More news on the adoption front at the animal shelter. A 10-week-old border collie that was someone’s folly of a purchase became another person’s find in less than a day at the shelter. This purebred pup came in and went out to a new home in a matter of hours. There could not be a better illustration of the advantages of filling out a form the shelter prints up and keeps on file for this purpose. Shelter director Lisa Hayes wastes no time in matching a surrendered animal to a prospective new owner by using that resource.

Meanwhile, the small brown dog named Ticona is still at the shelter. He is not much to look at, given his indeterminate heritage. He is shy and skittish on first meeting, but he quickly warms up to anyone showing him affection, best accomplished with a handful of treats. He has a lot of mileage left in him, being only five years old and having Chihuahua somewhere in his genes. Among his talents are perfect house training and being able to catch a tennis ball in mid-air. The staff and volunteers will miss him once his forever person arrives to claim him.

Occupying the cat room at the moment are two tuxedo cats, unrelated but both with the distinctive black and white markings of this variety. One is a three-year-old female named Muffin, the other a six-year-old male who goes by Mickey. The shelter has had a run on cat adoptions lately, so we are nearly out of felines.

March is flying by. The annual rabies clinic will take place at the animal shelter and also at the emergency services building in West Tisbury a week from Saturday, March 28. Rabies vaccination is required of all dogs and cats in Massachusetts. Islanders may bring their cats in carriers and leashed dogs between 10 a.m. and noon to either location. Bring the pet’s previous vaccination certificate if you wish them to have an inoculation that is good for three years. As our vet will not be on site until the magic hour of 10 a.m., a long line outside awaits those who arrive too early. The cost is $20 per animal.

Shelter hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The telephone number is 508-627-8662.

Contributions are always gratefully accepted; the shelter is funded solely by donations. Please make checks out to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard; the mailing address is P.O. Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539 or visit