I have recently been told by our shelter team members and members of the Board of Directors that there are those in our community under the impression that the Franklin Animal Shelter is closing its doors… permanently. Let me assure everyone that nothing could be further than the truth.

The Franklin Animal Shelter IS NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS.

The shelter is temporarily closed due to contagious medical conditions within the facility. Our Veterinarian of Record has recommended we temporarily close and we whole-heartedly agree as it is in best interest of the animals in our care and the citizens we serve. The shelter is undergoing an intensive sanitization and the animals in our care are receiving medical treatment to assure they are healthy, strong, and ready for their forever homes. We are striving to maintain the healthiest environment possible.

The Franklin Animal Shelter exists for the betterment of the animals in our care and the communities we serve. When the dogs and cats in our communities are no longer abandoned, abused, neglected, or subject to cruelty our mission will be complete. Until then, we will continue to defend those who cannot defend themselves. We will do so with the kindness and generosity of like-minded citizens and businesses in our communities. We appreciate, and thank you for, your continued support.

Should you ever have questions or concerns regarding the Franklin Animal Shelter, do not hesitate to contact me directly at


Tom Seymour


Granite State Animal League

dba Franklin Animal Shelter


for the Franklin Animal Shelter's Manager position.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old.  It is expected that candidates have managerial experience with first-hand knowledge of the regulatory requirements as established by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture and the New Hampshire RSAs. 

The successful candidate will be required to interact with staff, the general public, local and state authorities, and all veterinary resources. The successful candidate should be familiar with veterinary jargon and have firm understanding of the unwavering need for complete and proper care for every animal gracing our facility.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Board of Directors via the Shelter Liaisons.

If you think you might have what it takes to fulfill the needs of shelter, staff, and "guests", please click on the "HELP WANTED" tab (above) and submit a completed application along with your resume.

Scott A. was the winner of our Lucky Paw Raffle. Thanks to everyone's support of this effort, Scott won $5,900 and the shelter raised $5,900. Thank you!


There are many ways to contribute and support the Franklin Animal Shelter. If you're unable to support financially, we are always looking for volunteers and donations of items of everyday use such as cleaning products, food for the animals, litter, etc.

Our Annual Appeal helps close the funding gap between our annual income and our expense budget. Details below...

We are in our expanded space.  However, the campaign funding is still short to complete the work.  

Make a tax deductible donation to support the shelter with everyday expenses, vet visits, and more.

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Shelter Hours:
Tuesday - Wednesday - Friday
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


We are thrilled to announce the Franklin Animal Shelter has been awarded a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Vineyard Way Charitable Fund.

This grant will assist the Franklin Animal Shelter in its ongoing mission to shelter, care for, and advocate for the abused, neglected and abandoned cats and dogs of the communities we serve.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Vineyard Way Charitable Fund continue to be extremely supportive of our mission and we are forever thankful. Both are central to the survival of New Hampshire's non-profit organizations, of which we are one.

At this time, the shelter is temporarily closed to the public.

Due to infectious diseases running through the shelter, the Board of Directors voted to close the shelter to the public until further notice. No surrenders will be accepted, and all adoptions will be subject to the animal passing all testing to confirm it is not infected. ACO intakes will continue as normal as we are obligated by contract to do so. All animals are being treated, and the facility is being sanitized in order to expedite our re-opening. Donations may be dropped at the front door. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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You may remember this sweet face. It just now has some gray. Missy is back and ready to be adopted by her forever home. Missy is eight years old. She has arthritis, allergies, and she does not get along with other animals whatsoever, not negotiable in her world. If you adopt Missy, you will have the most loving, goofy, comical, talkative, gentle, and snuggly dog in the whole wide world. Missy has not had an easy road as this is her fourth time at the shelter. She needs a very special home where she can be the one and only, spoiled girl. She is spayed, up to date on vaccines, and blood tests. Please come fall in love with Missy. She is so deserving!


We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit animal welfare organization.  We make every attempt to reunite strays with their original families. 
If that is not possible, we try to place them with a new loving family.


Our mission is to shelter, care for, and advocate for the abused, neglected and abandoned cats and dogs of the communities we serve by taking steps to control overpopulation and providing healthy animals that will be adopted into loving 'forever' homes.

We will accomplish this by responsible stewardship of resources and maintaining a focus on the financial health and well-being of the organization.


If you know of anyone who is abusing or neglecting an animal, please contact your local Police Department or Animal Control Officer to report it. The Franklin Animal Shelter is not an enforcement agency, but you may contact the shelter at (603) 934-4132 for additional assistance. Be the voice for those who can't speak for themselves.