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”.

The staff at this shelter are amazing – they are so supportive and helpful. They were such a pleasure to deal with when we adopted our 2 cats. They go above and beyond and take wonderful care of the animals. I would recommend them highly – it was a great experience! 

Monica Irwin

What people say

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.

Our Vision

A community, in which all animals are safe, supported and valued.

Our Mission

The Northumberland Humane Society is a charitable community partner dedicated to improving the lives of animals.

Our Values

Accessibility, Compassion, Connection, Integrity, Professionalism


Saving one animal will not change the world,

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

The Northumberland Humane Society is a Low-Kill Shelter

There is a fundamental misunderstanding about euthanasia at low-kill shelters such as ours. Our prime motivation is the humane treatment of animals and the safety of our staff, volunteers and the public. Euthanasia is never a result of the length of time that an animal has remained at our shelter nor do we euthanize animals because our shelter is full. Euthanasia is always the very last resort and is never considered unless:

  • The animal is very aggressive and/or has severely attacked a person or other animal and this poses a risk to staff, volunteers or the public;
  • The animal has been identified as dangerous and assessed by a behavioural specialist and deemed that is cannot be rehabilitated; or,
  • A licensed veterinarian has confirmed that the animal has an untreatable illness and its quality of life is significantly diminished.

If you have any further questions about our policy, please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director.

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.

Thrift Store

About

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

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.

Privacy Policy
Charitable #: 87060 9443 RR0001

Contact

2363 Theatre Road
Cobourg, ON K9A 4W5

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

info@northumberlandhs.com

Shelter Hours:
7 Days a Week: 11am to 4pm

(Excluding Holidays)

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