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Welcome to the Governor's Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals' website. This website is the product of the last two and the current Commission to address issues concerning the humane treatment of animals in the state of New Hampshire.

The website contains information and links to public and private programs, companies, and individuals that address the humane treatment of animals in both in New Hampshire and nationally. It also contains news events, legislation, and important contact information pertaining to animal cruelty investigation and prosecution.

To report Animal Cruelty: If you are aware of an animal cruelty or neglect situation where the animal's life is in immediate danger, contact the police department of the town where the animal is located. For nonlife threatening situations and in situations where you might have questions, please see FAQs.


2024 NH Kid Governor Ellie Lively Attends May Meeting

a group of people including a young girl pose with two petsEllie Lively, 2024 NH Kid Governor, attended the May Commission Meeting. Ellie explained how she wanted to raise awareness of and decrease animal abuse. Her three-point platform includes conducting food and supply drives in NH schools, creating an awareness campaign using flyers and a video, and working with animal shelters to create volunteer programs for fifth graders.  Ellie is seen here with a few Commission members and two visitors from Pope Memorial SPCA.  For more details, see


The Executive Order reestablishing the Governor's Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals has been amended for 2024. The new order may be found on the Documents page.

Results of Public Survey Regarding Animal Cruelty in NH - May 2023 has been published and may be found on the Documents page.

Next Meeting

The Commission has adjourned for the summer and will meet in September.  Date, time and location TBD.

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