GUELPH, ON (January 21, 2020) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) rescued an 8-month old cat from a downtown Guelph apartment window well during Saturday’s snowfall. The cat appeared to have fallen or jumped into the window well before the heavy snowfall, as no footprints could be seen in area.

The all black female cat was reported by a passerby when they heard her meows coming from the window well at a Gordon and Waterloo Street apartment. GHS suspects she may have sought refuge from the storm in the window well and then found her stuck at the bottom of the 10-foot-deep opening with no way out. The young girl was cold, lonely, and very hungry when she was rescued by GHS.

Sadly, she was not wearing identification and was without a microchip, but GHS is hopeful she can still be reunited with an owner. In the meantime, she is now resting at GHS, feeling much warmer. If you have any further information regarding this cat, please contact GHS immediately by calling 519-824-3091.

GHS is once again reminding the community of the extreme danger of leaving your pet outside in severely cold temperatures. GHS advises that pet owners should be aware of the deadly risks to their pets during cold weather and ensure that they are protecting them.

 “Keeping pets safe in our community is a top priority for the Guelph Humane Society,” says Lisa Veit, Associate Director. “Extreme cold is life-threatening to your pet and it is important that pet owners take all precautions to ensure their pet’s welfare.”

GHS wants to emphasize to cat owners the importance of keeping their cats INDOORS at all times during cold temperatures. Cats are very vulnerable to extreme cold and should never be permitted to roam outdoors during these conditions.

Dog owners can also protect their dog from frostbite and hypothermia by taking them outside for short periods of time during cold weather.  When walking your dog, be mindful of their paws, ears and nose.  If your dog starts to limp or lift its paw(s) up while walking, they could be experiencing discomfort from cold and should be taken home or to a warm place immediately.

Pets, in general, may want to be outside, but it is the responsibility of the pet owner to know what is best for them – the safety and warmth of your home. If it’s too cold for you to be outside, then it is too cold for your pets to be outside. Please use every caution and keep your pets safe and warm inside your home.

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

Leaving your pet outside during the cold winter months is life-threatening, please keep your pets safe and warm this winter.




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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Lisa Veit
Associate Director
Guelph Humane Society