The Oldest Pet Cemetery in New Hampshire, Located Here at HSFN

We recently made a decision to begin restoring Proctor Cemetery. Read on to learn more about this historic site with current vacancies!

In November of 2013 our Board of Trustees made the decision to begin restoring Proctor Cemetery. The $7,500 contract agreement was signed with local contractor Mark Coulombe & Sons, LLC to install water access in the cemetery. The funding for the project was generously donated by current plot owners and Proctor Cemetery supporters.

History of Proctor Cemetery

In 1930 local businessman Roscoe Proctor donated the land to the Humane Society making Proctor Cemetery the first pet cemetery in New Hampshire. The first animal to be buried in the cemetery was a cat named Creampot who was killed in Nashua’s Crown Hill Fire when its owner’s home, among hundreds of others, was consumed by flames on Allds Street in May of 1930.

Current Availability in Proctor Cemetery

More than 3,000 pets have been buried at Proctor Cemetery since its creation in 1930. The cemetery, which resides at the entrance of the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, has been long overdue for a restoration. With at least 400 plots still available, our Board of Trustees plans to utilize the restoration as a means to generate additional revenue for the care of our shelter animals.

Plots are currently available in the Proctor Cemetery for $500. If you or anyone you know may be interested please call our Proctor Cemetery Coordinator, Joan Maione, at (603)889-2275 ext: 36 or send an email to learn more.

As of right now, we are unsure when the full restoration will be complete, but we are certainly looking forward to seeing the progress! “The full project may not be finished this year, or next year, but this irrigation system is the first step in allowing us to beautify this cemetery and create a revenue source for the shelter for many years to come, ” said Maione.