Thank you, island family, for making the holidays bright for APS-FH pets in waiting| Guest column

Submitted by Animal Protection Services – Friday Harbor

It began with a phone call to Animal Protection Services – Friday Harbor Volunteer Coordinator, Diana O’Brian, mere days before holiday shopping got underway. Two talented island artists, Joelle and Pam Gillette were on the line suggesting an APS-FH volunteer-hosted Angel Tree to brighten the season for dogs and cats having to spend their holidays at the shelter. And just like Santa on his sleigh, Joelle and Pam jumped into action placing Angel Trees at local businesses adorned with gift-wish cards featuring their beautiful artwork and handwritten pet bio for each shelter animal. Local businesses hosted the trees at Islanders Bank, Friday Harbor Pet Supply, Treasure Hounds, and the APS-FH Shelter where holiday shoppers could choose an animal to gift.

The response to our Volunteers’ Angel Trees was in authentic San Juan Island Style; generous and heartfelt. Soon the joys of the holiday season could be found beneath every tree and awaiting every APS-FH dog and cat. Animal Protection Society Friday Harbor is so grateful to this generous community for the incredible response to the Angel Trees, and to the volunteers who pulled it all together.

Thank you once again for making a difference in the lives of shelter pets!

APS-FH Mission

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 stronger a stronger sense of the animal-human bond; and always adhering to our no-kill philosophy for adoptable animals.

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