The Stray Hotel


doghotelbestMost of us have seen a stray dog running loose on a Nantucket bike path at least once. Some of us have even attempted a rescue. But then what? Where should we bring a stray dog (or cat) until the family can be located? Where is there room at the inn?

Here is the low down on stray pet accommodations on Nantucket:

If you have found a stray dog or cat, bring it to Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals at 11 Crooked Lane, SIDE DOOR to the left of the building. We are responsible for receiving all strays until they are reunited with their families. If it is after hours or you are unable to bring the animal to the shelter yourself, call the Animal Control Officer at 508-228-1212. The police have a key to the shelter and know how to bring stray dogs in and tuck them in for the night.

If you have lost a dog or cat, call NSHA at 508-825-2287 to see if he or she “checked in” overnight. If not, email a picture and details to We will post the information on our Facebook page, and we and our followers will help get your pet home in a timely manner.

Please note that stray animals are not the responsibility of Offshore Animal Hospital, the veterinary practice at 11 Crooked Lane, which is a totally separate organization from Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals (the shelter). While Offshore does run a dog hotel, it’s for “registered guests” only, and bringing stray dogs there interrupts the staff’s important veterinary work.

If you have pets, make sure they have collars and ID tags on at all times. Current contact information on ID tags saves a stay at the shelter, or, if they do end up checking in, ID tags will minimize their visit—and their bill.