THE VIPP STORY
Animals are our passion
Vashon Island Pet Protectors, established in 1984, works each day to improve the quality of life for companion animals on Vashon Island. Affectionately known Island wide as ‘VIPP,” Vashon Island Pet Protectors is a no-kill and non-profit 501c3 animal rescue organization run by compassionate and animal loving volunteers. In so many ways, VIPP offers the best possible resource for people and animals to make a connection on Vashon Island.
VIPP provides shelter, food and medical care to lost, abandoned and/or relinquished dogs and cats who are waiting for loving and forever new homes. Yes, VIPP is a no-kill organization. No dog or cat has ever been euthanized except on the recommendation of a veterinarian to spare it further suffering. Our foster families and volunteers have made this enviable record possible.
VIPP recently adopted a long range plan to ensure that there will be no homeless dogs or cats on Vashon Island. The success of our plan will depend on our very active spay and neuter program. All animals adopted through VIPP are spayed or neutered and vaccinated before going home with their new guardians. VIPP also encourages and subsidizes the cost of spaying and neutering companion animals for those who might otherwise not be able to afford it.
VIPP also runs a very effective lost and found operation to reunite lost animals with their guardians. Photos of found dogs and cats posted in the area where they were found have greatly increased our return rate. A key component of this effort is an aggressive program of microchipping pets which will also help in the event of an Island wide emergency such as an earthquake, fire or tsunami. All animals that we adopt to homes are microchipped. VIPP representatives also work in partnership with the Island Emergency Response Team, with plans for rescuing and housing pets during an emergency.
How You Can Help: VIPP does the great work that it does because of generous donations and the tireless work of our committed volunteers. Many of the animals that come through VIPP need medical attention and no matter what the ailment or condition, we are committed to the well-being of all animals in our care. Veterinary bills are VIPP’s largest monthly expense. To learn more about how you can contribute the animals that we serve, please go to Donate Now.
We encourage you to get to know us by using this website. Don’t miss the wonderful events that VIPP sponsors throughout the year in our Vashon Island Community.