Submitted by the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor
APS-FH sends warm thanks to everyone who shared in their first adoption celebration at their new home and helped to make it a huge success. The car parking, manned by the volunteers Paul Felso and Ron Leonard Saturday Sept. 28 was full of potential adopters; P.A.L. members; pet care or service exhibitors; APS-FH volunteers; the Team from Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc; CBSJIS Designated Managing Broker Tim Gambrell and CBSJIS Ad Director Kelly E. Armstrong; and CBSJIS brokers Kelly Snow, Leasa Wangoe, Debra Sullivan and Steve Buck along with a few new-to-the-island faces. With the parking lot full the APS-FH Lucas Pohlad Adoption Center overflowed with merriment to celebrate APS-FH’s first year in their new home and shelter pets starting new lives and meeting their new forever families.
APS-FH would like to send special thanks to Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands for co-hosting and presenting the opportunity to participate in the Adoptapet.com/CB Homes for Dogs Project Adoption Event; to Gail Mosk representing the Thorndyke Family for extra parking; to Brian Christensen Manager of Browne’s Home Center for keeping everyone grounded with tent weights; to Erin Shackelford of Camas Design for the beautiful lobby florals; to Wendy Pinnow and M&W AUTO for providing shuttle vans; to Cathy Hilpert for painting faces; to photographer Tamara Weaver for capturing the event; to volunteers Leslie and John Byron, and Jim O’Brian for the delicious hot lunch. And for sharing how their pet care or services improve the lives of island pets, APS-FH thanks Suzanne Bryner, trainer and owner of Lucky Fido Dog Training; Judy Okulitch and Tim Kopet representing PADs for Parkinson’s; Chanda Stone, Wolf Hollow Director representing Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation; Alyssa Crawford and Logan Johnson, representing Island Pets (grooming); and the APS-FH kitten foster dynamos Natasha and Chad Warmemnhoven and Renee and Virgil Koehne.
The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor also sends special thanks for donating their time, talent and treasure to their board members Carolyn Haugen, president; Susan Mazzarella, vice president; Amy Saxe-Eyler, treasurer; Peggy Cregor, secretary; Rock Sorensen; Charlie Bodenstab; Claudia Salquist; and Jon Zerby; along with APS-FH volunteers Jan Sowder; Carol Crowley, the August Volunteer of the Month; Kristal Detterbeck; Kim Grottle, the May Volunteer of the Month; Rachel Carney; Roxanne LaBeau; Jeannie Meredith; William Owen; Alexandra Adinolf; Rachel Snow; Kris Zerby; Frank Cregor; Molly Tangney; Reece Tangney; Lindsey Holloway, representing APS-FH PALs; and to Linda Howell, the APS-FH Pet Food Pantry volunteer coordinator.
“Thank you for your commitment to making a difference in the lives of our shelter pets. Our mission ‘PAWS-ATIVELY’ cannot be accomplished without our loyal and hard-working community,” Cristin Felso, director APS-FH, said.
Our mission is to provide compassionate care and brighter futures for homeless animals, with a commitment to providing a safe haven for homeless and lost animals; reuniting lost pets with their owners; placing animals in our care into qualified and loving homes; reducing pet overpopulation through spay/neuter education and assistance; advising and advocating for the protection of animals; networking with other shelters and pet rescue groups impacted by overcrowding or natural disasters to decrease euthanasia rates to save lives; advocating for animal welfare through education, outreach and assistance; promoting a stronger sense of the animal-human bond; and always adhering to our no-kill philosophy for adoptable animals.