GUELPH, ON (November 9, 2022) Guelph Humane Society’s (GHS) A Hop through Wonderland Happy Tails Gala, returned on November 5 after a three-year hiatus. The event raised more than $180,000.
Proceeds from the gala will help fund critical veterinary care, shelter, food and life’s necessities for homeless and neglected animals in Guelph and Wellington County.
“The community’s support of an event like this enables us to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of animals in our community,” says Lisa Veit, GHS Executive Director. “GHS provide essential care and a safe place for healing, resilience, recovery and rehabilitation for animals that have nowhere else to turn. As a registered charity, it is donor support that allows us to serve as a place where miracles really can happen.”
Animal lovers, donors, supporters and staff spoke to a sold-out crowd of 260 people, showcasing the evening’s theme of closeness, and how being closer to us (GHS) brings them closer to home.
“The Guelph Humane Society provides such an important role in our community,” shared Sharon Marostega-Hammond, co-owner of Speedy Auto Service, the event’s title sponsor. “The hope, care and compassion the Guelph Humane Society provides is why we are sponsoring and standing here with you tonight. We donate to the great programs they offer so that animals like our cat Nala will have a chance for a better happy life.”
The highlight of the evening included a video created by Ward 1 Studios demonstrating the impact of supporting the GHS and a call to the community to stand up and make a commitment to closeness, a commitment to home which raised $59,400.
“I am humbled by the incredible generosity in this room tonight,” said Veit during the event. “It warms my heart and reminds me that every day, we have our community cheering us on, to help the animals that need our help and to create a more compassionate community for them. I cannot thank our community enough.”
Video: Being Closer to us – brings them closer to home, Guelph Humane Society. Credit Ward 1 Studios
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Image: Two-year-old dog, Olive, is currently in the care of the Guelph Humane Society. Olive’s recovery story extreme case of papillomavirus and the critical care paid for with donor dollars received by GHS was shared with the crowd on Saturday night. Photo credit: Jane Dawkins
Red Carpet photo album available on the Guelph Humane Society’s Facebook page. Photo credit: Laura Wombwell
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.
Director Communications and Community Engagement
Guelph Humane Society