Manchester, New Hampshire, isn’t known for its homeless pet population, but like most other towns, it still does have many animals who need families. Fortunately, animal shelters in the area work tirelessly to care for and find new homes for hundreds of these animals every year! Two of these dedicated shelters are the Manchester Animal Shelter and All Better Pets Animal Rescue.
The Manchester Animal Shelter’s mission is to prevent more homeless animals in Manchester, New Hampshire, by operating a spay and neuter program, educating the public on responsible pet ownership, and providing care for animals who are already homeless. Since its opening in 1996, the shelter has been able to find homes for over 20,000 animals. As a non-profit, the shelter relies on donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees to provide shelter, food, medical care, and spays/neuters to all the dogs and cats in its care.
All Better Pets started in 2010 to help provide for homeless animals in the region. By 2012, the organization became registered as a non-profit, which means that it needs donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees to continue to help animals in need. All Better Pets takes in sick and injured pets as well as at-risk animals in high-kill rate shelters nearby. While lots of the animals are housed at the shelter, many of them go home with volunteers for a little while to be evaluated, trained, and given a little extra love. All animals are given vaccinations and preventative medications.
If you live in the area and are looking for a new pet, contact one of these organizations today!
Join other dog-lovers for the New England Dog Jog 5k in Nashua, New Hampshire each June! Bring your leashed dog for a morning run to help raise money for non-profit organizations in the area including the Rescue Project and the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. The best part is that you get to decide where your money goes!
Registration is $30 for adults and $10 for children. If you want to see how fast your dog is, for just $5 you can sign him up for the Doggie Division and he will get a timing bib and chip. All participants much be registered by noon on June 8.
The first wave of runners will start at 9 a.m.
The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is proud to present its annual My Dogs are Barking 5k and Pet Fair to all dogs and dog owners in the Manchester area! Bring the dogs and kids for a day of fun. From 9 am to 1 pm you can enjoy the Pet Fair at Derryfield Park where there will be demonstrations, pet vendors, and all kinds of family fun all for free!
At 10 am the My Dogs are Barking 5k begins. The registration fee for the race for adults is $30. Become a TOP DOG runner for $50. Children from 12 to 17 race for $25, while children under 11 are just $20. If your child between the ages of two and five would rather participate in the Kids Fun Run (various race distances), admission for that is free.
Join the Manchester Animal Shelter at Dorrs Pond in Livingston Park for a 1-mile walk/jog event each September! All dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed.
The event registration begins at 9 am but the actual event begins at 10 am with the race starting at 10:30. All running should conclude by 1 pm. Don’t forget to stick around to browse vendor booths and enter for a chance to win one of the great raffle prizes!
Registration is required. Preregistering costs $20. All walkers under 12 are free. Day-of registration is $25, so sign up early to save yourself a few bucks. All proceeds benefit Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter.
The Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack hosts the annual Wags to Whiskers Festival for the Humane Society of Greater Nashua each September. Each year over 1,500 people and more than 700 dogs show up for this canine-friendly event. The event beings at 11 am and concludes around 3 pm.
During the event, you and your dog can watch amazing dog demonstrations in both agility and water sports! Sign up for raffles, enjoy crafts, and pick up some baked goods while you're there. The humane society will have adoptable pets on-site in the hopes of finding all of them new homes.
Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family (dogs included). Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Greater Nashua.
All pooches must be on leashes.
Who doesn’t love an ugly sweater party? Bring your doggo to the annual Ugly Sweater 5k Run each December at the Foundry Restaurant in Manchester. Show up dressed in your ugliest sweater, and don’t forget to put your dog in one, too!
The race will have chip timing, so you can easily keep track of your time. At the end of the race, don’t forget to snap a photo with Santa Paws! You can score some sweet race swag while at the event as well.
There will be food and music following the race, including a "Tito’s Signature" cocktail for all participants over 21.
Tickets are just $25. All proceeds will be donated to the Manchester Animal Shelter.