City and the Beasts information sessions coming to City Hall September 21


Register for City and the Beasts

Starting today, residents of Guelph with a passion for pet and wildlife well-being can register for the animal welfare session, City and the Beasts. The initiative was started by the City of Guelph and the Guelph Humane Society to increase resident knowledge of best practices for City animal friends, both wild and domestic.

Four sessions will run simultaneously on Thursday, September 21 at City Hall in two slots from 7-7:45 p.m. and from 8-8:45 p.m. Participants should choose the sessions most relevant to them. The presentations are:

  1. Striking a balance: Being a good dog owner and neighbour

Dr. Lee Niel from the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College will present on dog behaviour and responsible dog ownership.  Lee holds the Colonel KL Campbell Chair in Companion Animal Welfare, a tenure track position at the University.  This lecture will include information highlighting the current bylaws as they relate to dogs including licensing, controlling of dogs both on- and off-leash, and animal welfare.

  1. Enriching your indoor cat’s environment

Dr. Shane Bateman, a University of Guelph Associate Professor with the Ontario Veterinary College, will be presenting on cats.  The session will address the risks to cats being outdoors, valuing cats, creating enriched indoor environments and providing ideas for safe outdoor supervised play.

  1. Attracting wild birds

Val Wyatt of Wild Birds Unlimited will address how to attract songbirds, how to avoid attracting other species, and how to be a responsible bird feeder.

  1. Co-existing with Coyotes

Lesley Sampson from Coyote Watch Canada will share how residents of Guelph can co-exist with coyotes, the basic biology of the species, such as why Coyotes are able to live in urban areas, how to deter them from your residence and safety measures to take should you encounter them.


There will be information booths set up at City Hall during the break to provide resources to participants. Booths include the Guelph Humane Society, where participants can licence their cats and dogs, Cats and Birds, City of Guelph Bylaw, Wild Birds Unlimited, Coyote Watch Canada and Songbird Only Avian Rehabilitation (SOAR).

How to register for City and the Beasts

Participants can register online or in person at City Hall’s Service Guelph desk in the main lobby. Space is limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Questions about the City and the Beasts can be asked there or sent to

At the end of the event, participants can fill out a short survey accessible at computer stations with the purpose of helping staff shape the event for future years. Paper copies will be made available for anyone who requests them.

The City will make every effort to provide presentation materials and registration forms available in an accessible format. For accessibility accommodations prior to the event, please contact David Wiedrick at 519-822-1260, extension 3475 or at

Related resources

Guelph bylaws pertaining to animals
Pet ownership tips
City wildlife
Animal licensing
Guelph Humane Society

For more information

David Wiedrick, Manager, Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing
Operations Department
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3475

Lisa Veit, Associate Director
Guelph Humane Society