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Each year Cocheco Valley Humane Society takes in up to 1,000 vulnerable souls and provides them with the medical care, shelter, food, love, and compassion they need. These animals include dogs and cats that are abandoned, neglected, abused, and simply are no longer wanted by their owners and caregivers.
Cocheco Valley Humane Society is a nonprofit organization that's entirely funded by generous private donations and ongoing support from residents of Stafford County, New Hampshire and southern Maine. They provide crucial services to pet owners, including the following:
If you've decided to save a life and adopt instead of shop, congratulations! You're on your way to uniting with a lovable pet that'll provide you with endless amounts of comfort, love, and loyalty.
Cocheco Valley Humane Society accepts online applications and requires that all applicants are properly vetted. This includes checking that you can keep a pet by contacting your landlord and conducting follow-up property checks.
Adoption fees at Cocheco Valley Humane Society are as follows:
For cats and dogs, your adoption fee covers counseling, spay/neuter surgery, rabies, DA2PPv, bordetella vaccinations, deworming, a heartworm test, microchipping, tick and flea treatments, a collar, and a leash.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.