Relinquishment Policies: Dogs & Cats

If you need to talk to VIPP about relinquishing a cat, please call (206) 389-1085 or email For dogs- call same number or email

It is VIPP’s policy to accept Vashon/Maury dogs, subject to available resources. VIPP is not obligated to accept a dog that has been reported as being aggressive.
Any dog with an unknown history should be evaluated for temperament by a trained individual, who has been approved by the Board of Directors (BOD), prior to intake into the VIPP system.

Boarding for up to two weeks can be provided during evaluation if necessary. If the animal is deemed not likely to be trainable or, a danger to the community, the dog will be returned to the owner. If the owner refuses to take the dog back, or if the owner has abandoned or was abusive to the dog, VIPP will find an appropriate placement.

If the animal is deemed trainable, VIPP will use resources available in the form of volunteers and training programs to help make the dog adoptable.

If a dog is found to be dangerous due to aggression after relinquished to VIPP, the dog will be immediately removed from the foster home and professionally kenneled. At this time VIPP dog volunteers will have 15 days to assess the situation and make a recommendation to the BOD.

VIPP would like to have a copy of the medical records on the relinquished animal and a description of the animals personality and history. Our volunteers need this information to help find the best possible home. If your cat was raised around dogs or children, VIPP wants to know that. If your animal has trouble getting along with other animals and wants to be an only "child", we need that information too. Complete this form when relinquishing a dog

Anything that will help us place the animal in the right home. If you are able to make a donation to support your relinquished animal's care - VIPP appreciates that very much.

NO-KILL Policy

As a “No Kill” organization, Vashon Island Pet Protectors also known as VIPP will accept, care for, and re-home Vashon Island dogs and cats. No animal in our care will be euthanized due to lack of space, age, or treatable medical condition.

Euthanasia is to be considered only after a reasonable and appropriate pursuit of all other viable options. It is never a decision that is made without the utmost consideration for all of the factors, as we know them. It is a decision that will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Animals who are suffering mentally, emotionally or physically may be candidates for euthanasia. Animals with a poor prognosis, protracted painful recovery, incurable debilitating illness, are non-responsive to treatment or if treatment is not reasonably available, are candidates for euthanasia. Euthanasia is only performed when it is the most humane action for the animal in question. 

Animals who are deemed to pose an unacceptable danger to other animals, themselves or the public are candidates for euthanasia. The final decision with this type of Euthanasia will be made by the VIPP Board Of Directors.



Adoption Policies: 

All VIPP dogs and cats available for adoption are spayed or neutered, given basic vaccinations, treated for worms and fleas and microchipped. Cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. Dogs are vaccinated for Bordetella, DHPP and Rabies.VIPP provides any veterinary care the animals need up through their adoption. VIPP will do everything possible to ensure the dog or cat is healthy. If there is a known medical issue, VIPP will provide adopter with that information before final adoption.

It is VIPP’s Policy that all adopter(s) fill out and sign an Adoption Application. With dog adoptions, a home visit will be performed by a VIPP volunteer. There is a 24-hour waiting period before a cat adoption is final.

New owner must pay the full adoption fee at the time of adoption.
$85 for kittens
$75 for adult cats
$50 for senior cats
$150 for dogs

VIPP has a special program for cats and dogs with pre-existing medical conditions. Ask your VIPP volunteer about the program if your fear of the condition is inhibiting your ability to adopt your favorite pet. VIPP will pay 25% of a 6-week dog obedience course that takes place on Vashon within six months of adoption.

The new owner will receive a signed “Adoption Certificate” and medical records. The owner also will fill out microchip paperwork will be filled out and VIPP will submit that to the microchip company. Adopters will receive a free wellness visit at Fair Isle Animal Clinic if the appointment is made within a week of the adoption.

Neglect & Abuse Policy

Any incidents of neglect and abuse of animals will be promptly referred to Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC). VIPP volunteers should not personally confront reported neglect/abuse situations. VIPP volunteer will record the information for our records and recommend the person directly contact King County Animal Services and give a first hand account. A VIPP volunteer may follow up with King County to see if action was taken.

Lost & Found Policy: Dogs & Cats

VIPP will accept any Vashon/Maury found cat or dog and hold it in its care until the owner is located. VIPP will use various methods to find owners of found animals as outlined in lost and found procedures.

If a found dog is not claimed within the first day and the animal can not stay at a temporary foster home the dog may be kenneled at the expense of the owner. If a found cat or dog is not claimed within 10 days, it will be considered to be an abandoned animal and will go through the normal intake procedures that VIPP has for cats and dogs.