Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

The staff and board of directors at the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard would like to recognize the retirement of one our most passionate and tireless volunteers, Janet Norton. Since the beginning of the animal shelter, Janet has helped do the many tasks and thankless jobs that are a necessary to care for the dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs that come through our doors. Without the time and care Janet and the many other volunteers do at the shelter, we could not operate as we do.

Janet was also the author of the weekly Gazette column that keeps the Island informed of the coming and going of pets at the shelter and our pet news of the week. We will especially miss her annual Christmas column.

To recognize her service, the Animal Shelter will be creating a commemorative brick honoring Janet that will be installed at our front door. Janet, thank you for you time, generosity and concern. We hope that you’ll still come in to visit and to play with the kittens.

Greg Orcutt, West Tisbury