New Hampshire Humane Society

laconia humane societyFounded in 1900 by M. Jennie Kendall, the NH Humane Society was formerly known as the Women’s Humane Society. Originally located in Nashua, NH, the organization worked tirelessly for the welfare of women, children and animals.

Mission and Purpose
  1. Finding responsible and caring forever homes.
  2. Provide shelter for lost, abandoned and unwanted animals.
  3. Advocate for animals . . . speaking for those that cannot speak for themselves.
  4. Implement educational programs and provide services to promote responsible pet ownership and the bond between animals and humans.
  5. Prevent cruelty to animals.
Humble Beginnings
The Women’s Humane Society operated in many diverse locations such as a former shoe factory, a private home, and the back yard of the Marion Draper residence on Lake Avenue in Nashua.

The Women’s Humane Society made its way to Laconia in 1935 and worked in conjunction with the southern branches until 1968. It was then that the Laconia shelter assumed sole responsibility for the animal welfare portion of Ms. Kendall’s vision. The shelter gradually evolved into the organization it is today - assuring each animal exceptional care and comfort, gentle behavioral support, excellent medical treatment and specific adoption guidelines. 

Breaking Adoption Records
On May 16, 2006 the NHHS opened its brand new, state-of-the-art facility to the public. Since that time, adoption rates have increased dramatically, with an adoption rate hovering at 90%. Nationally, only 16% of people go to a shelter for their next pet. The NHHS has the fourth highest adoption rate in New England, demonstrating the power this new facility holds.

Community Programs
NHHS has many wonderful programs that give back to the communities we serve. By visiting our website at you can read more about each of them and ways you can help, either by donating money or your valuable time as a volunteer
  • Dog Visitation/Therapy for the senior citizens in local retirement homes
  • Animal Champions Program for the 8-10 year old children learn more about animal care
  • Dog Transport: Dogs in high kill states are transported into NHHS to be rescued
  • Pet Meals on Wheels for those residents in Laconia who have pets that also need food
  • Volunteer Program provided over 5,000 hours of time donated by wonderful individuals
At NH Humane Society, no animal is every euthanized for time, money, or space constraints, rather all remain with us until they find their forever home n matter how long the wait might be for them. Recently Simon the cat was adopted after spending 1,080 days here at NHHS.

All money received at the NH Humane Society is based on the generosity of donors as the organization receives no federal, state, or other animal support agency funds.

Contributions can also be mailed to:

New Hampshire Humane Society

1035 Meredith Center Road

Laconia, New Hampshire 03246