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Dog and Christmas Decorations

Give, Doggone it! Give!

Dog with Christmas decorations on ladder

I was curled up next to the Christmas tree last night watching my Mom wrap some presents and I started thinking about how fortunate I am to have a safe happy home and a family to spend Christmas with and food in my bowl everyday and clean water after my walks. Let’s face it, I have it pretty good.
This time of year, I look forward to finding lots of goodies from Santa on Christmas morning, and I also look forward to giving back where I can. After all, this is the season of giving and generosity. Every year my Mom and I send donations to a couple local non-profits and organizations on Nantucket. Because we are such a small community we like knowing that our contribution is directly helping those around us, our friends and neighbors.

Having experienced homelessness myself, I’m partial to organizations that help animals and people find food and shelter. But a rising tide lifts all boats. So where ever you direct your generosity, eventually it helps the community as a whole.

If you would like to donate and haven’t decided on a recipient, here are some ideas.

Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals
PO Box 2844
Nantucket, MA 02584
508-825-2287
[email protected]
One year ago, the MSPCA closed their facility here on Nantucket. The sheltered animals on the island would have been left with no place to go had it not been for a group a volunteers who stepped in and created a place of refuge. Over the course of the last year the volunteers have helped countless pets and started several initiatives to improve and expand the shelter’s services.  You can even donate through Paypal here.

Cat Trap Nantucket
PO Box 3225
Nantucket, MA 02554
[email protected]
Cat Tap Nantucket is another organization run entirely by volunteers. The group helps control the feral cat population by humanely trapping cats to be spayed or neutered and then caring for them until they can be released. The volunteers also arrange foster care and adoption for many of the socialized kittens and cats.

A Safe Place
5B Windy Way
Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-0561 
[email protected]
A Safe Place works to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault in our community and create a safe and secure home environment for every man, woman and child on the island. Their services are available to any individual regardless of race, color, immigration status, religion, sex, sexual orientation or disability. And creating safe and loving homes for people may lead to more safe and loving homes for rescue animals.

These are just a few causes that my mom and I feel are worthy of support. But there are so many wonderful community organizations that share the common mission of making Nantucket safer and more enjoyable for everyone. If have something to share with your neighbors, please share.

Happy Holidays! See you in 2013!!

J Dawg, who voices the paws-on-the-ground perspective of island life, is created by Janet Forest, owner of Nantucket Pet Sitter, which you can follow on Facebook, too.