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New England Humane Society was founded in 2013. We are a registered non-profit (501c3)


A message from our founder:


Welcome to the New England Humane Society! My name is Susan Joseph and I am the Founder of NEHS. For as long as I can remember, helping animals was in my blood. When I was little, I would drag home every “stray” and injured animal I could find. I never realized that my love for animals would grow into what has become one of the largest animal rescue’s in New England. There is a part of me who wishes I had started this venture when I was much younger, but I suppose our path is our path. So, here we are!


Being very honest, I never realized the need for animal rescue nor did I ever realize the inhumane treatment of so many animals each day in our own country. I was truly and genuinely ignorant. I was much like most people. I got married, had children and “bought” my first purebred lab. That was just what people did, at least people I knew. Then one very sad day, one of my labs was hit by a car and killed. He was only 6 months old. His name was Nitro and he was a purebred black lab. To tell you I was devastated would be an understatement. I was physically ill and mentally destroyed. The guilt was almost unbearable as I had let him outside that day. To fill the huge void and to try to find something positive I started “fostering” for a rescue. I wasn’t even sure what I was doing really. I had no idea about the world I was about to enter.


Well, fostering led to research and that led to the New England Humane Society. I realized after some time that thousands of amazing animals were being put down daily just because of lack of space. In some cases; due to lack of education. There are some shelters in put down Am Staff’s just because of their breed. I say “put down” because I will not use the word euthanasia. Euthanasia is when an animal is put down humanly and that is not the case with these animals.


My new mission in life was to build a team of warriors with the same goals as mine; to save as many lives as possible. That said, we also pride ourselves on doing things the right way. Animal rescue is not an easy industry. It is filled with passionate people, lots of heartache and deadly diseases. Every day, I learn new things. I have been very blessed as hundreds of amazing animals have crossed my path. I have also been blessed to meet some truly great people. I hope your experience with us is a great one.”


The New England Humane Society is an animal rescue located in Northern Rhode Island. We have foster homes located throughout New England. We are a group of dedicated animal lovers who rescue animals from euthanasia at overcrowded county shelters and pounds, as well as abandoned animals, litters found in fields, and other homeless animals in need. NEHS’s goal is to care for these rescues until they find their forever homes, and educate the public about responsible pet care.


Our animals are fully vetted and spayed or neutered. They are treated regardless of age, breed, or medical cost. NEHS receives no state funding or government assistance. We survive by the donations of caring people, fund raising, and adoption fees. Since we do not have a facility, most of our pets are kept in private foster homes in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

New England Humane Society is a Non-Profit Corporation – 501(c)(3)