Exciting announcement - HSDR formally joins the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

The Humane Society of Durham Region has provided support for animals in the Region of Durham for over 30 years. The needs in our community continue to rise, and we are committed to addressing those needs. The animals in our community remain our top priority. We are here to support pets and their families when they need us most.

For years the Humane Society of Durham Region and the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society have worked collaboratively to support animals. Today we are pleased to share that the Humane Society of Durham Region is formally joining the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society to combine our organizations. This is a step to strengthen and grow the programs and community support services provided by the HSDR to help animals and the families who love them.  

What does this mean? The HSDR will continue to operate with the same dedicated staff and volunteers. Our name will remain the Humane Society of Durham Region and we will continue to work out of our Wentworth Street location. New to the organization, we will now have access to provincial resources and administrative support through the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. This will allow us to increase our capacity to care for vulnerable animals and meet the increasing needs in our community.  

The Board of Directors of the HSDR are committed to the organization and addressing animal welfare needs. Current HSDR Board Chair Len Butticci, and Board Director Larry Wilder, DVM, will now sit as members of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society Board of Directors, providing a voice for our region and beyond.                                                                 

                                                                  COVID-19 Update

The Humane Society of Durham Region has implemented safety policies due to COVID 19. Our priority is the health and safety of staff, clients and animals.  HSDR remains committed to helping animals in need and providing services to the community.

All services are provided by appointment.


HSDR is currently accommodating all animal adoptions and animal viewing through an appointment basis.  Here is an overview of our current adoption process:

Step 1: View animals for adoption on our website adoption page

Step 2: Submit an adoption application to

Step 3:  HSDR will contact you to tell you more about the animal you are interested in, or help to match you with an animal that would be best suited for your home, family and lifestyle.

Step 4: Set up an appointment time to visit animals at the shelter and meet with our knowledgeable adoption staff

Step 5:  Make arrangements to take your new furry family member home!

To view animals available for adoption, please visit the Adopt page of our website byclicking here

*Please note, that the steps for adoption for some animals may differ from the overview above based on that specific animal’s medical or behavioural needs and is at the discretion of our staff*

Animal Intake

Animal intake is accommodated by appointment. For more information about animal intake and surrendering your pet, please visit our Surrender page


Donations of supplies can be dropped off during regular operating hours without an appointment. Upon arrival, please ring the doorbell located at the front doors and leave the items outside by the front entrance. Staff will bring the items inside.  Monetary donations can be dropped off in person during regular operating hours without an appointment. Upon arrival, please ring the doorbell located at the front doors and staff will assist you.  Donations can be by cash, cheque, credit or debit. For other ways to donate, please visit the Donate page.

Pet Food Bank Services

To access the food bank, please call the shelter at (905)665-7430 ext. 0 to arrange a pickup time. Same day food bank pick ups are able to be accommodated.  Upon arrival for your pick up, please ring the doorbell located at the front doors and our staff will assist you.

Rabies/Microchip Clinic

Please check our events page and social media for any upcoming Rabies and Microchip Clinics.

Other Services

Please call (905) 665-7430 ext. 0 or email us at

Community Events

Please check back for events.

Community Partners

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● Bowmanville East
243 King St. E.,  (905) 697-3523
● Bowmanville West
2377 Highway 2,  (905) 623-6613
● Ajax
65 Kingston Rd E.,  (905) 239-4459
● Brooklin
5949 Baldwin St. S.,  (905) 655-1704
● Warren (Oshawa)
1 Warren Ave., (905) 571-6235
● Ritson (Oshawa)
300 Taunton Road E.,  (905) 433-5564
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● Ajax
280 Kingston Rd E.,  (905) 426-1009
● Whitby
980 Taunton Rd. E., (905) 579-4611
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● South Whitby
1650 Victoria St. E.,  (905) 723-4823
● North Whitby
320 Taunton Rd E.,  (905) 655-1276
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