APS fetches new record in 2012 pet food drive

Team Winderemere and friends.  - Contributed photo
Team Winderemere and friends.
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The year 2012 stands as high-water mark for the Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society's annual Valentines Day Community Pet Food Drive: 1,200 pounds.

That's a cache of more than half a ton of pet food that will be handed over to the Friday Harbor Food Bank to distribute to families in need, and it surpasses last year's mark, 700 pounds, by a total of 500 pounds.

That's something' to "howl" about.

“It is positively humbling to see how committed our San Juan Island Community is to the betterment of the lives of people and pets,” said Leslie Byron, APS director and fundraising coordinator of the 2012 drive. "Their level of passion is what allows the APSFH to accomplish as much as we do.”

The annual pet food drive began Valentine's Day and ended two weeks later, Feb. 28, in conjunction with APS's 4th annual "Spay-ghetti" Dinner, a fundraiser and outreach event for its spay-and-neuter programs.

Byron said APS has seen an increase in the number of dogs and cats surrendered as a result of the economic downturn, along with a rise in demand at the Food Bank.

“We are trying to keep families together and happy pets in their homes.” she said.

On the final day of the drive, Windermere San Juan Island's agents and brokers helped to push this year's event to a new plateau, contributing a 575-pound mix of cash, checks and pet food to the 600-or-so-pound total that had been collected until that time.

“Being in the business of homes, with 99.9 percent of our office pet lovers and our commitment to community, it was only natural we step up and help the APSFH reach its goal of 1,000 pounds.” Windermere Broker Gary Franklin said of the group's participation in this year's drive.

Businesses that served as collection points for APS's 2012 Pet Food Driver are: Islander’s Bank, Whidbey Island Bank, Friday Harbor Pet Supply, The Barking Bird, Island’s Veterinary, Harbor Vet and Friday Harbor Market Place.

For info about Friday Harbor APS or its animal shelter, (360) 378-2158, or go to


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