Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
November 3 – 9 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals (NSHA) was conceived exactly two years ago to serve as the island’s shelter and adoption center as a result of the MSPCA’s departure. Since then they have found homes for 84 dogs, 60 cats, 6 bunnies, and 4 parakeets. In four rented rooms at the back of the animal hospital, volunteers care for all stray, surrendered or abandoned animals that come their way. NSHA also offers humane education, spay/neuter assistance, lost and found pet services and counseling on pet behavior issues. They have an open door policy, which means that no animals in need will ever be turned away. In addition, as part of a nationwide effort to eliminate euthanasia in shelters across America, NSHA actively rescues abused and abandoned dogs in conjunction with an operation in MS and regularly helps to alleviate overcrowding at a shelter near Boston. Ensuring that Nantucket has available pets saves lives, makes room at other shelters, alleviates the need for euthanasia and lessens the demand for the commercial breeding of dogs and cats when so many are already in need of homes.
In an effort to continuously improve their performance, several members of the NSHA board, staff and volunteers attended the No More Homeless Pets National Conference in October. The conference, put on by Best Friends Animal Society, was attended by over 1500 people from 46 states and several other countries. NSHA invites everyone to celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week by considering adopting, volunteering, fostering or donating. Applications are available at www.nantucketsafeharborforanimals.org or at the shelter, 11 Crooked Lane, 2nd side door.