Portsmouth, New Hampshire is the port city on the seacoast at the mouth of the Piscataqua River that divides Maine from New Hampshire. It is the nation's third oldest city, founded in 1623. Today, it is a metropolitan hub for surrounding communities and is often on lists of best places to live.
Located 10 miles south of Portsmouth in Stratham is the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). This non-profit society services over 121 communities in the Seacoast region. The mission of the organization is to save the lives of companion animals through rescue, rehabilitation, and adoptions, to eliminate animal cruelty and to advance the highest standards of animal welfare. The organization takes in over 2500 animals every year in their open admission and no-time-limit facility while they take every step to work toward a finding every animal a fur-ever home.
There are a range of dog training classes - from puppies to older dogs. Through their Humane Education program, more than 8000 children a year are trained to show compassion toward animals. They investigate 600-800 cruelty or neglect cases a year. Since 1872, they have been coordinating with others to fight cruelty to animals, with a range of organizations and legislators.
They are constantly working to extend their foundation through donations, community participation, fundraising events, and working with volunteers. Medical care includes spay and neutering and rabies clinics. They maintain the Rolling Hills Pet Cemetery as a place for owners to memorialize their beloved companions.