WELCOME TO NORTHUMBERLAND HUMANE SOCIETY
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.
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
PLEASE NOTE THAT ADOPTION FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. FEES MAY VARY FROM TIME TO TIME.