If you want a list of the best dog rescues in New Hampshire in one place, we hope you find the following compilation useful.
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1. All Better Pets (Manchester)
Based in Manchester, NH, All Better Pets was founded in 2010 by a small group of volunteers and veterinarians. They became a non-profit organization in 2012 and have successfully re-homed over 200 pets in need since then. They rescue and care for injured and sick animals, and also work with other rescue organizations to transfer pets out of high-kill shelters.
All Better Pets cares for homeless or surrendered animals, usually with untreated injuries that their owners could not afford to deal with. They have also teamed up with local mental health programs to help those in need to see the value of an animal companion. If you’re interested in adopting from All Better Pets, view their available dogs here. You can also donate to the organization here.
2. Canine Commitment of New England (New Boston)
Canine Commitment of New England is a non-profit rescue organization that saves hundreds of animal lives every year. They have been operating since 2010 and have been constantly growing and expanding in the decade since. Based in New Boston, their rescued dogs are lovingly cared for by a group of dedicated volunteers who also advertise the dogs and process adoption applications.
Canine Commitment of New England rescues dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages. If you’re interested in adopting, you can view their available dogs here. You can also support the organization by donating to Canine Commitment of New England here.
3. Live and Let Live Farm (Chichester)
Live and Let Live Farm is a non-profit organization that provides a safe, quiet place for rescue animals to rehabilitate. Founded in 1996, this Chichester-based organization began primarily as a horse rescue, though they have since expanded to other farm animals, dogs, cats, and more. Their network of volunteers works with local community groups and schools to promote their work and the benefits of pet companionship.
If you’re interested in adopting a dog, you’ll first need to fill out the adoption application available on the website. You can then visit the farm to meet dogs or attend one of their many adoption events. Click here to view their available pets, or visit this page to donate to Live and Let Live Farm here.
4. Mary’s Dog Rescue & Adoption (Northwood)
Mary’s Dog Rescue and Adoption is based in Northwood, NH. They primarily rescue animals from overcrowded shelters in the southern states, bring them to New Hampshire, and find loving homes for them. Rescued dogs receive any medical care or attention they may require, and adopted dogs receive a follow-up visit to ensure that they are adjusting well and their new home is a good fit for everyone.
All dogs at Mary’s are microchipped and examined by a veterinarian prior to being listed for adoption. They are also treated to homemade chicken stew, tasty treats, toys, and more. View adoptable dogs here, or donate to Mary’s Dog Rescue and Adoption here.
5. Hero Pups (Stratham)
Hero Pups is an animal rescue organization with a difference. If you are a first responder or veteran, this is the perfect place to come to adopt a dog. Their rescue dogs are placed with ex-service people or others who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, or service-related challenges.
The team at Hero Pups works tirelessly to train dogs to have the ability to assist owners with PTSD. Based in Stratham, NH, Hero Pups distributes dogs across New England. If you’re interested in adopting a dog, you can learn more here. If you would like to contribute to this great cause, you can make a tax-deductible donation to Hero Pups here.
6. Animal Rescue League of NH (Manchester)
Based in Manchester, NH, the Animal Rescue League of NH is responsible for saving more than 2,200 furry lives each year. The organization was founded back in 1902 and opened its current facility in 1998. Animal Rescue League of NH has several programs designed to keep people and their pets together, including a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and a pet food pantry service.
The Animal Rescue League of NH relies almost solely on donations and does not receive any federal or state funding. All adoptable dogs have been tested for heartworm, are vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/neutered, and started on flea/tick prevention. Adoptable dogs can be viewed here, or you can visit this page to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of NH.
7. Darbster Doggy (Chichester)
At first sight, Darbster Doggy may appear to be a regular doggy daycare facility. However, the “Darbster Foundation” is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the number of pets that are euthanized in their local area. Based in Chichester, NH, all profits from daycare or boarding your dog at Darbster Doggy go to the foundation, which can then rescue animals from overcrowded shelters.
Rescued dogs and cats receive necessary medical care and are fostered with loving families prior to adoption. When you adopt a dog from Darbster Doggy, you will receive a collar, leash, and one month of free pet insurance. You can view their adoptable dogs here, or learn more about how you can help here.
8. Pet Tails Rescue (Northwood)
Pet Tails Rescue is a loving organization based in Northwood, NH, that rescues animals from overcrowded, high-kill shelters in southern states and finds loving forever homes for them. They adopt animals throughout New England and rely on foster families to care for these pets until they are adopted into permanent homes.
Pet Tails Rescue relies on donations to cover the costs of veterinary care, foster care, transportation expenses, and the costs associated with taking animals from shelters. If you would like to help, visit this page to make a tax-deductible donation. If you’re interested in adopting, you can view the available dogs here.
9. Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption (Keene)
If you need a long-legged sprinter in your life, the team at Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption has you covered. They focus on educating the public about Greyhounds and the racing industry and bring in/care for retired racing Greyhounds until they can be adopted into loving families.
This non-profit organization was founded in Keene, NH, in 1992 and rescues dogs from across the United States and even worldwide. A Greyhound can be a great pet – they are quiet, clean, affectionate, and gentle dogs that are usually suitable in homes with children. Adoptable dogs can be viewed here, or you can donate to Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption here.
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