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About the Organization

We envision a sustainable population of healthy animals supported by a community that cares. Our mission is to promote the welfare of all animals and prevent cruelty and suffering. To achieve those goals, we provide animal sheltering, surrender, and adoption services, veterinary care, pet identification, a progressive spay/neuter program, and lost pet returns. We also provide care and assistance with sick, orphaned and injured wildlife.

Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for as many as 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year.

Our programs are delivered by a dedicated team of staff with many years of experience in the field. In addition to paid staff, we are lucky to have nearly 300 active volunteers who provide many thousands of hours of volunteer service each year and generously share their skills and ideas with the humane society.

The Guelph Humane Society has a strong working relationship with local, provincial, and national animal welfare organizations; local school boards; the City of Guelph; Township of Centre Wellington; Township of Guelph-Eramosa; local veterinarians; the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre at the University of Guelph; and Guelph Police Services and the Provincial Crown Attorney’s Office. We are an affiliate society of the Ontario SPCA, and member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS).

Our organization is guided by a dedicated Board of Directors made up of volunteers with a wide range of skills and business experience. The Board also convenes several ad hoc committees, which work to address specific issues. Day-to-day operations of the shelter are managed by the Executive Director and senior staff with the Board’s general guidance.

We are a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. As such, we depend on your donations and private funding to support our important work. The Guelph Humane Society charitable registration number is 119236305RR0001.

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What We Do

We envision a sustainable population of healthy animals supported by a community that cares. Our mission is to promote the welfare of all animals and prevent cruelty and suffering. To achieve those goals, we provide animal sheltering, surrender, and adoption services, veterinary care, pet identification, a progressive spay/neuter program, and lost pet returns. We also provide care and assistance with sick, orphaned and injured wildlife.

As an affiliate of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) we employ OSPCA Agents to investigate allegations of cruelty or neglect in Guelph and Wellington County under provincial and federal animal cruelty legislation, and enforce those laws when necessary.

The Guelph Humane Society also boasts strong education programs that impact thousands of children and youth annually. Our Humane Education program is one of the largest in North America. Through weekly school visits in Wellington County, children have the opportunity to participate in welfare and animal safety-based curriculum delivered by our Humane Educator. We also offer a weekday Junior Humane Club, a March Break Camp and Summer Camp programs.

The Guelph Humane Society is contracted by the City of Guelph, the Township of Centre Wellington and the Township of Guelph-Eramosa to provide animal services. Our staff enforce animal related by-laws, capture and impound stray domestic animals, respond to citizens with animal concerns, provide emergency response to stray animals or animals (including wildlife) that are illness or injured, and manage the licensing of pets.

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Looking Forward

The current shelter is located at 500 Wellington Street West in Guelph, Ontario and was constructed in 1974. Most urgently, we need to replace our current facility, which we have outgrown. As a result, we are currently working towards a facility that will meet the future needs and expand our impact in the community.

Over the next 20 years, several trends will affect how we do business in Guelph, including an increasing and aging population and the increasing role of our city as a bedroom community to Toronto. Under the guidance of our Executive Director and our Board of Directors, this evolution will require ongoing discussions with our collective stakeholders, resulting in new strategic plans and initiatives that will allow us to continue to meet our Mission and to continue to deliver innovative programs that meet the needs of our community.

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Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Vision

The Guelph Humane Society envisions a world where all animals are treated humanely, with respect and compassion.

Our Mission

The Guelph Humane Society’s mission is ‘to advocate for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives we can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership.’

Our Values

We value the interconnectedness that we share with all animals in our community.

We value the humane treatment of all animals and strive to ensure their well-being and safety.

We value innovation and advancement, utilizing evidence-based approaches to guide improvements and best practices.

We value compassion and respect, demonstrating these values with each other and those we serve, including animals.

We value being leaders in our community in the promotion of animal welfare, by actively demonstrating knowledge and advocacy.

We value active engagement with our partners, supporters, and community, through programs, services, humane education and outreach.

We value integrity and transparency in all our communications and relationships.

We value fiscal responsibility and the careful stewardship of our resources, reputation and assets.