On Martha’s Vineyard, we know that pets like vacations, too, and we know that it makes your vacation special when you can share it with your cat or dog. The Vineyard has accommodations that welcome you and your pet and plenty of places to visit and things to do for your entire family -- even the furry ones.
All of our ferries welcome pets, as do the buses and taxis. However, the buses have a policy that if a passenger who is already on the bus objects to the animal (because of allergies or other reasons), the animal and owner are asked to take the next bus. If the animal and owner are already on the bus, they may remain and the objecting passenger is asked to take another bus.
There are many accommodations on the Vineyard that are Pet-Friendly, click here to view your Pet-Friendly options!
Pets are permitted on many of the beaches with restricted hours during the Summer season. Please contact the individual towns for specific information. Click here to view all Town Halls contact information.
There are common seating areas in each town where you can enjoy a carryout meal with your pet.
All Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation public properties wel-come leashed dogs. The West Tisbury Farmer’s Market also permits dogs on leashes.
Most of the Land Bank properties allow dogs but con-sult the Land Bank map for details about each location.
Their Trade Wind Fields Preserve in Oak Bluffs is a 71-acre area where many dog owners meet for playtime with their pets.
Leashed dogs are permitted in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, a 5,143-acre preserve located in the middle of the Island.
Please remember to watch for poison ivy and check your pet (and yourself) for ticks after a walk.
There are a handful of restaurants on the Island that allow you to bring your pup! Make sure to call ahead as some restaurants only have a couple seats you are allowed to have dogs at. View pet-friendly restaurants here!
R & R
Need a shady spot to stop and rest where you can find a cool bowl of water waiting for your dog? Try Good Dog Goods on Circuit Ave. in Oak Bluffs. Also, most banks serve up dog biscuits at their drive-up windows.
And, of course, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce is pet friendly. Browse our brochure rack and get answers to your questions about the Island while your dog enjoys a break.
Perhaps you’re in search of some beach reading. Edgartown Books invites dogs to browse with their own-ers and then relax on their porch.
boarding & veterinarian care
If you need veterinary care, call Michelle Gerhard Jasny in West Tisbury (508.693.0370), Sea Breeze Veterinary Service in West Tisbury (508.693.3737), Vineyard Veterinary Clinic in Edgartown (508.627.5292), or the Island’s mobile veterinarian, Caring for Animals (508.696.5897).
If you must stay at a place that does not allow pets but want to bring yours anyway, Vineyard Veterinary Clinic offers boarding for cats and dogs; On Island Dogs pro-vides dog sitting at their location in West Tisbury (508.696.7299). Short-term stays are possible at On Island Dogs if you just need a little time without your pooch. Canine Care and Consulting in Vineyard Haven also offers pet services (978-457-2679).
Dog & cat food
Stores with cat and dog food and accessories include Campbell & Douglas Harness & Feed in Chilmark, Healthy Additions in Vineyard Haven, and Good Dog Goods in Oak Bluffs, as well as markets and convenience stores. Dogs are welcome to do their own shopping at Good Dog Goods.