The Shelter of Hope is responsible for the planning, coordination, control and direction for the administration and service delivery of Animal Services and welfare. The service ensures that policies, by-law and regulations are in place and adhered to for the protection of the public and the welfare of the domestic animals in the community.

The Shelter of Hope Animal Services is governed by the Joint Animal Services Board of Management representing the Corporation of the Town of Cobourg, the Municipality of Port Hope, the Township of Hamilton and the Township of Alnwick / Haldimand.

The Shelter provides impound services, area patrol services, issuing of dog tags and animal adoption services.

Find out about the Shelter of Hope’s BARN CAT ADOPTION PROGRAM.

Find out how you can help animals by becoming a FOSTER CARE VOLUNTEER.

Find out about the FRIENDS of the Shelter of Hope Ad Hoc Committee.

Animal Adoption

Before The Shelter of Hope can place a stray animal up for adoption, the animal must first be held for 4 business days. During this holding period the owner is able to reclaim their lost pet. If the animal’s owner is not located in this time, the Shelter staff begins the process of placing the animal up for adoption. The Shelter of Hope’s goal is to place all unclaimed and surrendered animals into new loving homes.

The Shelter of Hope is a pound for a large area and must take in all strays from the municipalities it services. Although all animals are kept for 4 business days, there are times when the Shelter cannot find new homes fast enough during the peak periods. Foster care homes are needed to help out in these temporary situation. Find out how you can help animals by becoming a FOSTER CARE VOLUNTEER.

For more information:
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Shelter of Hope Facebook page:

Shelter of Hope
2363 Theatre Road South, Box 1060
Cobourg, Ontario K9A 4W5

Telephone: 905-885-7808
Fax Number: 905-885-6804
Emergencies: 905-885-8092

Contact by email

Shelter of Hope HOURS:
Mon. to Fri. 10 am to 4 pm
Sat. 9 am to 1 pm
Closed to the public on Sundays and Holidays

Animal Control services remain the same continuing to receive calls up to 5:00 p.m.
Emergency calls only after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends and holidays.

FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE SHELTER AND ITS GOVERNING BOARD – Read the board meeting minutes and agendas:


(Agendas include Minutes plus all Reports)