GTHS – An Essential Service in Ontario

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our organization. These are unprecedented times and the care and compassion we have experienced has been nothing short of inspiring. We are happy to report that Animal Welfare services has been included in the list of Essential Workplaces released by the Province of Ontario on March 23rd. This means that we can and will continue to serve the pets and people of South Georgian Bay region to the best of our ability. 

First and foremost, I hope you are all safe and healthy. Please take this social isolating very seriously, by doing so you are protecting us all. The safety of ourselves and our families is paramount so please stay home and hunker down.

Secondly, it goes without saying, the GTHS will continue to be here for our animals. The animals currently in our program will continue to receive care every single day. The animals in our foster program will continue to receive food and medical attention as needed. Our commitment to our animals will be unwavering.

In order to align our organization with the most recent governmental mandates, the GTHS Animal Centre will remain open on a limited capacity with essential services being offered remotely or through facilitation. The building will remain open to Animal Control and Bylaw officers from contracted municipalities. Please see below for a list of our main services and the impact these temporary changes have on them:

In an effort to protect our animals, staff, and community all adoptions have been suspended.  

We are putting a hold on our Community Cats Program until we are able to restore all of our resources.

We will continue to provide emergency pet boarding to those in need as our resources allow. Please call (705) 445-5204 ext. 0 if you require this service.

We regret to inform you that we are “PAWs-ing” all scheduled GTHS Events (including the 18th Annual Furball Gala and the 8th Annual Walkathon). It is our hope that we will be able to reschedule our essential fundraisers at a later date. 

We will be accepting animals into our program on an emergency basis. Animals that are injured, abandoned or at risk will be prioritized. Please call (705) 445-5204 ext. 0 if an animal needs help. 

Our pet pantry service will be available to pet owners struggling with supplies for their pet. The GTHS will facilitate a home delivery service supported by our incredible volunteers. Please call (705) 445-5204 ext. 0 if you are in need. 

We will continue selling items from our retail store Monday thru Friday (food, litter, toys, leashes, etc.). Retail purchases will be conducted over the phone with purchases being set outside for pick up by the public. Please call (705) 445-5204 ext. 0 to arrange a purchase. Only debit and credit cards will be accepted at this time.

Treasure Tails will remain closed to the public until further notice. 

With patience, compassion and resilience, we will weather this pandemic together. Be kind to yourselves, your community and your pets. If you have the ability, we are gratefully receiving monetary donations to help care for our animals. Donations can be made online at .

Stay safe and healthy,

Sonya Reichel
Executive Director

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