Getting Involved

Help the Animals

Adopting a Pet

The goal of the NHS adoption program is to match the right home with the right animal to begin building a forever family. Making room in your life and a place in your heart for an animal will create a connection that will change both of you forever. We’re here from day one to be part of your amazing journey together.
Check out our animals currently waiting patiently for their “forever home”.

Making a Donation

As NHS receives no government funding, we are entirely dependent on the generosity and goodwill of the communities that we serve. Therefore, we must fundraise to support our operation. Every year, over 500 animals receive compassionate care during their stay with us, plus veterinary care as required, for as long as it takes to find them their “forever” home.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

The Northumberland Humane Society (NHS) is a charitable community resource dedicated to protecting and providing temporary shelter and comfort to all animals in need. We focus on the promotion, adoption and rehoming of animals surrendered to us by owners no longer able to care for their beloved pets or animals who have been abandoned.

NHS was established in 1966 and serves Northumberland County which includes the towns of Cobourg and Port Hope, plus Hamilton, Alnwick/Haldimand and Cramahe townships. Our shelter is located in Port Hope and provides a temporary home to hundreds of animals each year as they pass through our door on their way to new homes.

The NHS receives no financial support from any level of government and therefore must rely on the generous support of the local community. Without this support, many animals would not be given a second chance at a happy and healthy life.


Saving one animal will not change the world,

but surely for that one animal, the world will change forever.

Legacy Gift

Looking for a way to make a difference for animals in need without affecting your current income? Please consider a legacy gift as your living monument to improve the lives of animals long into the future.

Foster A Pet

NHS is always looking for temporary foster homes for our animals as they await adoption to their permanent homes. We provide all supplies to foster homes including food, dishes, litter/litter box, blankets and a crate. We also provide medications and prescription diet as required. As a foster volunteer, you provide a safe and caring home for your new house guest.

News & Events

Thrift Store


Located in downtown Cobourg, the NHS Thrift Store is the perfect solution when you are moving, spring cleaning or downsizing as we welcome new or gently used items in good condition. Or visit the store to check out our wide range of items for practical use or discover a hidden treasure!


Donations are gratefully accepted at the rear of our building but only during regular business hours. We are unable to accept large pieces of furniture, electronics, toys, children’s clothes, computers, baby furniture or large household applications. Check with us ahead of time if you are unsure about the suitability of any items you wish to donate.

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Charitable #: 87060 9443 RR0001


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

371 Ward Street
Port Hope, ON. L1A 4A4

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Shelter Hours:
Mon - Sat: 11am to 4pm

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