Media Releases

Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Feb. 10

February 5, 2019 – If your pet goes missing, what are the chances it will find its way home? The Ottawa Humane Society is urging pet owners to take precautions to ensure that if their dog or cat becomes lost, it has the best possible chance of a safe return — by implanting a grain-sized microchip offering permanent, life-long identification.

The OHS is holding its second microchip clinic of 2019 on Sunday, Feb. 10 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Cost: $50 for the first pet, $25 for each additional pet.

Please note: Pets brought in for a microchip should be in a carrier or on a leash. Owners are asked to bring vaccination records and one piece of ID, such as a driver’s licence.

Where: Hosted by the Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd., between Prince of Wales Drive and Merivale Road.

Book your appointment today! Call 613-725-3166, ext. 221, or email microchip@ottawahumane.ca.

All proceeds benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca. The clinic is sponsored by Dr. Shelley Hutchings.

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. The society works in and with the community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions, and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray, or homeless.

For media inquiries contact: 
Lesley Foster, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Stray Cat Rescued by Ottawa Fire Services Recovering in Ottawa Humane Society Care after Wandering onto the Rideau River

Jan. 31, 2019 – River (A219032), a stray cat rescued last week is recovering at the OHS after he was found on the Rideau River clinging to life. With last week’s bone chilling temperatures, stray animals and pets left outside were at risk of freezing or endangering their lives when seeking warmth.

While River survived this dangerous incident, his recovery won’t be quick or easy. OHS veterinarians – who immediately stitched up River’s wounded face and treated frostbite to his paws and tail – are predicting it will take a couple more weeks for him to recover. Unfortunately, part of his tail had to be amputated due to frostbite. The cost of his medical care is more than $1,500.

With continued support from the community, the OHS is able to provide care to animals like River – just one of the nearly 10,000 animals the OHS helps each year.

“River’s heartbreaking story reminds us why it’s so important to call the City when stray animals are seen in freezing temperatures,” said OHS President & CEO Bruce Roney. “January and February are dangerous months for stray animals, which is reflected in the number of animals who come into our care in such critical condition.”

With so many animals needing support from OHS veterinarians during the winter months, it’s particularly draining on the shelter’s limited resources. The high cost of River’s recovery, coupled with the volume of animals coming into OHS care because of the cold temperatures, means resources are stretched.

To help cover the care that River desperately needs, please visit: ottawahumane.ca/river

 

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. The society works in and with the community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions, and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray, or homeless.

For media inquiries contact:
Allie Holloway, Manager: Outreach
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 267
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Protect Pets From Dangerously Cold Temperatures

Jan. 22, 2019 – The extreme cold forecast for the city means pets left outside too long risk frostbite and even death without shelter from the frigid weather. Cold weather can be as dangerous for animals as it is people.

Pet owners can protect their animals from the cold by taking a few precautions:

  • It is too cold for cats to be outside, even those that are regularly outside.
  • Limit the time your dog spends outside. Take your dog for shorter, more frequent walks.
  • Consider a sweater or coat for your dog.
  • Be sure to wipe your dog’s paws after returning from a walk to remove salt, sand and other chemicals designed to melt ice and snow.
  • Dogs that live outside are required by law to have an insulated doghouse built from weather-proof material, facing away from prevailing winds. The shelter must be elevated from the ground with a door flap and bedding.
  • Keep an eye on outdoor water bowls. Make sure your pet’s water hasn’t frozen in the cold.
  • Don’t leave your pet in a cold car for a long period of time.
  • Be mindful of animals that may have crawled under your car to keep warm. Bang on the hood a couple times to scare away cats and wildlife.
  • If you see a stray animal outside, contact the City of Ottawa at 311; if the animal appears to be in distress, contact 911.

 

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. The society works in and with the community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions, and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray, or homeless.

For media inquiries contact:
Allie Holloway, Manager: Outreach
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 267
www.ottawahumane.ca

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No more “ruff” days at the office!

January 18, 2019 – The Ottawa Humane Society is turning Blue Monday into the happiest day of the year! On January 21, local businesses will take a “PAWS” in their work day for some canine and feline cuddles with an OHS animal visit.

PAWS 4 Wellness is a workplace charitable campaign where local companies raise a minimum of $1,000 to help Ottawa’s animals. On Blue Monday, OHS volunteers and their companion animals will be visiting these companies to thank them for their generosity and support.

All proceeds from this event help provide care for the nearly 10,000 animals that are admitted to the OHS each year. For more information, please visit the event webpage at www.ottawahumane.ca/paws4wellness.

Blue Monday is typically observed the third Monday of January each year. It is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year for those living north of the Equator, based on a combination of winter weather trends, increased debt levels, time passed from the holidays and low motivation to keep up with New Year’s resolutions.

 

About the Ottawa Humane Society:

The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. The society works in and with the community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions, and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray, or homeless.

For media inquiries contact:
Kelly Meincke, Manager: Events
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 263 or kellym@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Jan. 13

January 7, 2019 – If your pet goes missing, what are the chances it will find its way home? The Ottawa Humane Society is urging pet owners to take precautions to ensure that if their dog or cat becomes lost, it has the best possible chance of a safe return — by implanting a grain-sized microchip offering permanent, life-long identification.

The OHS is holding its first microchip clinic of 2019 on Sunday, Jan. 13 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Cost: $50 for the first pet, $25 for each additional pet.

Please note: Pets brought in for a microchip should be in a carrier or on a leash. Owners are asked to bring vaccination records and one piece of ID, such as a driver’s licence.

Where: Hosted by the Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd., between Prince of Wales Drive and Merivale Road.

Book your appointment today! Call 613-725-3166, ext. 221, or email microchip@ottawahumane.ca.

All proceeds benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca. The clinic is sponsored by Dr. Shelley Hutchings.

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. The society works in and with the community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions, and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray, or homeless.

For media inquiries contact:
Allie Holloway, Manager: Outreach
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 267
www.ottawahumane.ca

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