November 21, 2019 (GUELPH, ON) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is barking for joy as they kick-start their holiday giving campaign. During this festive and generous time of year, GHS asks you to open your heart and give hope to the most vulnerable animals in our community.

“It’s that special time of year where we can cozy up with family, friends, and of course our furry loved ones too,” says Adrienne McBride, Executive Director. “We are thankful for the continuous support our community provides for our animals, those animals that may not have a family to call their own this holiday season.”

The holiday season can be a busy time of year for everyone, including GHS, which often sees an increase in the number of pets arriving as strays or surrendered pets in need of extensive medical care. They ensure these pets feel the warmth and joy of the season. Each year, GHS helps thousands of pets, like Toffee, a sweet lab retriever who was found wandering in the York and Watson Road area last November. Toffee received complicated surgery to address serious complications from an untreated eye disease. Her care was paid for thanks to the generous donors and supporters of GHS. Toffee got her Happy Tail and is now celebrating her very first holiday season all cozy and warm with her loving family.  

GHS would like to remind the community that they are a registered charitable organization. It’s important to differentiate between the services offered to the municipalities by the Guelph Humane Society and the services the humane society offers the community.

GHS is contracted by the City of Guelph, as well as the Townships of Guelph-Eramosa and Centre Wellington to provide municipal animal control services, which addresses any stray pets or sick and injured animals. This service provides important support for citizens in the community, who may come across an animal in need. GHS does not profit from providing this service.

Any fees associated with providing the animal control services do not support the activities of the humane society, such as extensive medical care, spay and neuter surgeries, microchipping, humane education, enrichment and pet adoption.  These services are supported by generous donors in our community. The care of all animals at GHS is only possible thanks to donors, who help fund spay/neuters, vaccinations, medications, life-saving surgeries, high-quality food, snuggles, love and so much more.

This holiday season consider giving the gift of warmth and hope to our community’s most vulnerable animals. Donate today by calling 519-824-3091, going online at, or mailing your cheque to 500 Wellington St. W., P.O. Box 684, Guelph, ON N1H 6L3.

The Guelph Humane Society wishes you and your furry companions a ‘pawsitively’ happy holiday!

Photo credit: Laura Wombwell Photography


Guelph Humane Society:

The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives we 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. GHS is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. GHS is proud to partner with the City of Guelph to provide animal control services for our community. Visit to discover more.


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Deborah Lobbezoo

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Guelph Humane Society