The Sarnia & District Humane Society has been in this community since 1953 (That’s 61 years!). As an organization, we are dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for all animals, and to preventing animal cruelty and suffering. We seek to mobilize our community to help us create an environment in which all animals can enjoy (as a minimum) freedom from:  hunger, thirst, cruelty, discomfort, and distress.

Most people do not realize that we do NOT receive any government funding for our shelter. We rely solely on the generous support of individual donations, bequests, and corporate sponsorships to operate our facility.

By making a contribution to your local Sarnia & District Humane Society, your donation will stay in YOUR community. All funds raised by the shelter stay right here and are used to
assist and care for animals right here in THIS community!

If you are interested in supporting your local Humane Society, check out our How to Donate page!


City Pound Services & Adoptions

The Sarnia & District Humane Society acts as the “pound” for the City of Sarnia & most of Lambton County, which means stray animals are brought into the shelter.

We also take in all unwanted/abandoned animals from Lambton County. These animals stay in our care, and will eventually be adopted out to their perfect forever homes. We have a thorough adoption application which helps us to find the best possible fit for every animal that comes through our doors.

SNIP Program

Each pet adopted from the Sarnia & District Humane Society is spayed or neutered. However, we have also come to realize that there are pets that do not pass through our doors that need to be sterilized as well. Thus, our SNIP program was created.

Through this program, The Sarnia & District Humane Society offers assistance to a limited number of pet owners who could not otherwise afford to have their pet spayed or neutered. Residents of the municipalities served by The Sarnia & District SPCA must complete an application form located at the shelter.

We fund-raise specifically for this program with our annual “Spay-ghetti and No Balls Event”. This program allows us to actively support our platform of having your pets spayed/neutered to avoid strays and overpopulation!

Don't Forget to Feed Me

Through this program we are able to supply pet food to those in need during challenging financial times. We offer an option to surrendering or worse, abandoning, a family pet. “Don’t Forget to Feed Me” helps to ensure that no owner has to choose between “stay” or “go”. Food is also distributed to other local non-profits including: The Inn of the Good Shepherd, Heavens Wildlife rescue and Raptors Rehabilitation Rescue.


Project Safehouse

Temporary pet housing is provided during crisis situations, through partnerships with the Women’s Interval Home, Sexual Assault Survivors Group, Children’s Aid Society, Sarnia Police and Ontario Provincial Police Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Community Living, as well as the Red Cross.