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Mission Statement

The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society is a safe refuge offering rescue and relief for animals in need – providing compassionate care, treatment, and rehabilitation. By reuniting lost animals with their families, adopting animals into forever homes, and providing assistance with spay/neuter we offer them a second chance at life. We are leaders in the community working with others to eliminate all forms of animal suffering caused by overpopulation, neglect, ignorance, and abuse.

Our Vision

We look forward to the day when Windsor and Essex County is a community that values and respects all animals, and cares for them responsibly. Until then, we will use our position of leadership on animal welfare to help work towards that day. We will be the voice for animals in our community – speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

History and About Us

The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society was founded in 1926 and incorporated in 1949. Since our humble beginnings in a citizen’s backyard, we have been promoting responsible pet ownership, compassion for all living things and a commitment to be involved and make a difference. The Humane Society is not a government organization. We are a registered not-for-profit charity devoted to animal welfare.

We rely on public and corporate donations and fundraising campaigns to support our humane programs. We are the only animal shelter in Windsor and Essex County, and the generosity of the community we serve helps us support the animals in our care and allows us to offer a wide range of programs and services. These services include rescuing distressed and abused animals (domestic and wild), humane education, pet food bank, and our spay and neuter program. In 2021 over 14,000 animals came through the doors of our shelter and spay/neuter clinic. We can’t help them without your support.