It's been five years since Claudia Abdinoor retired from public life and the working world. As the Executive Director at New Hampshire Humane Society she spearheaded the campaign to build a new facility, the one all are familiar with now, standing as a beacon for the lost, abused, neglected and unwanted creatures of the region, on Meredith Center Road, Laconia.
Claudia worked tirelessly to turn the shelter from an animal holding facility – pre 1998 - into an adoption agency offering full services to the surrounding community. Given competing capital campaigns in the region, a ‘field of dreams’ approach to fund the building rose out of dire necessity. The leaking roof, failed septic, substandard living quarters for the animals, and frankly an OSHA nightmare in terms of human safety and working conditions pushed a time line of need.
The new building funded by USDA Rural Development Authority with major donors backing the initiative allowed the shelter to be built, the original shelter to be demolished and a new era of animal care to begin.
At this mark in her life, staff and NHHS Board of Directors felt a small ceremony and acknowledgment of her vision appropriate. The American Dog sculpture was created by Dale Rodgers – as Ms. Abdinoor quipped during the unveiling, "he's a very good boy, has he learned to sit and stay yet?"
Representatives of the Lakes Region Board of Realtors delivered cash, pet and office supplies to the New Hampshire Humane Society in Laconia in conjunction with the NHHS's ongoing 'Wish List' campaign for donations to assist the non-profit animal welfare agency in its sheltering and pet adoption efforts.
Pictured from Left to right LRBR Public Relations Committee members Paula Hinckley, Becky Whitcher, Debbie Lurvey, Debbie Ward and Lisa Hurley: NHHS President and Treasurer Chris Walkley and NHHS Executive Director Marylee Gorham
NH Humane Society, the oldest shelter in the Granite State provides care and comfort for the lost, abused, neglected and simply unwanted animals of the region. Medical and rehabilitative care ultimately assured an adoptive home – with no constraint on length of stay at the shelter on Meredith Center Road.