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December 5 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The New Hampshire SPCA is excited to ring in the holiday season with festivities for the young and young-at-heart. On Thursday, December 5th, animal lovers of all ages are invited to join the agency, located at 104 Portsmouth Avenue in Stratham, for some holiday cheer with a blessing of the animals, tree lighting ceremony and holiday gift fair, followed by the sold-out children’s Deck the Howls event in the humane education classroom.
Festivities will begin at 4:30 pm on the front lawn, with the Reverend Holly Tomlinson, Pastor at Newfields Community Church, performing a blessing of the shelter animals, followed immediately by the tree lighting ceremony. Attendees are invited to bring their own pets to the outdoor activities of the evening,
The merry spirit continues indoors with a holiday gift fair and bake sale, from 4:30 pm to 7pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to shop for that special pet or person in your life, with gifts including knit hats, jewelry, pet accessories and more. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the New Hampshire SPCA, providing a warm bed, wholesome food and loving care to the nearly 2,500 homeless and helpless animals that will come to the shelter as they wait to meet their forever families.
Attendees are welcome to stay and shop while the sold-out Deck the Howls children’s event is held from 5pm to 7pm. It’s the first time the New Hampshire SPCA will be hosting this nationwide event, which invites children ages five through twelve to come in their pajamas and read their favorite holiday story to the animals calling the shelter home this holiday season. They’ll share the festive spirit, decking the kennel halls and decorating treats for both pooches and people.
All are welcome to the blessing of the animals, tree lighting ceremony and holiday gift fair, from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. Registration for Deck the Howls is sold out.