WAIF goes beyond operating an animal shelter; we make every attempt to serve the community and the animals in our care through our special programs.

Community Outreach

WAIF serves people in their relationships with their pets through:

  • Prevent-A-Litter Program–WAIF provides coupons for reduced-cost spaying and neutering to qualified low-income pet owners needing financial assistance. Please contact WAIF first before taking your pet to a participating veterinarian to see if you qualify. WAIF can be reached at (360) 678-8901.
  • CATsNIP–Provides assistance in spay/neuter and re-release options for feral cats.
  • Nick’s Crisis Care–WAIF provides financial assistance to qualified low-income pet owners who can’t afford emergency medical care for their pets. This program is designed to help keep pets and families together. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact WAIF first before taking your pet to a participating veterinarian to see if you qualify. WAIF can be reached at (360) 678-8901.
  • Pet Food Banks–WAIF provides pet food to families in need at the Freeland and Oak Harbor thrift stores. Pet food banks are stocked by generous donations by the public. WAIF does not support dog and cat breeders with pet food or supplies. If you know of someone who might be using our pet food banks other than for what is intended, please let us know here.
  • Home to HomeAdoption resource for pet owners looking to surrender their pets outside a shelter environment.

WAIF educates the community about respectful, compassionate, and responsible care of animals by:

  • Making presentations to school groups and clubs
  • Providing educational brochures and pamphlets on topics of responsible animal care
  • Publishing the WAIFarer, our printed newsletter that is distributed twice times a year
  • Staffing booths at special local events
  • Animal Programs

WAIF serves the animals in our care through:

  • Special Needs Program–This program is for animals that are difficult to adopt due to medical conditions, age or other factors. WAIF designates certain animals as “Specials Needs” as warranted. Special Needs animals are featured in local newspapers as “Pet of the Week”; they appear on flyers posted on the island; they might qualify for obedience training to overcome behavioral problems or an increased medical allowance to correct health related problems.
  • Spay/neuter facility—WAIF believes strongly in spaying and neutering. Although WAIF is unable to spay and neuter animals for the public, all WAIF animals are altered prior to adoption.
  • Foster care—A foster care program is in place for feral and orphaned kittens and cats and Special Needs dogs.
  • Veterinary care—Regular veterinary care is given to shelter animals.
  • A strong web presence—Our website is updated weekly with listings of our available animals. Many adoptions have taken place as a result of this website and our listings on the PetFinder website
  • Volunteer program—WAIF has a strong volunteer program, which provides extra care and attention to shelter animals while they are awaiting adoption.

P.O. Box 1108
Coupeville, WA 98239-1108
Phone: (360) 678-8900 ext. 1100
Phone: (360) 321-WAIF (9243) ext. 1100

Please email any questions or comments about WAIF or the animals to shelter@waifanimals.org.