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Helsinki Humane Society HESY ry

About HESY


Helsinki Humane Society HESY aims to protect all animals to the best of our abilities. We focus on providing aid to homeless animals. In the last 20 years, we have taken approximately 30 000 homeless animals into our care and found new homes for them. Our no-kill animal shelter (HESY Centre) cares for and rehomes hundreds of homeless pets every year. Furthermore, we give advice on animal protection and animal care.
Our society opposes animal abuse, which can be found in factory farming, fur farming, hunting, animal testing, circuses, entertainment and other areas. Our society honours our worthy traditions and only acts by lawful means.
HESY also maintains an animal cemetery, located in Helsinki Central Park.



Contact information

Contact information

HESY Centre (HESY-keskus)
Address: Muonamiehentie 7, 00390 Helsinki.
Email: hesy [a] hesy.fi

We assist in all matters concerning lost animals and animal protection. You can call our helpline on 09 5420 0100, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 16:00.


Opening Hours

Mon-Fri from 9:00 to 17:00
Sat from 10:00 to 14:00
Sun closed

Animal Premises: Tue & Thu from 16:00 to 19:00.

Getting a pet from HESY

Getting a pet from HESY

Interested in opening your heart and home to a pet of your own through HESY? You can find the animals looking for forever homes on our website (hesy.fi -> Kotia etsivät eläimet). If you wish to offer a home to a HESY animal, start by filling out this online form. Please also acquaint yourself with the terms of our adoption agreement.

Before moving into their new home, all animals will undergo a veterinary inspection. Cats, dogs, rabbits, and other larger animals are microchipped and registered with Turvasiru.fi. In addition, they are vaccinated and dewormed. Adult cats, dogs, and rabbits are spayed and neutered. When adopting a kitten or puppy, you are required to bring them to the HESY veterinarian to be neutered by the age of 1 year.

Adoption fees for 2024 can be found here (in Finnish).

Please note that
* Most animals need animal company. HESY rehomes kittens in pairs or to homes that already have a cat. A HESY kitten cannot be an only cat.
* HESY cats must be indoor cats or be walked on a leash. They must not be allowed to roam freely.
* If you already have a cat at home, make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date.
* An animal acquired from HESY may not be re-homed without the society’s permission.



To support HESY and help homeless animals, you can make a donation:

* via MobilePay #53287

* via text message by texting [sum] HESY to 16588 (for example, by texting 10 HESY you donate 10 euros)

* by paying directly into our account:
IBAN: FI09 2001 1800 113063
Please remember to write “Donation” in the message field, or use the reference number 100586. If you wish to direct your donation to cats, use the reference number 100573. If you wish to direct  your donation to dogs, use the reference number 100599.

Registered Charity No: RA/2020/755
Registered Charity No valid:  1.1.2021 onwards



We would not be able to do what we do without our volunteers! HESY needs help in all kinds of tasks, whether it be at fundraising events or in the day-to-day running of the organisation. No matter what your skills or talents are, we appreciate any time that you are willing to give.

If you’d like to give a hand, book time(s) for volunteer activities from here: volunteer booking calendar

We currently need volunteers in the following areas:

Human friends
Many of our cats have had either bad experiences with humans, or have had virtually no human contact at all. To help scaredy cats realise people are not dangerous – which really helps with their chances of adoption – human friends spend time with the cats to show that nothing awful will happen. This typically involves simply sitting in the cats’ parlour for an hour: you can browse your mobile or read or knit or whatever you like whilst there!

Book from here


Baking circle
HESY Centre occasionally hosts public events which showcase its activities. We also organise more general animal-themed events. At these events, homemade pastries are available for guests to purchase, with the proceeds going towards the shelter’s activities. If you like baking, consider joining our baking circle! 

Book from here


Gardening at the animal cemetery

Sometimes we organise gardening events but you can also go anytime by yourself.

Info and booking from here


Professional help
Do you have skills in copywriting, layout design, translation, photography, marketing, or advertising? Maybe you’re a student or a professional in law, biology, or veterinary science? HESY is always on the lookout for volunteers who are willing to lend us their professional expertise. If you’re a specialist in communications, we would love your help in creating the magazine and various campaigns. We would also greatly appreciate the advice of experts in law and zoology when it comes to difficult animal welfare issues and drafting statements. You can send an email to hesy@hesy.fi and let us know your skills and give us your contact info. Your conctact info will be stored securely.


Catching outdoor cats / transporting animals
If you want to help catch outdoor cats or call help for injured/sick wild animals, you can join animals’ rescue circle on Facebook on here Animals’ rescue circle (not organised by HESY).

In the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, outdoor cats shoud be transported to Viikki animal shelter.


Please note

We care very much about the safety of our volunteers, but unfortunately they are not covered by our insurance policy. For this reason, if you wish to volunteer for any task involving animals, we strongly recommend that you take out insurance which covers recreational accidents and check that your basic vaccinations are up to date.

Become a Member

You can support us by becoming a member. The annual membership fee is 25 €. If you want to become a lifetime member, the fee is 375 € (annual fee x 15).
Membership fees help us cover the costs of caring for homeless animals. It takes about one million euros a year to run the HESY Centre.
Having a large number of members is beneficial in other ways, too. For example, when new laws regarding the prevention of cruelty to animals are being created, legislators are more likely to listen to organisations with large memberships.
As a member, you will receive our HESY magazine (published in Finnish only) twice a year.
If you would like to become a member, please fill out the membership form here (available only in Finnish). If you can’t navigate the Finnish form, send a message to hesy [a] hesy.fi and we will help you out!

Rules of Helsingin eläinsuojeluyhdistys HESY (available only in Finnish).