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Our Island's Animals

Pets in Need

Images Courtesy: Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals

Welcome to the first post in the Pet Department!  In the coming weeks, you’ll find all kinds of interesting articles, videos, advice and discussion about pets, everything from animal shelters and animal welfare to home made treats and toys for your pets at home. I welcome you to post comments and engage in thought-provoking discussion.

Today I’d like to introduce you to a non-profit very close to my heart, Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals, Inc. (NSHA), whose mission is to advocate for animal welfare and provide shelter and care for stray, homeless, unwanted or abandoned animals until they are adopted into responsible, lifelong homes.

In October 2011, the MSPCA announced that it would be closing its Nantucket branch permanently.  At that time, a small group of animal lovers, business professionals, and former shelter employees combined their skills and passion to form a 501c3 non-profit organization to assist homeless pets on the island.  Our shelter is located at 11 Crooked Lane, the former MSPCA building.  We are grateful to Offshore Animal Hospital for allowing us to share this space with them.  However, we are two separately operating organizations.  The public is welcome to visit by making an appointment.

We are an all volunteer run organization operating 7 days a week all year long.  Without their dedicated and passionate assistance, we would not be where we are today.  NSHA has already found homes for 12 cats, 3 dogs and 2 bunnies, and reunited 15 dogs and 3 cats with their families.  Every Sunday, my boyfriend and I volunteer for an evening care-giving shift.  We walk any dogs who are residing at the shelter, sometimes take them into the fenced yard for a fun game of fetch.  We also let the kitties out of their kennels, pet them, refresh their food and water and freshen up the litter boxes.  It’s one or two hours of my week that I can spend to make a difference in these animals’ lives.  Of course we have other volunteer opportunities and we always welcome donations.  I encourage you to contact the shelter to find out how you can help.

NHSA relies heavily on our website and Facebook page to let people know what animals we have available for adoption and to post information about missing or stray pets who are looking for their families.  Please check out our sites and send us an email if you’re interested in more information.  Remember, a homeless pet is not damaged goods.  They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Animal shelters can offer each of them a second chance at love and happiness.  Please let us know what you think, and find us at:

NHSA webpage:
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NHSA email: [email protected]


LazyGirl's picture

When my sister's cat went missing the other day I felt so lucky to be able to call someone for help (NHSA). It was a big relief. To me our animals are vital to our lives. Thank you for opening your doors!

We're so lucky that the Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals stepped in to fill this need last fall.  Thanks, Ema and the whole Board!

Ema Hudson's picture

NSHA is a service to the whole community.  If you find a lost or abandoned pet in your neighborhood, you can call the shelter rather than take the pet into your home.  We are so happy when we're able to reunite families!