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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.


NOV 2rd. Pets and Pesticides-Talk****NOV 3rd. On-line Auction PREVIEW Party** Micro-chip your pet for $10Bucks!

Pets and Pesticides, a talk about keeping your animals safe FREE ADMISSION, Nov 2nd, 7:00PM The land Trust Bldg on Bank Rd. Speaker Diane Emerson will discuss why pets are more at risk to pesticide products.

JOIN VIPP on First Friday, Nov 3rd at the Fuller Store (Across from VCA/Minglement) 6-9PM for a festive get together and display of some of our ON-LINE AUCTION items. The bidding will begin the following Friday. Have something to donate? Want more information? Click Here:

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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Animal Tracks
Ronald Ulfohn, DVM

Animal Hoarders

Some people can't say no to a lost or hungry animal. "I can be their hero," they think. And they are, for a time. Until the sheer number of animals begins to tax the savior's abilities and resources, urine fumes, rampant parasites and matted hair become the norm. The savior unwittingly becomes the oppressor.

An example of this situation has recently come to light here on the Island. And now, the overpopulated menagerie is being dismantled. More than 50 animals: dogs, cats, goats and pigs are receiving appropriate veterinary care and moving toward foster, and eventually permanent homes on the Island.

Vashon Island Pet Protectors' (VIPP) prodigious network of donors and foster caregivers is being stretched thin. The sudden influx has tripled the current population of animals under VlPP's auspices. I urge you to donate what funds you can, and consider giving a temporary or permanent home to these needy pets.

I don't know too many particulars about the recent Island case, but this kind of scenario is all-too-familiar to me. Animal hoarding is usually the endstage of a misguided attempt to help stray or unwanted pets. The hoarder is an animal lover who begins rescuing pets. The initial altruistic desire is genuine.

The hoarder differs from the multi-pet owner in the addictive nature of their acquisitions. As the hoarder acquires animals beyond their means of adequate care, rescuing becomes a selfish act. Delusional rationalization allows the hoarder to remain convinced they are doing the animals a great favor. The hoarded animals live in increasingly unhealthy, unsanitary conditions.

Back in Virginia, I visited the home of a client who was a self-confessed cat hoarder. My eyes began to burn immediately upon entering. My host was unapologetic about the ammonia stench. So many cats in need, it was hard to keep up, she would say. Small wire and plastic cat cages on multi-leveled shelving like so many books. In the dim light, what I mistook for tattered carpeting turned out to be linoleum covered by a two-inch layer of loose hair.

What's wrong with hoarding? As any kennel owner or scrupulous breeder can tell you, every additional animal in a given space requires that much more rigorous sanitation. It becomes increasingly difficult to control the spread of transmissible diseases (i.e., viruses, parasites, bacteria) as population increases. Thus, time available for proper cleaning becomes a limiting factor.

Responsible pet care includes budgeting your resources. Proper food and veterinary care need to be included in your calculations.

And then there is the more nebulous quantity called love. We would all like to believe that our capacity to love our pets is infinite. But how thinly can you spread that love? I don't pretend to know. I do feel that in an expanding population, at a certain point the amount of love reaching each animal begins to flicker and dim. Kind of like sunlight as you move towards the Earth's poles.

There comes a point when a home with a growing population of pets stops being a loving home. It slips into being an institution, a monument to pet care rather than actual pet care. None of us wants our sole source of love to come from an institution. And I venture to say that our pets do best in a home where time and love is laid on thick.

Let institutions do their necessary work. Volunteer for an existing institution. Donate

…Editors note! VIPP contacted both Dr. Ulfohn and The Ticket, where the original article was first put into print. Dr.Ulfohn noted to me that the article he gave to the Ticket with a number of more than 130 animals at the Island location may have been too high. Dr.Ulfohn suggests that he is more comfortable now with the number being over 50 animals. What we do know is that several animals have died as a result of the neglect/abuse, even after they were rescued. The owners are unwilling to cooperate to allow anyone in to their home to find out how truly horrible the situation is, and to date (February 13, 2000) there has been little official action from King County Animal Control, The King County Health Department, or The King County Department of Land Use and Management (Zoning). We would like to supply all readers with numbers to call to those agencies, but we are crunched for time to get this out to you. You can find the numbers in the phone book, and we can give you these: King County Animal Control, David Morris or Chris Meyer at (206)296-3958. Be persistent, and if they can't/won't respond, ask for a supervisor. You can also try to reach the King County Health Department Rep."Ernie" at the Vashon Courthouse phone: 296-3662; Office of Citizen Complaints Ombudsman: 296-3452; Environmental Health Services: 463-5053 or 296-4820. I would close by asking if there might be an animal lover with some legal expertise that would be willing to do a little Pro Bono service for these tortured animals. Thank you all who have and will support the cause for animal rights.)