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Our Vision Statement

A sustainable population of healthy animals supported by a community that cares. 

Our Mission Statement

The Guelph Humane Society’s mission is to promote the welfare of all animals
and prevent cruelty and suffering.

Welcome to the Guelph Humane Society!

The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) has been sheltering and rescuing animals in the Guelph/ Wellington Communities since 1893. Each year the GHS cares for approximately 3000 animals in need. Not only do we provide animal sheltering and adoption services but also provide regular veterinary care and have a progressive spay/ neuter program in place.

The society delivers a comprehensive Humane Education Program to community schools, to youth groups and clubs as well as right here at the shelter. Visit our "Just For Kids" section for more information.

The GHS enforces the OSPCA Act investigating animal cruelty and care concerns in the Guelph and Wellington County and handles animal related by law enforcement and licensing services in the City of Guelph.

The Guelph Humane Society is a registered charitable organization; it does not receive any government funding and exists solely on private funding and public donations.


Privacy Policy Review

The Guelph Humane Society is reviewing its privacy and communication policies following an unfortunate incident in which an animal that was brought to our shelter for emergency temporary care was humanely euthanized. The animal was quite elderly and was diagnosed with several debilitating conditions. After nine days of receiving treatment for various conditions the GHS veterinary medical team recommended humane euthanasia to end the animal's pain and discomfort.

In the animal's final days, a group of concerned citizens expressed interest in adopting the animal in question, and paying for its medical expenses. Unfortunately, due to stringent privacy and communication policies in place at GHS and internal miscommunication, the citizen group's offer was not met. The citizen group has since raised concerns about how their offer of assistance was managed by GHS staff.

GHS stands by the decision to euthanize an animal that was unwell, but we recognize we need to do better with communication to members of the public. We have apologized to the citizens affected. We have also committed to a full review of these policies and to implementing changes so that future incidents do not occur.


This year the Guelph Humane Society is partaking in the Oaktree Project!  We are one of 24 charitable organizations in Guelph, all competing for a Grand Prize of $5000.  Nominations for the Project must be made before July 31st, 2014 and we need your help!  Click the link below to visit our profile and read about our organization and what we could do with money if we win!  You can also share your story about your experience with the Guelph Humane Society.  

Oaktree Project Profile


Click here for more information and to register for the 2014 Critter Camp!

Animals waiting to be
Click to see animals waiting to be adopted

It's that time of year again, spring is here!  It is not uncommon to see baby wildlife and mistake them for being orphaned.  Often times the mother may be near, or they may have already left the nest.  Concerned about a possible orphaned, injured or distressed animal?  Call us at 519-824-3091.

Project Dog Foundation

Project Dog Foundation was created to help give the thousands of dogs in shelters across Canada a better life and more comfortable stay within their shelter.  Project Dog Foundation is for people who want to make a difference but are unable to adopt or foster a shelter dog.  Your donations go towards food, toys, blankets, training and medical care - all with the ultimate goal of finding each shelter dog a loving new home!


Dog License 2014. Dog tags for 2014 are now available! See the Dog Tag Page  for more information.

Angel Has Her Wings. Local man writes book about his cat to benefit Guelph Humane Society! Click here for more information!

We Recycle!

Used Electronics - Click Here
Empty Bottles - Click Here

*New* Hours of Operation:

Monday- 9 am to 6 pm
Tuesday- 9 am to 7 pm
Wednesday- 9 am to 7 pm
Thursday- 9 am to 7pm
Friday- 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday- 9 am to 5 pm

*New* Animal Viewing hours
- 11 am to 5:30 pm
Tuesday- 11 am to 6:30 pm
Wednesday- 11 am to 6:30 pm
Thursday- 11 am to 6:30 pm
Friday- 11 am to 8:30 pm
Saturday- 11 am to 4:30 pm

 Emergency Services

For all inquiries or messages please call 519-824-3091 and leave your name, telephone number, date, time and reason for your call. Every effort will be made to return your call within 24 hours.

In the case of an after hours emergency, please contact the shelter at 519-824-3091 to obtain our after hours emergency number.