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In accordance with the stay-at-home order issued by the Ontario government, Northumberland Humane Society will be adjusting our operations and interactions with the public.

The shelter, located at 371 Ward St. in Port Hope, will be closed to the public and we will be operating on appointment base. Our essential staff will continue to care for the shelter animals, while maintaining COVID-19 protocols and sanitization efforts. Our Thrift Store is now open Thursday to Saturday 10am-2pm.

If you are in need of surrendering a pet or interested in adopting a pet, please email info@northumberlandhs.com or phone 905-885-4131. Intakes of animals in need will be discussed over the phone in advance and scheduled appointments will be made for drop off. To view all of our pets for adoption, please see our Available Animals Album on Facebook or visit www.northumberlandhs.com.

NHS remains committed to protecting and serving the animals that call Northumberland County home. Please have patience with us as we do our best to serve everyone in a timely manner.

Established in 1966, then as the local branch of the Ontario Humane Society (Known as the OSPCA today), the Northumberland Humane Society (NHS) has been serving the local community for 50 years, and remains the only registered charitable animal shelter in Northumberland County. Although many aspects of the NHS have changed over the decades, our goal remains the same, protecting and serving the animals that call Northumberland County home.

Our current shelter is located at 371 Ward Street in Port Hope and was built in 1981. The construction of the shelter was funded entirely through proceeds raised from donations and income from our Thrift Shop, which is now located at 46 Covert Street in Cobourg. The shelter provides a temporary home to hundreds of animals each year as they pass through on their way to new homes. Everything from mice, rabbits, cats, dogs and even farm animals have spent time at the shelter while awaiting adoption.

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Thank you for choosing to adopt your next furry family member – we encourage you to browse our adoptable pets section! Unfortunately, we are not able to put animals on hold for you. If you’re interested in a particular animal that you see on our website, you should plan a visit to NHS as soon as possible.

Once you have met an animal who you are interested in adopting, our staff will assist you with completing an adoption application. The adoption application helps to ensure that the animal you have chosen is the best fit for you, and that you are the right match for the animal. Our goal is to find our animals loving, forever homes, so our animal care staff will review your application to ensure that it is the right fit for both parties. The long-term well-being of the animals in our care is our main concern; therefore, not all adoption requests may be successful.

Potential adopters should take their time with the selection process and are encouraged to spend as much time with the animal as possible prior to taking them home. If you are looking to adopt a dog, a meet-and-greet session will be scheduled with any other dogs that are currently part of your family to ensure compatibility.

Some of our animals receive more than one adoption application and in that case, we select the applicant who is best matched for that particular animal. Once your application is approved, an appointment will be made to adopt your new pet! Our staff will go over the adoption contract, your pet’s medical record and other important information. If you have any questions during this process please don’t hesitate to ask our staff – we are here to help you!

To be considered for an adoption, applicants must:

  • Have the knowledge and consent of all members in the household
  • be over 18 years of age and provide photo identification
  • provide landlord information if requested
  • demonstrate an understanding of the physical, behavioural and emotional needs of the animal and show a genuine interest in its well-being
  • read and sign all adoption forms and pay adoption fees if approved
  • understand the NHS has the right to refuse your application



In the early 1970’s, the Northumberland Humane Society opened the NHS Thrift Store to raise the much needed funds to build our current shelter on Ward Street. Today, our Thrift Store is located at 46 Covert Street in Cobourg and continues to be one of our largest sources of revenue. The store is staffed entirely by volunteers under the supervision of a Thrift Store Manager. All money raised at the Thrift Store goes to support our mission.

If you are moving, spring cleaning or downsizing, please consider donating new and gently used items to the Thrift Store. We are unable to accept large pieces of furniture, electronics, computers, baby furniture, and large household appliances. If you are unsure about the suitability of your donation please call the Thrift Store at 905-372-8451 or email thriftstore@northumberlandhumanesociety.com.

We respectfully request donated items be gently used and in good condition. Broken or soiled items actually take funds away from the animals due to costs of disposing unusable donations.

We are always looking for enthusiastic people who love animals to volunteer at our store. If you enjoy meeting people and working with a great team – this could be the place for you! Please contact us at 905-885-4131 for more information about volunteer opportunities at the Thrift Store!


We Only Receive Donations Thursday to Saturday: 10am – 2pm

While we appreciate all donations, please do not leave any donations on any other days as we experience many incidences of vandalism.


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    Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11am to 4pm

    Phone: 905-885-4131

    Fax: 905-885-8027


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    Port Hope, ON. L1A 4A4

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    Port Hope, ON. L1A 4A4

    Phone: 905-885-4131
    Fax: 905-885-8027


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