Fewer animals for adoption doesn’t mean a vacant building

BEDFORD – The holiday spirit is in the air and it certainly shows at the Animal Rescue League of N.H. In just 16 hours, 48 animals including dogs, rabbits and cats were adopted out. The League participated in a black Friday promotion, sponsored by Zappos and The Best Friends Network, helping most of the League’s adoptable animals find a home.

"It’s great to see an almost empty adoption floor. For every empty space it means that one more animal has a safe and loving family to call home, and an opening has been made available for another animal that needs us," said Naomi Stevens, director of adoptions.

While the League was fortunate enough to have found many homes for animals over the last week, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t busy. Behind the scenes, Animal Care Specialists have been working with animals that need a little bit more time or one-on-one attention in order to be prepared socially for the adoption floor. Many of these animals are cats that came from a neglected situation or came from a circumstance that has made them weary of human interaction.

The League has also had their hands full with 7 puppies that were rescued from an animal cruelty situation. Due to possible exposure to a fatal virus these puppies have been quarantined for 14 days and staff have been working around the clock in order to provide them with the proper care. Although, these animals are not quite ready to go home yet, staff is making the animals’ health their first priority.

For updates on adoptable animals, visit www.rescue

Adoption hours at the League are 1-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps more than 2,200 cats, dogs and small animals find loving homes each year.

To help people who love their pets, but are currently struggling to care for them, the League offers community programs, such as a pet food pantry, low-cost spay/neuter clinics, financial assistance for extraordinary veterinary treatments, pet training, and behavioral consultations.

The League receives no state or federal funding, and is solely dependent upon fundraising events and donations to support their work, but there are many more ways to help.

To adopt a pet, learn more about The League’s programs or help support their cause, visit www.rescueleague.org.

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