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Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
CLOSED Mondays & Wednesdays.



Mondays: no adoption hours  

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday: no adoption hours

Thursdays 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

Fridays 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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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.

Adopting A Friend

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:

  • If you do not own your home, you must provide the name of your landlord and a phone number where he/she can be reached during the day.
  • If you own other pets (or have owned any in the past 7 years), be prepared to tell us basic information about them and their age.
  • If you currently have a pet, we will need the name and contact information of your veterinarian.

Once you are approved, you will need the following:

  • Driver's license (You must be at least 21 to adopt.)
  • Payment (Cash or VISA/MC.)
  • A pet carrier (for cats and smaller pets only). If you do not have one, the shelter can sell you one for $10.00.
  • If adopting a dog, please bring an adjustable collar and a leash.

What Does it Cost to Adopt?
Adoption fees are currently as follows:

  • Senior Dogs (8 years and older): $100.00
  • Adult Dogs (1 year - 7 years): $195.00
  • Puppies (6 months - 11 months): $295.00
  • Puppies (8 weeks - 5 months): $345.00
  • Adult Cats (6 months and older): $85.00
  • Kittens (under 6 months): $100.00


  • All animals "of age" will have received their rabies & distemper vaccinations, been spayed/neutered  and microchipped prior to being picked up.
  • Adoption fees are subject to change with or without notice.
  • All dogs are heartworm tested prior to adoption.
  • All cats are tested combo tested for FIV (Feline AIDS) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) prior to adoption.

Who We Are

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.

Staff Members:

  • Shelley Greenglass, Shelter Manager
  • Samantha Stein, Assistant Shelter Manager
  • Matt Dunne, Veterinary Technician

Board of Directors:
FMAS has an all-volunteer board of directors.

Board Officers:

  • Cassandra Gatsas, Co-President
  • Journey Ewell, Co-President
  • Kria Sakakeeny, Vice President
  • Marcia Rosenn, Secretary
Board Members:
  • Kysa Crusco
  • Barbara Jellie
To contact the Board of Directors please email bod@manchesteranimalshelter.org.

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.

  • Healthy. Animals that have manifested no sign of disease, injury, or a congenital or hereditary condition that would adversely effect their life span, or that is likely to do so in the future. For example, healthy animals may be old, deaf, blind, disfigured, disabled, untrained, or unsocialized.

  • Adoptable. Animals eight weeks of age or older who, at the time they are admitted at the shelter, have exhibited no sign of a behavioral or temperamental defect that could pose a health or safety risk to the adopter or any other cohabitants or companion animals in their home. Animals with certain diseases that are not yet exhibiting symptoms are considered adoptable, and it is the policy of the Manchester Animal Shelter to fully disclose any known medical conditions and educate potential adopters about the risks associated with adopting any animal with special needs.

  • Treatable. Any animal that is not healthy or not adoptable but that could become so through the administration of medication, special diet, routine surgical procedures, rehabilitation, socialization, or foster care. An animal shall be considered treatable as long as there is the expectation that such efforts would both improve the quality of the animal's life and extend its longevity, and not just artificially prolong its suffering.

  • Non-rehabilitable. Non-rehabilitable animals are neither healthy, adoptable, or treatable. They include: 1) animals for whom euthanasia is the most humane alternative due to an irreversible injury, a disease that has transgressed beyond a treatable state, or advanced age that has affected the animal's ability to adequately maintain itself in a safe or sanitary manner; 2) vicious animals, the placement of which would constitute a danger to the public; and 3) animals that pose a public health hazard.

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.


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Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter
490 Dunbarton Road
Manchester NH





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