Before You Adopt
Thank you for your interest in adopting an animal from the Conway Area Humane Society. It is our goal to perfectly match our animals to the right home. Below you’ll find some important information to review before you adopt.
The first step is to learn about you, your family, existing pets and more. Clicking the button below will take you to our application.
An adoption counselor will contact you for a phone interview to help find the right match for you.
Meet + Greet
Once approved, we will book an appointment for you to visit your potential future pet! If you’re adopting a canine and already have another dog in your household, you’ll need to do a canine meet and greet as well.
All of our adoptable animals are available for you to spend as much time with as needed to get to know them before making the decision to adopt. Here are some general pointers for your visit:
- Please consider the needs of all family members when choosing a pet. Bring the whole family if you can!
- For same-day adoptions, especially on weekends, please bring your veterinary records with you.
- If driving to the shelter from a long distance away, it is best to call ahead to make sure the animal you are interested in is still available. You can call us at 603-447-5955.
A new pet can provide you and your family members with more unconditional love than you can imagine, but please remember that acquiring a pet is a lifetime commitment and should not be taken lightly. There are several things to consider before adding a new member to your family:
The amount of time that you will need to spend training your new pet depends greatly on its age. A young puppy will need to be housebroken, and will need to be given the opportunity to relieve itself at least every four hours. Puppies will go through a teething phase, which can mean chewing! Kittens, while more easily housebroken (litter box trained), are full of boundless energy and may release it by climbing up curtains and other household items unless trained not to do so!
When pets are left alone for long periods of time (more than 8-10 hours), they may display frustration behaviors such as barking, digging and chewing. In addition, if you are frequently away on overnight trips, it will be necessary to have someone care for your pet. Dogs, especially large breeds, need regular exercise. Will you have time in your schedule for a nightly walk?
Are they old enough to interact with a dog or cat responsibly without hurting themselves or the animal?
Remember that the average life span of a dog can be 10-15 years, and that of an indoor cat even longer (up to 20 years). Your pet will need to have regular veterinary care (not to mention veterinary attention for any unforeseen emergencies), a nutritious pet food, toys, a crate (for housebreaking) or litter pan and litter, a pet carrier (for trips in the car) and other miscellaneous supplies. All of this can add up. Are you and your budget ready for the additional expense?
There’s an old saying that the only constant in life is change. At some point, you and your family are bound to be affected by a change in job, location, family status – or perhaps all three! How will this affect your pet?
If you are required to move, will you be able to take your pet with you? Are you willing to consider your pet in the re-location process? What if you or another family member becomes allergic to your pet? Do you plan to have children? Do you plan to have more than one pet? What if your pet comes down with a debilitating disease? How will you provide for your pet under these circumstances?
Unfortunately, many of the pets in shelters today are there because their previous owners didn’t consider these possibilities. Please, before you make your decision, think about it seriously so your pet doesn’t become a statistic – once again.
A note about puppies
Puppies are cute – and they also require a tremendous amount of work and patience. After a few sleepless nights, they may not be as cute as you first thought! Please consider that a puppy will require around the clock supervision in order to properly house train and obedience train. Please be sure to tell our adoption counselors what your daily schedule is like so they can advise of an appropriate age match for you to save you the heartache of realizing the hard way that you are not prepared for a puppy.
If you work long hours or are gone for more than 3-4 hours at a time, it will be very difficult to properly house train a puppy and can result in a very frustrating (and messy) experience for you. All puppies go through a period of intense chewing/teething. If you have small children in the home, it can be difficult to manage a rambunctious teething puppy at the same time. It is very important to do research ahead of time to know what to expect. We highly encourage any puppy owner to sign up for a puppy obedience class.
Along with donations from our generous donors, adoption fees help us cover costs associated with preparing our animals for adoption and caring for them during their stay with us. Every adoption includes:
PuppiesUnder 6 Months
Puppies7 months to 1 Year
Adult Dogs1 to 7 Years
Senior Dogs8+ Years
KittensUp To 1 Year
KittensForced Bonded Pairs
KittensWhen Adopting two
Adult Cats1 to 11 years
Adult CatsForced Bonded Pairs
Senior Cats12+ Years
Drive pass the tan house at the beginning of the shelter driveway. Enter below the blue Adoption Center sign.
223 E Main Street
Conway, NH. 03818
Our support of your adoption journey does end once the papers are signed. We want to hear from you and offer support during this new phase of your life!
One month after your adoption, we will reach out to you via email to see how you are doing. With that being said, please reach out with any questions or concerns at any time. We are here to support you for the entire life of your animal. We can offer both advice and referrals.
CAHS has a strong alumni network that participates in many of our community events. We invite you to become a part of that network. Here are some ways to stay involved: