Pet-Friendly Rooms Benefit NHHS – A Unique Alliance for over 9 Years

Some partnerships are born of necessity, but others are born from a pure desire to help. Such was the case nine years ago, when Gail Batstone, General Manager of Mill Falls at the Lake, came up with the idea to offer pet-friendly rooms to guests who prefer to travel with their pets rather than leave them behind on vacations, and then donate a percentage of the proceeds to the NH Humane Society.

Since the inception of the program on May 1, 2008, Mill Falls at the Lake has contributed nearly $50,000 to the NH Humane Society in Laconia, NH. There are currently six pet-friendly rooms – two at the Inn at Mill Falls, two at Church Landing, and two in the recently renovated Birch Lodge. All six of the rooms are usually full, especially during peak season.

Pet-Friendly accommodations at Mill Falls at the Lake are available for an additional $25 fee per pet, which covers extra amenities such as plush pet beds, blankets, toys, treats, and food & water bowls. $10 of this fee goes directly to the NHHS in appreciation for all the good work they do.

“Donating our pet-friendly fee to the New Hampshire Humane Society is a fist pump for everyone involved – our guests, our team at Mill Falls, and the furry friends at NHHS that the money aids,” says Gail Batstone. “Our guests often remark how pleased they are to know that because they are travelling with their pet, other pets who are less fortunate will benefit. The NH Humane Society is an amazing facility and cares deeply about their mission, and we are happy to support them.”

Mill Falls at the Lake has welcomed hundreds of dogs since the program’s inception, along with kittens, rabbits, hamsters, and even a sugar glider! On a lovely spring afternoon, three puppies, recent transplants from Puerto Rico awaiting their forever homes at the shelter, were able to take a trip to Church Landing to say thank you to two of Mill Falls’ dedicated staff members – Lisa St. Laurent, who has been manning the Reservations desk for thirteen years, and Natalie Bowles, a nineteen-year veteran of Mill Falls who, just this season, orchestrated the launch of Mill Falls at the Lake’s new Reservation Department. The pups, Annika, Annie, and Ansel, took the opportunity to test out one of the pet-friendly rooms at Church Landing and race around the pet-friendly grounds with a beautiful view of Lake Winnipesaukee.

When planning your next trip to the Lakes Region, don’t worry about what to do with your pets… bring them along! Make your reservation at Mill Falls at the Lake, by phone at 800-622-6455 or online at

The NH Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to find responsible and caring forever homes; provide shelter for the lost, abandoned and unwanted animals; advocate and be the voice for the voiceless. The Society works hard to prevent cruelty to animals and offers education and outreach programs, pet therapy, and many community initiatives to help people and their pets. The shelter depends on the generosity of animal lovers and community members like the Gilford High School French Club to continue to serve hundreds of animals in need, year after year, and provide invaluable services to the community. For more information, to make a donation, or to check out all of our adoptable pets, please visit us online at

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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