Our 5th Year in Operation!

The Shelter was established in May 2009 after the MSPCA discontinued its services on Martha's Vineyard.

In May 2011, the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard (ASMV) was incorporated, and in December of 2011, the Shelter received its non-profit 501(c)3 designation.

In January of 2012, the Shelter accepted the gift of the Kitty Foote building from the MSPCA and began operation as an independent non-profit.

The Shelter continues to be self-supporting through donations from our sponsors, grants and fund-raising events.



The Black Dog comes up big for the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard!

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The Black Dog Tavern Company partnered with the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard to raise awareness and funds for the Animal Shelter this July. Using the July 4th Edgartown Parade as a rallying point, the Black Dog created a limited edition Black Dog t-shirt as an incentive for people to register to walk with the Animal Shelter in the annual Edgartown 4th of July Parade. The Black Dog collected donations through their Martha’s Vineyard General Stores to raise money for the Animal Shelter. Through these programs $5000 was raised by The Black Dog for the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. Accepting the check from this program was Duncan Ross, Chairman of the Board Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard and Captain Bob Douglas, founder of The Black Dog.


“Black Dog,” the namesake of the company was a rescue, found in Falmouth in 1967.