Helsinki Humane Society HESY

Helsinki Humane Society HESY (The Helsinki Society for Animal Protection)  aims to protect all animals to the best of our abilities. We focus on aiding homeless animals and increasing the appreciation of animals. Furthermore, we give advice on animal protection and animal care.

Our society opposes animal abuse which can be found within factory farming, fur farming, hunting, animal testing, circuses, entertainment and other areas. Our society honours our worthy traditions and only acts by lawful means.

Our society maintains an animal cemetery, located in the Helsinki Central Park. We are best known for our Animal Rescue Centre (animal shelter) in East Pakila, Helsinki.

In the last 20 years, we have taken approximately 20 000 homeless animals into our custody and found them new homes. In 2012, we rescued 493 abandoned animals – mainly cats, but also dogs, rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, gerbils, birds, turtles – and offered them a better life.

Animal Rescue Centre (animal shelter)

Address: Yhdyskunnantie 11, 00680 Helsinki, Itä-Pakila, Bus 64.

We help in all matters concerning lost animals and animal protection. You can call the HESY helpline on 09 54200 100. Helpline is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Opening hours
Office: Monday-Friday at 10-18, Sundays at 15-18
Animal premises: Monday-Friday at 15-18, Sundays at 15-18
Tramp Cat’s Flea market: Mon.-Fri. at 15-18, Sat. 12-15, Sun. 12-18

Account number for donations to homeless animals:

NORDEA 200118-113063
IBAN: FI09 2001 1800 113063

Please remember to write “Donation” to the message field, or use reference number 100586.

Account number for donations to the dog shelter:

NORDEA 157230-410019
IBAN: FI86 1572 3000 410019

Please remember to write “Donation” to the message field, or use reference number 100586.

Account number for donations for the renovation of the animal rescue centre:

NORDEA 200118-133194
IBAN: FI60 2001 1800 133194

Please remember to write “Donation” to the message field, or use reference number 100586.

Registered Charity No: 2020/2013/4325
Registered Charity No valid: 5.3.2014–31.12.2014

Become a member

You can support us by becoming a member. The annual membership fee is 25 € for adults and 15 € for youth members (persons under 18 years). If you want to become a lifetime member the fee is 375 € (annual fee x 15).

The membership fees help us to cover the expenses for the care of the homeless animals. It takes 500 000 € in a year to run the Animal Rescue Centre.

To have 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 made, legislators listen to organisations with large memberships when laws are being prepared.

As a member, you receive HESY magazine (published in Finnish only) twice a year.

If you want to become a member, fill out a membership form below and pay the membership fee directly to our (HESY’s) account. The account number is 174530-130031 (Nordea). Remember to write down your name, address and date of birth to the message field. If you are paying the annual membership fee write down “membership fee” to the message field and if you are paying the lifetime membership fee write down “lifetime membership”.

Change of address, please contact Kirsti Rautasola: kirsti.rautasola [a] hesy.fi

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

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