Animal related


  • Stratham, NH

Mission Statement

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 in animal welfare.

Main Programs

  1. Placement and Acceptance of Animals
Service Areas


New Hampshire

New Hampshire, Southeastern Maine, Northeastern Massachutssetts

ruling year


Principal Officer since 1994


Ms. Lisa Dennison



animal welfare, humane education, cruelty investigations, animal adoptions, pets

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Also Known As

New Hampshire SPCA





Physical Address

104 Portsmouth Avenue

Stratham, NH 03885


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


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Serving over 131 communities in Rockingham and Stafford Counties, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts, our Adoption Center receives approximately 2,500 unwanted, neglected or abused animals each year.  

The NHSPCA responds to over 800 complaints each year of cruelty or neglect to animals across the state.   

Our Humane Education Program reaches over 10,000 children each year with the message of caring for their own animals and animals in the world.  Our programs for children begin with Story time for Toddlers, and carry through each age group all the way to 15 year old Junior Volunteers.  Humane Education changes the future for animals, one child at a time.

The NHSPCA is an independent, non-profit organization that is solely supported by private donations and does not receive funds from government entities or ongoing support from national associations.


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Placement and Acceptance of Animals

At the NHSPCA we care for a wide variety of purebred and mixed-breed dogs and cats, as well as rabbits, guinea pigs, and many other small animals. The positive, comforting environment of our state of the art Adoption Center allows animals to thrive while they await new homes. In addition, our barn and pastures provides the best possible temporary home for horses and other farm animals, The NHSPCA also serves as a transfer station for injured or orphaned wildlife, placing these animals into appropriate rehabilitation sites. Humane Education Whether it’s a visit to the Adoption Center for a tour or having our Humane Education Coordinator come into the classroom, kids learn firsthand the responsibilities of caring for animals. For kids who want to be more involved with helping the animals, the NHSPCA offers after school clubs and volunteer programs. Community Programs and Resources 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. Our knowledgeable staff are ready to help each person find the answers to the many questions that pet owners have and assist them with training and behavior issues. From rabies clinics to pet first aid workshops our list of programs and services is ever growing. Cruelty Investigations & Advocacy 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 hundreds of reports of suspected animal neglect or abuse every year, our agent works with other humane organizations to develop and strengthen legislation that protects animals throughout the State of New Hampshire.



Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified



Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The New Hampshire SPCA's vision is a safe and loving home for every animal. We strive each day to provide a safe haven for companion animals in need of a new, loving home. We receive approximately 2,500 dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, rabbits, guinea pigs, small animals, horses, alpaca, and other farm animals each year. We fulfill their need for food, daily care, medical services, training and safety until a forever home can be found.

    In addition to our Adoption Center, our other cornerstones include Humane Education, Cruelty and Neglect Prevention and Behavior Modification.

    The New Hampshire SPCA is here in our facility and in our community schools, libraries, police departments, wherever we can spread our message of animal welfare. We are in the process of extending our services to include more programming for seniors and low income families in need of assistance with caring for their companion animals.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We continue to invite the public into our facility to meet the animals and hopefully fall in love. In addition, we conduct off-site adoption events, have animals in retail locations that help to find homes and transport animals from overcrowded shelters to provide them a second chance as well.

    Our cruelty investigator responds to every call, whether to refer it to a local police department that has jurisdiction, or to work with the police to perform investigation, education and seizures when necessary. Our cruelty investigator is one of the few left in our state and is busy constantly following up on complaints.

    We continue to education children through our programs here at our facility but also extensively in the schools, libraries, children's museum, and civic groups. We conduct tours here, presentations in the community and so much more. 10,000 children each year are learning more about caring for animals and preventing cruelty and overpopulation.

    Soon, our community seniors will have increased access to pet wellness and low-moderate income families will be able to access spay neuter surgery and a menu of wellness options for their pets.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The NHSPCA was founded in 1872. We are financially strong and aspire to a leader in advancing the highest standards in animal welfare.

    Our Executive Director has been with the organization for more than 20 years, leading through a capital campaign that built our existing Adoption and Learning Center. We have an extremely competent and committed board of directors and equally outstanding staff.

    We have been saving the lives of over 2,500 animals each year and will continue to do that and more with the help of our donors and supporters.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Animals finding homes is the first and foremost indicator of success for the NHSPCA. We also look at increasing numbers of children receiving educational programming, community members receiving care for their animals, a decrease in animal cruelty and neglect reports and our community seeking us out to assist them with their animal related issues.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The NHSPCA has been serving animals and people for 144 years. We have accomplished so much in that time. Thousands of animals have found loving forever homes, cruelty to animals is now illegal and punishable in a court of law. Fifteen years ago we opened our 'new' Adoption and Learning Centers and began a new era for this organization. The NHSPCA is an open admission, unlimited stay animal shelter, which was not always the case, but means that no animal is ever euthanized for space. The animals that arrive here meet safety and a compassionate environment that will lead them to a new forever home. For us that is a huge accomplishment, one animal at a time.
Service Areas


New Hampshire

New Hampshire, Southeastern Maine, Northeastern Massachutssetts

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Principal Officer

Ms. Lisa Dennison


Lisa S. Dennison, Executive Director since 1994, oversees operations of state's oldest animal welfare organization. She has 12 years of experience in civic organizations. She is a graduate of Antioch New England Graduate School with a Master of Science in organizational management.



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