COVID-19 Update

Shelter Operations

Until further notice, WAIF will be conducting adoptions by appointment only Wed-Sun from 12 pm-3 pm. Animal surrenders continue, as per normal business operations, by appointment only.

As a safety precaution for all employees, we will continue operations as is until all staff at WAIF locations (including thrift stores) are eligible for COVID vaccinations. Thank you for your your patience.

If you are interested in adopting an animal you see on our website, please review our adoption guidelines before scheduling an appointment. If you wish to proceed, please call (360) 678-8901 or contact us by email here, and our staff will guide you through the next steps of scheduling an appointment, completing an adoption profile, and a possible meet & greet. Correspondence will be returned in the order of voicemails and emails received.

At this time, in addition to staff wearing required face coverings, we require visitors to WAIF to wear face coverings. Subject to change as safety protocols allow.

We ask that fees, including adoption fees, be redeemed in the form of credit and debit cards—no cash or check transactions. No holds until adoptions are approved.

If you need assistance other than adoption (Prevent-a-Litter coupons, Crisis Care Assistance, surrenders, redemptions, license fees, etc.), please contact our front desk at (360) 678-8901.

Thrift Store Locations

WAIF Thrift Store in Oak Harbor open

Hours are: Monday – Saturday 10am to 5:30pm & Sunday 11am to 3:30pm
Phone: (360) 678-8925

WAIF Thrift Store in Freeland open

Hours are: Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm & Sunday 11am to 4pm
Phone: (360) 678-8935

If you would like to make donations at either of our thrift stores, please call ahead to schedule an appointment. We are limited in space and can only take certain items. Thank you for your patience!


Due to the recent increase in COVID cases, we are currently suspending volunteer opportunities at all WAIF locations (animal adoption facilities and thrift stores). Thank you for your patience and understanding. Until all staff are eligible for COVID vaccinations, this will continue until further notice.