Topic: Animals

Pet of the Week

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Trust me. I am the only thing that stands between the vacuum cleaner and your entire family’s safety. That monster with the long, long tail does not stand a chance against me. Your hideous ordeal is over. I will protect you from the beast and be your best friend, confidante and cuddle-buddy! My name is  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on May 14, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Joey: “Bandit, how did we end up in an animal shelter in Friday Harbor?” Bandit: “I’m not sure, Joey, but I hear the folks are very nice here and everyone loves dogs.” Joey: “Even little, chubby dogs?” Bandit: “Especially little, chubby dogs! Remember what I told you – the more you weigh, the harder you  Continue Reading

Tiny Fawns

Written on May 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Wolf Hollow shares this notice with you about tiny fawns… This is the time of year when we receive lots of calls at Wolf Hollow from people who find small fawns all alone and are concerned because they’re not with their Mom. But a young fawn lying curled up in the grass on its own  Continue Reading

APSFH Volunteers of the Month

Written on May 11, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce the Volunteers of the Month for April are the six women pictured above; the all-volunteer staff of “Treasure Hounds”, the animal shelter’s new upscale retail store located at 365-C Spring Street in Friday Harbor (next to the bowling alley). These hard-working ladies are available  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on May 7, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

…And I pray, please lead me not into temptation…. oh heck, just follow me. I know a really good short cut. My name is Verna and I’m not going to lie. I’m naughty. Sometimes I can’t resist digging the tiniest amount of dirt in the play yard and I have been known to peruse the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 30, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Hi. It’s me, Jem. Can you please tell me my favorite story again? You know, the one about the dog who goes for a ride in the car and ends up at the vet? That one really tickles my funny bone. Geez, dogs are dumb. I’ve met lots of them here at the animal shelter.  Continue Reading

Year of the Bird Celebration

Written on April 27, 2018 at 9:28 am, by

Join the Land Bank, Wolf Hollow, The San Juan Preservation Trust, San Juan Island National Historical Park, and San Juan County Master Gardener Foundation as they celebrate the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act at Red Mill Farm on San Juan Island. Sunday, May 6th from 10:30am to 3:00pm at Red Mill Farm, San Juan Island. There  Continue Reading

New Biggs Calf Video

Written on April 24, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

The babies are back! Bigg’s killer whales abound in the Salish Sea this spring. Ocean EcoVentures, member of Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) recently captured video footage (video credit Ocean EcoVentures and videographer – Tasli Shaw) of one of the newest members of the population, T065A6, a young calf probably less than one month old.  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 23, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

My favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, once said, “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.” I couldn’t agree more. I’m Tucker, and I wouldn’t mind finding a companion to fart around with. Check your schedule – if you’re free, I’m waiting here at the animal  Continue Reading

Keeping Whales Safe: PWWA’s Updated Whale Watching Guidelines

Written on April 18, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), a group of 32 whale watch and ecotourism business operators in Washington and British Columbia, announced today an update to its vessel operation guidelines with a focus on safe operation for both commercial and private vessels around whales. These updated standards are the most comprehensive conservation framework in the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Cowboy the Chow-Chow here, with an important public service announcement: Do not trust the staff at the animal shelter. Two weeks ago, upon arriving here, I was under the impression that I had been welcomed to a lovely vacation spa. The food is delicious, the beds very comfortable and I get frequent massages and nature  Continue Reading

Rock Island Helps Firefighters Save Stranded Cat

Written on April 10, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Agency cooperation and resources sharing helps our community stay strong. Rock Island responded to a call from Orcas Island Fire on Saturday morning, April 7, 2018, to assist in rescuing a cat. “Bea,” an 8-month-old kitten, had been stuck in a tree for three days. By Saturday morning, he had climbed nearly 70 feet up  Continue Reading


Written on April 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm, by

While waiting for the ferry home this afternoon on Lopez, I saw some otters doing what otters do, and got some video with my iPhone. Comments welcome.

Pet of the Week

Written on April 9, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Take if from me, Baby Face Nelson, Life isn’t about the moments that take your breath away. That’s asthma. You’re thinking of asthma. Life, my friends, is all about finding joy in simple things. Things like chasing a fake bird on a string, or the sound of a can opener. I, for one, enjoy time  Continue Reading

Sperm Whale in Haro Strait

Written on April 2, 2018 at 11:33 am, by

Just got this notice about a recent sighting near Turn Point on Stuart Island… Over the weekend, members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association captured photos and hydrophone audio of the first-ever sperm whale spotted in inland waters in Washington state and the first ever seen by whale watching tours in Washington’s Salish Sea. The whale  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 2, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Hello Friday Harbor! Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Hermione and Harry. We just got those names and we like them a great deal. We were just hours away from losing our lives at the big animal shelter in California where we were taken as strays. At that shelter they don’t bother naming stray  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on March 26, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Someone very wise once said, “Women and cats will do as they please. Men and Dogs should just get used to the idea.” My name is Smudge, and I wholeheartedly agree. If you are looking for a friend to join you in doing as you please, we should meet. I’ll be at the animal shelter  Continue Reading

Biggs vs. Stellers

Written on March 21, 2018 at 6:11 pm, by

Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) shares this video which was shot by member Western Prince Whale Watching. The video was captured this week off of Spieden Island and it shows the T2C family of Bigg’s Killer Whales hunting a Steller Sea Lion. At about 2:54 into the video, a group of 20+ Steller Sea Lions  Continue Reading

Local Students Celebrate Poetry Month

Written on March 21, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

  The San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Island National Historical Park, along with students from Stillpoint School and Spring Street International School, celebrate the “Year of the Bird” for National Poetry Month. Beginning April 1st, the Land Bank’s Westside Lake trail loop at Limekiln Preserve will feature bird-inspired poems written by students  Continue Reading

APS-FH Volunteer of the Month

Written on March 16, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The staff and four-legged residents of the animal shelter are pleased to announce Conrad Bormann is March’s Volunteer of the Month for The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor.   Conrad is a frequent visitor to the animal shelter, where he spends his time walking dogs, cleaning kennels, and doing odd jobs to help out. He  Continue Reading

Got Video?

Written on March 15, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Erin Corra is on the hunt for some video. Do you have any to share? Here’s her request… Hello and happy almost spring, Curious if you have any decent mp4 footage of surface activity of these critters…. We are on the mad hunt to update the video station at Lime Kiln’s Interpretive Center. Credit will  Continue Reading

Music & Dance Benefit for Island Haven Animal Sanctuary

Written on March 14, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Please join us Saturday, March 24th 7:00 PM or Sunday, March 25th 2:00 PM for a dance and music performance to benefit Island Haven Animal Sanctuary, a volunteer run, non-profit retirement home for farm animals and horses on San Juan Island. ( Both shows will feature ballet and modern dance performed by teen and adult  Continue Reading

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