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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.


The next meetings will be Monday, November 16, 2020 and Monday, December 14, 2020 from 1-3 pm vis Zoom. Login information and agenda will be posted before the meetings.

Executive Order 2017-4 Re-establishing the the Governor's Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals was signed August 17, 2017. The membership appointments may be found under About Us link.
Executive Order 2017-4  pdf file
Executive Order 2017-5 pdf file

Public Information

Animal Care Brochures

Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership pdf file
The Governor's Commission on The Humane Treatment of Animals has recognized the need to educate the public regarding the prevention of animal cruelty. Toward that end, the Commission has endorsed the Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership as put forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a model for New Hampshire pet owners.

Cause and Effect: Necessary Care for Equines pdf file
A 64 page book describing the necessary care of horses and the effects of not providing that care. Copyrighted by Ripley's Horse Aid Foundation, Sedro-Wooley, WA . May be reprinted only in in its entirety

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Governor's Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals