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Adopt A Cat Day, this Sat 11:30-2:30 **THE 2017 FUR BALL is Cancelled - OnLINE Auction is ON.

VIPP IS OPEN FOR ADOPTIONS EVERY SATURDAY From 11:30-2:30. Come in and meet our wonderful cats - every one of them needs a home to call their own. If you need to schedule an appointment, please call 389-1085 or email Shelter Address: 12200 SW 243rd Street - off of Old Mill Rd. Dog adoptions are by appointment only, call 389-1085 or email VIPP's dogs are not housed at the cat shelter, but are in foster homes or boarded on Vashon. Click here to see the current dogs:

For directions to the shelter - click continue below.

THE 2017 FUR BALL IS CANCELLED Originally scheduled for Nov 4th at the Open Space, it has been cancelled due to construction on the building. VIPP still plans on having an On-Line Auction and possibly other events to try and raise the much needed funds. CLICK HERE To DONATE TO THE ON-LINE AUCTION BEFORE OCT. 30th, 2017.


SMILE.AMAZON.COM helps VIPP! ** Micro-chip your pet for $10Bucks!

USE SMILE.AMAZON.COM If you log into to using, you can choose Vashon Island Pet Protectors as your preferred non-profit and VIPP will receive .05% of your eligible smile purchases! It's easy!!!

Micro-Chip your pet for $10 now! For a limited time Fair Isle animal clinic and VIPP are running a great special. Get a mico-chip (normally $50) for $10 bucks! Keep your pet safe - it is the best way to be reunited with your pet if they are lost and that is so important, especially during an Island emergency. Call Fair Isle now 463-3607 for a voucher and to make an appointment.


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Board of Directors

Wendy Dahl, Board Member

Vashon Island Pet Protectors has a Board of Directors consisting of 10 members. Below is a brief description of each board member:

GEOFF FLETCHER, PRESIDENT, Chairman of the Board: In addition to leading a gaggle of cat and dog herders at VIPP, Geoff helps his wife Terri with various cat duties for VIPP, including trapping cats for the feral program and fielding phone calls and emails relating to lost and found cats. He also is the goof-ball with the cat hat on stage at the Fur Ball.
He is a former teacher at the high school and college level, a recovering bureaucrat, and former editor. While in Austin, TX, Geoff volunteered for Animal Trustees of Austin. He also has served as a board member for Vashon Allied Arts, and he is the host of the Boogie Back to Texas radio show on the Voice of Vashon.

WENDY DAHL: Vice President of VIPP. I am privileged to work with companion animals and their people both in my animal behavior practice and as a licensed small animal massage practitioner. The lessons I learn from each animal improve my communication and bodywork skills and, in turn, support future client companion animals' mental and physical health. My expertise is with rescued dogs and cats, helping their families learn about the particular behaviors these creatures have collected from previous environments. My mission is to increase understanding and knowledge about companion animals, to deepen the bond between human and animal and to reduce the recycling of adopted animals.

I am a member of the Animal Behavior Society, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage. I have volunteered with the Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue organization for over 20 years, including time on their Board of Directors. My association with VIPP began when I moved to Vashon in 2003, and I have enjoyed working with other volunteers on Fur Ball activities, assessing, training and fostering VIPP canines and developing valued relationships with this dedicated band of rescuers. I am honored to be a member of the Board of Directors.

LESLIE FRYE: Secretary

KELLI DURKIN: Treasurer. Info coming soon.

ELAINE SUMMERS: Animal Lover, Songwriter and Mosaic artist, Cat Person. I have been the administrator of the VIPP website since its re-incarnation in 2007. My duties include keeping the site up to date as well as VIPP's Facebook page. I am on the Fur Ball committee and organizer of a crack cleaning crew called the Furbusters. We clean the shelter from top to bottom each month. I am a self taught artist and have been working in that field for many years. I have been involved with VIPP since 2003 when I adopted two kittens from them.

KAREN BARGELT: Info coming soon.

LOLA MICHELIN, LMP, LAMP, SAMP: Founder and Director of Education of Northwest School of Animal Massage (NWSAM), Vashon Island. (Founded in 2001, moved to Vashon 2012.)

Over 20 years’ experience in the veterinarian and zoological fields. Lola speaks and writes regularly on the topic of animal massage and is active in promoting standards of practice for the industry at large. She was instrumental in lobbying for and promoting legislation to create an animal massage license through the WA State Department of Health. NWSAM offers large animal, small animal and exotic species training programs.

CATHERINE SWEARINGEN an ex-pat from the South, moved to Vashon in 2014. After sixteen years in career development at several universities, she retired from her role as Executive Director of Career Connections at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma in 2015. Prior to her change of direction into higher education, Catherine was a practicing attorney in South Carolina. Since moving to Vashon she has become a VIPP dog walker and a member of the Circle of Directors of Hestia Retreat. Catherine is currently a partner and mediator in Vashon Mediation.

Catherine is blessed to share her life with her husband, two sons, her collie Edward, her kitty, George (whom she stole fair and square from her eldest son), and her youngest son’s red heeler, Moose.