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Portsmouth Humane Society

Founded in 1889, we are believed to be the oldest continuously-operating animal welfare organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The City of Portsmouth, without a city-run animal shelter of its own, relies upon the Portsmouth Humane Society (PHS) to provide shelter, care, and adoption efforts for all of the city’s homeless animals. As a non-profit organization, we depend upon charitable contributions and volunteer support to accomplish our goal of providing the best possible outcome for the pets in our care.


Did You Know...

In 2018, the Portsmouth Humane Society performed 33,580 dog walks, cared for 2,150 animals, found adoptive families for 1,324 animals, and completed 1,300 spay/neuter surgeries. All of this was made possible with the help of our generous donors and devoted volunteers.