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Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) Act



On January 1, 2020, the Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) Act came into effect. The province of Ontario now handles all animal abuse investigations.

Animal Services Officers with the Guelph Humane Society no longer have the authority to enforce animal cruelty laws.

Please report animal abuse! If you think an animal is being abused or neglected, please call 1-833-9-ANIMAL.

Visit Ontario’s Animal Welfare site

If this is not a case of an animal being abused or neglected, please call GHS directly at 519-824-3091 during business hours or by calling our afterhours service number at 1-855-333-3385. We are here to serve our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For all the services that GHS offers to the community, please visit our Services page by clicking HERE.


For more information on the PAWS Act, click HERE.