STRATHAM — The New Hampshire SPCA is asking for the public’s help as the supply of critical items have begun to run short. Items that are urgently needed are clean blankets, flat sheets, comforters, towels, and wet and dry animal food.

On Sat., September 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., volunteers will be on hand to accept and process donations at the shelter located at 104 Portsmouth Avenue in Stratham. This is a one day only event and donors interested in helping are urged to come to the shelter during this timeframe.

“For months, we have been unable to accept household donations due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sheila Ryan, Director of Development and Marketing. “But these items are so important to provide care and comfort for the animals. We are asking our community to help restock our depleted supplies by cleaning out some of what they no longer need. Under normal circumstances, we welcome these donations every day. But the shelter has remained open by appointment only due to COVID. A further complication, the renovation of our buildings has begun and our campus is currently a construction site. We need to limit traffic around our buildings to keep everyone safe. This drive will bring folks to our buildings when construction isn’t going on.”

Due to space and storage limitations brought about by the current construction project, shelter staff requests that donations be limited to current urgent needs only. A full list can be found online at

Volunteers will be on hand to collect and organize donations. Masks are required, and social distancing protocols will be utilized to provide a safe environment for all. The shelter will gratefully accept the following items on Sat., September 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Towels of any size, Fleece blankets/throws, Comforters, Dog/Cat toys, Peanut Butter, EZ cheese, Unopened bags of cat, dog, or small animal food and canned food are all gratefully accepted.

Please note: Fitted sheets, pillowcases, pillows, bowls, shampoos, grooming products, collars, leashes, stuffed animals, birdcages, and animal crates of any size cannot be accepted at this time. The shelter has very limited storage space, and disposal of unneeded items becomes an unnecessary expense to the shelter.


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