Who We Are
Based in the White Mountains region of Northern New Hampshire, serving Littleton, Bethlehem, Franconia, Sugar Hill, Easton, Lisbon and other surrounding communities, Above the Notch Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 non-profit no-kill organization providing assistance to stray and surrendered dogs via food, shelter, socialization, and veterinary care. We have also been known to assist with animal neglect and abandonment situations as well as searches for lost dogs and providing education to the community on animal related issues.
Our New Animal Shelter!
The society was established 14 years ago and until recently we have borrowed or rented shelter space. Our own building is in the planning and design stages and will be located near the Sugar Hill – Franconia town line. We anticipate groundbreaking in late Fall 2016 and estimate completion in late spring to early summer of 2017.
The new community facility will provide much-needed emergency sheltering and temporary housing for dogs in need. The shelter will be a haven where local authorities can safely take stray dogs at all hours. We are working with various animal and government agencies to ensure that the new shelter meets all state and local requirements for isolation and quarantine. In addition, the shelter can provide temporary housing for dogs preparing for adoption.
We are extremely excited to emBARK on this project and need your continued support. Please consider a donation for the new building today. If you would like to make a donation or become a volunteer, please click the links below.
When a Dog Comes to ATNHS
Each dog starts out with a visit to the vet. The dog is brought up to date on vaccinations and any medical needs are attended to. The dogs are then scheduled to be neutered or spayed. During the first week that a dog is at the ATNHS, he or she adapts to their new environment. Once the dog has seen a vet they are put on our website, Pet Finder and promoted in a variety of ways.
The Adoption Process
The adoption process involves a written application and an interview with one or more members of our Adoption Team. We ask for and check vet and personal references. We ask that all members of the potential adoptive family, and any family dogs, come to visit with the Adoption Team and with the dog they are considering adopting. Our goal is to make the first adoption the best and final adoption, and our priority is what is best for the dog.