GUELPH, ON (December 27, 2017) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is asking the community for donations to help cover the cost of veterinary care for a dog who fell almost 25 metres down into the Elora Gorge. ‘George’, as he has been named, was discovered by hikers late on Saturday afternoon after he fell down into Gorge and miraculously, survived.

Thanks to the quick action of the eyewitnesses, the Guelph Humane Society was contacted, and our Animal Protection Officer responded along with the Centre Wellington OPP and the Fire Department high-angle rescue team. After a harrowing rescue, the friendly shepherd mix was secured to a basket stretcher, slowly pulled from the bottom of the Gorge, and was immediately taken to a veterinary clinic by our Animal Protection Officer. George needed a $4,500 surgery to repair his severely injured hind leg.


On Thursday, December 22nd, George underwent an orthopedic surgery to repair his ankle joint. He is also receiving medication to help alleviate the pain from the bumps and bruises sustained during the fall. Following his stay at Campus Estate Animal Hospital, where he is receiving treatment and surgical care, George will spend 6-8 weeks recovering in a foster home before going up for adoption.


“George’s surgery included placing a plate in his joint to stabilize the injury,” says Lisa Veit, Associate Director.  “We are hopeful that he will make a full recovery and be back to running and acting a like a goofy dog again in no time.”


For those interested in following George’s journey, regular updates will be posted on the Society’s Facebook page:


The GHS is asking the community to consider making a donation to the organization’s Duke’s Fund, which helps pay for emergency veterinary expenses for George, and other animals like him that come into the care of GHS every day. As a non-profit, charitable organization, the GHS relies solely on the community’s support to help animals, like George, get the care they need.


Guelph Humane Society:

The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives it can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership. Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for approximately 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year in Guelph and Wellington County. GHS is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit to discover more.


PHOTO: ‘George’ resting comfortably at the vet


Media Contact:

Adrienne McBride

Executive Director