History of The Conway Area Humane Society
In March of 1999, Roz Manwaring, founder of the Conway Area Humane Society, asked the public what it thought of an all-inclusive, state-of-the art animal resource center. The response was immediate and very positive; funds started to come in. The founding Board of Directors, Joanne Faille, Kathy Ahearn, Anita Burroughs, Judi Paul, M. Owen Lasker and Lisa Webster, came together and the process began.
Conway Area Humane Society opened the doors to homeless cats and small mammals in June 2003. Within in the first six months the “cat house” was full. The Dog Adoption Center began accepting stray dogs from local animal control officers as well as owner-relinquished animals in June 2004.
The Conway Area Humane Society receives animals from near and far, as need dictates. Hurricane Katrina was a call for help from a great distance, and the Conway Area Humane Society was ready, willing and able to respond, and did so, helping hundreds of disaster victims. The majority of calls for help are closer to home as the Conway Area Humane Society welcomes owner-surrendered animals from across New Hampshire and Maine. The shelter also takes in stray animals from 13 neighboring towns. In total, the Conway Area Humane Society has helped nearly 10,000 animals since opening in June 2003.