GUELPH, ON (March 24, 2020) – The Guelph Humane Society wants the community to know the animals in their care are safe and being well cared for during this pandemic.  With the help of volunteer foster homes, GHS has been able to place a majority of animals into foster care during this time of social distancing. Currently, GHS has 75 pets in foster care and 16 pets being cared for at 500 Wellington St. W.

GHS closed its doors to the public on March 17, and continues to monitor recommendations by WDG Public Health and Public Health Ontario and several levels of government. The Province recognizes the important work GHS does for the animals in our community and deemed humane societies an essential service. Therefore, essential staff members, such animal care attendants and animal protection officers, will continue to come to work.

The following are vital services GHS will continue:

Changes to GHS services:

While the building is closed to the public, GHS’s important work never stops. GHS continues to house, feed, and provide medical attention to the animals in their care. They will continue to have staff on site to ensure the animals are happy, healthy, and safe. In order to continue this important work, they ask you to consider a donation to support the animals in this time of need. Online donations can be made by visiting or by calling 519-824-3091.

The team at GHS is working on developing next stage operational changes as news of the pandemic evolves. GHS is committed to ensuring animals in our community are cared for and protected, as well as ensuring the well-being of staff.

For further updates, follow GHS on social media or check out their COVID-19 webpage.


Photo credit: GHS, Maddy one of many pets staying in a foster home during the self-isolation period.




 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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Facebook: @guelphhumanesociety
Twitter: @guelphhumane
Instagram: @the_ghs


Media Contact

Adrienne McBride
Executive Director
Guelph Humane Society