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                                          In loving memory of Bessie T. Gray
                                         February 24, 1950 - April 23, 2014

From a young age, her destiny was to take care of abused and unwanted animals, finding homes for these little creatures until she could no longer walk to the kennels.                 

For 60 years, the Tapley-Gray Family Farm, located on a ridge overlooking quintessential Southwest Harbor, Maine, provided shelter to stray, abandoned and injured cats and dogs, free of charge. The shelter was run by the Gray Family who have dedicated their lives to caring for homeless animals.  

On April 24, 2014, Bessie Gray passed away.  Ken Gray maintained the shelter for the next 2 years until health issues intervened. The Tapley-Gray Farm was sold in December 2016. Ken saw to it that all animals who lived at the shelter were placed into a caring and nurturing environment.

Because the shelter property was sold, the mission of the organization has shifted to two new areas critical to animal welfare: 1) providing scholarships for students in Veterinary Studies at the University of Maine-Augusta's Bangor Campus who will practice in animal shelters and clinics and 2) providing funding for spay/neuter services for animals who suffer in the wild on MDI and in Hancock County.

For details on the criteria for scholarship awards see the "Scholarships" Tab and for the parameters for funding spay/neuter services see the "Spay/Neuter" Tab.

Southwest Harbor Animal Welfare, Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that has been serving the Mount Desert Island community for more than half a century.

Bess and Ken Gray with "Pella"