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About Us

The Portsmouth Humane Society is a non-profit Virginia corporation. We depend upon charitable contributions to accomplish our work and on volunteer support to augment a very small paid staff. We were founded in 1889 and believe that we are the oldest continuously operating animal welfare organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
PHS is dedicated to caring for homeless animals in the community by promoting their adoptions into loving, permanent homes. We also provide education and community outreach programs to help decrease the pet overpopulation problem.


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  • New play yard took dogged determination…

    Getting new play yard at Portsmouth Humane Society took dogged determination Reposting from an article originally published by The Virginian Pilot on Feb 23, 2017 by Arleen Spenceley Gauge, a pit bull mix, aimlessly roamed until he saw the ball – then he charged, full speed, toward it. “Dogs want to run,” said James McLaughlin,

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  • Miracles happen every day…

    Miracles happen every day. Babs Zuhowski, new Executive Director at PHS, reports on one she witnessed 11.14.16: While standing in the check-out line at our local Walmart Supercenter, I struck up a conversation with the kind stranger in front of me. Holidays, friends, and family were the topics we chatted about and she shared an incredible

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  • Donor Appreciation Pawty

    11.14.16 The Board of Directors at Portsmouth Humane Society hosted an informal donor appreciation event at Artisan’s on Sunday, November 13, 2016.  Julie Sell, local Coldwell Banker realtor, presents a $1,946 check to the shelter’s new Executive Director, Babs Zuhowski.    Previously, Director of Annual Giving and Special Events at The Williams School in Norfolk,   Zuhowski

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  • A little bit of love is all you need.

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