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Franklin Animal Shelter
Paw Prints

Franklin Animal Shelter Quarterly Newsletter • Issue 3, 2023

View From the Shelter

The first thing that I would like to do is to thank everyone that helped us with our successful fundraisers over the last couple of months. The 9th Annual 5K had a record-breaking number of runners, and this community involvement by runners, volunteers, and business sponsors helps us immensely! We have already begun discussing next year's 5K, as we want to make the 10th Annual 5K even more successful! We welcome your suggestions for how we can make this event even better next year.

The Shelter also had our Annual Golf Tournament and once again, we had the support of golfers and business sponsors. We would not be able to do the things that we do without the support of the community and we appreciate everything that you are able to do to help! We plan to do this event again next year at Beaver Meadow County Club.

On August 17, we have our first-ever Comedy Night at the Colonial Theater in Laconia, featuring a lineup of great comedians. Click here to learn more about this fun event to benefit our Shelter.

The last thing that I would like to remind everyone about is the care for our animals at this time of the year. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle for even a few minutes. The inside temperature of a vehicle can quickly rise, even with the windows cracked.
  • Limit exercise for pets on a hot day. Exercise should be done early morning or early evening.
  • Walk your pets on the grass and avoid hot surfaces so you don’t injure their paws.
  • If you are leaving your pet outside, make sure that they have access to water and shade.

As always, if you see something that looks wrong please say something. This applies to our everyday life as well as animal care because you could “be the set of hands that saves a set of paws”.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Jonathan “JJ” Winters

President, Franklin Animal Shelter Board of Directors

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The Franklin Animal Shelter has many demands to fund its charitable mission to care for and re-home the neglected, abused, abandoned, stray, and unwanted cats and dogs of the community. 

The support of the community has always been critical to its success and will be even more critical as the Shelter grows. There are many ways to financially support FAS, including immediate one-time donations, memorial donations, pledged giving, deferred giving, volunteering, or donating an item from our Everyday Item Wish List.

We appreciate your generosity!

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Volunteer Shout-Out

Meet Gregg. Gregg is our most longstanding volunteer and has been lending his passion for animals to us for over one year! A former bodyguard, Gregg is excellent with all of the animals at our Shelter. His eagerness to help is unmatched and for that we are very appreciative! To top it off, his heart was stolen by Gracie, an 11-year-old Staffordshire-Terrier who became a resident at our Shelter earlier this year. She found her forever home with Gregg and now the two are now inseparable. Thank you to Gregg and all of the volunteers that make our mission a reality. 

Interested in volunteering at our Shelter? Click here to learn more.

Staff Shout-Out, Deb
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Featured News & Events

Click here to learn about the 5K Fun Run

What a Year for Our Fun Run!

We had a record turnout on June 4 for our 9th Annual 5K Fun Run! 124 runners gathered at the starting line to run for the animals, and in attendance this year were kids, adults, families… and even some four-legged friends. While we were just shy of our $7,000 goal, the event still raised just over $6,000. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in the success of this fantastic event!

Click here to learn about the Charity Golf Tournament

A Hole in One for FAS

The weather cleared up for our Charity Golf Tournament on June 19, and we were able to raise almost $7,000 for our Shelter! Like all of our fundraisers, we couldn't have done it without our participants, sponsors, and volunteers. Fifteen teams teed off that day and following the tournament, a delicious luncheon with awards and raffles took place. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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A Rewarding Night of Baseball!

We were so happy to participate in A Night with the Fisher Cats on July 1! The game was packed, the weather was beautiful, and the fireworks show did not disappoint. On top of it all, we were able to raise money for our Shelter and meet some new friends along the way. Thank you for everyone who came out to support us!

Keep your eyes on our Events page, as we have a variety of Shelter events popping up throughout the year.

View Shelter Events

Join Us For a Night of Laughs

The Franklin Animal Shelter Comedy Night

Have you heard? We're hosting our first-ever Comedy Night! We're gearing up for a hilarious lineup of comedians at the historic Colonial Theater in Laconia–happening on August 17. In attendance will be headliner and New England comedy staple, Tony V. Also appearing is Boston Comedy Scene veteran, Steve Scarfo, New England native, Ryan Gartley, and one more surprise guest! Show starts at 8 pm.

Tickets are going fast. Click the button below to get yours today!

Thank you, Sarah! 

Our Animal Care Giver, Sarah, has gone above and beyond for FAS and for this we celebrate her! Thank you for all you do, Sarah!

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Community Corner

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Community is Everything

We would like to take a minute and send a special shout out to Service Credit Union of Franklin for hosting a supply donation drive at their branch for the entire month of July! They kicked off the drive with $200 worth of donations themselves, and recruited customers of their own to support their initiative. Thank you very much to everyone who participated. Community support is everything!

Missy's Mentions, FAS Success Stories

Charlie is Thriving!

Charlie (aka Itchy) was brought to us in January 2023 by the Franklin Police Department, and suffering from a serious skin condition. After various tests, bloodwork, and skin biopsies, it was determined that he had a skin allergy and it took nearly three months for him to be ready for adoption. His new family exercised patience as they waited months to bring their little boy home and they admitted he was not exactly the cat they initially had in mind when they first visited the shelter. However, there was no hiding or skittishness when he finally did go home with his new family. "He pranced out of his carrier like he always belonged here, and maybe he did. Our goofball has brought so much love and joy into our lives. My advice for anyone looking to adopt a pet is to keep an open mind, and more importantly, an open heart."

For more FAS Success Stories click here.

Harper, our featured Success Story

Featured Shelter Animal


Meet Tilly

Tilly is a talkative, opinionated girl who will let you know how she’s feeling at all times. Tilly’s an independent cat who’s got some sass (which is why her middle name is “got sass”) and loves head scratches, food, and treats. Though she may have a personality for days, she’s quite the loving gal!

If you're interested in learning more about Tilly or any other of our adoptable animals, click the button below.

View Adoptable Animals

Questions? Comments?

Click here to reach out to our Board of Directors.

JJ Winters, President

Scott Burns, Vice President

Jennifer Hoyt, Treasurer

Tom Seymour, Secretary


Chris Hebert, Volunteer Coordinator

Meaghan Thiede, Marketing Coordinator
Jessica Carrier
Tess Lessard
Jeannine Mettinen
Charles North
Lisa Seymour

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