The shelter has two sweet young female cats waiting for their new forever homes. They are a mother and daughter, and both are very pretty. Snow is the mother. She is only three, mostly white with a black-ringed tail, blue eyes, and some pale tabby markings on her head. She also has some Siamese in her. Her daughter Fran is only a year old. She is a little bigger than her mom, and is a black and gray tabby with lots of white and light green eyes. Both girls are affectionate and pining to have someone to share their love with. Could that be you?

There are also three, calico guinea pigs hoping to find forever homes soon. Lucky and Maple are older males who love being handled. Lucky has a white blaze on his face and a white ruff, while Maple has a maple-colored face. There is an adoption pending on Lucky. Ruby is a young female whose white blaze goes over her head and connects with her big white ruff. She is also very sweet, but not as used to getting handled as the older boys. But she certainly does love to come out of her cage for some petting, and will serenade you. Guinea pigs have a variety of sounds to keep you entertained, and they love and need attention. So even if you’re not in the market for a piggy please stop in to provide some petting. You might just be charmed enough to take one home.

Lobby cat Chaps is at home at the shelter. He’s quite comfortable living here but if someone should fall in love with him we might be willing to let him go. He’s 12 years old, white with striking black markings, and is a very mellow boy. He’s content to just hang out and have a safe place with some tasty food and a little attention.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Spay/Neuter Wagon will be visiting the shelter on Wednesday, Sept. 13. There are still some spaces available so please contact your local animal control officer for more information if you have a pet you would like to have spayed or neutered.

The shelter would like to remind all pet owners how quickly temperatures rise in a closed vehicle. Please do not leave your pets in what can rapidly become a deadly situation. Additionally, please be mindful of how hot asphalt and pavement can be on delicate paws in the summer heat. Dogs should be not walked on hot pavement between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. And lastly, those nasty ticks are still around so please keep up with flea and tick treatments.

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 Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard; the mailing address is P.O. Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539 or visit