Happy Fifth Anniversary, NiSHA!

When the MSPCA departed Nantucket 5 years ago, leaving the island with no animal shelter, a group of dedicated volunteers met to ensure that all stray and homeless animals would be cared for until they were reunited with their families or adopted into life-long, responsible new homes. At that meeting, Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals was born.


All-volunteer run for almost 2 years, NiSHA slowly secured funding, built its infrastructure and created programs for Nantucket families. By year 4, we had hired staff, developed and expanded our programs, and created collaborations with other area agencies to help even more people and pets.

Five years later, our programs include Land to Sea Pet Rescue, which brings adoptable animals to the island; a robust school-year and summer Humane Education program; Lucky Whiskers and Wags Fund, which offers grants to help Nantucketers with emergency medical care for pets; a Pet Food Pantry; a Spay/Neuter Fund; and a Seniors with Pets Assistance fund to help senior citizens with pet care.

To date, NiSHA has cared for over 1,200 stray and homeless animals and aided countless Nantucket families with their pets.

We could not have done it without the Nantucket community—both individuals in the form of donors and volunteers, and businesses as partners and sponsors—rallying behind us.

adoptlittle3 To help celebrate, NiSHA will be giving away a Shelter Pet Goodie Basket. Enter here!

THANK YOU for caring about Nantucket’s lost and homeless pets and their families!