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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”.

If you find an animal that interests you on this site, contact us to arrange a visit as soon as possible. We are unable to put animals on hold so act quickly! After an initial meeting with your prospective pet, our team will work with you to explain on all aspects of the adoption process. This will ensure that this match is the best fit for both you and the animal. Potential adopters are encouraged to spend as much time with their new family member prior to taking them home including a “meet and greet” with any pets already in your household.

The adoption process includes the completion of an Adoption Agreement Application which can be downloaded here:

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees are subject to change and will be confirmed as part of the adoption process. Dog and cat adoption fees include spay/neuter, vaccines, de-flea, de-worm and microchip.

Cats (under 1 year of age) $200
Cats (1 to 7 years of age) $150
Cats (8 years of age and older) $100


Dogs (under 1 year of age) $600
Dogs (1 to 7 years of age) $450
Dogs (8 years of age and older) $300


Rabbits (spayed/neutered) $50
Guinea Pigs $25
Rats or Hamsters $15

Other species confirmed upon request

Animal Surrender

Making the decision to surrender your pet is never easy, but if you are no longer able to provide care NHS will accept animal surrenders from residents of Northumberland County.

Animal surrenders are accepted by appointment only so that we are ready to care for your pet appropriately. An up-to-date rabies vaccination is required for all cats and dogs entering our facility for the safely of staff and other NHS animals. There may be a surrender fee depending on your specific animal. Details will be confirmed when you set up your surrender appointment.

If you are considering surrendering your pet because of behavioural problems, we encourage you to seek advice and training before you make your final decision. Most behavioural programs arise due to miscommunication between the pet and its owner. Our staff can provide information concerning resources that are available to assist in these circumstances.

Surrendering your pet is a final decision. Once surrendered, your pet becomes the property of NHS and cannot be reversed.

Surrender forms for dogs, cats and small animals can be downloaded below for completion as part of the surrender process.


NHS understands that unfortunately people go through tough times and may not be able to support the needs of their pet(s). As part of our ongoing commitment to local communities, our Pet Food Bank will provide a two-week supply of pet food to help Northumberland County residents through difficult times. Please call NHS in advance and we will have your pet food supply ready for you to pick up at the shelter during our regular business hours.


The NHS Pet Aid Program offers financial assistance to low income pet owners in Northumberland County to assist with the cost of spay and neuter surgeries. In addition to controlling the animal population, spaying and neutering is important for a pet’s health and well-being.

The Pet Aid Program was created in loving memory of Fiona Crouch whose generous bequest helps support our Pet Aid Program. Click link below for complete information about this program. Complete your application online or download the form and then drop off to NHS.

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2363 Theatre Road
Cobourg, ON K9A 4W5

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


Shelter Hours:
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