Lisa Dawley

Lisa Dawley is the manager of the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard.

She and Gordon Healy usually work together at the shelter, taking caring of the animals and trying to find them permanent homes. But now they alter their schedules so only one person is in the office at a time.

“It’s really quiet here,” Ms. Dawley said. “Usually we have children’s groups come in and special needs groups visiting. Now the animals only get to look at my face and Gordon’s all day long.”

“They are extra cuddly,” she added. “I think they know something is going on.”

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Animal Shelter Update

The Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard offers pet food, bedding, crates and advice to pet owners, and home-like care for surrendered animals.

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Animal Shelter Benefit
The Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard will holds its annual Garden Party benefit on Monday, June 24.
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Shelter Fundraiser is Menagerie of Good Will
Katherine Gianni

Alpacas, miniature ponies and dogs all made an appearance at the 10th annual garden party for the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard.

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Animal Shelter Award
The Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard was recently awarded a check for nearly $1,500 from the Black Dog from the sales of their ”Best Friend” long sleeve tee shirts at Vineyard Black Dog Stores.
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AnnaBell Washburn, Early Leader in Animal Rescue World, Dies at 90
Phyllis Meras

AnnaBell Washburn, a longtime Edgartown seasonal resident whose devotion to saving animals earned her many citations and awards, including from a U.S. president, died on August 12.

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Mobile Medical Unit Helps Deliver Affordable Pet Care
Alison L. Mead
Members of a new group called Animal Lovers of MV recently brought nine dogs off-Island to visit Spay Waggin', a mobile medical unit providing affordable pet care.
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Helping Hands for Paws

 The board of directors and the staff of the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard would like to thank the staff and volunteers of Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard for the repair and painting work that’s being done at our shelter building in Edgartown. For the past three weekends Habitat volunteers under the direction of Lee Taberner have joined volunteers from the animal shelter to paint, reshingle, restore and do the many things that needed to done to the exterior of our venerable shelter building.

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Creative Young Fundraisers
On behalf of the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard I wish to publicly thank some very amazing young people who are summer visitors to the Vineyard.
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Please Adopt Us

The Island is emptying out after Labor Day, but not the cat adoption room at the animal shelter. It is alive with kitten energy.

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