GUELPH, ON (September 14, 2022) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is set to hold an in-person adoption event on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17one of only a few offerein-person since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wilma, seven-year-old Mastiff X.

GHS currently has 180 animals in its care many of which are ready for adoption. 

HistoricallyAugust is always a slow adoption month for GHS, given that many people vacation over the summer and it may not be a good time to welcome a new family member says Lisa Veit, GHS’s executive director. “With animal intake steadily increasing to pre-pandemic levels our shelter has been close to capacity several times over the past monthWe are looking forward to seeing an increase in adoptions that normally comes this time of year and placing animals that have been patiently waiting for their new home.” 

Veit says there is no direct evidence to suggest a jump in intake is due to a ‘puppy pandemic,’ instead, the rising cost of living caused by inflation and housing instability have been cited as factors impacting increases in the number of animals entering shelters 

Tom, one-year-old Domestic Medium Hair – Mixed breed cat.

The event, to be held at GHS’s new location in Guelph at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd., offers reduced adoption fees for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. Kittens will also be available. 

GHS adoptions have been conducted virtually since March of 2020. While adoptions will resume to virtual after this event, GHS hopes to return to regular in-person appointments later this fall. 

The in-person Study Buddy Adoption Event will be held on Friday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m. until noon. GHS encourages those interested in attending to pre-book an appointment on the event website to reduce wait times, drop-ins are also welcome. 


Digital Assets:

Wilma, the Dog.JPG, Wilmaseven-year-old Mastiff X. Image credit: Adrianne Arnold

Tom, the Cat.jpg Tom, one-year-old Domestic Medium Hair – Mixed breed cat. Image credit: Jane Dawkins

Everest, the Bunny.jpg Everest, two-year-old Flemish Giant Rabbitadoptable as bonded pair with her baby, Fuji.  Image credit: Jane Dawkins

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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Twitter: @guelphhumane
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Media Contact:
Jane Dawkins 
Director Communications and Community Engagement 
Guelph Humane Society