How do I surrender an animal to you?

We currently ask individuals or families that need to surrender their pets to please call the Peterborough Humane Society to notify our staff and to ensure there is adequate space for the surrendered animal.

The Peterborough Humane Society is a charity and relies on private donations to continue helping the thousands of animals we take in. There is a $100 surrender fee for all admissions.

To inquire about surrendering your animal please contact 705 745 4722 ext. 200 or info@ptbohs.com

Do you require spaying or neutering of adopted cats and dogs?

Yes! We are committed to ending pet overpopulation and consider spaying and neutering one solution to this tragic problem. The PHS’s main goal is to spay or neuter all shelter cats and dogs, prior to their adoptive families pick them up to take them to their new Forever Home. However, the occasional animal is not suitable for surgery. Therefore, it will be the responsibility of the new owner to bring back their pet when they are old enough to be altered.

Do you ever get purebred dogs or cats?

We do get purebred dogs and cats of all ages; however they tend to be adopted very quickly. If you are interested in a specific breed or type of pet, view the profiles of dogs and cats currently available for adoption.

How long do you keep animals?

We keep all healthy, adoptable animals as long as it takes to find them a new home. For some animals this can mean living at the shelter for six weeks or more until the right home is available. The length of stay for animals varies. No animal is ever euthanized solely due to lack of space or because the animal has simply “been here too long.”

The PHS has over 60 foster families who care for newborns, pregnant cats, and recuperating dogs until they are ready to be placed up for adoption.

If an animal is deemed unsuitable for adoption, can its owner take it back?

No. The decision to surrender an animal is a final one. We believe that it would be irresponsible to rehome an animal with someone who had indicated, for whatever reason, that they were unable or unwilling to care for the animal.

How do you decide who is adoptable?

Our goal is to place 100 per cent of the pets received at our shelter. This can be quite a challenge because we accept all companion animals brought to us regardless of their health or temperament. Animals placed for adoption need to be of sound temperament and in good health and must be able to adapt to the shelter environment. Pets with a history of severe aggression or that show signs that they are likely to be dangerous in a variety of settings are not suitable for our adoption program. Animals that do not adjust to the shelter environment for whatever reason, are typically highly stressed, much more susceptible to becoming ill and more likely to demonstrate aggressive behaviour. Sadly, this often makes them unadoptable. While our team of animal health professionals ensure every medical option within our resources is explored in order to save an ill or injured animal, we also believe that it is not humane to keep an animal in a state of physical or emotional suffering when its prognosis is poor.

Where do your animals come from?

Lost or stray animals, and pets surrendered by their owners make up the majority of the animals received at the PHS.

How many pets do you adopt?

Every day animals at the Peterborough Humane Society find Forever Homes. The Peterborough Humane Society adopted out 988 cats, dogs and small domestic pets in 2018. We are proud of our efforts and are committed to placing 100 per cent of adoptable animals into new, loving homes.

What do I need to bring with me to complete an adoption?

For all adoptions, you will need to provide a piece of photo identification for yourself with your current address. If you have recently moved, a piece of photo identification along with a utility bill, your lease or a bank statement will suffice.

Dogs must go home wearing a proper collar. If you do not bring a collar with you at the time of adoption, you may borrow one at the PHS.

Cats, small animals and birds must go home in an appropriate carrier. If you do not bring one with you at the time of adoption, you may borrow one at the PHS.

What is the adoption process like?

As your local humane society, we have a responsibility to place animals in suitable environments that will promote loving bonds between adopters and their pets. Through our adoption process, we will help you find that perfect pet, the one that fulfills your expectations, and suits your lifestyle. An adoption counsellor will guide you to ensure that the adoption experience will prove positive for both you and your new companion animal. The long-term well-being of the animals in our care is our main concern; therefore, not all adoption requests may be successful.

The adoption agreement you sign when you adopt an animal will clearly explain your obligations and responsibilities when you adopt an animal from us.

How much does it cost to adopt a pet?


Overlooked cats: $50
Senior cats: $75
Adult cats: $150
Kittens: $200

Cat licences must also be purchased ( Peterborough)
*ALL vaccinations needed for the new kitten after it has been adopted will be the responsibility of the new owner. 


Overlooked dogs: $100
Senior dogs: $200
Adult dogs: $350
Puppies: $500

*Pricing Subject to Change as Approved by Management*
*Dog Licences must also be Purchased ( Peterborough, Selwyn, Douro/Dummer, Trent Lakes)

Small animals:

Rabbits: $80
Rats, guinea pigs etc.: $20

Where are you located?

We are located at 385 Lansdowne St. E., across from the Independent grocery store.

What are your adoption hours?

Shelter adoption hours are:
Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Do you receive money from my taxes?

The Peterborough Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization funded through charitable donations and is not funded by government.

What is the difference between you and other animal welfare organizations that solicit funds from me?

The Peterborough Humane Society is the largest animal shelter in the Peterborough County and the only open admission shelter. Being open admission means that we have to take in all companion animals surrendered to us. All animals surrendered to us receive the necessary vet care, vaccinations and are spayed/neutered prior to being adopted out to amazing forever homes. The PHS does not receive any government funding, or funding from any welfare group for this work.

If I make a gift to a national organization, do you receive a portion of my donation?

No. The PHS is a non-profit independent organization funded by the donations of individuals and businesses for animal welfare work in Peterborough. Funding for the PHS’s services and programs is
received in the form of cash donations, bequests, trusts, and fees.

Services and Other

What’s the difference between you and the OSPCA?

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society (OSPCA) is a charity that provides a variety of mission-based programs and resources focused on providing for animal welfare, including community-based sheltering, shelter health and animal wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue and relief, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs, humane education and animal protection services.

The Peterborough Humane Society is an affiliate of the OSPCA and functions completely independently.

Are you a “no-kill” animal shelter?

The term “no-kill” is a misleading term. Most “no-kill” shelters select the types of animals they take in, bypassing those that are ill or of poor temperament or health. In order for the PHS to be considered “no-kill” we would have to limit the types and numbers of animals we accept. The PHS is an “open admission” animal shelter that offers shelter and care to animals regardless of age, health, temperament, or space available.

For more information on different kinds of animal shelters, please see http://www.westbynorthwest.org/fall00/lewis.shtml

What kind of food do you feed the dogs and cats at the shelter, and do you need any?

We feed all our animals Royal Canin pet food from their  the Royal Canin Shelter Privilege Program. Thank you Royal Canin for your ongoing support!

We do, however, rely on the public for donations of wet, canned food and treats for the animals in our care, which we feed them as part of their daily enrichment here in the shelter. Food for our Emergency Pet Food Program is donated by generous members of the public.

To donate an item and help the animals in our care, please check our Wish List.

Can you recommend a veterinarian for me to see?

Please check the Yellow Pages for Veterinary Clinics in your community. Alternatively, you can visit the College of Veterinarians of Ontario website for a list of vets in your area:

How do I report animal neglect or cruelty?

As announced on March 4, 2019, the Ontario SPCA will transition all investigations and legislation enforcement to the provincial government as of 4:30 pm on June 28, 2019.

The Ontario SPCA will be available to assist law enforcement agencies through Ontario SPCA Enforcement Support Services.  310-SPCA is still being offered to law enforcement agencies as the number to call to access a representative for Ontario SPCA Enforcement Support Services.

Please note that  as of June 29, 2019, ALL cases of suspected cruelty or neglect will be forwarded to police for follow-up. Ontario SPCA Officers will no longer have the authority to respond to cruelty or neglect cases as of 4:30 PM on June 28, 2019.

If you suspect animal cruelty and wish to report it, please contact 1-833-9 ANIMAL (926-4625) or your local police service for assistance.  

I found an animal, what should I do?

If you have found an animal, you cannot simply keep it. There may be a
distraught family looking for the found pet!

You can notify us that you have found an animal by sending us an email. As well, advertise in the free ‘found’ section of the newspaper, put up posters in your neighbourhood and bring the animal to our shelter or a veterinary clinic to scan for a microchip implant.

If you are unable to search for or have no luck locating the owner, please bring the animal to the Peterborough Humane Society.

I’ve lost my pet, what do I do?

If you have lost an animal, please send us an email with your full details, the area the animal was last seen, and a clear description of your pet (attach a picture if possible). Please remember that the PHS receives thousands of lost animals every year. Submitting a complete lost report will help us to quickly identify some animals.

Who do I call when I see a loose dog in my neighbourhood?

You should first contain the loose dog, put a leash on it if you possibly can. If the animal is unapproachable please call 705 745 4722 ext. 202 or 204 immediately.

What do I do if I find a dead animal?

Different regulations apply to dead animals, depending on where the animal was found, and what kind of animal it is. If the animal’s owner is not known, and the animal is on public property (such as the street or in a park) Public Works at 705-745-1386.

When there is the need to euthanize an animal, what happens to its remains?

The Peterborough Humane Society respects the bond people have for animals, and knows that it continues even when the pet is no longer alive. Under no circumstances do we release any animal remains to rendering plants or for medical research. The remains are respectfully cremated.

Do you sell animals for scientific experimentation?

Under no circumstances does the Peterborough Humane Society ever give an animal for research.

Does the PHS accept donations of used stuffed toys for your animals?

Thank you for your kind offer but unfortunately stuffed toys are not good for our animals. Dogs may rip apart and ingest the stuffing and material, leading to potential medical complications. Dogs should only play with stuffed toys under human supervision. As well, the ripped stuffing can clog our drains! If you would like to donate something to help the animals in our care, please check the Wish List.