Manchester Animal Shelter

★★★☆☆
  • 490 Dunbarton Rd

    Manchester, NH 03102

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  • 603-628-3544

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Sun 12pm-3pm, Mon-Tue 12pm-4pm, Thu-Fri 12pm-4pm, Tue 6pm-8pm, Thu 6pm-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm

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ALL the staff at the shelter with the exception of the animal control officer are volunteers.I would assume most have jobs outside of the time they donate to the shelter.Most volunteer for their love of animals and are witness to the rediculous things people do at the expense of animals.The volunteers do a wonderful job -I am speaking from the viewpoint of someone who has visited many facilities and experienced the hell holes that are passed off as "shelters".To complain that you didn't get first pick at a dog or that the shelter did not function at your convinience is a little self centered when compared to 70% kill rates,disease infested parvo dens where animals die in their concrete, cold windowless cages in the majority of places around the country.

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★★★★★

ALL the staff at the shelter with the exception of the animal control officer are volunteers.I would assume most have jobs outside of the time they donate to the shelter.Most volunteer for their love of animals and are witness to the rediculous things people do at the expense of animals.The volunteers do a wonderful job -I am speaking from the viewpoint of someone who has visited many facilities and experienced the hell holes that are passed off as "shelters".To complain that you didn't get first pick at a dog or that the shelter did not function at your convinience is a little self centered when compared to 70% kill rates,disease infested parvo dens where animals die in their concrete, cold windowless cages in the majority of places around the country.

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The manchester animal shelter is a sad excuse for a place of unwanted animals...ive had numerous experiences that were pretty outrageous the staff is uneducated,ignorant,disorganized people! seems as though they could careless if animals finds homes or live happily while at the shelter. Some the animals looked as though they needed to be seen by a vet one cat that i looked at was foaming from the mouth on top of a cage with another cat in it and available where kids and adults could touch it! i brought it to the attention of as woman i asked if there was anything wrong with the cat they told me we have no idea? ok that should explain how this crap hole is runned! i feel bad for the animals someone with power or higher authority should look into this place!

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★☆☆☆☆

The manchester animal shelter is a sad excuse for a place of unwanted animals...ive had numerous experiences that were pretty outrageous the staff is uneducated,ignorant,disorganized people! seems as though they could careless if animals finds homes or live happily while at the shelter. Some the animals looked as though they needed to be seen by a vet one cat that i looked at was foaming from the mouth on top of a cage with another cat in it and available where kids and adults could touch it! i brought it to the attention of as woman i asked if there was anything wrong with the cat they told me we have no idea? ok that should explain how this crap hole is runned! i feel bad for the animals someone with power or higher authority should look into this place!

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I went to this shelter unannounced to make a donation in memory of a friend's pet. Having never been there, I asked if I could see the shelter. The staff couldn't have been nicer. In addition, all of the animals were in clean cages, and were well cared for. They showed no signs of stress, and they were receiving attention from the volunteers. There was a lot of love there. Granted, the building is very spartan, and nothing fancy about the grounds either. But, I do believe they are doing a great job. As it was explained to me, most of the animals there are strays, or sadly, abuse cases seized by the authorities. Surrendered pets are sent to other, larger facilities close by. They are doing their best to treat these unwanted animals with kindness, and to socialized them so they can be placed in loving homes. They have a good success rate too. The longest resident has only been there for a year. Most get placed in far less time. The adults leave the shelter spayed or neutered, and they do background checks to make sure the home is a forever home. This organization should be supported!

5
★★★★★

I went to this shelter unannounced to make a donation in memory of a friend's pet. Having never been there, I asked if I could see the shelter. The staff couldn't have been nicer. In addition, all of the animals were in clean cages, and were well cared for. They showed no signs of stress, and they were receiving attention from the volunteers. There was a lot of love there. Granted, the building is very spartan, and nothing fancy about the grounds either. But, I do believe they are doing a great job. As it was explained to me, most of the animals there are strays, or sadly, abuse cases seized by the authorities. Surrendered pets are sent to other, larger facilities close by. They are doing their best to treat these unwanted animals with kindness, and to socialized them so they can be placed in loving homes. They have a good success rate too. The longest resident has only been there for a year. Most get placed in far less time. The adults leave the shelter spayed or neutered, and they do background checks to make sure the home is a forever home. This organization should be supported!

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Drove over 1 hour to this shelter and right from the begining had a not so nice vist. My family and I walked in and was told about this dog in foster care that was there we had time to spend with this dog and fell in love with it we where told to fill out an app and we did so only to find out there was someone else looking into this dog and they where coming back with there other pets to meet the dog. We walked away and called the next day only to find out more apps where put in and they needed to find the best home for her. So we waited 3 days nothing! Finaly called them and asked about the dog and she was givin to a someone else. I am glad that she was adopted but really do not make a family fall for a dog knowing full well the dog was going to be adopted by someone else. You new this when we where walking her and playing with her. Never again will we drive 1 hour away to this shelter only to be dissapointed again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Drove over 1 hour to this shelter and right from the begining had a not so nice vist. My family and I walked in and was told about this dog in foster care that was there we had time to spend with this dog and fell in love with it we where told to fill out an app and we did so only to find out there was someone else looking into this dog and they where coming back with there other pets to meet the dog. We walked away and called the next day only to find out more apps where put in and they needed to find the best home for her. So we waited 3 days nothing! Finaly called them and asked about the dog and she was givin to a someone else. I am glad that she was adopted but really do not make a family fall for a dog knowing full well the dog was going to be adopted by someone else. You new this when we where walking her and playing with her. Never again will we drive 1 hour away to this shelter only to be dissapointed again.

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I had a wonderful experience recently at the Manchester Shelter. The manager was more then helpful and they were very busy at the time I went in. She listened and understood what type of dog I was looking for and also listened to my sadness and my stories about my dog that just had passed away. She took us back into the kennel area and we looked at each dog and she explained how they got there and what their background was. We decided on two dogs and we took them outside and we adopted them after being approved.
I found the staff very helpful and friendly and not to just my family but to everyone who was there. I am very grateful for the kindness they showed us and they even called me two days later to see how everything was. I asked a few questions and the manager answered and gave us suggestions that have worked!! Bravo to the shelter for all they do for the animals.

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★★★★★

I had a wonderful experience recently at the Manchester Shelter. The manager was more then helpful and they were very busy at the time I went in. She listened and understood what type of dog I was looking for and also listened to my sadness and my stories about my dog that just had passed away. She took us back into the kennel area and we looked at each dog and she explained how they got there and what their background was. We decided on two dogs and we took them outside and we adopted them after being approved.
I found the staff very helpful and friendly and not to just my family but to everyone who was there. I am very grateful for the kindness they showed us and they even called me two days later to see how everything was. I asked a few questions and the manager answered and gave us suggestions that have worked!! Bravo to the shelter for all they do for the animals.

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I would like to make people aware of the unfortunate event I experienced today. My fiance and I drove about 1 hour to visit the Manchester Animal Shelter. We waited outside for 15 minutes for staff to open the door, and also had to call them to let me know that it was noon time, and the shelter should be opened by now. The staff told me they lost track of time. There were about 4-5 women sitting around at the desk. We were interested in adopting a dog from the shelter. The reason we drove to the shelter was to SEE, and meet with dogs that we could potentially adopt. I was handed a binder of dogs, and read off dogs that were available in the back. I could have done this over the phone, or online. I was very upset with the way I was treated, and NOT helped by any of the staff at the shelter. I feel as though none of the staff are interested in helping these animals be adopted, or even to have the visitors MEET the animals available. I was told to go around the back to see the animals. I should have been escorted by staff to see the dogs, but unfortunately this was not the case. I did walk around the facility, but I did not see any dogs, as they were inside. I am very discouraged by all of this today, especially because I could have adopted 1 or more dogs today from this shelter, and there are dogs still waiting for their "forever homes."

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★☆☆☆☆

I would like to make people aware of the unfortunate event I experienced today. My fiance and I drove about 1 hour to visit the Manchester Animal Shelter. We waited outside for 15 minutes for staff to open the door, and also had to call them to let me know that it was noon time, and the shelter should be opened by now. The staff told me they lost track of time. There were about 4-5 women sitting around at the desk. We were interested in adopting a dog from the shelter. The reason we drove to the shelter was to SEE, and meet with dogs that we could potentially adopt. I was handed a binder of dogs, and read off dogs that were available in the back. I could have done this over the phone, or online. I was very upset with the way I was treated, and NOT helped by any of the staff at the shelter. I feel as though none of the staff are interested in helping these animals be adopted, or even to have the visitors MEET the animals available. I was told to go around the back to see the animals. I should have been escorted by staff to see the dogs, but unfortunately this was not the case. I did walk around the facility, but I did not see any dogs, as they were inside. I am very discouraged by all of this today, especially because I could have adopted 1 or more dogs today from this shelter, and there are dogs still waiting for their "forever homes."

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This shelter is run by a non-profit group called "Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter", or FMAS. They operate it as a no-kill facility and rely entirely on volunteer labor and donations for their survival.
All the animals in the shelter are either stray or abandoned--they do not accept personal pets. Some of the animals are in pretty rough shape when they arrive due to abuse, injury, exposure, or illness. All animals receive whatever medical care is needed and remain at the shelter (or in foster care) until they are rehabilitated and ready to be adopted.
All adoptions are done through an application process. The staff makes it a priority to match the right animal with the right situation, as some dogs/cats are not good with children or do not get along with other animals.
Not all animals at the shelter are immediately available for adoption. New arrivals are put on hold for up to a week in hopes the owner will claim them. Others require additional training, socialization, or treatment before adoption can be considered.
All dogs and cats that leave the shelter are spayed/neutered as it is part of the FMAS mission to control animal overpopulation in the city of Manchester.
I'll admit that it is not the best looking place as funds are used for animal care versus building maintenance, but the animal areas are kept very clean throughout the day by the staff. It is simply amazing what they accomplish there. When you visit, be aware that almost everyone you see working there is a volunteer -- not a paid professional. They do their best to help everyone, but occasionally they get overwhelmed--especially on weekends. Also, know that every animal you see will eventually be adopted into a loving home -- so you don't have to feel bad about leaving them behind :-)
Their web site is very informative about their mission, adoption processes, etc. www.manchesteranimalshelter.org.

PROS: No-kill facility that spays/neuters all animals. Animal care is fantastic.
CONS: No frills experience. They spend much more on animal care than furnishings.

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★★★★★

This shelter is run by a non-profit group called "Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter", or FMAS. They operate it as a no-kill facility and rely entirely on volunteer labor and donations for their survival.
All the animals in the shelter are either stray or abandoned--they do not accept personal pets. Some of the animals are in pretty rough shape when they arrive due to abuse, injury, exposure, or illness. All animals receive whatever medical care is needed and remain at the shelter (or in foster care) until they are rehabilitated and ready to be adopted.
All adoptions are done through an application process. The staff makes it a priority to match the right animal with the right situation, as some dogs/cats are not good with children or do not get along with other animals.
Not all animals at the shelter are immediately available for adoption. New arrivals are put on hold for up to a week in hopes the owner will claim them. Others require additional training, socialization, or treatment before adoption can be considered.
All dogs and cats that leave the shelter are spayed/neutered as it is part of the FMAS mission to control animal overpopulation in the city of Manchester.
I'll admit that it is not the best looking place as funds are used for animal care versus building maintenance, but the animal areas are kept very clean throughout the day by the staff. It is simply amazing what they accomplish there. When you visit, be aware that almost everyone you see working there is a volunteer -- not a paid professional. They do their best to help everyone, but occasionally they get overwhelmed--especially on weekends. Also, know that every animal you see will eventually be adopted into a loving home -- so you don't have to feel bad about leaving them behind :-)
Their web site is very informative about their mission, adoption processes, etc. www.manchesteranimalshelter.org.

PROS: No-kill facility that spays/neuters all animals. Animal care is fantastic.
CONS: No frills experience. They spend much more on animal care than furnishings.

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The Manchester Animal Shelter staff was friendly enough, but they are too small and do not to seem to take the time to help you find the animal to fit you. They are busy and understaffed, it is probably best to go during the week.

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The Manchester Animal Shelter staff was friendly enough, but they are too small and do not to seem to take the time to help you find the animal to fit you. They are busy and understaffed, it is probably best to go during the week.

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I went to the shelter looking at cats and dogs. they had an abundance of cats not too many dogs( most of them were going back to there owners) The adoption fees were great, cheaper than alot of other shelters. I asked the shelter manager about the dogs anf he was very helpful. i spoke with a volunteer about the cats and they were helpful too. I ended up adopting a cat (all the dogs that were available wern't child friendly) I would reccomend them for adopting an animal any time. they were honest and straight forward and i really liked that.

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★★★★★

I went to the shelter looking at cats and dogs. they had an abundance of cats not too many dogs( most of them were going back to there owners) The adoption fees were great, cheaper than alot of other shelters. I asked the shelter manager about the dogs anf he was very helpful. i spoke with a volunteer about the cats and they were helpful too. I ended up adopting a cat (all the dogs that were available wern't child friendly) I would reccomend them for adopting an animal any time. they were honest and straight forward and i really liked that.

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It's hard to see any dog without a home, but its sadder to see the dogs at the Manchester Shelter. The staff is unfriendly and unapproachable. They never spoke to us and when we wanted to interact with some potential adoptees, they didn't know what dogs were actually in the kennels and had to search for the availibility. All the dogs we were drawn to were unavailable for adoption. The dogs seemed very unhappy, and several showed symptoms of sickness. The dogs were also locked outside in their runs during a frigid rain, several of the dogs were shivering. It's hard to try to adopt a pet, but even harder when the shelter is working against you.

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It's hard to see any dog without a home, but its sadder to see the dogs at the Manchester Shelter. The staff is unfriendly and unapproachable. They never spoke to us and when we wanted to interact with some potential adoptees, they didn't know what dogs were actually in the kennels and had to search for the availibility. All the dogs we were drawn to were unavailable for adoption. The dogs seemed very unhappy, and several showed symptoms of sickness. The dogs were also locked outside in their runs during a frigid rain, several of the dogs were shivering. It's hard to try to adopt a pet, but even harder when the shelter is working against you.

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