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PLEASE! Forever homes urgently needed for all of our wonderful animals but especially those with special needs such as medical or social issues. The mission of the Manchester Animal Shelter is to find permanent homes for all animals, even those that might be deemed less than perfect. Sometimes these animals are the very ones who provide the most loyalty and love to generous owners; please help them by offering a permanent home. Unfortunately our shelter is small, too small for our community size, and our cages and kennels are overflowing. Our cats and small animals do not have the luxury of a space to exercise so the longer they remain in their cages, the sadder and less social they become. You can help by adopting one or more animals or by making a financial contribution to us for the care of the animals at our shelter. We thank you and encourage you to visit our Petfinder listing, FaceBook page, shelter website and our shelter if you are local to Manchester, NH.
Whether you are looking for your first family pet or adding on to your existing "family", the staff at the Manchester Animal Shelter can help you find that special someone who is right for your home. The members of our cat-care and dog-care teams have a lot of experience matching up the right pet with the right situation, and making sure that your new pet is properly introduced to your current ones.
Click here to visit Petfinder.com and see our animals currently available at our shelter location, at our PetSmart adoption center in Manchester and animals in foster: http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=NH25
The Adoption Process
Please understand that the Manchester Animal Shelter is not a pet store. Our goal is to find permanent loving homes for our residents so that they do not end up back on the streets, and ultimately back in our shelter. So, we do things a little differently. When you come into the shelter looking for a pet, a staff person will take you around and show you what we have available. As you look around, you may be asked questions about other pets you own, or have owned, or if you have small children, and even the type of home or apartment you live in. This is all part of making the right match. Some animals are not good with children, others require a lot of running room, and some are downright aggressive with other cats or dogs, so it is important that we know the type of environment the animal is going into.
If you would like to interact with a particular animal, ask a volunteer for assistance. (Never open a cage on your own!) If you happen to fall in love with a furry face, you will be asked to fill out an application on that animal. Please be aware that we may take multiple applications on an animal, so you do not "have" the animal until your application is reviewed and approved by management. Sometimes this can be done on the spot, but it may take up to 48 hours or more if there are special considerations with the animal you are trying to adopt.
What Information Will I Need to Adopt?
When filling out the application, you will need the following:
Once you are approved, you will need the following:
What Does it Cost to Adopt?
Adoption fees are currently as follows:
FMAS is a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization that provides critical medical care, food, shelter, and comfort to the stray and homeless animals of Manchester, NH. Last year we took in 1,300 cats and dogs and provided them with the care they needed before adopting them back out to loving homes. Every dog and cat that comes through the shelter is inoculated against common diseases and then spayed or neutered to ensure that they will never again contribute to the overpopulation problem.
FMAS is currently under contract with the city of Manchester to provide animal sheltering services. As such, the shelter works closely with the Manchester Police Department's Animal Control Division. The shelter is not run by the city, hence FMAS relies upon public donations to maintain the shelter and its animal care programs.
FMAS operates the Manchester Animal Shelter located at 490 Dunbarton Road. The organization consists of 2 full-time staff, 2 part-time staff, and 80-100 volunteers who collectively perform cat care, dog care, medical care, foster care, and reception duties.
Because the shelter operates with such a low overhead, donations to FMAS go almost entirely toward animal care, food, veterinary and medical costs, and facility maintenance.
Board of Directors:
FMAS No-Kill Philosophy
The Manchester Animal Shelter is a limited admissions facility. We do not euthanize animals to make room for more. If the facility is full, we stop taking in additional animals and resort to a waiting list to bring in animals on a space-available basis. We currently accept stray or homeless animals only; no personal pets.
This shelter is operated by the Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As an organization, we are fully committed to a No-Kill Philosophy which we define as follows:
A No-Kill shelter is a place where all healthy, adoptable, and treatable companion animals are saved and where only those animals that are non-rehabilitable are euthanized.
These definitions are those established by the Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter, a non-profit organization based in Manchester, New Hampshire. FMAS believes that all companion animals are deserving of life, respect and care and strives to control local animal over-population through its spay/neuter program and services that focus on education, fostering and adoption.
Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter
490 Dunbarton Road