GUELPH, ON (December 16, 2019) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) saved a cat’s life after it swam across the Speed River on Monday, December 9, 2019. It took three animal protection officers and the two finders of the cat an hour to secure this cold, wet, and scared cat.

The cat, a brown medium haired tabby, was reported by two kind members of the public who were concerned about his welfare in the cold weather and his injured leg. The cat was hiding under a building at John McCrae School. He was very skittish and when he was approached, he took off running on only three legs into the Speed River. It took GHS’s three Animal Protection Officers located and secured the cat when he found refuge under a little snow mound. The cat, affectionately named Winston by GHS, was rushed to the vet after being rescued. He was found to be thin with very matted fur, a laceration under his right front leg, but otherwise in good health. The GHS staff believe this friendly cat has a family. The cat was wearing a collar, but sadly it was without proper ID on it. GHS is eager to reunite the cat with his family before the holidays.

“If anyone has any information regarding this cat that will help us to reunite him with his family, we encourage them to contact us,” says Jamie Frye, Manager of Animal Protection. “We strongly recommend that pet owners keep their animals indoors during the colder weather to ensure their safety.”

If you have any information about this cat, please call 519-824-3091. The cat is doing well under the care of GHS staff. His matted fur has been controlled and his laceration is healing. He is enjoying some much-needed rest, food and warmth.

Cat owners should be aware of the deadly risks associated with leaving their cats outside during the cold weather. GHS wants to ensure that cats are protected by the elements this winter. It is the responsibility of the cat owner to keep their cats safe and warm in your home during the winter months. If it’s too cold for you to be outside for any length of time, then it is too cold for your cat to be outside. Cats are very vulnerable to extreme cold and should never be permitted to roam outdoors during these conditions. GHS strongly recommends that cat owners use every precaution to keep their cats safe and warm inside their home.


If you see any animal left outside during cold temperatures, please call GHS immediately at 519-824-3091.


About the 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.




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Jamie Frye

Manager of Animal Protection

Guelph Humane Society