom, you have to see the new dog,” Alina said.  “I spent the afternoon with her.  Come on.”  She led the way towards the kennels to introduce me to her new friend.

Within minutes, I sat cross-legged on the floor staring into the sweet yet anxious brown eyes of Flower, a Chihuahua mix who’d been surrendered earlier in the week and was struggling to adjust. Over the next few days, we helped care for Flower.  Two weeks later, she joined our family for good.

Weighing in on our recent adoptions, my son Evan says, “Adopting Berlioz, Toulouse, and Flower has made our home more cheerful.  They all get along and entertain us and themselves all the time.”   Alina adds, “I can’t imagine life without them!”

The Halabisky/Loney Family

The Halabisky/Loney Family

Here is Bernie’s story as told by Solianna:

 

My cat’s name is Bernie. He is our first family pet. I got him last winter solstice from the Orcas Island Animal Shelter. He was a feral cat found on Shaw Island. When we first got him he looked like a little owl. He was nervous and shy but still liked to cuddle. We kept him inside for the first three months. When we let him outside he was scared but curious. Now he likes being outside most of the time. Bernie is unusual in that he sleeps under the covers with me at night and seems to love it. Sometimes he hides under the bed and attacks our feet. The trick is to wear very thick socks. Now we have trouble imagining life without Bernie as he is one of the family.