The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) enforce the Township of Centre Wellington's dog control by-law, capture and impound stray domestic animals, respond to citizens with animal concerns, provide emergency response to stray animals or animals (including wildlife) that are sick or injured, and help the Township manage the licensing of dogs and kennels. Their mission is to promote the welfare of all animals and prevent cruelty and suffering. To achieve those goals, they provide animal sheltering, surrender, and adoption services, veterinary care, pet identification, a progressive spay/neuter program, and lost pet returns.
The Township of Centre Wellington Dog Control By-law requires every dog owner to register his or her dog and obtain a licence, before the 30th day of April each year. New dog owners have fifteen days to register their dog. Dog Tags are available online, by mail or at the Township Office. The cost of a dog tag before April 30, 2017 is $40.00, after April 30, 2017 (renewals only) are $50.00.
Registering your dog demonstrates responsible pet ownership, and helps the Guelph Humane Society with the identification and safe return of your dog . Please keep your dog on a leash as specified in our dog control by-law and to ensure their safety and the safety of other dogs and residents. The Township does not have a by-law requiring cats to be registered. Please review our Responsible Pet Ownership webpage for suggestions on how to prevent your pets from impacting your neighbours.
Rabies has recently re-emerged in Ontario Wildlife. Hundreds of rabid wild Ontario animals were confirmed in 2016 including: 171 raccoons and 84 skunks. Rabies is a fatal disease that can affect any mammal, including humans. The animals that most often transmit rabies in Ontario are bats, foxes, skunks and raccoons. In infected mammals, the virus is found in saliva and can be spread through bites that break the skin, getting infected saliva in an open cut, sore, or other wound, and getting infected saliva in the mouth, nose, or eyes. Once signs of rabies appear, in any animal, the disease is virtually always fatal. A series of vaccinations and treatment with rabies antibodies can prevent infection in humans in most cases if administered soon after exposure. For more information and resources regarding rabies please see our Rabies webpage.
In Southern Ontario, our space is shared with a diverse range of animals. These animals are incredibly important to the health and wellness of our environment, and many have learned to live with us in close proximity. This closeness means we must learn to coexist with our wild neighbors and prevent conflict through education and preventative measures. Where there are people there is often garbage, compost, bird feeders and cozy nooks and crannies in attics and sheds. By identifying these attractants before they become a problem and effectively eliminating them, you can prevent conflict with our wild neighbors. Tips and resources can be found on our Wildlife webpage to help deter wildlife from establishing themselves on your property.
The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP) provides compensation to eligible producers whose livestock and/or poultry have been injured or killed as a result of wildlife predation or whose bee colonies, beehives and/or beehive related equipment has been damaged as a result of wildlife predation. Please review our OWDCP webpage for more information on eligibility and how to file a claim.