Animal Control: (508) 228-1212
Offshore Animal Hospital: (508) 228-1491
After Hours: (508) 241-5014
CatTrap Nantucket (for help with feral cats):
Carol Black—(508) 257-4333
Nantucket Environmental Police: (508) 257-6932
Nantucket Marine Mammal Conservation Program (for help with sea life):
Scott Leonard—(508) 400-7293
NOAA: (866) 755-6622
In a storm emergency on Nantucket, the emergency shelter is the High School. Pets are allowed, but ONLY in crates. Please be sure you have a travel crate for each animal. Pet emergency kit should include:
Three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, waterproof container, and drinking water Bowls for food and water
Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings medications, vaccination records and pet first aid supplies
Comfort items such as a toy and blanket
Small garbage bags
For dogs include: leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area
For cats include: litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier large enough for transport
Bunnies. Wild baby bunnies are most often not orphaned! Though our instinct is to pick them up and try to care for them, the absolute best thing you can do if you find a baby by itself is put him or her back in the general area, as the mom will only come back at night to find and care for her babies. Then leave the area.
If you find an obviously injured baby rabbit, bring it to Offshore Animal Hospital at 11 Crooked Lane. Call them to let them know you are coming: 508-228-1491. They have a specific fund dedicated to helping wildlife.
Marine. It is normal for a seal to haul out on the beach. Federal Law (Marine Mammal Protection Act) requires that you leash your dog and stay 150 feet from the seal. Look for injuries/wounds or entanglements (line, netting, etc.). If you have concerns about the health or location of the seal, take note of the beach name and Access Number and TAKE PHOTOS and call (508-400-7293).
It is NOT NORMAL for any other marine mammal to be on the beach or in shallow water. That should be reported immediately to: (508-400-7293).
Birds. Thanks to our friends at Pacific Wildlife Care, for sharing this graphic from the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. Here’s what you do: