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                                Humane Society


Over a century of caring


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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.


Friends for Life!
                                              Walkathon registration

Register now for the annual Friends for Life! Walkathon
Sunday, September 21, 2014
York Road Park, Guelph


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



Walk with Guelph Humane Society on Sunday, September 21st in the
raising money for animals in need, one
step at a time. Click here or on the logo to sign up and begin fundraising today!


The new school year has started and with it comes increased traffic on our city streets. Remember to keep your dogs leashed at all times except in designated leash-free areas, to prevent accidents in the road. Concerned about an unleashed, unattended or possibly stray 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

Hours of Operation:

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

Animal Viewing hours
- 11 am to 5:30 pm
Tuesday- 11 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday- 11 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday- 11 am to 5:30 pm
Friday- 11 am to 8:30 pm
Saturday- 11 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday- Closed

 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.