GUELPH, ON (April 16, 2020) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is pleased to re-open its pet adoptions with an adapted program. The process will be completely contactless, keeping adopters and staff safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, while also giving pets the chance at a loving new home.

GHS says it researched a variety of options, reached out to partner humane societies across Canada, and consulted to experts at the Ontario Veterinary College to find a safe, virtual, and contactless adoption process. The whole process respects physical distancing and includes options like a virtual meet-and-greet with the pet a family is interested in adopting. GHS staff are keen to play an active role in the new process, they are looking forward to sharing information about each animal’s personality and working with adopters to help find their perfect match.

“We want our adoptable pets to be thriving and bonding with their new families, especially while the whole family is at home during COVID-19,” says Adrienne McBride, Executive Director. “These pets have stolen the hearts of their foster families, but they are eager to settle in with their new family. We continue to have new pets coming into our care and we don’t want to reach our capacity. It is important to us that we can continue serving our community, and part of that means re-opening adoptions.”

On March 17, GHS announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be closing to the public, including suspending pet adoptions. The organization placed most of the animals in its care into foster homes, because of the uncertainty created by the pandemic. After four weeks in foster care, GHS has determined that the best way forward for these lovable pets is to find their #happytails.

Yesterday, GHS listed several pets for adoption on their website, including cats, dogs, and small pets, like rabbits. All these animals are ready to find their new home right away through this modified adoption method. Those interested in adopting a pet should visit to view the animals available for adoption, and to learn more about the virtual adoption process.

GHS wants to thank you the community for its continued support during this uncertain time and hopes the community will help by finding loving homes for the pets in their care. GHS is looking forward to celebrating many #happytails during these uncertain times.

Learn more about how GHS is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic here:


Pictured: Sunny is one of several pets at GHS looking for his loving home.




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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Adrienne McBride
Executive Director
Guelph Humane Society