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 profiles of cats currently available for adoption. You may also contact the Adoption Centre to complete a “Pet Request”.

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. If you have lost or found an animal, please visit the Lost and Found section of our website for more information and instruction. Animals are also admitted through Rescue and Investigation Services.

How many pets do you adopt?

Every day animals at the Peterborough Humane Society find Forever Homes. In our 20012-2013 fiscal year, the Society found homes for 1,200 cats, dogs and small domestic pets. 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 and cats 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-Sunday 11:00 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?

While some animal welfare organizations work to help all kinds of animals, what sets the PHS apart from national and international animal welfare organizations is that we operate the largest shelter in Peterborough that receives and houses animals locally. The PHS works directly with members of the community to find homes for homeless pets, help increase the value of companion animals, stop abuse and neglect, and solve training and behaviour difficulties. 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 (OSPCA) is the provincial body responsible for the administration of the Ontario SPCA Act. This Act gives humane societies the authority to investigate animal cruelty. The Peterborough Humane Society is affiliated with the OSPCA. This affiliation gives our agents and inspectors the authority under the act to investigate cases of animal cruelty. Both organizations are registered charities.

The Peterborough Humane Society is a dues-paying affiliate of the OSPCA, but receives no funding whatsoever to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty.

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

Does the PHS euthanize animals?

Yes. Sadly euthanasia is part of the work we do.

As an open admission shelter, the PHS does not turn any animal away, regardless of its health or behaviour. The PHS only euthanizes animals that are injured or ill — with no reasonable chance of recovery or whose needs are greater than our resources – or animals that are aggressive/overly dominant or have an unstable temperament, based on their history or as observed in the shelter or behaviour issues that we do not have the resources to resolve. We do not euthanize animals because they have been here too long or solely based on space constraints. No healthy, adoptable animal is ever euthanized.

Unfortunately, some animals become highly stressed in a shelter environment, which makes them more susceptible to illness and, despite aggressive veterinary treatment, unlikely to recover from such illness. The PHS will not keep an animal in a state of suffering when its prognosis is poor or when it lacks the resources to restore the animal’s health.

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

We are fortunate to have most food for the shelter animals donated by local pet supply stores. Food for our Emergency Pet Food Program is donated by generous members of the public. We do purchase special food for animals with allergies or other health issues. 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?

To report a suspected situation involving an animal that may be abused or neglected, and in distress, please contact us at 705-745-4722 ext. 202 or 204. You can also email us and provide the following information:

  • Your name, address and telephone number for our records.
  • The date, time and place (address) of the offence.
  • The registration number and description of any vehicle involved.
  • The investigator will need to ask you a series of questions about the animal(s) involved to establish the full situation and will be the basic who, what, where, when, and why if possible. These will relate to what you have seen in relation to the animal’s environment and its body condition.
  • All information is kept confidential but may be used in the event that a search warrant is required or if an offence has been committed and a charge recommended to Crown Counsel, in which case you may be called to give evidence.
  • The Peterborough Humane Society always aims to prevent cruelty through education and opts for court proceedings only as a last resort.
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 completing our online Found Animal Report or 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 Municipal Animal Shelter at the Peterborough Humane Society.

I’ve lost my pet, what do I do?

If you have lost an animal, please fill in our handy Lost Animal Report or send us an email. 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. If you are able to e-mail a digital picture, this will help us further, but many animals look alike!

Visit our Lost and Found page for more information on finding your lost pet.

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) 705 742 7777. If the animal is on private property, please phone us at 705-745-1386 for instructions.

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.