Topic: Animals

Owls Are Out!

Written on December 6, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

When you’re driving home from work, keep an eye out for owls. At this time of year its dark when most people are heading home from work so owls are already out hunting. They may be so focused on catching the mouse in the long grass at the side of the road that they don’t  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on December 4, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Usually we let our dogs and cats speak for themselves in this column, but Tommy is a bit on the shy side and needs us to help him. A golden lab mix, Tommy is about 18 months old and extremely handsome. He was rescued in Chapala Mexico, where he lived with his mother and sister  Continue Reading

Home for the Howl-idays

Written on December 4, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

A holiday celebration to benefit the animals in care at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehab Center and Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society! We’re teaming up to ring in the holiday season with this family-friendly event featuring festive food, drink, hourly raffles and general merry-making! Enjoy a cozy afternoon with family and friends, shop from our selection  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 27, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

So, let me get this straight…   All I need to do is behave like a proper young lady, pee outdoors and stay out of the trash, and a chubby fellow in a red suit is going to come down the chimney and bring me toys and treats on Christmas morning? You’ve gotta be kidding me.  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 20, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Hello there. I’m Aurora, and this is the face I make when I hear gossip that I’ve already heard – like three weeks ago! Let me tell you – there is plenty of gossip going around here in Kamp Kitty. Just yesterday I heard that Peanut and Debbie have made up after their tiff over  Continue Reading

Dog Licensing Update

Written on November 9, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Tucker, a 13-year old black lab with a distinctive skill, received the first dog license of 2018 at the Auditor’s Office. Dog tags will be available for all dogs starting November 15 at eight San Juan County locations. Tucker recently retired from his job with Conservation Canines, a squad of dogs trained to sniff out  Continue Reading

Thanks”Living” Celebration

Written on November 6, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Second Annual Thanks”Living” Celebration at Island Haven Animal Sanctuary Island Haven Animal Sanctuary invites you to join them to honor their rescued turkeys and other retired farm animals.  Enjoy plant-based snacks and toast their animal friends with a holiday beverage while learning more about Island Haven and amazing facts about turkeys. Pick up your 2018 Island  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 6, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Hello. Giselle, Super Secret Spy Cat here; working undercover at the animal shelter, where I arrived last week to undertake my super secret mission. I was sent here from a super secret location in California to investigate a super secret catnip ring in Kamp Kitty. I will report back on my findings. Unless I get  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on October 30, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

What’s that you say? You’re looking for a tall, leggy brunette for long walks on the beach and quiet nights by the fire? Well, look no further! I am Selena and I believe I may be just what you’ve been waiting for. I love long walks almost as much as I like cuddling on the  Continue Reading

L54s and Members of J Pod in Haro Strait

Written on October 20, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

From the Whale Museum… For the first time this year, on October 15, the L54 blended family, consisting of Ino (L-54), Coho (L-108), Keta (L-117), and two adult males, Nyssa (L-84) and Wave Walker (L-88), came into the inland waters with J Pod. They spent several hours in Haro Strait, foraging on Chum salmon. The  Continue Reading

‘The Howl’

Written on October 19, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Announcing October Fundraiser for the Animals The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor is thrilled to invite you to join us for the first ‘Howl’, a fundraiser for the shelter animals happening on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes will be the site of our fundraiser expected to attract Halloween  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on October 16, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

YOU try being five months old and keeping the schedule I keep. You’d be exhausted too! Being a kitten is hard work and here at the animal shelter there is so much to do. My schedule is jam-packed with playing, sleeping, eating, playing, cuddling, knocking things off the desk onto the floor, looking for fish  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on October 2, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Today I will live in the moment. I will embrace truth and beauty. I will contemplate the meaning of life. I will make sure my chakras are aligned and be one with the universe. For about five minutes. Then I’m gonna run around Kamp Kitty, chase my tail, climb the chain link fence, pounce on  Continue Reading

APSFH Volunteer of the Month

Written on October 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Jan Sowder is the Volunteer of the Month for September. Jan started volunteering at the animal shelter during the summer and has been a familiar face ever since. She spends time cuddling, walking, petting and brushing the animals and is indispensable when it comes to cleaning  Continue Reading

Another ‘Baby Boom’ Southern Resident Killer Whale has Died

Written on September 27, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Sad news from the Center for Whale Research… As of 19 September, another Southern Resident Killer Whale, J52 – a two and a half year old male born during the so-called Baby Boom of 2015/2016 is deceased, presumably from malnutrition. His obligatory nursing ended more than a year ago, and his life was dependent upon  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on September 25, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Holy Cow. I’m Batman. I also go by the name of “Max”. You know, in ancient times, big ears were thought of as a sign of royalty and higher intelligence. OK. I made that up. To be honest, I’m really not sure if my ears are big or my head is small… I can’t decide.    Continue Reading

Forty-Three Pounder

Written on September 21, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Court Bell checks in to let us know the fish are still out there. Here’s Cal Ryan showing off the 43 pound King Salmon he and Court caught on Monday. They were fishing out of Snug Harbor in Open Bay. The season is open through September 30th. Thanks for sharing the photo, you two!

Pet of the Week

Written on September 18, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Hello fellow felines of San Juan Island. I am Rupert and I’m looking for a new home. But first, some advice: Believe me when I say, I have seen some of the finest cat minds of my generation destroyed by that fickle mistress known as the “Red Dot”. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on September 4, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Look, why is it so hard for you to understand – sometimes I want to go out. Sometimes I want to be let back in. Then out again. Then back in. Sometimes I may just want to be half-in and half-out while someone holds the door open for me while I try to decide. It’s  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The thug life. All day – every day, that’s our jam. We used to be adorable, fluffy puppies, but life on the inside has a way of hardening a dog, and now we’re a bonafide pack of savage chihuahua mixes.   I’m Coco Puff, the leader of this pack. That’s Dakota and Petie, my home boys,  Continue Reading

Gaia the Octopus

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Researcher Dominic Sivitilli from the University of Washington, has been studying a rare Giant Pacific Octopus that he found in the waters just off San Juan County Park on July 2nd. Her name is Gaia, and Dominic transported her to Friday Harbor Labs to study for the last month and a half. With degrees in  Continue Reading

The Closer-Raven Skyriver

Written on August 22, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Contemporary glass artist, Raven Skyriver will wrap up the end of the First Nation exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art on Monday, Sept. 4. Raven’s glass creations are included in EMERGENCE Legendary & Emerging First Nation Artists at SJIMA. His gallery talk at 4 p.m. on Labor Day will be the grand  Continue Reading