Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals

operates in four small rooms that we rent from Offshore Animal Hospital on Crooked Lane. While we reside on the same property, NSHA and Offshore are not affiliated in any way.

We have an open-door policy, which means no animal in need will ever be turned away. We provide shelter, medical care and love to all stray, surrendered and abandoned animals until we can find them lifelong homes.

NSHA has many wonderful animals in the shelter or in foster care waiting for homes. Please call us to make an appointment to see them. Or if you are interested in volunteering as an animal care giver or for one of our many committees. 508-825-2287


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Want to know the connection between NSHA and

Little Mountain Rescue (dogs from Mississippi)?

Watch THIS!


A quote from a satisfied adopter:


Hello Lori and Barb,
I wanted to take a few minutes to give you an update on our little Lucie. She is an absolute angel with tons of personality. We love her. We couldn't have dreamed of a better addition to our family. She loves the beach, long walks and snuggling up on the couch. She is also a great traveller in the car and keeps in touch with her 2 sisters now know as Gwen and Iris. We have gone on a few walks together, they love seeing eachother. I have enclosed a few photos so that you can see what a pretty girl she has grown up to be. There really are no words to thank you enough for the tremendous work you do. Without you there would be no Lucie. We are eternally grateful to you for bringing her into our life. Thank you for all you do and all you give so selflessly. With gratitude, Joann and Ted Burnham and Lucie


Little Mountain Rescue has its own Facebook Page!

Check it out HERE!



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Volunteer Spotlight

Dagmar Klein

It isn't often that we have a true foster parent - one who doesn't immediately fall in love with the animal and then adopt him or her deeming themselves a "failed fosterer". Not to say Dagmar didn't fall for Holly (pictured above) - she certainly did, but she can't technically have a dog, so she does the hardest thing a volunteer can do. She dedicates hours (in Holly's case, nine months) to loving, socializing, training and exercising an animal knowing that at some point she will have to say goodbye.


Dagmar is originally from Germany, but has lived on the island for many years working for Nantucket Island Resorts. She travels and while she loves dogs she doesn't feel she can completely commit to one right now. Well, what a gain for NSHA! Dagmar has fostered other dogs in the past including a beautiful black lab when her parents lost housing temporarily. The experience was very meaningful for Dagmar and she ventured to taking on the role again.


This time our little Holly needed a guardian angel. Holly was skittish and unpredictable with strangers (mostly men) and also dealing with skin allergies. She was in the shelter for awhile getting weekly baths by our dedicated volunteers, but she was reactive to other dogs passing by her kennel, so Holly was continuously stressed. Two volunteers came to Holly's rescue. Beth (another of Holly's guardian angels) and Dagmar turned Holly's fate around and helped her through the process of rehibilitation and ultimately into a successful adoption. Dagmar researched training techniques on dog behavior, took Holly on outings where she could meet people, sat on benches in town and gave her the consistency and love that she needed. Everyone at the shelter saw massive improvements with Holly's confidence and happiness. She was learning to trust and it was a beautiful thing.


Then the day we all were waiting for finally arrived. Holly's forever home drove into the parking lot. Holly now has acres and acres of land to romp on in Wisconsin for most of the year, but the best news is that she will be returning to Nantucket in the Summers. What a perfect life for her and all of her fans will be able to see her again.


Foster parents are crucial to animal shelters everywhere. They provide a loving environment away from the stress of the shelter until adoption day. It's a hard job and is an emotional roller coaster as the day that the animal is adopted is both the happiest and saddest day for the foster parent.


Dagmar was absolutely pivotal in Holly's success. She was determined, loyal, loving and strong to give Holly everything she needed for nine months. We are so thankful to her for making such an amazing difference for a special little soul.