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Rehoming Your Pet

If you are experiencing an emergency or a crisis, please contact the Guelph Humane Society immediately at intake@guelphhumane.ca or call 519-824-3091

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Giving Up Your Pet to the Guelph Humane Society

We arrange for animals to be surrendered by appointment only for residents of Wellington County. If you are experiencing an emergency or a crisis, please contact the Guelph Humane Society immediately.

  • Email intake@guelphhumane.ca or call 519-824-3091 to speak with our Intake Coordinator about giving up your pet
  • Provide your contact details and information about your pet so that you can be placed on the waiting list if we cannot accept your pet right away
  • There is a surrender fee, based on a variety of factors, which will be discussed with you when you call
  • We keep all adoptable animals in our care as long as it takes to find their new happy tail

Please keep in mind that all animals brought to the Guelph Humane Society must be either on a leash or in a carrier.

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Tips on Rehoming Your Pet

The Guelph Humane Society is here to help you explore all possible options so that you can keep your animal, but we recognize that sometimes, giving up your companion is the best option – for you and your pet. By far the best solution is for you to find your pet it’s new happy tail. You know your pet best and will ultimately be the best judge of whether or not they will be happy with their new potential owners.
Please visit Pet Finder for further information about finding a new home for your pet! If you have any questions or concerns about rehoming your pet, please contact the Guelph Humane Society at 519-824-3091.

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Rehoming Small Animals

Trying to rehome small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.) is a fairly different process from rehoming a cat or dog. For more information, use the following tips:

  • Post the animal on social media cautiously, be aware that you will want to screen people by talking to them about their animal experience, their intentions with your pet and why they want your pet
  • Ask for a fee, even if you don’t want one it is a good way to filter out irresponsible pet owners who are just looking for a free animal
  • If you don’t feel like the person can meet your level of standards for caring for your pet, tell them there is someone else who is interested as well and you will call them later if they are chosen
  • Contact rescue groups who specialize in specific species. There are many rescues who deal entirely with reptiles or birds or pocket pets and can be found through an online search
  • You can also see Pet Finders tips for rehoming rabbits