Animal Control


The Municipality of Port Hope, Town of Cobourg, Township of Hamilton and the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand are collective partners in a joint animal services program providing animal pick-up services for domestic animals (dogs and cats) within the four municipalities' catchment area.

The Municipal 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 Municipal Animal Services provides impound services, area patrol services, issuing of dog tags and animal adoption services.

Municipal Animal Services

2363 Theatre Road South (south of Hwy 401)
Dispatch - 905.885.8092
Shelter of Hope Facility - 905.885.7808

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sundays and Statutory Holidays: CLOSED

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1060
Cobourg, ON K9A 4W5

2363 Theatre Road South (south of Highway 401)
(Use exits # 472 at Burnham Street south, Cobourg,
or exit # 464 at Ontario Street south, Port Hope to access Theatre Road off Highway # 2)

Watch the video created by the Municipality of Port Hope, reminding residents of the Animal Registration By-law and the responsibility of the dog owner to keep dogs on leash. 

Download a Dog Tag Application Form and bring it to Town Hall (56 Queen Street) to purchase the tag(s). For a list of the fees for the dog tags and all other charges, visit the Municipal Fees and Charges webpage

Review the By-law For The Licensing And Registration of Dogs for full details. 

Urban Wildlife

The Joint Animal Control Services program DOES NOT handle urban wildlife calls such as skunks, raccoons, bats. Residents are urged to contact a local pest control company who may or may not operate on a fee for service basis. Consult your local yellow pages for "Pest Control".

Download "Managing Human/Wildlife Conflicts"


Coyotes have been sighted in the urban area of the Municipality of Port Hope. Please see the letter Port Hope residents and for more information, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources.