Guelph Humane Society

Public Comments Closed last Wed of each month 9 am-1pm for staff training
Contact Information
Alternate Name CV19 ; DocuPet Program ; GHS ; Pets in Transition
Office Phone 519-824-3091
Fax 519-824-3075
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Primary Contact General Inquiries; Email:
Alternate Contact Suspected cases of animal cruelty or neglect; Phone: 519-824-3091 * 1-833-9-ANIMAL 1-833-926-4625; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Volunteering; Email:
Primary Executive Adrienne McBride, Executive Director; Email:
Description (Site) Guelph-North West
Located In Community Guelph
Address & Map
500 Wellington St W
Guelph, ON N1H 6L3
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Intersection Hanlon Expy and Wellington St W
Mailing Address PO Box 684 
Guelph, ON N1H 6L3
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Entrance - Accessible
Description & Services
Description (Agency) Provides animal control and shelter services for the City of Guelph and Wellington County.
Description (Service) Essential services offered during the COVID-19 closure:
* available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for animal emergencies
* emergency boarding to pets, especially if an owner is being hospitalized, evicted or arrested
* helping lost pets in our community, and continuing efforts to reunite pets with their owners as quickly as possible
* surrender services on an urgent and case-by-case basis
* wildlife care and assistance

Programs include:
* sheltering and adoption of stray or surrendered animals
* helping lost animals return home
* wildlife care and assistance
* dog / cat licensing
* humane education
* animal by-law enforcement
* animal neglect and / or cruelty investigations
* March break, summer camps, PA Days, birthday parties, and Junior Humane Club children's programs

DocuPet Program - Online licensing system that allows pet owners to register both dogs and cats with the City of Guelph. Pet registrations may be purchased online at Guelph DocuPet or in person at Guelph Humane Society or Service Guelph. If a dog / cat is microchipped, spayed or neutered, or is a service dog, supporting documentation must be provided. If the pet is a service dog, registration must be done in person.
**All adopted dogs and cats are required to be spayed / neutered, microchipped, and have appropriate vaccines.

Pets in Transition Program - Pet safety planning, resources and referrals, temporary foster placement and care for pets of women seeking shelter from domestic violence. All services free of charge.
Support offered in collaboration with Community Veterinary Outreach, Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, local veterinarians and other animal welfare organizations. Staff of Guelph Humane Society seek the best foster match for the animal(s) from a pool of caregivers with specialized training in caring for animals who may have experienced or witnessed violence.
Hours Operating Hours during the COVID-19 closure:
Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-4 pm

Normal Operating Hours:
Mon-Wed, Fri 9 am-6 pm * Thu 9 am-8 pm * Sat 9 am-5 pm * Sun 10 am-4 pm * last Wed of each month 1 pm-6 pm

Animal Viewing Hours:
Mon-Wed, Fri 11 am-5:30 pm * Thu 11 am-7:30 pm * Sat 11 am-4:30 pm * Sun 11 am-3:30 pm
**Animal viewing remains closed until further notice
Areas Served Guelph ; Guelph-Eramosa ; Wellington County
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Minimum age to volunteer is 16. Younger than 18 must have parent / guardian permission. 
**Police records check required for volunteers working with children 
Pets in Transition: to access foster care for pets, women must be (or will soon be) residents of Marianne's Place (operated by Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis); large and small animals are eligible
Application Visit website for animal adoption information * volunteer application forms available on website 
Pets in Transition: to access the program, call Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis 24-Hour Crisis Line 519-836-5710 or 1-800-265-7233
Languages English
Fees Membership ; Service - animal adoptions
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit ; (51) Registered Charity
Established 1893
Funding Fundraising ; Donations - private and corporate ; Fees - membership
Resources Member of Humane Canada and Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. Affiliate of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Service Categories Animal Regulation ; Day Camps ; Protective Services for Animals ; Protective Services for Animals ~ Domestic Violence Issues ; Volunteer Opportunities ; Wildlife Conservation