A Safe and Loving Home for Every Animal  


To save the lives of companion animals through rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption; to promote learning, eliminate animal cruelty and be a leader in advancing the highest standards of animal welfare.


Our Guiding Principles direct us to act in the best interest of the animals and to strengthen the human-animal bond by:

  • advocating for stronger laws, enforcement and compassionate treatment of animals by being a voice for the voiceless
  • remaining committed to an open admission and unlimited stay policy for companion animals
  • providing individualized care for each animal to meet its specific needs
  • ensuring that we are the first choice for the adoption of healthy rescued animals
  • providing learning, educational and volunteer opportunities for all ages
  • serving as a resource and continuing to meet community needs
  • extending ourselves to further our mission
  • acting in an ethical, professional, and compassionate manner
  • stewarding donor resources responsibly as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that depends on private donations and fees for services

Placement and Acceptance of Animals

Our Adoption Center receives nearly 2,500 unwanted, neglected or abused animals from our region each year. We provide each one with a warm bed, medical care, nutritious food and the time it takes every step possible to place them in the best possible new home. The NHSPCA is an open admission, unlimited stay facility. We do not have a time limit on our animals finding homes. See our Adoptable Animals.

Behavior Training for Pets

All training classes at the NHSPCA are designed to help 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.   Visit our Behavior and Training page.

Humane Education & Community Programs

The Humane Education program of the New Hampshire SPCA reaches over 8,000 children each year, encouraging both 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.  Visit our Humane Education page.

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 between 600-800 complaints of cruelty or neglect every year, our agent works with other humane organizations to develop and strengthen legislation that protects animals throughout the State of New Hampshire.  Visit our Field Services page.

Developing a Solid Foundation for Animal Care

Our donors are passionate about the work that we do. They give of their resources because they trust that the NHSPCA will do everything possible to find a home for every animal that needs one and go to necessary extremes to save the lives of as many animals that need that kind of care. We invite you to become involved in financially supporting the NHSPCA. There are several ways: make a donation, participate in a fundraising event such as our Auction for the Animals or Paws Walk, or include the NHSPCA in your will. Each gift, large or small, makes a difference in the life of an animal and the community we live in, and we are deeply grateful for every one.   See more Ways to Give.

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. Come join the ranks of approximately 700 volunteers in helping us care for animals who cannot speak for themselves.  Visit our Volunteer page.


The NHSPCA is a non-profit organization (501c3) serving over 121 communities in the Greater Seacoast of New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts. We receive no federal or state funding and rely solely on community support to care for the nearly 2,500 animals that come through our doors each year.