About Us

The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society is a non-profit organization, dedicated to providing care and shelter to animals in need. Being an affiliate with the Ontario SPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) allows our shelter to go above and beyond the Canadian Standards of Care in Animal Shelters Guidelines. The OSPCA’s programs and services include:

  • Cruelty Investigations
  • Sheltering and Adoptions
  • Humane Education
  • Reducing Pet Overpopulation
  • Emergency Rescue and Treatment
  • Reuniting Lost Pets with their Owners
  • Spay/Neuter Services
  • Rescue & Relief™ Services

We pride ourselves in being a open door for life shelter offering food, veterinarian care and shelter to animals who have been neglected, abandoned, abused, or whose owners simply can’t care for them anymore. We are a financially independent organization funded entirely by our own fundraising efforts, donations from the community, and adoption/bring-in fees. The TBDHS is a Canada Revenue Agency Registered Charity and is able to issue tax receipts.


The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society advocates for the welfare of animals by building bridges of compassion between people and animals.


The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society envisions a future in which every animal has a loving home and accessible medical care.


Our core values are to provide humane education and awareness in the community so that animals enjoy, as a minimum, the five essential freedoms:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
  2. Freedom from pain, injury, & disease
  3. Freedom from distress
  4. Freedom from discomfort
  5. Freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being


We are members of both the OSPCA www.ospca.ca and Humane Canada www.humanecanada.ca