With county help, Island group to run shelter
A new partnership of public and private interests is ready to take over operation of Martha's Vineyard's only animal shelter tomorrow, when the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) ends its operation of the shelter.
The new group, called the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard, this week signed an open-ended lease with the MSPCA to rent the building and equipment, at no cost. The only condition of the lease, other than the standard conditions, is that the building must be used as an animal shelter. Otherwise the MSPCA can terminate the agreement with 30 days notice.
The Dukes County government will provide administrative services to the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard, which is to be governed by a five member board of directors. The shelter operations will be funded from the Dukes County government's reserve fund, with the understanding that Island towns will reimburse the county for the costs.