527 Avonlough Road, Belleville K8N 4Z2
613-968-4673  •  Email Us

About QHS

About the Quinte Humane Society

OUR MISSION: To promote the prevention of cruelty to animals that are neglected, abused, exploited, stray or homeless.

Work within the law and in cooperation with the government, OSPCA and the public, in order to improve conditions for animals while maintaining a balanced sensitivity toward both animal and human needs.

In the early 1970’s, the Quinte Humane Society acquired Eastern Breeders property on Avonlough Road to utilize as a public shelter.  Prior to this, many animals were placed with Q.H.S. volunteers who acted as foster homes and provided care.  Over the years, we have established a unique bond with our supporters whose generosity keeps our doors open.  We cannot thank them enough for their caring and kindness.

QHS is a registered charity that serves all of Prince Edward and Hastings County.  We are a non-profit organization that is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors using a Governance model.  Our community based shelter provides a safe and caring place for as many as 2200 sick, abused, neglected and homeless animals each year.

Since 1993 we have been affiliated with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), but remain a locally run, locally funded shelter with all dollars raised remaining in the community. 

The Quinte Humane Society is not a government agency. Its money comes from donations, fundraising events, adoption fees and fees for service. The gap between the cost of care for each animals and the adoption fees charged is typically hundreds of dollars. ($345 for cats, $185 for dogs). This challenging gap is only met by donations from the community. Quinte Humane Society can only be there for pets that can no longer be taken care of by their owners or for abused and neglected animals thanks to community support.

Quinte Humane Society's Animal Service Department known as the pound, provides care for strays and owned animals roaming at large which Animal Control has picked up. Animal Control brings these animals to the shelter for care and the shelter looks after them in the hopes that an owner will claim them.  If not, then after 5 days they become the responsibility of the shelter and they make all the necessary efforts to get them ready for adoption to a new forever home.




Board of Directors

Marilyn Lawrie, Executive Director Send Email   Donna Endicott, Chair
Marja Smith, Shelter Manager Send Email   Egerton Boyce, Vice Chair
Amanda Frost, Executive Assistant (on leave) Send Email   Jim Woolnough, Treasurer
Jennifer Nicholls, Finance Supervisor Send Email   Arlene Shepard, Secretary
Brittany Veen, Shelter Supervisor/Executive Assistant Send Email   Chris Barry, Director
Jean Charles D'Amours, Campaign Manager Send Email   Marijo Cuerrier, Director
Kristi Ballenthin, Volunteer Programs Coordinator Send Email   Hank Koudsi, Director
Kaitlin, Animal Care Attendant     Kelly McCaw, Director
Melissa, Animal Care Attendant     Leslie Roseblade, Director
Stevi, Animal Care Attendant      
Liz, Animal Care Attendant      
Julia, Animal Care Attendant      
Daniel, Animal Care Attendant      
Paige, Animal Care Attendant