Peterborough Humane Society (PHS) is a registered charity that advocates for animals by rescuing lost, stray and homeless pets throughout Peterborough County.

We are an open admission, For Life, organization; and the largest shelter in Peterborough County. All animals in our care receive veterinary care, vaccinations, are microchipped, and are spayed/neutered prior to being adopted. PHS does not receive any government or institutional funding for operations and relies on generous donations from the community.

Peterborough Humane Society was established in 1941, and the previous shelter at 385 Lansdowne Street East, was built in 1956 and was initially designed to serve as a pound. While the previous site served the community well for 65+ years, we outgrew the space as we care for more pets than ever before – around 1,600 pets come through our doors annually. On January 17, 2023 we began our move over to our new home at the Peterborough Animal Care Centre at 1999 Technology Drive, Peterborough. On June 24, 2023 we celebrated the official Grand Opening of our new home.


A Canadian First, our innovative Centre hosts three programs under one roof.

‘Our Pet Project’ the capital campaign for the new Centre has brought our community together and to date has fundraised $10 million of our $13 million goal. We’re in ‘The Home Stretch’ and are close to paying off our construction loan. Make this your pet project and show your support.

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2023 Not-for-Profit Award Recipient
2023 Commercial Development or Renovation Award Recipient
2022 Marketing & Promotion Award Recipient