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 2015, we rescued 501 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 (street address is Yhdyskunnantie 11): Monday–Friday at 10–18 and Sunday at 15–18. Closed on Saturdays.
Animal premises (street address is Yhdyskunnantie 11): Monday-Friday and Sunday at 15-18. Closed on Saturdays.
Flea market (street address is Metsäpurontie 25): Monday-Friday at 11-18, Saturday at 10–14. Closed on Sundays.


When the pet goes missing 

Has your pet gone missing? Lost pets in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen, and Kirkkonummi area must be reported to Viikin löytöeläintalo, Viikki foundling animal shelter, Helsinki. A Missing Pet report can be made by phone, tel. +358 45 113 4683, during the shelter opening hours on Mon–Fri 08:00-19:00, Sat 08:00-16:00, and Sun 10:00-18:00 or via eForm on the shelter website.

An exception to this are the dogs gone missing in Kirkkonummi area. In this case the Missing Pet report is to be filed to Kirkkonummen löytökoiratarha, Kirkkonummi foundling dog shelter, by phone to the number +358 40 772 6552.

When filing a Missing Pet report an exact description of the missing animal, time and place of disappearance, and the owner’s contact information must be provided.

HESY functions as a shelter for foundling cats in Siuntio and other small foundling animals, except for foundling dogs. Foundling dogs at Siuntio area should be taken to Lesy ry, phone number 045 6041 818, Maksjoentie 11, 08200 Lohja.  Pets gone missing in the Capital Region (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen, Kirkkonummi) don’t need to be reported to HESY separately. Other municipalities’ animal shelter information can be found on the homepage of the municipality in question.

If a pet adopted from HESY goes missing HESY must be informed. This can be done by calling HESY helpline during the telephone service hours on weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm, tel. +358 9 5420 0100 of by email hesy[a]

Foundling animals are kept in Viikin löytöeläintalo at minimum for 15 days, the period stipulated in the Animal Welfare Act (247/1996). HESY receives from there the animals whose owners have not been found or which could not have been placed forward.

When you find a runaway pet

When you find a runaway pet, check whether it has a collar on. Check if there are any contact information on the inside or outside of the collar. Also ask around in the neighborhood if someone knows the pet’s owner.

Check if there’s a tattoo on the animal’s left ear. Some dogs occasionally may have the tattoo on the left groin. Pedigree dogs sometimes have their registration number tattooed in their ear, based on which the owner is easy to find out. Register is held by Suomen Kennelliitto, The Finnish Kennel Club.

Finnish feline federation, Suomen Kissaliitto, holds a register on pedigree cats. If the foundling is a pedigree cat, its owner will be found based on the registration number in feline federation’s database.

The animal may have a microchip, unseeable with the bare eye, underneath its skin in the neck area. Microchip readers are found in most animal shelters and in several veterinary stations. The owner can be found based on the microchip number. For example Turvasiru and Siruhaku online services maintain databases on pets having a microchip.

Take the founling animal to an official shelter

Notify your municipality’s official foundling animal shelter without delay once you have found the runaway pet, after which the pet is to be taken to the said shelter. In Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa the foundling animal is to be taken to Viikin Löytöeläintalo, shelter in Viikki. Also foundling animals in Kirkkonummi, except for dogs, are to be taken to Viikin löytöeläintalo, opening hours Mon-Fri 8–19, Sat 8–16 and Sun 10–18, tel. +358 45 113 4683. Foundling dogs in Kirkkonummi area are held in Kirkkonummen löytökoiratarha, Kirkkonummi foundling dog shelter, tel +358 40 772 6552. Information on all foundling animal matters in aforementioned areas can be asked from Viikin löytöeläintalo.

HESY continues to function as a shelter for foundling animals in Siuntio, except for foundling dogs. HESY helpline telephone service hours are Mon–Fri from 10 am to 5 pm, tel. +358 9 5420 0100. Our office is open as follows: Monday-Friday at 10–18 and on Sundaya at 15–18.

Taking the foundling animal to a shelter

HESY takes care of taking the foundling animal to the official shelter in Helsinki, Vantaa, Kauniainen, Kirkkonummi, and Siuntio area during weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm in case if the person having found the animal is unable to do so. HESY is only able to transport animals that are caught. After 5 pm and during weekends the police will help with the transportation.

Animal Welfare Act decrees

According to the Animal welfare act the owner or possessor of the animal is entitled to get his/her pet back for the costs of care. The foundling animal cannot be given to a new home until it has been in the shelter for the minimum of 15 days. That is, based on the Animal Welfare Act, the foundling animals must always, and in all cases, be taken in each municipality’s official foundling animal shelter only.

It is worthwhile to notify also neighbouring municipality’s animal shelter and official humane society/ animal rescue center about the foundling animal. In the countryside the local hunters’ association may be of help in finding out the owner. Check the area notice boards and “missing pet” ads in newspapers, and put up also your own notices telling a runaway pet has been found.

Account number for donations to homeless animals:

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:

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:

IBAN: FI60 2001 1800 133194

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

Registered Charity No: RA/2017/13
Registered Charity No valid:  4.1.2017–31.12.2017

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 about one million euros 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 (Contact Me -form) below and pay the membership fee directly to our (HESY’s) account. The account number is IBAN: FI11 1745 3000 1300 31. 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 send message to the following email address: hesy [a]

Rules of Helsingin eläinsuojeluyhdistys HESY (available only in Finnish).
Please note: Form’s mandatory fields are marked by an asterisk (*)