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New Hampshire SPCA



New Hampshire SPCA
104 Portsmouth Ave
Stratham NH 03885
603-772-2921

Tax ID/EIN: 02-6000614
Year Founded: 1872
Last Updated 2016-03-31

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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.

Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

10%% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
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.

The New Hampshire SPCA is the only humane society in New Hampshire that still takes in horses. We have more than tripled the number of horses that we take in each year. In 2014, we took in and rehomed 27 horses. This number has grown substantially, as we were only care for an average of 2 horses as recently as 2008.

Horse-related programs:
The New Hampshire SPCA is one of the only shelters in our state that takes in equines. We are often called into service for cases involving cruelty or neglect within the state of New Hampshire. With experts assisting, such as the local equine vets and the police departments, the animals are evaluated and it's determined if they're in immediate danger or not. If they are not in immediate danger, our agency works to educate the owners to better care for their animals and we continue to check on the progress of the animals to make sure that they are improving. If the Veterinarian determines that the animals are in immediate danger, they are seized and brought to our safe shelter. Further evaluation is conducted at the shelter to include a full veterinary exam, fecal test, blood work, farrier care and teeth usually need to be floated. These expenses mount up quickly and are just the beginning steps in rehabilitating the horse. Many of the horses that arrive here are typically involved in a cruelty or neglect case, in which the court system is involved. If the owner will not surrender the animals we must care for them, knowing that the court may ultimately return them to their abusers. We do our best to rehabilitate them, help them to gain the weight they are missing, sometimes hundreds of pounds emiaciated. <br /><br />Then once they are past the first critical two to four weeks, it is the long months of rehabilitation and the waiting for the courts to decide their fate. This takes far too long, sometimes in years, not months. <br /><br />Obviously the cost of all of this care and maintenance weighs heavily.<br /><br />In recent months, we have been working on expanding our equine and farm programs to help owners to rehome their horses before they become a neglect case. We have taken in voluntary surrenders for people who can not longer afford their horse care, and helped to find homes for others without them having to come to the shelter.

Non-horse-related programs:
The New Hampshire SPCA is a full service animal welfare organization. We take in approximately 2,500 animals every year. We have a 98% placement rate for all animals. The horses however, are our most difficult placement. We care for dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs and other small animals. Our barn and pastures are full of horses, goats, alpaca, and farm fowl.

We offer behavior training classes, humane education, volunteer programs, rescue, rehabilitation and outreach programs.


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