Conway Area Humane Society History

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History of the Conway Area Humane Society

CAHS is a non-profit animal shelter offering services that benefit both animals and humans in the Carroll County community and beyond. Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about our shelter and its history.

Meow-velous Milestones

The Conway Area Humane Society (CAHS) opened its doors in June of 2003 thanks to the tireless work of supportive community members. The formation of CAHS required a capital fundraising campaign. Letter writing, coin donation canister creation, and potential donor meetings ensued. CAHS’ first phase of opening introduced The Judy and Scott Paul Cat Adoption Center to our community. From 2003-2004, two additional buildings were erected – our beloved dog facility and learning center. After the shelter’s initial phase of opening, CAHS partnered with the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire to gain stability while continuing to do important work. This beneficial and benevolent affiliation lasted from 2009 until December of 2012, when the shelter resumed the name Conway Area Humane Society.

Community Pet-tential

Since its inception, CAHS has proven to be a pivotal part of the community. The nature of our most recent building renovations in 2018 and 2019 demonstrate this fact. Construction of the Ham Foundation Wing provided staff offices and a community conference room, as well as a large space designed to be a dog playroom and education area. The Community Events Enrichment Room granted additional space for community collaboration. These new spaces provide CAHS with increased ability to foster partnerships, brainstorm creative programming ideas, assess and plan for specific community needs and more.

Spotting Solutions in Ruff Times

The COVID-19 pandemic created unpredictable and unprecedented challenges to our world. The pandemic’s impact on animal shelters has been irrefutable. What is also irrefutable is the bravery, tireless work and dedication of the CAHS team during this turbulent time. Despite significant fundraising interruptions during a time of increased community need, our donors, sponsors, volunteers and community partners have continued to help us provide uninterrupted shelter and lifesaving care to hundreds of animals.

Since opening its doors, CAHS has placed over 10,000 animals into their forever homes. We could not have accomplished this without community support. Click here to learn more about ways you can help continue the lifesaving legacy of CAHS.

Mission Statement

Conway Area Humane Society is committed to the human-animal bond:

  • Encouraging it through education and animal adoption
  • Protecting it when threatened by violence, disaster or medical emergency
  • Respecting it when broken by death

Conway Area Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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