Many people think of NSHA as a shelter–a place to bring an animal to safety or a place to find a new furry friend. And we are certainly that. AND we are more than that. We offer many programs to islanders that help them. . . find, keep, or help their pets; learn about the responsible care of animals; and find meaningful ways to give back to their community.
Fall has been a busy month for NSHA’s community work. Here’s what we’ve been up to.
The Farmer’s Market welcomed us almost every Saturday. We loved talking to islanders and visitors alike about all things animal. We met lovely people, found homes for a few dogs, and filled our coin canister!
Our Microchip and ID Clinic with Animal Care with Kindness (Dr. Paula Klek) attracted some interesting customers–not all of whom we could actually safely microchip. But everyone had fun making their own “shrinky-dink” pet ID tags! Gotta keep our pets safe.
In October, for Black Pet Month, we teamed up with the Black Dog store on Straight Wharf for a Black Pet Celebration. Many children came out to “adopt” their own black cat or dog toy. Current and past black shelter dogs paraded their loveliness for all to see. And many myths about black dogs and cats were dispelled in the process.
An important part of NSHA’s mission is to advocate for all animals. October and November were months to gather signatures to help “Prevent Farm Animal Cruelty” reach the 95,000 signatures they needed to get a bill onto the 2016 Massachusetts ballot that would outlaw cruel confinement for farmed chickens, pigs and calves. Keeping compassion local!
Thanks to all of our wonderful, tireless volunteers who make our community work possible!