GUELPH POLITICAST #259 – It’s Been a Weird Year for Pets Too

According to an article on the CBC website last month more than one in three Canadian homes now has a dog, and two out of every five homes now has a cat, and then there are all the birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, lizards and goldfish who are just as beloved by their humans. The reason for this shift is COVID-19, more people are spending time at home, and they are looking for company. So it’s a good news story, right?

Not quite. There have been instances in our area of people falling victim to scams; they buy a puppy online, but no actual puppy ever arrives as some con man walks away with their wire transfer. That’s one of the reasons why people put their trust in the Humane Society, an organization with a 125-year history of “protecting and caring for the many animals with whom we share our community and our lives.”

Still, there have been uphill challenges for the Humane Society, who were supposed to have moved in to their new and more spacious home in the Hanlon Creek Business Park by now, but got delayed because of COVID-19. From pet care, to hosting potential new pet owners, to taking pets to get needed care at the veterinarian, there’s a lot of work at the Humane Society that doesn’t stop because of the pandemic. So how are they coping?

This week, we’re joined by Adrienne McBride, who is the executive director of the Guelph Humane Society, to talk about the issues they’re dealing with, and the effects of the pandemic on both people and the animals. She will also talk about the pandemic’s impact on fundraising, especially in the case of building the Human Society’s new headquarters, which is behind schedule and still $2.3 million short of its fundraising goal for the project, and more.

So let’s talk about pets and the pandemic on this week’s Guelph Politicast!

To learn more about the Guelph Humane Society, how you can help, or how you can potentially adopt a pet of your own, you can find all that information on their website. You can also go to to learn about how you can support the fundraising efforts to finish construction on the Human Society’s new “fur-ever” home. (Sorry.)

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