GUELPH, ON (November 10, 2023) It was a paw-sitively enchanting evening with 300 guests attending the Guelph Humane Society’s (GHS) Happy Tails Gala – Mardi Paws Masquerade, proudly presented by Speedy Auto Service Guelph.

Held on November 4 and focused on making connections ‘From Hope to Home’, the evening showcased the instrumental role GHS provides each day in meeting the needs of our community and raised more than $135,000 in net proceeds to support animals with nowhere else to turn.

“We are fortunate to live in a community that deeply values the relationship we have with animals,” says Lisa Veit, GHS Executive Director. “I am humbled by the support we have received through this event. Together, we have been able to make an incredible difference for our community’s most vulnerable animals.”

Guests had the opportunity to take a stroll down Bourbon Street, engage with fortune tellers and street performers and of course spend some time cuddling adorable kittens available for adoption.

A highlight of the night included a video created by Ward 1 Studios, which shared the story of Rosie — a dog that had been abandoned, rescued and adopted from GHS earlier this year.

Funds raised will help the more than 3,000 lost, injured, abandoned and abused animals that enter GHS’s care each year and help to keep more pets and people together by providing no-cost boarding services to pets of families experiencing crisis, women fleeing domestic violence and for individuals seeking mental health and addictions treatment. Donations will also help to feed 300 pets (and growing) each month through the GHS Pet Food Bank.

“The results of an evening like this truly demonstrates the impact we can make when the passion of our team is combined with the generosity of our supporters,” says Veit.


See the full photo album on our Facebook page, coming next week.

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 #119236305RR0001, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit to discover more. 

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Media Contact: 

Jane Dawkins
Director, Communications and Community Engagement
Guelph Humane Society