Pets and wildlife

Protect pets from coyotes

Coyotes find their way to residential areas where they may tear open garbage, cause concern for residents and even come into conflict with pets. Always supervise dogs playing outdoors and keep cats inside.

Learn how to avoid coyote conflicts

Lost pet recovery Where to report missing pets, understanding lost pet behaviour, effective search tactics and critical loss prevention techniques.

City wildlife

It’s common to see a Canada goose, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, groundhog, skunk or even a deer in Guelph. It’s important to respect local wildlife while protecting our pets and property.

Learn more about living with wildlife

How can we help you?
Report an animal concern or coyote sighting

Autumn safety tips
Be aware of potential hazards for your furry friends.

Be sure to tag
your cats and dogs!

Hundreds of stray dogs are impounded every year in Guelph. Providing your dog with proper identification significantly increases the likelihood that your dog will get home promptly in the event that he strays or becomes lost.

Did you know that only 13% of cats that enter the shelter are returned to their owner? Lack of identification is a big reason for this.

Information on animal licensing


By-laws pertaining to animals

There are a few licences and by-laws which pertain to animals (and insects) in the City of Guelph.

View by-laws

Adopt a pet

Interested in welcoming a cat or dog into your home? Consider adopting from the Guelph Humane Society. View the adoption gallery to see available cats, dogs and other animals.

Adoption gallery

Cats and kittens are also available at satellite locations including PetSmart Silvercreek, Pet Valu Silvercreek, Guelph Lake Veterinary Hospital, Downey Animal Hospital, Victoria Road Animal Hospital, Campus Estates Animal Hospital, Highway 24 Veterinary Clinic, Southgate Animal Hospital and Stonegate Animal Hospital.

Leash-free zones for dogs
Lose the leash, but keep dogs under control