DON’T leave your animal at the shelter in the dead of night

Inclement weather (cold, rain, thunder, etc) may cause your pet to suffer both physically as well as emotionally. There is no guarantee that the pet will remain in the container or kennel. Tying a dog to the fence could cause death by strangulation as the dog sees you leave.

DON'T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside

assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.

DON'T abandon your pet in a house or apartment

you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. That doesn't always happen.

DON'T give your pet away to a stranger

You don't know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or sold to research laboratories.

DO try to place your pet with a trusted family member or friend

one who you are confident will love and care for your pet properly and will keep you informed of its welfare. Be sure the friend or relative understands the commitment of time and resources your pet requires and that they would like the pet because it will be a good fit for their home. Shelters receive many pets from people who knew the previous owners and wanted to help them by taking in a pet, but who did so without realizing the efforts involved in keeping the animal.

DO contact New Hampshire Humane Society if you have exhausted all other possibilities

Many people are afraid that if they bring a pet here, it will automatically be euthanized, either right away or after a certain number of days. There are cases where animals must be euthanized--usually due to age, health or temperament--but this is done on a case-by-case basis. Please feel free to ask us any questions, ideally before you bring the animal to us.

Surrendering Your Pet

We are a limited admission shelter, so we have finite space available. In order to ensure we have an appropriate space to humanely house your surrendered pet; all surrender requests must be coordinated with our Shelter Manager.

To initiate the process, please complete our Surrender Request Form for the appropriate species:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • After your request is received, a member of our team will reach out to you. If you have further questions, please contact our Shelter Manager at: (603) 524-3252 x3309 and leave a message or E-Mail: .

    We do ask for a small fee when surrendering your pet

    $50 Dogs and Puppies*

    *Fee applies to animals from Contracting Towns.

    $25 Cats and Kittens*