GUELPH, ON (December 7, 2021) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is holding its first in-person adoption event since moving into the new facility at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. The Home for the Holidays Adoption Event is taking place this Friday and Saturday, and GHS has a goal of adopting out 40 animals during the event: 30 cats and 10 bunnies.
“Adoptions have been predominantly virtual since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Natalie Thomas, Manager of Marketing and Communications with GHS. “It has been a very successful process, and we have adopted out over 1,100 animals this way since April 2020. But now that we have settled into our new home, and current public health restrictions allow us to have limited capacity in our adoption rooms – we thought the holidays would be a perfect time to get people back inside the building, and interacting with animals that are looking for their new families. Looking for their Happy Tails.”
GHS says the focus for this event is on adopting out cats, including a dozen or so kittens, as well as small animals – particularly bunnies. Those interested in coming to the adoption event to view the animals in person must register for an appointment. You can select either a “cat adoption” viewing or a “bunny adoption” viewing, which will give you 20 minutes in the room with the animals.
“Anyone can book an appointment at www.guelphhumane.ca/holidays,” says Thomas. “There are still many spots available on Friday afternoon and evening, as well as a few spots on Saturday. We are allowing three families into the adoption rooms at a time, and each family is limited to two people. So you just need to book one space, and that gets you and a second person in with you.”
Thomas says that during the event, there will be cats, kittens and bunnies up for adoption that have never been made available online yet, so many of these animals will be new to those who frequent the GHS Available Animals webpage.
“If you have been waiting to adopt an animal, now is the time,” Thomas adds. “You can come in, see all of our cats, kittens and small animals that are available for adoption – and you can adopt them and bring them home with you!”
The one exception, Thomas says, is that a few of the kittens and bunnies are still waiting on their spay or neuter surgeries. You can still go through the adoption process with those animals, but you will need to wait a week or two for their surgery to be completed before you bring them home.
“We have had a record number of bunnies come into our care this year,” adds Thomas. “We have taken in nearly three times the amount of domestic bunnies that we normally see, and we really hope that if you’re looking to add a bunny to your family that you adopt from your local shelter. Because this is a widespread problem not only here in Ontario, but across Canada and the United States.”
All bunnies adopted from GHS are spayed or neutered, and during this event you can adopt a bunny for only $100 – regularly $160.
To learn more about the Home for the Holidays Adoption Event, visit www.guelphhumane.ca/holidays.
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 www.guelphhumane.ca to discover more.
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Guelph Humane Society