Founded in 1990, WAIF (Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation) is a non-profit organization on Whidbey Island, in the state of Washington, that helps pets and their people.

Our Mission and Vision

WAIF’s Mission is to protect companion animals, provide compassionate care, advocate for their welfare and positively promote the human-animal connection.

WAIF’s Vision is to provide a safe and loving home for every companion animal.

Compassion — All companion animals deserve a home where they will be treated with kindness and compassion.
Respect — Animals possess inherent dignity, nobility, and innocence and deserve respect.
Responsibility — In gratitude for the many ways companion animals enrich human life, we all share responsibility for their welfare.
Community — WAIF’s greatest strength is the community’s passion, commitment, and generosity. People working together for the animals is the heart and soul of WAIF.
Sound Business Practices — To sustain WAIF’s long-term viability, it must utilize core business competencies with integrity in innovative ways.

What We Do

WAIF manages animal adoption facilities in three locations on Whidbey Island (Coupeville, Oak Harbor, and Freeland). Through donations of time and money, WAIF operates with a life-saving philosophy to provide care for healthy, adoptable pets until they are placed into permanent, suitable homes regardless of time or space constraints. WAIF also operates two retail locations that helps raise funds, but donations are vital to maintaining the current level of care for homeless cats and dogs, and to support low-income pet owners. There are many ways to donate and your help is always greatly appreciated.

Please e-mail any questions or comments to waifdev@waifanimals.org

Board of Directors

Serene Armstrong


Nikki Enters


Joan Shott


Clayton Fleming


David Bieniek

Anne Bobinac

Shelly Knapp

Management Staff

Cinnamon Hudgins, MBA

Executive Director

Shari Bibich

Shelter Manager

Heather McCrea

Oak Harbor Thrift Store Manager

Sid Olson

Freeland Thrift Store Manager