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For over 50 years UVHS has provided services to pets and families across communities in New Hampshire and Vermont.
 
UVHS began as a foster care network in 1959 until making the decision to purchase property in Plainfield, NH in 1972. When the need for sheltering outgrew the capabilities of its Plainfield location, UVHS designed, built and moved to a new location in Enfield, NH in 1990, where it currently resides and operates. The Resource Center, which opened in 2002, added administrative space and expanded adoption areas.
 
As one of the first animal welfare organizations in the country to provide positive reinforcement training and behavior resources, UVHS’ sheltering strategies provide mental stimulation, socialization, exercise, improved nutrition, and a reduced stress environment for all animals in its care. To help ensure success with new adoptive families, every animal is behaviorally evaluated to determine the best home setting and each shelter dog’s tailored behavior and training program helps build skills and overcome challenging behaviors.
 
UVHS has worked to create a compassionate and humane community with innovative and leading edge strategies and has received national recognition from American Humane, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Humane Society of the United States. UVHS is proud to be at the forefront of a growing movement in animal welfare by serving our communities through care and resources for companion animals and families.