From the very beginning, the value of networking and idea exchange was at the forefront of the NHFHO agenda. In 1979 and 1980, NHFHO members struggled with a brand new idea of humane societies requiring adopters to spay/neuter their animals. While it was clear that the NHFHO would not interfere with any organization, the process of bringing organizations from across the state together eventually resulted in a coordination and standardization of approaches to animal sheltering including adoption of the then controversial spay/neuter requirement.