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NO Adopt A Cat Day, this Sat 11:30-2:30 Walk With VIPP!

NO ADOPT A CAT DAY THIS SATURDAY - DUE TO STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
VIPP WILL BE OPEN FOR ADOPTIONS AGAIN NEXT SATURDAY Every Saturday 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 cats@vipp.org. Shelter Address: 12200 SW 243rd Street - off of Old Mill Rd. Dog adoptions are by appointment only, call 389-1085 or email dogs@vipp.org. 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:
http://www.adoptapet.com/vipp

For directions to the shelter - click continue below.

Strawberry Festival parade and Booth JULY 22nd & 23rd. Walk with VIPP in the parade on Saturday or just enjoy it roadside. Come to our booth and see the animals we have up for adoption, become a member, volunteer or just say hello.

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

USE SMILE.AMAZON.COM If you log into to Amazon.com using Smile.Amazon.com, 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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Tips for the Pet Sitter

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TIPS FOR THE PET SITTER
Every pet is important to its owner. When you agree to care for a pet you are assuming responsibility for that pet in its owners' absence. The following tips will help you fulfill that responsibility by knowing what information you need to have before the owner leaves town and what to do in an emergency.

1. Understand the importance of the pet to the owner and the responsibility one assumes in agreeing to care for a pet in its owner’s absence.

2. Spend time with the pet before owner leaves.

3. Information to get from owners in writing before they leave:

4. Specific instructions regarding feeding and medications.

  • Amount of food
  • Time of day
  • Where is the water dish kept?

5. Are there any medications? If so:

  • Where are they kept?
  • When are they given?
  • How are they given? In food? By hand?

b. Does the pet have any idiosyncrasies? Afraid of thunder, fireworks, strangers, etc.

c. What is the phone number of their veterinarian? A local contact if the owners can't be reached?

d. Itinerary of owners with contact phone numbers if possible.

e. Date owners expect to return home. Always check and make sure they are back home before you stop feeding the pets.

f. Does the pet (especially cats!) have a favorite hiding place? Where does the pet sleep?

4. Request that owners put on a regular collar with ID tags while the dog is in your custody.

a. Write down the King County License number and the Rabies tag number and vet clinic where shot was given

b. NEVER leave a dog alone with a choke collar on.

5. Ask owners to put all hazardous materials away before leaving.

6. Things NOT to do!

a. Don't bring friends or your own pet with you when you go to feed the pets.

b. Don't give the pet any treats unless specifically approved by owner.

c. Don't shampoo pet (cats can be killed by dog shampoo)

d. Don't attempt to treat any unexpected illness. Take to Vet.

e. Don't remove pet from the premises unless pre-approved by owner in writing.

7. If the pet disappears, don't assume it will return in a day or so. If picked up by Animal Control, it may be euthanized. Do the following quickly:

a. Call Vashon Island Pet Protectors: 389-1085

b. Call King County Animal Control: 296-PETS

c. Call the Beachcomber: 463-9195

d. Call each Vet Clinic: Fair Isle Animal Clinic: 463-3607 and Vashon Veterinary Clinic: 463-3668