Our expansion project is under way!  This has been a dream in the making for several years and seeing it begin to come together fills us with such gratitude and anticipation.  So many wonderful things will come from this project and we invite you to come along for the ride.

In the meantime, we hope that you will bear with us during this time.  Our programs and services continue to operate under COVID-19 guidelines.  Adoptions and surrenders are by appointment, unscheduled visits with the animals are unavailable at this time.  Humane Education, Behavior Training, clinics and events are all taking place with prior scheduling.

As you are visiting our campus, please pay close attention to signage around the buildings.  Some entryways will be changing and the signs at our site will be the most up to date.   Construction will be conducted on a Monday – Friday schedule, so if you are visiting on the weekend you may not see work happening, but the protective fencing and equipment will certainly let you know that the project is on the move. If you have any questions about the project, or how it may impact your visit to the NHSPCA, please do not hesitate to ask before you head over.

As always, we appreciate your confidence in our work and we thank you for your patience.

Visit here often to see progress updates on the development and construction of our buildings and campus as part of our Campaign for Changing Times.  This project has been a work in progress since 2014, and with the generous support of our community – we are so excited to finally see the vision coming to reality.

June 17, 2021- While the weather continues to vacillate between Spring and Summer, construction at the NHSPCA carries on. The agency is now thoroughly into Phase two of construction, and renovations on the existing structures are well underway. A group of horses used the new arena for the first time last week to escape the brutal heat, giving them a chance to romp around despite the weather. The inside of our Adoption Center (the AC) has become a giant Plywood wall, creating a small hallway for staff to walk from the front of the building to the back as they work. At the same time, construction crews hammer away on the other side. Our exteriors are getting closer to completion with roadways and parking lots torn up, new trenches, and curbing being created. Parking is even more limited than usual, and it is tricky for even the staff to navigate.

We miss the interaction with our community and look forward to the day we swing the doors back open and invite everyone to see what we have been working towards. Until then, the New Hampshire SPCA remains an active construction zone, and access to the facility needs to be controlled for safety. By appointment, we continue our work. Animals in need of a safe place can still be surrendered, and most of the steps for adoption can be done over the phone or online. We have resumed vaccination clinics, and training classes are held both indoors and out. We are excited to invite campers back in person this summer. With the addition of a second classroom, social distancing and smaller groups will ensure everyone’s safety. Working space has been very limited during renovation, and so we have only minimal room for storage. It is heartbreaking to turn away donations of blankets, toys, and beds, but we cannot store them at this time and appreciate folks refraining from leaving them outside our door.

Fortunately, this is only temporary while we update our facility and prepare to serve generations to come.

We can not wait to see you all again. Please keep your eyes out for an invitation to our ribbon cutting this fall!

May 19, 2021: It’s official! We have reached an exciting milestone in the Campaign for Changing Times. We have entered phase two of the project meaning that new build areas are almost complete. We will soon be able to begin using the spaces, and staff have already transitioned into offices and work areas. Equipment is being delivered for the low-cost medical clinic every day. Renovation can now begin in the existing areas, and progress continues in the new barn & arena. It won’t be long until horses are able to call the eight-stalls home while they await adoption.

Here is a sneak peak at two expansion articles that will be in our summer newsletter, being delivered to homes now.


January 27, 2021As we close the doors on the first month of this new year, we are literally building new doors at the shelterThe warm weather and mild days have allowed the construction crews to forge ahead, and so much has been accomplished. Spaces that only a few weeks ago looked like open frames are now dry-walled, mudded and in some areas even painted. Wiring and ductwork progress and finishing work will soon begin. Visually the New Barn may stand out the most, however. In mere weeks posts have gone in, joists lifted, and a roof has gone on. It will not be long before horses can call this new space home. 

November 24, 2020: With Thanksgiving already here, we have lots to be thankful for at the shelter. The classroom and Staff break area have gone up and are almost weathertight to match the clinic. This allows for interior construction to begin and easily continue through the winter. The backside of the campus is also taking shape as hydroseeding has gone down and a path flattened to connect the grounds.

October 23, 2020: Work continues, and with each passing day, progress makes the grounds look different. The roofing has been replaced on existing structures, and foundations are being laid for new ones. The new medical clinic’s exterior walls are already up, and the multi-purpose classroom is not far behind. The mountains of earth behind the property have begun to be spread out, and the rain gardens are beginning to take shape.   

September 17, 2020: With a new era comes a new look, and the grounds of the New Hampshire SPCA seem to look different with each passing day. After a socially distanced groundbreaking in August, the construction vehicles immediately got to work. It has been nonstop ever since. Landscaping in the front of the buildings has been removed and the “link” connections between the adoption center and Learning center has also come down to allow for the building of a second classroom. Shingling on the roofs has been removed and replaced, and the back horse-paddocks leveled to begin foundation work for the new arena.

June 16, 2020: It was our hope that things would be in a better position come June and we would be able to welcome our incredibly helpful Day of Caring volunteers.  These volunteers were planning to help build new paddocks on the piece of property acquired for the expansion portion of our Campaign for Changing Times. We soon realized that having the group this year would not be a possibility.  Thankfully, our dedicated and very talented maintenance crew decided to take on the challenge.  They mapped everything out, drilled the post holes, and started putting everything together.  On June 16th we finally received the new gates, which was the final touch and we couldn’t be happier with the end result.  This is such a needed, beautiful and welcome addition for the horses that occupy our campus!

March 17, 2020: While we haven’t had our official “ground breaking” for The Campaign for Changing Times, we were able to accomplish a preliminary portion of the Enhancement piece of the campaign.  The roof on the Learning Center and Lamprey Barn has been failing for years, and we are unbelievably excited to finally see a new clean and FUNCTIONAL roof being installed.