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PO Box 196
104 Portsmouth Ave
Stratham, NH 03885
(603) 772-2921

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a community resource center bringing animals and people together. We provide adoption, education, investigation and sheltering services in a professional and compassionate way.

The NHSPCA is a non-profit organization (501c3) serving over 121 communities in the Seacoast of New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts. We receive no federal or state funding and rely solely on community donations and the sponsorship renewals of our Adoption Angel and Education Angel members to support our operations and care for the animals. We also depend on the generosity of more than 200 individuals who dedicate their time and talents to help the animals by volunteering.

About Our Shelter:

Placement and Acceptance of Animals:

Our Adoption Center receives almost 4,000 unwanted, neglected or abused animals in our region each year. We provide each one with a warm bed, loving care and take every step possible to place them in the best possible new home.

Behavior Training for Pets:

All training classes at the NHSPCA are designed to help you develop the skills needed to make living with your dog pleasurable and much easier. The NHSPCA uses a method of training known as Positive Reinforcement. Whether you want to start your new puppy out on the right paw or work on improving your adult dog's behavior we have the perfect class for you and your four legged friend.

Humane Education & Community Programs :

The Humane Education program of the New Hampshire SPCA encourages children and adults to develop and express attitudes of compassion, kindness and respect for all living things. Our ever-growing list of programs and workshops are a fun and interactive way to explore the interdependence between humans and animals while learning how to create a more humane community.

Cruelty Investigations & Advocacy:

Since 1872 animal cruelty investigation has been one of the cornerstones of the NHSPCA. Today our services encompass an even wider range of activities. In addition to investigating hundreds of reports of suspected animal neglect or abuse every year, our agent works with other humane organizations to develop and strengthen legislation that protects animals throughout the State of New Hampshire.

Developing a Solid Foundation for Animal Care:

Our donors are some of the most caring and dedicated individuals you will ever meet. You can become involved in financially supporting the NHSPCA in a number of ways: make a donation, participate in a fundraising events or include the NHSPCA in your will. These are just some of the ways you can support our efforts. Each gift, large or small, makes a difference in the life of an animal and the community we live in.

Volunteers Make All the Difference:

Whether you are interested in direct animal care, special events, customer service or administrative work we can use your help. The NHSPCA Volunteer Program will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of all animals.

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Come Meet our Pets:

Adoption Center
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday and Friday
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
11 a.m - 4 p.m Saturday and Sunday
Closed Wednesday

Learning Center for Pets & People
Currently open during program hours only

Administrative Offices
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

The NHSPCA is located one quarter mile south of the traffic circle on route 108/33 in Stratham, NH. Note that 108 and 33 correspond near Shaws in Stratham (beyond the NHSPCA to the south) and 108 has been renamed 33 near the adoption center.

Our Adoption Process:

Helping You Make the Right Decision - Adoption Counseling
Our overall goal is to make sure the animal you adopt is well suited to your lifestyle and that you are ready for him or her. When you visit our adoption center our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the right animal. These Adoption Counselors will assist you by discussing your interests, needs and lifestyles and then matching them with those of the companion animals in our shelter. The Counselor will read through the adoption application materials with you so it may simplify things for you to have the form completed before you arrive.

Adoption Fees :

Adult Cats - $90

Kittens (under 1 year old) - $150

Small Dogs under 20lbs - $325

Large Dogs over 20lbs - $260

Puppies (under 1 year old) - $325

Gerbils, Hamsters, Mice - $10

Rats - $15

Rabbits - $45

Guinea Pigs - $25

Ferrets - $75

Bird -Parakeet, finch, small bird - $15
Bird- Doves - $25
Bird -Cockatiel, Conure, medium bird - $50
Bird - Amazon, Grey, Cockatoo, large bird - $50 & up sliding scale

Geese, Ducks, Chickens - $5-$20

Goats, Sheep - $75

Horses (riding) - $400 -$2,000 (Sliding scale)

Horses (companion/20+ years) - $200 and up

* Senior Discount (65+) 20% off all animals

** Ask about our additional discounts on senior pets

•Health Exam--Every animal is examined for good health and sound temperament before he or she is made available for adoption.
•Vaccinations and Treatment--Before they leave for their new home, each animal is vaccinated for distemper. Dogs are tested for heartworm and cats for feline leukemia. Animals who need it are de-wormed and treated for fleas and earmites.
•Spay/Neuter-- Through our progressive spay/neuter incentives, the NHSPCA has helped to make New Hampshire a leader in the quest to end pet overpopulation. We are proud to say that at this time every cat, dog, puppy or kitten is spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
•Home Safe and Sound--All cats and dogs receive an I.D. tag and collar. When available, microchipping is performed on dogs and cats before they go home. Every dog receives a new leash and cats and smaller pets go home in carriers.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.