APS Mobilizes To Find Frightened Rescue Dog

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Contributed Photo/APS-FH. Queenie.

Queenie Has Been Loose On San Juan Since Dec. 20.

From Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Harbor

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Har­bor is cur­rent­ly head­ing a res­cue mis­sion to cap­ture a dog that has been run­ning loose on San Juan Island for the last three weeks.

Quee­nie is a res­cue dog that was trans­ferred to APS-FH recent­ly from a res­cue group in Texas. 

She is about 4 years old, weighs 30lbs, and looks like a minia­ture Gold­en Retriever/Shepherd.

Quee­nie was not social­ized with humans pri­or to her res­cue in Texas, but after mov­ing into fos­ter care she made progress quick­ly and was start­ing to build trust.

On Dec. 20, just a week after her adop­tion, Quee­nie was spooked and bolt­ed away from her own­ers at South Beach, in the Amer­i­can Camp Nation­al Park and has been on the loose ever since. 

Mul­ti­ple vol­un­teers sprang to action to try to quick­ly get her back, but she remained in flight mode and would not let any­one come near her.

APS-FH has now tak­en the lead of the oper­a­tion and is offi­cial­ly respon­si­ble for Queenie’s safe return. 

Var­i­ous tac­tics of res­cu­ing a scared dog have been attempt­ed, how­ev­er, this oper­a­tion has had many mov­ing parts and will con­tin­ue to be an ongo­ing effort until she is home. This has been a learn­ing process for the shel­ter. A

APS-FH is not the act­ing Ani­mal Con­trol Agency for San Juan Coun­ty and there­fore does not typ­i­cal­ly deal with these kinds of sit­u­a­tions, espe­cial­ly to this degree. APS-FH has been in con­tact with the Nation­al Park Ser­vice, San Juan Coun­ty Sheriff’s Depart­ment, Fish & Wildlife, Wolf Hol­low, and the Ana­cortes Police Depart­ment Ani­mal Con­trol Spe­cial­ist for assis­tance and guid­ance on how to safe­ly get Quee­nie back home.

APS-FH would like the com­mu­ni­ty to know that they are doing every­thing in their pow­er to get Quee­nie back safely.

There has been a tremen­dous out­pour­ing of sup­port from the ani­mal-lov­ing com­mu­ni­ty that is San Juan Island, and cit­i­zens remain a cru­cial sup­port group through con­tin­ued reports of sight­ings to the shelter.

As of Jan. 3, Quee­nie has left the Amer­i­can Camp Park, and we’ve now had mul­ti­ple reports of sight­ings on pri­vate property.

It is still imper­a­tive that no one attempts to approach her. Please do call the shel­ter imme­di­ate­ly with any sight­ings and for fur­ther instruc­tions at 360–378-2158.  After nor­mal busi­ness hours, call the sher­if­f’s office at 360–378-4151.

How Can You Help?


  • Report any sight­ings immediately
  • Inform any neigh­bors or vis­i­tors of her sit­u­a­tion and prop­er ways they can help
  • Remain qui­et and unobtrusive
  • Dri­ve carefully!


  • Approach, fol­low, chase, sneak up, or try to feed Her
  • Use dead­ly force against her. She is ter­ri­fied and will be easy to run off if threat­en­ing any livestock
  • Call out or yell
  • Stare at her
  • Try to grab her or catch her

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