Shelter animals in Guelph will receive special surprise Valentine’s Day

By Justine Fraser

Cupid will be making a stop over to Guelph Humane Society on Feb. 14 to share some love with shelter animals.

The community is invited to donate to their Cupid Treats Campaign through their website to support shelter animals as they wait for their forever home.

The campaign is open for financial donations until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. The community can choose from a few options to donate. The choices include a bunny treat, cat treat, or dog treat with an option to bundle all three together.

“February can be a really challenging time for the Guelph Humane Society,” said Jane Dawkins, the director of communications and community engagement for the Guelph Humane Society. “It’s a time when donations tend to slow down, adoptions tend to slow down. Our needs are really high.”

Dawkins added they are happy for any support they can get as it makes a big difference for animals.

In exchange for any donation made towards the campaign, the humane society will be sending out adorable videos of shelter animals enjoying their special treats on Valentine’s Day.

“The campaign is helping to spread joy and love on Valentine’s Day, and we thought it would be really fun to get the community involved in what we do,” said Dawkins.

Last year, they had a similar Valentine’s Day event which they only promoted to supporters. This year they relaunched the campaign under a new name and opened it to the public.

They have a goal this year to raise $7,000 during the campaign to help support shelter animals throughout the year. Dawkins said they are close to $5,000 currently.

“The Guelph Humane Society is an animals home between homes. We don’t always know their story when they come to us but what’s wonderful is that we can offer them the love and care they need before they’re connected with their new family. Supporting this campaign is just part of that work,” said Dawkins.

All of the treats will be given out on Valentine’s Day to pets in the shelter after being purchased from a company. Those special moments will be recorded and sent out to those who donated.

Dawkins said they have about 100 animals in their care currently, including animals being fostered.

Daryl, cat up for adoption at GHS.
Benji, bunny up for adoption at GHS.

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