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Interested in becoming a Member of the Northumberland Humane Society?

Learn More about Memberships Today!

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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. Legacy gift options include a NHS financial bequest in your will or the addition of Northumberland Humane Society as a beneficiary to your life insurance policy, RRSP, RRIF or securities.

To make a legacy gift, you may wish to work with a lawyer, financial advisor or both to develop an estate plan that reflects your wishes to support Northumberland’s animals and communities in the future.


The Northumberland Humane Society would not be able to operate without the hard work and dedication from our tireless team of volunteers. Volunteers can work with the animals through cat enrichment, dog walking, driving/distribution and the Foster Program. Other volunteer areas include the Thrift Store, fundraising committees, community events and premises maintenance.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one shift per week. Volunteers in animal care position are required to have a current tetanus vaccination.

Currently we are not accepting new volunteer applications! 

Volunteer applications will be accepted again in the new year of 2024. Stay tuned!

Complete a Volunteer Application to begin this rewarding new adventure. Our NHS team will then contact you to schedule orientation and training sessions. Please review the Waiver of Liability that you will sign as part of the application process. If you have any questions, please contact or call 905-885-4131.


Donate here to help give an animal a second chance at a happy and healthy life.

As NHS receives no government funding, we are entirely dependent on the generosity and goodwill of the communities that we serve. Therefore, we must continually raise the funds necessary 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.

All donated funds go directly to animal care including veterinary expenses, animal food, premises and our animal care team. We incur no administrative costs for any purpose other than those directly related to the care of the animals.

Community support includes a wide range of activities including:

  • Financial Donations
  • Legacy Gifts
  • Fundraising Events
  • Business and Corporate Promotions
  • Thrift Store Donations and Purchases
  • Animal Care Materials

Want to Donate Items to the NHS?

Check out our Amazon Wishlist and have items delivered directly to the Humane Society’s door.

Want to support local and still donate? Visit your local pet store and purchase:

– Canned Kitten Food (preferred Performatrin brand)

– Dry Kitten Food (preferred Performatrin brand)

– Gift Cards from local pet stores

– Kongs (L & XL)

– Blankets

– Poop bags

Foster An Animal In Need

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.

Foster volunteers must be 18 years of age or older with access to a vehicle and have the appropriate time available to care for their foster animal.

Complete a Foster Volunteer Application to begin this rewarding new adventure:

Our NHS team will then contact you to schedule an interview. Please review the:

You will sign this as part of the application process. If you have any questions, please contact us at:
Call: 905-885-4131.

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2363 Theatre Road
Cobourg, ON K9A 4W5

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

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

(Excluding Holidays)

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