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How to Adopt

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.  

Due to incredibly high demand, kittens 12 months and younger will be adopted on a first come, first served basis. Those with pre-approved applications are given first choice.  We highly recommend that you fill out an application and have it reviewed and approved by an adoption counselor at the shelter. Approved applications are kept on file for three months.   

Adoption Applications can be downloaded below:

The forms are in the Adobe Acrobat format. Click here to download the free reader.

Adoption Fees

New Fees go into effect February 1, 2018. 

Adult Cats

Cat- Senior 8yrs and up





Kittens (under 1 year old)

Small Dogs under 20lbs
Small Senior Dogs

Large Dogs over 20lbs

Large Senior Dog



Puppies (under 1 year old)  $425
Gerbils, Hamsters, Mice
Guinea Pigs
Ferrets $75
Bird -Parakeet, finch, small bird
Bird- Dove
Bird -Cockatiel, Conure, medium bird

Bird - Amazon, Grey, Cockatoo, large bird

Geese, Ducks, Chickens $10
Goats, Sheep $100
Horses (riding)

Horses (companion/20+ years)
$400 -$2,000 

$200 and up

  • 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 and rabies (depending on age). Dogs are tested for heartworm and cats over 6 months are tested for FIV/FeLV. Kittens under 6 months are tested for feline leukemia. Animals 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. Every cat, dog, puppy or kitten is spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
  • Home Safe and Sound--All cats and dogs are microchipped and receive an I.D. tag and collar. Every dog receives a new leash and cats and smaller pets go home in carriers.

Found that Perfect Pet?
If not, check our website regularly.
We also have many farm animals, so check with us if that's what you're looking for.

Pets As Gifts
Pets are a lifetime commitment. Before buying a pet for someone else, make sure that person is ready and willing to take on the responsibility. While pets can make wonderful presents for some people, NHSPCA invites you to consider a few things before you decide to purchase a pet as a gift:

  1. One of the biggest dangers to choosing a pet for someone else is that you might pick an animal that is not right for that person's lifestyle. Instead of giving a pet as a gift, try wrapping up necessary pet supplies along with a gift certificate towards the adoption of a pet from a nearby shelter. That way the person gets the fun of opening up a gift and of choosing their new best friend.
  2. Most animal shelters and rescue groups adopt out many different types of animals besides cats, dogs puppies, and kittens. You can find birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, rats, gerbils, hamsters, and even farm animals, to name a few. Before you head down to the pet store, contact your local animal shelter or rescue group to see what kinds of animals they have ready for adoption.

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