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Heat Wave Leads to Busiest August Ever for Calls to Rescue Dogs Left in Hot Cars: Ottawa Humane Society

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Aug. 25, 2015 – Scorching August temperatures mean a summer that started off slow has turned into a record-breaking month for calls to the Ottawa Humane Society for dogs left in hot cars.

In the first 25 days of August, OHS agents answered 89 such calls — almost double the number from last year, at 49, said Miriam Smith, OHS inspector.

“With the heat and the humidity so high, it used to be that people weren’t leaving their pets in hot cars. But this year is different,” Smith said. “This is the first year that we’ve seen people doing this in any temperature, no matter how hot. It’s just that much more dangerous with the humidity and temperatures so high.”

Cooler temperatures in June and July meant fewer calls to the OHS. But this month’s jump means the OHS is on track for the second-highest number of calls in recent memory, at 362 this season so far. Only 2013 was higher, at 385.

It’s not clear whether the spike can be pinned on an increased awareness leading to more reports or on more people leaving their dogs in hot cars, Smith said.

“Is it that more people are doing it? Or is it that more people are aware and reporting it? We’re hoping it’s the latter.”

So far this year, OHS agents have laid charges against two people for allegedly leaving their dogs in alone in a vehicle on a hot day.

“Dogs die in hot cars,” Smith said. “When it’s hot, keep your pet at home.”

If you see an animal alone in a car with the owner nowhere in sight, call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532 or call the police. Signs of heatstroke in dogs include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Weakness or muscle tremors
  • Unconsciousness
  • Glazed eyes
  • Convulsions

For more information, please visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

 

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society Statement on the Humane Society of Canada

For immediate release 

Aug. 20, 2015 – Since the news broke yesterday, the Ottawa Humane Society has been answering questions from our community about the Humane Society of Canada.

Yesterday, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a decision to take away the Humane Society of Canada’s status as a charity.

The Ottawa Humane Society has never had any affiliation or relationship with the Humane Society of Canada.

“We’re pleased there is a process in place to protect donors from organizations that aren’t following the rules,” said Bruce Roney, Ottawa Humane Society executive director. “We want to reassure our loyal supporters and community that the Ottawa Humane Society has absolutely nothing to do with the Humane Society of Canada. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. We’ll be continuing our work to care for 10,000 animals every year and issuing tax receipts to the donors who make that possible, as usual.”

The Ottawa Humane Society has been concerned about the practices of the Humane Society of Canada for more than a decade, Roney said.

“We’re grateful for this process but we’re also concerned that when this happens, it can distract from the very good work of humane societies across the country,” he said.

The only national organization that represents all humane societies in Canada is the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.

The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Aug. 23

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Aug. 19, 2015 – 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 10th microchip clinic of 2015 on Sunday, Aug. 23 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd., between Prince of Wales Drive and Merivale Road

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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.

 

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Make the Ottawa Humane Society Your August Staycation Destination!

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For immediate release 

July 31, 2015 – The animals at the Ottawa Humane Society are very excited to hear you’re planning an August staycation — so thrilled, in fact, that they’re throwing a party all month long to celebrate!

Make the OHS your summer staycation destination, with contests, prizes, and treats throughout the month — not to mention the animals just waiting for a visit from you!

Adopt an OHS pet and take home a special treat or toy for your new best friend!

Stop by on a Wonderful Wednesday or Fabulous Friday for candy, balloons and other surprise treats. Hurry in before they’re all gone!

Just for kids ages six to 12, colour a picture for a chance to win an “Off-Leash” PD day at the OHS. Crayons and pictures are available at the front desk.

The fun doesn’t end there! Everyone who visits the OHS in August can enter to win fabulous weekly prizes, including free passes to Funhaven Family Fun Centre and tickets to Ottawa Pet Expo.

For more information, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. or visit the website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society in Desperate Need of Community’s Help to Avert Kitty Crisis

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July 29, 2015 – The Ottawa Humane Society is in urgent need of foster volunteers, adopters and donations to manage a spike in cat numbers and avert a kitty crisis.

The shelter’s cat population is reaching a critical level and the animals need help fast, said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. The number of cats at the OHS will only climb as the summer continues, he said.

“We recently had a veterinarian here till midnight just to stay on top of surgeries. We’re working hard to prevent a situation where we’re stacking cages and, where we can, temporarily turning away owners who want to surrender their pets,” Roney said.

The OHS has more than 700 animals in its care at this moment, with more than 60 cats waiting for a foster placement. The OHS needs foster volunteers to take in sick and nursing cats as well as kittens who are too young to be adopted, Roney said.

“Becoming a foster volunteer gives these cats a second chance,” Roney said. “It’s one of three ways we need the community’s help right now, the other two being adoptions and donations.”

Finding permanent homes for the nearly 100 cats available for adoption would alleviate some of the pressure, Roney said.

“If you’ve been thinking about it, now’s a perfect time to adopt from us,” he said.

Roney said the high cat population means increased costs for everything from medicine to food for the animals. Summer is the time when costs are at their highest and donations at their lowest, he said.

For more information, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society Investigators Seeking Information After Witnesses Report Man Kicking and Punching Dog

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Investigators would like to speak to this person about the crime.

For immediate release 

July 21, 2015 – Ottawa Humane Society investigators are looking for information after witnesses saw a man kicking and punching a dog.

“The suspect may face charges in this case. And, the dog may have taken brutal beating and we want to make sure he’s OK,” said Insp. Miriam Smith, Rescue and Investigation Services manager.

The crime happened last Friday around noon at the back of Eastview Plaza, along Selkirk Street in Vanier. Witnesses told OHS investigators the man pinned the dog by the neck against a wall and kicked it in the head. The dog is described as a brown or black medium size dog and is possibly a Rottweiler.

Anyone with information is asked to call the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 224 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Nine Months Behind Bars Fitting Sentence for Callous Rabbit Killer: Ottawa Humane Society  

June 5 , 2015
For immediate release

A man who killed his rabbit by dropping it off a 10th-storey balcony will spend the next nine months in jail for the crime.

It’s a fitting sentence for such an egregious case of animal cruelty, said Bruce Roney, Ottawa Humane Society executive director.

“Anytime an offender is sentenced to jail in a case like this, we’re pleased. It speaks to the court system acknowledging that it’s not acceptable to treat animals this way,” Roney said.

Witnesses told OHS investigators that on Sept. 29, 2013, Daniel Kennedy, who was drunk, got upset after a neighbour and her daughter stopped by to show off their new kitten.

Kennedy “went on a rampage,” witnesses said, grabbing the pet rabbit from its cage before dangling it by the ears from his balcony. He dropped the rabbit to its death in front of the neighbour’s eight-year-old daughter.

OHS investigators charged Kennedy, 57, with wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal.

A judge found Kennedy guilty of the crime and on June 2, sentenced him to nine months in jail and a lifetime ban on owning animals. He also faces two years of probation and $610 in restitution owed to the OHS for the cost of the investigation.

“This rabbit was a completely innocent victim, as was the child who witnessed this crime,” Roney said. “We’re satisfied that justice was done in this case.”

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Price is Right for Ottawa Humane Society Cats and Dogs Playing to Win Your Heart in June

June 2, 2015
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Come on down to the Ottawa Humane Society to meet the cat and dog contestants competing for the best prize of all on the Price is Right at the OHS: your heart.

You don’t have to win the Showcase Showdown to get the best deal in town, but like real Price is Right players, your brand new OHS pet goes home with fabulous parting gifts, including a spay or neuter, six weeks of pet insurance from Petsecure, vaccinations, a microchip, and a health guarantee.

You may be inclined to bid $400, $500, or even $600 to adopt one of these fully-loaded pets, but the fee for an adult cat is just $170 and is just $290 for an adult dog — no bidding required! Actual retail price for those services: $625 for cats and $725 for dogs. The price really IS right for an OHS pet!

The winning doesn’t end there! Spin the big wheel at the OHS for a chance at even more marvelous prizes!

OHS dogs and cats are jumping up and down with excitement at the thought of making it to the Winner’s Circle – a.k.a. your home – for some cuddles followed by a nap on the floor. Could you be the one to make an animal’s dreams come true by saying, “Come on down to your new forever home!”?

The OHS would like to remind you to help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.Please visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca for more information on the importance of spaying and neutering pets and the Price is Right at the OHS promotion.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, May 31

May 26, 2015
For immediate release

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 seventh microchip clinic of 2015 on Sunday, May 31 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd., between Prince of Wales Drive and Merivale Road.

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

All proceeds benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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First Scorcher of 2015 Kicks Off Danger Season for Pets Left Alone in Cars

May 8, 2015
For immediate release

Friday’s 30 C forecast may mean a cold beer on a patio for you but for pets left alone in cars, the heat kicks off the most dangerous time of the year, says the Ottawa Humane Society’s Rescue and Investigation Services manager.

“It was a long and cold winter and it’s easy to forget about the risks of leaving your animal in the car. But pets can die in hot cars,” said Insp. Miriam Smith. “In weather like this, your car can turn into a stove in minutes.”

OHS agents have already responded to 24 calls for dogs left in hot cars since April 1, Smith said. Last year, agents went to 356 such calls — saving dogs from lifelong injury or even an agonizing death.

In 2014, OHS agents laid four charges against people who allegedly left their pet in a hot car, Smith said. It’s a serious crime that can have deadly consequences, she said, which is why OHS agents will be setting up at community events all summer long to talk about the dangers of leaving pets in the vehicles in the heat, Smith said.

“Getting the message out may save a life,” she said.

If you see an animal alone in a car with the owner nowhere in sight, call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532 or call the police. Signs of heatstroke in dogs include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Weakness or muscle tremors
  • Unconsciousness
  • Glazed eyes
  • Convulsions

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Discover the Kitties Behind the Label: Adopt a Special Needs Cat in May and Get a Free Vet Visit!

Even when Tiggs was a kitten, there was something special about him that made him stand out from

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Could Tiggs be your purr-fect match?

the rest. Sure, Tiggs has some dental troubles — but they don’t define him. It’s really his enthusiasm for playtime, his fondness for catnip, and his adventurous spirit that make this tabby a special kitty.

Go behind the “special needs” label in May and get to know cats like Tiggs at the Ottawa Humane Society. This month, adopt a special needs cat and your new best friend’s initial vet visit is free — an $85 value!
The OHS special needs adoptions program helps older animals and pets with often easily manageable conditions get a second chance at finding a forever home. Conditions may include food allergies needing a special diet, thyroid conditions requiring regular, though inexpensive, medication, or heart murmurs that probably need nothing more than annual monitoring.

All pets need to visit the vet to stay healthy, not just those with special needs. But some people see the words “special needs” and move on to the next cat, passing by wonderful pets like Tiggs without a second look, without taking the time to learn about the kitty behind the label.

Visit the OHS to speak with adoption staff about whether a special needs pet is right for you. Meet Tiggs and other special needs cats at the OHS Adoption Centre at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. or visit the website at www.ottawahumane.ca for more information.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, May 3

April 29, 2015
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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 fifth microchip clinic of 2015 on Sunday, May 3 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd., between Prince of Wales Drive and Merivale Road.

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

All proceeds benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, March 8

Feb 26, 2015
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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 forth microchip clinic of 2015 on Sunday, March 8 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd., between Prince of Wales Drive and Merivale Road.

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

All proceeds benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Cat's Scabby Ear Stubs a Reminder to Protect Pets From the Cold: Ottawa Humane Society

Feb 15, 2015
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Kennedy on the day he was found and today

Kennedy the cat’s scabby ear stubs are a reminder of the danger the frigid winter weather poses to pets.

The five-year-old cat was brought to the Ottawa Humane Society on Jan. 9 after he was found wandering outside. On that day, the temperature was only -6 C, significantly warmer than the low of -30 C with the wind chill projected for Wednesday night in Ottawa.

“The cold winter weather can be deadly for pets,” said Sharon Miko, OHS deputy executive director. “The best place for your pet on a day like today is inside with you where they’re safe and warm.”

The OHS vet treated Kennedy with pain medication and the frostbitten tips of his ears have since sloughed off. He’ll soon be available for adoption at the OHS.

Pet owners can protect their animals from Kennedy’s fate and worse by taking a few precautions:

  • Cats should live indoors year-round and never be allowed to roam in the cold.
  • 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 an animal in distress, please call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Feb. 22

Feb 17, 2015
For immediate release

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 third microchip clinic of 2015 on Sunday, Feb. 22 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd., between Prince of Wales Drive and Merivale Road.

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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.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Come to the Ottawa Humane Society Sunday for Free Valentines Day Family Fun!

Feb 13, 2015
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend with the Ottawa Humane Society at the My Furry Valentine free family event!

  • When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2014
  • Where: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd.
  • Cost: Free! Some activities by donation.
  • Why: Enjoy some free family Valentines Day fun and celebrate with the animals!

Join in the fun with activities such as face painting, crafts, sweet treats, craft and bake sale, and more!

For more information, please visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Feline Romantics at the Ottawa Humane Society Want to Renew Your Faith in True Love... Times Two!

Feb 3, 2015
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If you’ve been feeling a little cynical about love lately, there are several cats at the Ottawa Humane Society who would like the chance to change your mind.

These furry romantics have already found that special someone in the best kitty friends they’ve made at the OHS and are missing only one thing: you. They’re just waiting for the opportunity to restore your faith in love with a team effort of cuddles, purrs and collective catnaps.

To help make their Valentine’s Day dreams come true, adopt one adult cat in February and the OHS will waive the adoption fee on the second adult cat. Everyone who brings home two new feline family members will be entered to win a prize pack valued at more than $100!

Merlin and Dagobert

Merlin and Dagobert still believe in true love and think you could really benefit from some four-legged friendship. For these best kitty friends, two is the loneliest number because it means there’s no you. And without you, who will throw the ball?

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They just have two questions for you: Will you be their Valentine? And, would you please throw the ball?

To learn more and to meet all the feline Romeos and Juliets, please visit the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. or the website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Jan. 11

Jan. 6, 2015
For immediate release

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 2015 on Sunday, Jan. 11 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd., between Prince of Wales Drive and Merivale Road.

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

All proceeds benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Protect Pets From the Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecast to Hit Ottawa This Week

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Jan. 5, 2015
For immediate release

The extreme cold forecast for the city this week means pets left outside too long risk frostbite and even death without shelter from the frigid weather.

The City of Ottawa has issued a frostbite advisory from Jan. 5 until further notice as temperatures are expected to hit as low as -25 C with the wind chill. 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:

  • Cats should live indoors year-round and never be allowed to roam in the cold.
  • Limit the time your dog spends outside. Take your dog for shorter, more frequent walks.
  • 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 an animal in distress, please call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Ottawa Humane Society Cats and Dogs Available as Personal Trainers and Best Friends for Life in 2015

Jan. 2, 2015
For immediate release

Resolve to change an animal’s life this year – and to get in shape while doing it!

We’ve all been there: the post-Christmas panic about the bathroom scale, the realization you haven’t seen the inside of your gym since Day 1 of Hanukkah. After a month of holiday parties and treats laying waste to your 2014 resolution to get in shape, the Ottawa Humane Society has just the remedy: an OHS pet!

Bring home one of these fluffy task masters and not only will you see the results in a beach-ready bod by March but in the loving eyes of a new best friend too whose dreams of a forever home you’ve made a reality.

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the giving has ended at the OHS. In this month of resolutions, adopt a cat or dog and you’ll be entered to win a prize pack loaded with items to keep your new four-legged personal trainer as fit as you’d like to be, with low-cal food, healthy treats, toys, harnesses and leashes for long walks, and other virtuous goodies! This giveaway will ensure your fluffy fitness coach is ready to whip you into shape in 2015.

Here are some of the clean-living cheerleaders at the OHS taking on new clients, a.k.a. forever friends, in 2015:

Panda

Panda

Panda knows you’re heading to the freezer in search of leftover Christmas cookies and would like to recommend you reconsider. Crack a can of delicious, low-cal tuna instead, she says, ever mindful of your health.

Max

Max

Keep your mind sharp by learning some new tricks in 2015, Max says.

Toby

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Toby is practicing her best Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket. “Do you think I’m cute?!” she’ll say when she meows you awake at 5 a.m. for your spinning class.

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“Ok, yes, I have to agree: I am cute,” Toby says.

Waffles

Waffles

Yoga-master Waffles, who is demonstrating his best Reclining Cat pose, suggests you definitely need more Zen in your life… and he would be happy to help.

For more information, please visit the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. or the website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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Leo the Cat Going Home After Generous Ottawa Resident Pays City Fees

December 19, 2014
For immediate release

Thanks to the generosity of one Ottawa resident, Leo is going home! The Ottawa Humane Society has had multiple people step forward to offer to pay the City of Ottawa fees to have a cat named Leo returned to his family.

After getting lost, Leo was brought to the Municipal Animal Shelter, a City of Ottawa facility that the OHS is contracted to provide services for under a purchase of service agreement. The city had instructed the OHS not to release Leo without collecting the fees.

Now that city fees have been paid, we all hope Leo will be going home today to his family and Jean-Luc.

The OHS has been treating the cat for an infection and he will need to continue treatment in the community. The OHS is making arrangements to complete Leo’s treatment at no cost to the family.

Everyone at the OHS was touched by the story of Leo and Jean-Luc as much as the community and we’re grateful there’s a happy outcome.

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.

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

 

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Keep Your Furry Friends Safe This Holiday Season With the 12 Pet Safety Tips of Christmas

December 17, 2014
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society is reminding pet owners that the holidays present many hazards for pets. Here are the OHS’s 12 Pet Safety Tips of Christmas to keep your companion animals safe, healthy and happy this season:

  1. Ensure your pet is microchipped and has a tag. With more frequent comings-and-goings, it’s easy for your pet to slip out of the house unnoticed.
  2. If you’re entertaining, you may wish to keep pets in a quiet room away from the noise and activity. If they’re mingling among the guests, monitor them so that they don’t share the holiday food.
  3. Keep your ornaments pet-friendly. Don’t use tinsel on trees, as curious animals are attracted by the shiny strings and may swallow them, which can lead to serious injury. Ornaments hung on lower tree limbs should not be breakable. Keep your tree free of decorations made of food.
  4. Barricade the water trough around your tree to prevent your pet from drinking it. The water may be dirty and will contain pine needles.
  5. Be careful with Christmas lights. Secure electrical cords and conceal outlets, as pets may chew on cords. Keep pets away from open flames.
  6. Some Christmas plants are toxic to pets. Keep your pets away from mistletoe, holly, poinsettias and amaryllis. If eaten, they can cause serious problems. If your pet has eaten something you’re unsure of, call your vet right away.
  7. After gifts have been unwrapped, throw away the wrapping paper and ribbons, which can be dangerous for pets.
  8. If you don’t know what’s in a package, don’t leave it under the tree. You may find out the hard way that Aunt Jane got you a box of Belgian truffles. Chocolate is toxic for cats and dogs.
  9. Holidays are a busy time for visiting – you may be away for extended periods or have a house full of guests. If you’re away, have someone check in on your pet or board your pet. Note that your pet’s vaccinations will have to be up-to-date to be accepted at a boarding facility.
  10. Table scraps and left-overs aren’t good for your pets. And, bones in meat can lead to serious complications or death.
  11. Ensure that edibles in Christmas stockings are unreachable by your pet.
  12. On colder days, limit your dog’s time outside. Cats should live inside all year round.

 

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.

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

 

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Plan Your Visit to the Ottawa Humane Society this Season by Checking Holiday Hours

December 15, 2014
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society and Municipal Animal Shelter will be closed some days and open shorter hours on others during the holiday season.

Closures include Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The OHS will close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Regular hours resume Friday, Jan. 2.

For a complete schedule, please visit our website at http://ottawahumane.ca/about/holidayhours.cfm/

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.

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

 

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Santa Paws is Coming to the OHS for Santa Pet Pics!

December 4, 2014
For immediate release

Santa Paws

Celebrate the holidays by getting your pet’s picture taken with Santa Paws at the Ottawa Humane Society.

  • Where: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd.
  • When: Fridays (Dec. 12 and 19) from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturdays (Dec. 6, 13, 20) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays (Dec. 7, 14, 21) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Price: $15 ($10 if your pet was adopted from the OHS) for a photo, $20 for a USB stick with the digital image files ($15 for OHS adopters), and $30 for the USB and photo ($25 for OHS adopters)

Please note, all participating pets must be in a carrier or on a leash.

For more information, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca/santapetpics

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.

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

 

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Surprise Your Kids This Holiday Season With a Pet and Make a Homeless Animal’s Dreams Come True

November 25, 2014
For immediate release

Imagine a holiday season where you not only fulfill your children’s holiday wishes but make a homeless animal’s dreams come true too.

That’s the idea behind the Ottawa Humane Society’s holiday delivery program, a festive way to surprise a loved one with a furry friend during Hanukkah or on Yuletide morning.

From kittens and rabbits to dogs and hamsters, the OHS is seeking families interested in having volunteer elves drop by with their new four-legged family member on Dec. 25 or any night of Hanukkah.

Regular adoption procedures still apply, which means parents would come in to the shelter in advance to fill out an application form, be matched with the right pet, and speak with an adoption counsellor.

This delivery program is busting the myth that pets should not be adopted during the holidays. If you’ve been thinking about adding a pet to your family, this may be the right time to do it, said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director.

“Less travelling, smaller families, and time off during the holiday can make this the perfect time of year to bond with a new pet for many people,” Roney said.

There are limited holiday delivery spaces available so contact the OHS to sign up by phone at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or visit the shelter at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.

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.

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

 

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Lifetime Pet Ban, Probation for Man Guilty of Starving Charlie the Great Dane

November 21, 2014
For immediate release

The sentence given to a man who allowed his Great Dane to nearly starve to death gives the Ottawa Humane Society the tools to prevent animals from ever being harmed by him again, says the OHS’s executive director.

Jason Woodruff pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation and a lifetime ban on owning animals for permitting distress to Charlie, his five-year-old Great Dane. He also faces random inspections to ensure he has no animals in his care.

“Charlie is safe. Mr. Woodruff is never allowed to own animals again. The courts have given us inspection rights so we will be here to make sure that he never hurts another animal,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director.

Woodruff will have to complete 100 hours of community service and has to pay more than $9,000 to the OHS in restitution for the cost of caring for Charlie.

“There were clearly mental health issues in this case and they were introduced in court. We recognize that jail is not the only means of achieving justice and keeping animals safe,” Roney said.

Woodruff gave away the emaciated dog on Kijiji on Jan. 20, 2014. Within hours, Charlie’s new owner surrendered him to the OHS to get him the emergency care he needed.

Charlie was near death when he arrived. He was so thin the OHS veterinarian wasn’t sure he’d even survive his ordeal. The vet said Charlie should weigh about 120 pounds; he was brought to the OHS weighing just 53.

After six months in the care of the OHS, Charlie found his forever home in July. By the time he left, he’d doubled his weight!!

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.

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

 

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Frozen Kitten’s Brush With Death a Reminder to Protect Pets From Cold Weather: Ottawa Humane Society

November 17, 2014
For immediate release

The plight of a tiny kitten revived from the dead after being left outside to freeze is a warning to pet owners to protect their animals from the cold now that winter weather has arrived in Ottawa.

Now recovering at the Ottawa Humane Society, the kitten, aptly named Lucky, was declared dead on arrival when a veterinarian first laid eyes on his lifeless body.

“This is an amazing story of survival and should really be a reminder to pet owners to be mindful of the risks of cold weather for their animals,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “Lucky was truly Lucky this time. But he’s definitely used up eight of his nine lives.”

A Good Samaritan found the two-month-old kitten in a shed Sunday night suffering from severe hypothermia and rushed him for emergency care. The vet, who thought the kitten was dead, performed CPR in a final attempt to save his life. Astonishingly, Lucky’s tiny heart started beating again.

The vet gave Lucky medicine to keep his heart going and raised his body temperature with warmed IV fluids and heating pads. He’s presently in the critical care unit at the OHS.

Like Lucky, pets left outside too long risk frostbite and even death without shelter from the cold temperatures. Pet owners can protect their animals from the winter weather by taking a few precautions:

  • Cats should live indoors year-round and never be allowed to roam in the cold.
  • 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 an animal in distress, please call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Nov. 16

November 13, 2014
For immediate release

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 twelfth microchip clinic of 2014 on Sunday, Nov. 16 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Mature Pets at the Ottawa Humane Society Eager to Settle Into Movie Marathons and Canal Strolls With You

October 31, 2014
For immediate release

Are you in bed by 11, even on a Friday night? Are your snack choices more bran muffin than convenience store burrito? Would you rather watch Downton Abbey in your PJs than go dancing till dawn? Then the Ottawa Humane Society has just the companion for you!

This month at the OHS, adopt a sophisti-cat, age seven or older, or a debonair dog, age five and up, and you’ll be entered to win a prize pack loaded with cat or dog accessories – a $160 value! Adopters also qualify for 25 per cent off at the Buddy and Belle Boutique that day.

Mature pets get it. They spent their youth making silly mistakes in a frenetic haze fueled by dog biscuits and cat treats of iffy origin. But they’re past all that and ready to settle down with you.

Take a leisurely stroll by the canal with your mellow canine instead of a mad dash with your puppy. Spend a Sunday cat-napping to some classical music with a kitty who shares your refined tastes. These companions will gladly join you for a Sopranos marathon on a Tuesday night – and you won’t have to cover their ears to block out the colourful language because these pets are grownups!

To learn more, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Keep Pets Safe this Halloween with Six Tips from the Ottawa Humane Society

Oct. 28, 2014
For immediate release

That spooky night when little fairy princesses and mini pirates holler for suckers and gummy bears can be scary and even dangerous for Fluffy and Fido.

Here are six tips to help keep your pets safe this Halloween:

  1. Keep cats indoors: Cats allowed to go outside may become the target of people who want to hurt them. Keep cats inside where it’s safe.
  1. Don’t take the family dog along when you’re trick-or-treating: Even friendly dogs can get spooked on Halloween and there’s a risk your dog could run off and get lost. Leave your dog at home.
  1. Use decorations with caution: Keep your pets away from lit pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.
  1. Keep candy out of your pet’s reach: Chocolate can be poisonous to many animals including dogs, cats and ferrets. And don’t forget about wrappers – they can cause your pet to choke.
  1. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know he/she enjoys it: Some costumes can cause stress and injury to pets, making it tough to move, hear, breathe, bark or see. Never leave costumed pets unattended.
  1. Make sure your pets are properly identified: In case your pet runs outside, make sure he or she has a collar, tag and microchip so they’ll increase their chances of being returned home. It’s a good idea to keep pets in a separate room of the house so they can’t slip out.

Remember, if you see an animal in immediate distress or danger at Halloween or any time of the year, please contact the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

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.

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

 

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Howl for Halloween at the Ottawa Humane Society this Sunday!

October 23, 2014
For immediate release

Get ready to howl for Halloween at the Ottawa Humane Society’s Howl-o-ween event on Oct. 26!

Bring the kids for a scavenger hunt, treats, face painting, crafts and more!

When: Sunday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.
Cost: Free, activities by donation

Join us for the all the spook-tacular fun! For more information, please visit http://ottawahumane.ca/about/howl-o-ween.cfm.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Oct. 19

October 14, 2014
For immediate release

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 eleventh microchip clinic of 2014 on Sunday, Oct. 19 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Here Come the Pets in Black to Make You Forget Your Black Animal Misconceptions

October 2, 2014
For immediate release


Here come the Pets in Black. They won’t let you remember.

Here come the Pets in Black – PIBs – with an adoption special that won’t let you remember all your misconceptions about raven-furred cats and dogs.

These PIBs are the black animal reputation defenders. And contrary to the myths about unlucky onyx kitties and ghostly midnight hounds, they want you to know the good pets dress in black, remember that. When you adopt one from the Ottawa Humane Society in October, you’ll take home an adoption starter kit packed with treats, toys and other must-haves that will turn your vivid memories about black animals into fantasies.

They walk in shadow but don’t fear them, cheer them, these Pets in Black – they really make great companions, just like their fairer counterparts!

Come meet your match at the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. this month and show the love to the PIBs.

For more information, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

 

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Ottawa Humane Society Honours Community’s Contributions at its Annual General Meeting

Sept. 26, 2014
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society honoured several volunteers and members of the public last night at its annual general meeting, celebrating the many dedicated and passionate individuals and organizations working together to make our community better for the animals.

The Ottawa Police Service received the Muriel Davies Kindness Award for its assistance with the OHS resulting in a safer community for animals. Among its notable contributions, OPS officers regularly assist OHS investigators by providing safety information or accompanying them on visits to potentially dangerous locations. The OPS has also assisted in training for OHS agents.

Teena Stoddart was awarded the Community Spirit Award for her tireless devotion to the animals. Ms. Stoddart has been involved the success of many OHS events, most recently raising funds at the FurBall gala and assisting with the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon.

Robyn Rittmaster received the Eleanor Prowse Volunteer Service Award for generously giving her time through volunteer work and continued participation in a wide range of OHS programs, including dog walking, the foster program, and the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon.

Alta Vista Animal Hospital received the Special Recognition Award for contributing above and beyond to the animals in the care of OHS. Its veterinarians support the animals at the OHS by holding team surgery events. Its staff has also been involved in the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and helped to build a brighter future for the animals with a contribution to the Breaking Ground campaign for the new shelter.

Richard Gray received the media award for his efforts to raise awareness of OHS animals and events, furthering the OHS goal of helping more than 10,000 animals every year. Under Richard’s leadership, CTV has been instrumental to the success of many OHS events and had a hand in the adoption of dozens of OHS animals profiled on CTV’s Pet of the Week segment.

Catherine Mason, a dedicated foster volunteer, was awarded the Siobhan Shefflin Memorial Award, acknowledging her devoted work providing help to many of the neediest cats and kittens that come into the care of the OHS. Ms. Mason cares for them in her home until they’re ready for adoption, giving them a second chance at a bright and healthy future.

Dr. Graham Johnson was awarded the Dr. James Hutchison Animal Welfare Award for his work saving animal lives as a volunteer veterinarian at the OHS. He has donated nearly 200 hours of his time and has contributed above and beyond to the welfare of Ottawa’s animals.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Sept. 21

September 16, 2014
For immediate release

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 tenth microchip clinic of 2014 on Sunday, Sept. 21 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Thousands of Walkers, Runners and Supporters Come Out to Help Ottawa’s Animals

September 7, 2014
For immediate release

More than a thousand participants and hundreds of pets came out to wiggle, waggle, walk and run to help the more than 10,000 animals every year that are cared for by the Ottawa Humane Society.

The Science Diet Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and Run for the Animals are the OHS’s biggest fundraisers of the year and help animals such as Charlie, the once-emaciated Great Dane who was spotted at the event with his new forever family. Charlie was brought back to health at the OHS after he was surrendered in January weighing just 53 pounds after his previous owner is alleged to have not fed the dog enough.

“Without the thousands of walkers, runners and supporters who come out every year to help the animals at the shelter, Charlie would have had nowhere to turn when he needed us most,” said Rob McCulloch, OHS development director. “Thanks to our community’s support, we’ll continue to be there to answer that next cry for help from animals like Charlie.”

More than 2,000 people filled Queen Juliana Park to this morning to cheer on the runners and walkers and to enjoy the family- and animal-oriented fun, including face painters, mascots, Puppy Picasso dog art, food trucks, vendors selling pet supplies, and a silent auction.

The walk, in its 26th year, and the Run for the Animals, in its second, raised $215,000 for the animals at the OHS.

Next year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 13, 2015.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society Partners With Hill’s Science Diet to Feed Animals at the OHS

September 3, 2014
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society is pleased to announce a partnership with Hill’s Science Diet to help feed the more than 10,000 animals cared for by the OHS every year.

“We’re so grateful to Hill’s for stepping up to help feed the animals in our care,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “There are thousands of dogs and cats at the OHS who will have full stomachs, thanks to Hill’s.”

As a shelter partner, the OHS exclusively feeds Hill’s Science Diet to all the animals at the OHS.

“Hill’s Pet Nutrition is excited to partner with the Ottawa Humane Society,” said Joe Giles, Hill’s Pet Nutrition general manager. “The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program is a natural extension of our mission: to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Our goal is to ensure that every pet goes home healthy and happy. That means nourishing every pet that arrives at the Ottawa Humane Society with Science Diet and sending a Science Diet adopter kit home with every new adoption.”

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.

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

 

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Back to School Goes to the Dogs at the Ottawa Humane Society With a Special Deal for Canine Scholars

September 2, 2014
For immediate release

It’s time for back to school and the dogs at the Ottawa Humane Society don’t want to be left out.

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month and part of being a good pet parent is setting up your newly adopted dog for success. There’s no better way to start the school year off on the right paw than by teaching an OHS dog some new tricks with obedience training!

Adopt a canine companion this month and sign up your furry pupil for some higher learning with an OHS obedience class for just $99. Adopt one of the four featured dogs and get 50 per cent off the cost of training – that’s a $70 savings on tuition! Information on the featured dogs is available at the OHS Adoption Centre.

Let an OHS dog make you a proud pooch parent when you watch him graduate from the eight-week class a fully-fledged good canine citizen. The sessions are also a valuable experience for new owners, helping them get schooled on bonding with their new best friends.

Not only will this deal give you an unprecedented savings on dog training for your new four-legged family members, but your kids will never again be able to claim the dog ate their homework!

To learn more, visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca or come to the Adoption Centre at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. While you’re at the OHS, check out the Buddy and Belle Boutique for some special prices on select dog gear.

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.

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

 

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Small Animal Boom at the Ottawa Humane Society Replaces Summer Cat Crisis

August 28, 2014
For immediate release


JC the hamster is one of 47 small animals available for adoption

The Ottawa Humane Society’s annual cat boom has been replaced by a small animal population explosion this year, with hamsters, bunnies and birds in need of forever homes packing the Adoption Centre.

“We’ve had a pregnant rabbit and guinea pig surrendered to us and that drove up our numbers,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “And, I think people just don’t know that we have small animals available for adoption so we’re not getting the forever families we need.”

This is the first summer in memory that the OHS isn’t in crisis with its cat population, Roney said.

“We’ve been doing even more for our cats,” he said. “We’ve brought in more staff and have relied on our volunteer veterinarians to help us get cats ready for adoption faster. And, our partnership with pet stores means our cats get into our community adoption locations and have an even better shot at finding a home sooner. That’s what brought down our numbers this year.”

Just like cats and dogs, small animals need socialization, love and attention to blossom in a home, Roney said.

“They need a place to run around, someone to play with,” he said. “The Adoption Centre is only the second best place for them. They need to go home.”

To learn more about the small animals at the OHS, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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You are Cordially Invited to Spend National Homeless Animals Day With Some Furry Friends at the Ottawa Humane Society

Aug. 14, 2014
For immediate release

The four-legged party planning committee has been busy preparing for National Homeless Animals Day and would like to personally invite you to be their honoured guest this Saturday at the Ottawa Humane Society.

Here are some party details from committee members:

RUBY

While some might say Ruby’s insistence on free candy and popcorn for guests is a ploy to lure potential forever families to the OHS where their hearts will be melted by her puppy-dog eyes, Ruby just thinks you’re being cynical. She’s well-acquainted with the power of treats and a party without them, well, is just no party at all.

TAZ

Taz was the brains behind the face painter, who’ll be at the party from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. While he’s not outright saying you’d look better with whiskers and a pink nose, you might want to inquire about cat-related design options when you’re here Saturday.

ABBY

This is Abby’s best bored face. She’s imitating you spending another rainy Saturday on the couch instead of meeting her, at which point you will fall in love and she’ll be celebrating National Homeless Animals Day at your place!

DAXON

How can you say no to an invitation from this face? Look! Daxon is smiling, just thrilled that you have RSVP’d “yes” to National Homeless Animals Day!

Here is more information:

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd.
  • Why: To celebrate National Homeless Animals Day!

Enjoy free treats, face painting, balloons, and visits with Brightening Lives volunteer animals. Purchase a special craft or homemade goodie, courtesy of the OHS Auxiliary. Enter to win a gift certificate to Funhaven Family Fun Centre. Events take place at various times throughout the day.

Adopt a new best friend on Saturday and take home a free engraved tag, making your bond official. Adopters also get 15 per cent off at the Buddy and Belle Boutique that day, excluding food.

For more information, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Garden Party Guests Dine in Style While Seeing Firsthand Their Impact on Animal lives

August 11, 2014
For immediate release


Navi and Rosie, once homeless strays, were at the OHS garden party

A dog named Navi and cat named Rosie gave guests at the foodie event of the summer on Sunday a firsthand view of how they’re making a difference in the lives of animals at the Ottawa Humane Society.

The pair, both adopted from the OHS after arriving as strays with nowhere else to turn, was part of the Parade of Animals at the Summer Harvest Garden Party at Jean Pigott Place in Ottawa City Hall. Navi and Roise are just two of the happy endings made possible by garden party attendees in years past.

“We’re so grateful to the chefs, restaurants, partners and guests who came out to the garden party to help the animals. Every year we’re amazed at generosity of our community and this year is no exception,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “This money will help the thousands of animals that come to the shelter every year. We couldn’t save lives without that support.”

Nearly 250 guests dined on the delicious creations of 17 of the city’s top chefs who donated their time to the 14th annual event in support of the animals at the shelter.

The fundraiser was held in memory of the late Kurt Waldele, a long-time OHS supporter and renowned Ottawa chef, who founded the event for the animals. On Sunday it raised $42,500 to care for the more than 10,000 homeless animals that will come to the OHS needing help this year alone.

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.

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

 

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Discover the Kitties Behind the Label: Adopt a Special Needs Cat in August and Get a Free Vet Visit!

June 30, 2014
For immediate release


Could you be the right match for Jake?

Because the Ottawa Humane Society wants you to know Jake the cat is more than his “special needs” label, adopt him or other kitties like him this month and your new best friend’s initial vet visit is free!

This $85 value is to encourage potential forever families to see the felines behind the special needs designation, like Jake, a catnip-crazy kitty who loves to play with laser lights and gets along with dogs. Sure, he has some tummy troubles – but they don’t define him.

The OHS special needs adoptions program helps older animals and pets with often easily manageable conditions get a second chance at finding a forever home. Conditions may include food allergies needing a special diet, thyroid conditions requiring regular, though inexpensive, medication, or heart murmurs that probably need nothing more than annual monitoring.

All pets need to visit the vet to stay healthy, not just those with special needs. But some people see the words “special needs” and move on to the next cat, passing by wonderful pets like Jake without a second look, without taking the time to learn about the kitty behind the label.

Meet Jake and other special needs cats at the OHS Adoption Centre at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. or visit the website at www.ottawahumane.ca for more information. Visit the OHS to consult with adoption staff about whether a special needs pet is right for you.

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.

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

 

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Make a Difference for the Animals and Savour Ottawa’s Finest Cuisine at the Summer Harvest Garden Party

July 25, 2014
For immediate release

Make a difference in the lives of animals and savour some of the most exquisite dining the city has to offer at the 14th annual Summer Harvest Garden Party in support of the Ottawa Humane Society.

The OHS has lined up the city’s premier chefs for the Aug. 10 event in support of the more than 10,000 animals the shelter cares for every year.

Culinary artists this year include John Morris of the National Arts Centre, Kenton Leier from the Westin Hotel, Gabriel Pollock of Grounded Kitchen and Coffeehouse, and George Monsour of Back Lane Cafe.

When: Sunday, Aug. 10, from 2-5 p.m.
Where: Jean Pigott Place, City Hall
Price: Tickets are $125 ($75 of which is tax recieptable)

Enjoy the imported wines and quality beers at the open bar. There will also be an opportunity to bid on an assortment of live and silent auction items throughout the day.

The Summer Harvest Garden Party is one of the most important annual fundraising events for the animals at the OHS. Generous guests and sponsors raise funds that are used to care for the hundreds of animals the OHS helps each day, and the many thousands more that will need the care of the OHS in the future. It’s held in memory of the late Chef Kurt Waldele, a long-time OHS supporter.

For more details and to buy tickets, visit www.ottawahumane.ca/gardenparty.

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.

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

 

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Increased Danger to Pets as Hot Weather Blankets City: Ottawa Humane Society

July 22, 2014
For immediate release

Temperatures today are forecast to hit 36 C with the humidex, making it crucial people never leave their pets alone in a hot car.

“Dogs die in hot cars. That’s our message and as long as we’re still rescuing animals trapped in hot cars, we’re going to keep repeating it with the hope of preventing a tragedy,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director.

A dog left in a sweltering vehicle can quickly overheat, leading to brain damage and even death.

“If you’re running an errand, leave your dog at home. Don’t take the risk,” he said. “It’s a choice that could be the difference between life and death for your pet.”

Last year was the busiest on record at the OHS for calls to save dogs from hot cars. Six people were charged for allegedly leaving their pet alone in a vehicle in the hot weather in 2013. But with five charges already laid by mid-July, this year appears to be outpacing the last, Roney said.

If you see an animal alone in a car with the owner nowhere in sight, call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532 or call the police.

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.

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Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, July 27

July 22, 2014
For immediate release

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 eighth microchip clinic of 2014 on Sunday, July 27 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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ALERT: Ottawa Humane Society in Desperate Need of Foster Volunteers to Help With Rising Cat Population

July 21, 2014
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society urgently needs Kitten Brigade volunteers to help the hundreds of kittens, nursing and pregnant moms, and sick cats waiting for temporary homes to grow healthy and strong for a second chance at life.

The shelter’s cat population is reaching a crisis level and the animals need our community’s help, said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. The number of cats will only climb as the summer continues, he said.

“These cats and kittens need caring people to give them temporary homes outside the shelter to become ready for adoption,” Roney said. “Foster volunteers help save the lives of the most vulnerable animals. We couldn’t do it without them.”

Summer is the busiest time at the OHS, with more than 50 animals coming in some days, up from just a dozen or so a day the rest of the year. The Kitten Brigade is the answer to the seasonal population spike, Roney said.

The jump in numbers means it’s harder to keep the animals healthy and to give the neediest animals – such as the tiniest kittens, pregnant and nursing moms, and sick cats – the individualized attention they need to make it. The brigade fast-tracks new foster volunteers through about an hour of training to help get temporary homes for these animals.

Unlike the usual foster program where volunteers commit to a year, Kitten Brigade volunteers can sign up for just a couple months to meet the greatest demand. The next orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30 at 6 p.m.

Last year, brigade volunteers helped give 119 cats a fighting chance during the busy summer season.

Here’s how to join the Kitten Brigade:

  • Fill out a foster application form and return to the foster department via email at foster@ottawahumane.ca.
  • Volunteers who meet program requirements will be contacted for a quick phone interview.
  • Submit a criminal record check.
  • Attend a foster orientation.

Learn more about the Kitten Brigade on the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca/kittenbrigade.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Throw Party to Cheer Up Bunny Who’s Spent Year Awaiting Forever Home

July 17, 2014
For immediate release


Could you be the right match for Fluffy?

The Ottawa Humane Society is throwing a little party this Saturday to cheer up a bunny who is celebrating an unfortunate anniversary: a year without a forever home.

Fluffy came to the OHS on July 19, 2013, and since then has watched dozens of fellow rabbits hop into the loving arms of adopters eager to welcome their new furry family member.

In honour of the anniversary, there will be balloons and treats (for humans). Don’t bring presents for Fluffy; all she wants is a home. Could Saturday be her lucky day?

Fluffy got her hopes up before. It was around Easter, as the OHS ran a promo in April to highlight the wonderful pets rabbits make. Sure, potential forever families gave Fluffy a second look, maybe even a cuddle. But then she went right back into the Rabbitat to wait out another day alone, biding her time in the second-best place for a homeless bunny: the OHS.

It makes no sense, really, why Fluffy hasn’t yet found her new best friend. She loves kids, a tenderness she demonstrates when she’s lifted out of the Rabbitat to play with the children attending the OHS summer camp. She’s a friendly rabbit who loves people, she’s playful and likes to explore. But still, Fluffy watches as visitors pass her by, choosing a different bunny instead, one that is not her – again.

When will it be Fluffy’s turn? When will a smiling adopter confidently scoop her up and say, “It’s time to go home, Fluffy.”

If you’d like to wish Fluffy a happy anniversary, please stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. this Saturday. Fluffy would be very happy to see you and could use a little cheering up.

For more information about Fluffy, please visit her profile here.

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.

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

 

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The Countdown Begins: Two Months Till It’s Time to Wiggle, Waggle, Walk and Run for the Animals!

July 9, 2014
For immediate release


Milo, walk and run spokesdog, wants YOU to sign up!

Milo is beside himself with excitement to learn there are just 60 sleeps until the Ottawa Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and Run for the Animals!

Thursday is the countdown kickoff and Milo, official spokesdog, will be on CTV News at 6 with all the details. He can hardly wait! For a preview, check out the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca to sign up for the walk or run. And then, on Sept. 7, join Milo and lace up to help the animals at the OHS!

The walkathon and run is the OHS’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps more than 10,000 animals the OHS cares for annually.

It’s the 26th year for the walk and the second for the run. This year, the OHS is partnering with the Running Room to make the event better than ever, with timed 5 and 10K races, as well as a jog for runners and their animal companions, and a run just for kids.

There’s a ton of stuff to do at the event, even if you choose not to walk or run. Come out for the Pet Pavilion Marketplace, K9 Fun Zone, Family Fun Zone, silent auction, food truck fare, and more!

For more information, be sure to watch for Milo on the news on Thursday, July 10. Learn more about the walk by visiting www.ottawahumane.ca/walk. Check out run details at www.ottawahumane.ca/run.

For more information, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. and talk to adoption staff or visit the website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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For media inquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
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Join the Kitten Brigade to Help Hundreds of Kittens in Desperate Need of Foster Homes

July 9, 2014
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society is in desperate need of foster volunteers to help the hundreds of kittens and cats that will need care this summer.

Summer is the busiest time at the shelter, with intake climbing from about a dozen to more than 50 on some days. To help these animals stay healthy, the OHS is recruiting foster volunteers for a special, fast-tracked program called the Kitten Brigade. This life-saving programs gives sick felines, nursing and pregnant mothers, and kittens too young for adoption a temporary placement until they’re ready for forever homes.

Unlike the typical foster program, Kitten Brigade volunteers can sign up for just a couple months. And training is just a couple hours on a single day. The next orientation is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m.

Last year, brigade volunteers helped give 119 cats a fighting chance.

Here’s how to join the Kitten Brigade:

    • Fill out a foster application form and return to the foster department via email at foster@ottawahumane.ca.
    • Volunteers who meet program requirements will be contacted for a quick phone interview.
    • Submit a criminal record check.
    • Attend a foster orientation.

Learn more about the Kitten Brigade on the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca/kittenbrigade.

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.

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

 

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Make the Ottawa Humane Society Your July Stay-cation Destination!

June 30, 2014
For immediate release

The animals at the Ottawa Humane Society are so very excited to hear you’re planning a July stay-cation that they have decided to throw a party to celebrate!

Make the OHS your summer stay-cation destination, with contests, prizes, and treats throughout July – not to mention all the animals just waiting for a visit from you!

Stop by on a Wonderful Wednesday or Fabulous Friday for ice cream, candy, balloons and other surprise treats. Hurry in before they’re all gone!

Just for kids, colour a picture for a chance to win a whole week of camp at the OHS! Crayons and paper are available from adoption staff.

The fun doesn’t end there! Take a picture of one of the animals available for adoption and enter our Facebook photo contest. Prizes include registration for four to our Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, a day pass for two to RiverRun Rafting, and gift certificates to Funhaven Family Fun Centre.

Sign our guest book this month with your contact information and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate to Fresco Bistro Italiano.

For more information, stop by the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. and talk to adoption staff or visit the website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Annual Influx of Spooked, Lost Pets the Dark Side to Canada Day Festivities: Ottawa Humane Society

June 27, 2014
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society is preparing for its busiest day of the year, with dozens of lost pets spooked by Canada Day fireworks expected to fill the shelter in what has become an unfortunate holiday tradition.

“Fireworks can be terrifying to animals. Even a calm, predictable pet can panic and bolt,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director.

If you plan to take in the fireworks, the best place for your dog is safe at home, Roney said.

Keep in mind that pets at home can also get stressed by the noise from fireworks and other party sounds and may run out an open door. Keep animals in a quiet room, with food and water, during and after the fireworks or party to calm them down.

“Do your pet and yourself a favour. The last thing you want to do is spend a very worried Canada Day searching for your missing dog or cat,” Roney said. “Take some precautions to protect your pet and everyone will have a much more enjoyable long weekend.”

Anyone who sees a lost dog is asked to call the City of Ottawa at 311.

Claim lost pets at the OHS shelter at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.

For more information, please visit the Ottawa Humane Society website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, June 29

June 24, 2014
For immediate release

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 seventh microchip clinic of 2014 on Sunday, June 29 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, June 1, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Sentencing in Breezy’s Case is Closure for the Community: OHS

June 19, 2014
For immediate release

The two year sentence for nearly beating Breezy the dog to death shows the courts took the dog’s extreme suffering into account, says the Ottawa Humane Society’s executive director.

Steven Helfer, 24, pleaded guilty in December to animal cruelty for the attack on Breezy, in addition to other crimes, and was in court for sentencing this morning.

“This sentence is the longest we’ve ever seen in Ottawa and perhaps Canada for animal cruelty,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “Breezy was hit over and over in the head with a shovel and a rake and she almost didn’t make it. This happened at the hands of someone who was supposed to love and care for her. Everyone who cares about animals and animal welfare can have some satisfaction today.”

In addition to his two-year sentence, Helfer will not be allowed to own an animal for 25 years and will be on probation for three years.

“This is closure for our community. So many people were touched by Breezy’s story,” Roney said. “We’re pleased the seriousness of the crime was recognized. Animal cruelty is not acceptable to our community. The courts sent that message loud and clear today.”

On Oct. 16, an OHS agent pulled Breezy’s lifeless body from a dumpster after she was beaten and left for dead. OHS veterinarians weren’t sure the dog would survive the night. She suffered multiple traumatic injuries in the attack and spent weeks recovering in critical care.

After months of treatment and a stay with an OHS foster volunteer who helped nurse Breezy back to health, the Labrador-shepherd cross was adopted to her forever home in March.

Breezy’s case touched people from the community, as well as from around the world, Roney said.

“This has been a very emotional experience for everyone involved,” he said. “We’re so grateful to everyone who reached out, to our donors and volunteers, who made Breezy’s happy ending possible.”

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.

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

 

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Celebrate Internet-Famous Kitties While Helping Homeless Felines at the Just For Cats Festival This Sunday!

June 18, 2014
For immediate release

Henri, Le Chat Noir, will be interviewed via Skype before the screenings

Pat yourself on the back if you’ll be eschewing the yardwork this weekend to watch Internet cat videos – it’s for a good cause!

The Just for Cats Film Festival will be in Ottawa Sunday raising funds for the Ottawa Humane Society and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.

The OHS cares for thousands of homeless cats every year and never turns away an animal in need. Have some laughs while helping the OHS’s orphan kitten and foster cat programs, two projects aimed at giving a second chance to hundreds of cats and kittens, especially during the busy summer season.

     What: Just for Cats Festival
     When: Sunday, June 22. Screenings will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
     Where: Commons Theatre at Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave.
     How: Visit www.justforcats.ca for tickets information

The festival features the internationally renowned, expertly curated Internet Cat Video Reel produced by the prestigious Walker Art Center. These Internet celebu-cats will work it on screen to help the city’s homeless kitties in the care of the OHS.

The only event of its kind, the festival will include a fun-filled line up of artists, vendors, performances, face painting and much more. So put on your cat costume and celebrate our love of cats!

For more information about the OHS and its programs, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society Kitties Offer Decorating Tips to Help You Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

June 16, 2014
For immediate release

There are some cats at the Ottawa Humane Society who’d like to offer a few suggestions for sprucing up your home to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month this June.

There’s nothing wrong with what you have going on now, they politely insist, you’re just missing that one special something.

Oscar’s suggestion …

Has that sunny patch on your living room floor been looking a little bare lately? Oscar knows just how to fill it: with him! Here he is demonstrating how he’d curl up and nap while you’re at work.

Not a pretzel. It’s Oscar!

Fabio’s recommendation …

“Why wake up to a boring white ceiling when you could wake up to a face like this?” Fabio asks. As an added bonus, Fabio promises to make sure you never sleep through your alarm again.

Good morning, forever family!

Carl’s tip …

Who needs decorative pillows with a cat like Carl chilling on your armrest? Carl is pretty easy going when it comes to the remote – his paws are virtually useless in changing the channel so you’ll always get to pick what to watch.

“I could totally go for some Game of Thrones,” says Carl.

Oscar, Fabio and Carl and just some of the many kitties hoping to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month with you this June. Everyone who adopts an adult cat this month from the 245 West Hunt Club Rd. location or OHS Pet Adoption Locations will be entered to win an iPad, courtesy of Petsecure pet insurance. Qualifying adopters also get 15 per cent off at the Buddy and Belle Boutique that day, excluding food. Spin the big wheel at the OHS for a chance at even more marvelous prizes!

For more decorating tips courtesy of the cats at the OHS, stop by and visit them today!

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.

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

 

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Spike in Numbers Shows Dangerous Trend of Dogs Left in Hot Cars: Ottawa Humane Society

June 13, 2014
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society has laid more charges and gotten more calls to save dogs from hot cars this spring than ever before, exposing a dangerous trend that could put even more dogs at risk as the weather heats up, says the OHS’s head of investigations.

“My biggest worry is that one day we won’t make it in time and a dog will die,” said Insp. Miriam Smith. “We’re doing everything we can to educate the public to prevent that from happening.”

By this time last year, just two people faced charges for allegedly leaving dogs in hot cars. This year, despite the slower start to the summer weather, that number has climbed to three. Calls to report dogs found in hot cars this year has risen nearly 20 per cent, from 81 to 97.

“Unfortunately, people are still doing it,” Smith said. “This could kill your dog. Even 10 minutes with the kind of heat and humidity we get in summer and your dog could die. Your car becomes an oven.”

The latest charge came Monday when an owner allegedly left his two-month-old Mastiff, named Gucci, inside the car for two hours. The puppy, who was panting heavily and trying to hide under the seat, was checked out by an agent at the scene. Tagried Mohamed, 19, has been charged with permitting distress to an animal. He first appears in court on July 3.

One day before that, an Old English sheepdog named Spencer was allegedly left for more than an hour while his owners were at Rideau Carleton Raceway. An OHS agent rushed Spencer, 11, for emergency care. He was treated with IV fluids, cold towels and cool water to bring down his temperature. Spencer recovered but his owners, Marin Umbres, 57, and Carmen Palos, 52, have been charged with failing to meet the standard of care and causing distress. They are scheduled to first appear in court on July 10.

It’s not clear whether this year’s jump in numbers can be pinned on increased awareness leading to more reports or on more people leaving their dogs in hot cars, Smith said.

“Either way, the calls we’re getting means we have a serious problem with dogs being left to cook in cars,” Smith said. When it’s hot, keep your pet at home, she said.

“That decision may save your dog’s life,” Smith said.

If you see an animal in distress, call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society Recruiting a Kitten Brigade to Help Save Cat lives

June 4, 2014
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society wants YOU to enlist in the Kitten Brigade and say yes to the hundreds of felines needing foster homes this summer.

The warm weather means cats are being marched into the OHS by the boxful. Intake jumps from an average of 12 animals per day to 50 on the busiest summer days.

These tiny kittens, pregnant moms and sick cats need volunteers who can provide temporary homes away from the shelter, helping to reduce their stress and keep them healthy, until they are ready for adoption. Last year, brigade volunteers helped give 119 cats a fighting chance.

The brigade fast-tracks new volunteers through training to deal with a cat population that will soon reach crisis levels. Most volunteers leave the orientation with their foster kitty in tow!

Here’s how to join up:

  • Fill out a foster application form and return to the foster department via email at foster@ottawahumane.ca.
  • Volunteers who meet program requirements will be contacted for a quick phone interview.
  • Submit a criminal records check.
  • Attend a foster orientation.

There are three orientations slated for June, with the first on June 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.

Learn more about the Kitten Brigade on the OHS website at ottawahumane.ca/kittenbrigade.

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.

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

 

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Price is Right for Ottawa Humane Society Kitties Playing to Win Your Heart in June

May 30, 2014
For immediate release

Come on down to the Ottawa Humane Society to meet the kitty contestants competing for the best prize of all on the Price is Right at the OHS: your heart.

You don’t have to win the Showcase Showdown to get the best deal in town, but like real Price is Right players, your brand new OHS cat goes home with fabulous parting gifts, including a spay or neuter, six weeks of pet insurance from Petsecure, vaccinations, a microchip, and a health guarantee.

You may be inclined to bid $300, $400, or even $500 to adopt one of these fully-loaded felines, but the fee for an adult cat is just $170 – no bidding required! Actual retail price for those services: $625. The price really IS right for an OHS cat!

The winning doesn’t end there! Because June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, anyone who adopts an adult cat from the 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter or an OHS Pet Adoption Location gets a ballot for a chance to win a brand new iPad, brought to you by Petsecure pet insurance. Qualifying adopters also get up to 25 per cent off at the Buddy and Belle Boutique that day, excluding food. Spin the big wheel at the OHS for a chance at even more marvelous prizes!

OHS cats are jumping up and down with excitement at the thought of making it to the Winner’s Circle – a.k.a. your home – for some cuddles followed by a nap on the floor. Could you be the one to make a cat’s dreams come true by saying, “Come on down to your new forever home”?

The OHS would like to remind you to help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.

Please visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca for more information on the importance of spaying and neutering pets and the Price is Right at the OHS promotion.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, June 1

May 28, 2014
For immediate release

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 sixth microchip clinic of 2014 on Sunday, June 1 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society Lays First Charge of the Season After Chihuahua Allegedly Left in Hot Car

May 16, 2014
For immediate release

A Gatineau man who allegedly left his Chihuahua in a hot car while playing bingo is the first person this year to face charges for the crime – a charge that comes two weeks earlier than the first of last year’s record-breaking season.

John Bennett, 72, was charged Thursday with permitting distress to an animal and failing to provide an adequate standard of care after an OHS Rescue and Investigation Services agent found the small dog panting heavily in a car.

Though the weather outside was a pleasant 26 C, the agent recorded the temperature inside the car at a sweltering 39 C. Once the dog was taken out of the car, he was still panting but didn’t need to see a vet.

Bennett is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on June 26.

This season’s first charge comes more than two weeks before the first one was laid last year, which was a record-breaking year for dogs rescued from hot cars. Last year, agents responded to 398 such calls – saving dogs from lifelong injury or even an agonizing death.

In 2013, agents laid six charges against people who allegedly left their pet in a hot car, said Miriam Smith, OHS inspector. It’s a serious crime that can have deadly consequences, she said.

“With all the metal and glass, your car turns into a stove in minutes. You’re literally cooking your dog alive when you leave him in a hot car,” said Smith said.

Signs of heatstroke in dogs include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Weakness or muscle tremors
  • Unconsciousness
  • Glazed eyes
  • Convulsions

If you see an animal alone in a car with the owner nowhere in sight, call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532 or call the police.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, May 4

Apr. 30, 2014
For immediate release

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 fifth microchip clinic of 2014 this Sunday at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Easter Treats, Popular Holiday Plant Can Be Deadly to Pets, Warns Ottawa Humane Society Veterinarian (April 16, 2014)

Apr. 16, 2014
For immediate release

Pet owners beware: a bite of that bewitching Easter bloom or beguiling chocolate bunny may have deadly consequences for your furry friend.

Protect your pets by keeping them safe from holiday dangers and avoid spending Easter weekend at an emergency clinic.

Cats are notoriously fond of consuming houseplants. Easter lilies have the potential to kill a cat in just a few bites of the popular plant, warns the Ottawa Humane Society veterinarian. Lilies of all varieties can cause life-threatening kidney failure in felines. While they’re also poisonous to dogs, canines are less likely to consume them, the vet said.

Cats aren’t the only creatures at risk from seasonal traditions. Those foil-wrapped chocolaty Easter treats are just as tempting to dogs as they are to you. And while delicious to humans, when eaten in significant amounts, chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even tremors and seizures in dogs. Chocolate can be toxic to cats too, though it’s rarer for cats to eat enough to get sick, the vet said.

If you think your pet has ingested poison, act quickly. Contact your veterinarian or after-hours emergency clinic for advice right away. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference toward a successful recovery.

To read more about common household poisons, visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca/your-pets/pet-poison.cfm.

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.

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

 

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FurBall Guests Witness Difference They’re Making for Animals by Meeting Charlie the Rescued Great Dane

Apr. 7, 2014
For immediate release

Charlie and friends on stage at FurBall 2014

More than 300 FurBall attendees got to see their support in action Saturday night when Charlie the rescued Great Dane showed off his new fuller frame after doubling his weight in the care of the Ottawa Humane Society.

Charlie, who was surrendered to the OHS near death in January weighing just 53 lbs, was one of the highlight appearances at the tenth anniversary black-tie affair that featured performances by opera star Wallis Giunta and the Arthur Murray Dancers, as well as a parade of OHS volunteer animals.

The event also launched Project Orphan Kitten, a program aimed at saving 750 of the most vulnerable, motherless kittens the shelter will care for this year. It was kicked off just in time for kitten season.

FurBall 2014 raised $155,000 for the animals at the OHS.

“This money goes to help animals like Charlie and the orphaned kittens. We are just so pleased that the community came through for the animals, once again, at the FurBall,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “We couldn’t help the animals without our community.”

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, April 6

Apr. 1, 2014
For immediate release

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 fourth microchip clinic of 2014 this Sunday at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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OHS Bunnies Hoping to Hop into Your Heart; No Chocolate Eggs But Plenty of Sweetness

Mar. 31, 2014
For immediate release

Snickers dreams of spending Easter with you.

There are five bunnies at the Ottawa Humane Society who would like to correct some erroneous information about their kind.

Contrary to popular rabbit lore, these bunnies won’t lay chocolate eggs on Easter morning. They don’t cluck like chickens and will not leave a trail of pastel marshmallows in your living room.

Don’t bother buying a teeny pink bowtie for the holidays – Fluffy won’t wear it. Snickers and Otis, like all bunnies, can’t eat chocolate anyway. And neither Plata nor Rosie are any good at colouring eggs. No, what these cottontails would like most for Easter is to spend it with you.

To help make their dreams come true, everyone who adopts a rabbit from the OHS in April will be entered to win a gift certificate to Vittoria Trattoria, one of Ottawa’s premier dining spots. You’ll also get 20 per cent off that day at the Buddy and Belle Boutique, excluding food.

Adopt a featured long-eared companion and get an Easter basket full of treats for you and your fluffy new best friend. Get more information about featured rabbits at the OHS.

While these bunnies won’t manifest sugary surprises on Easter morning, they can provide years of good company and affection. Rabbits are smart and social creatures that make great pets. Like all animals, they require a committed forever family that will give them the love and attention they will repay many times over.

To learn more about rabbits or to adopt one, come to the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. or visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Jail Time the Right Punishment for Seagull Killer: OHS

Mar. 27, 2014
For immediate release

The five-day jail sentence for a man who bashed a seagull into a brick wall till its body lay bleeding and lifeless shows the courts recognized the seriousness of the crime and punished accordingly, says the Ottawa Humane Society’s executive director.

“Violence against animals is not acceptable, no matter what the animal. Sadly, many offenders get off too easy in cases like this,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director.
“This bird really suffered before dying from its injuries. We’re pleased the justice system has acknowledged that this act of animal cruelty is unacceptable to our community.”

This morning, Keith Watt, 59, was sentenced to five days in jail for causing distress to the seagull when he battered it on Aug. 27, 2013. The bird died from its injuries two days later. Watt will also serve two years of probation, has to pay restitution to the OHS, and is banned from owning animals for five years.

This is the second case in Ottawa in 2014 where an animal cruelty conviction led to jail time. In February, Gregory Armstrong was sentenced to 60 days for torturing and killing two raccoons. The raccoons – investigators believe they were a mom and her kit – were killed last June when Armstrong skewered the mother with a barbecue tool then smashed the baby’s head with a hammer.

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.

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

 

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Dog dragged behind moving vehicle miraculously alive

Mar. 18, 2014
For immediate release

Tyson, 2, is recovering in the care of the OHS

A two-year-old German Shepherd named Tyson is recovering at the Ottawa Humane Society after allegedly being dragged behind his owner’s moving vehicle near Carlsbad Springs Sunday night. The owner is alleged to have tied the dog and dragged him as punishment for running away.

Following a call from Ottawa Police Services, the OHS appeared on scene and issued orders to the owners requiring that the dog be seen by a veterinarian within 30 minutes. The owners subsequently surrendered the dog to the OHS. The black and tan Shepherd suffered lacerations and abrasions to his paws and mouth. The dog was examined by emergency veterinarians after OHS staff rushed him from the scene.

Tyson will remain under observation at the OHS’ West Hunt Club Shelter for at least a week to ensure that he isn’t suffering from any further injuries, to care for his wounds and to give them time to heal, after which he will be assessed for adoption.

“This has been a terrible year for animal abuse in Ottawa,” commented Society Executive Director, Bruce Roney, “with one case after another of animals rescued from appalling situations. This dog is lucky to be alive.”

The Ottawa Police Services will lead the investigation, with the OHS in a support role.

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.

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For media inquiries, contact:
Bruce Roney, Executive Director
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 232
www.ottawahumane.ca

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, March 9

Mar. 3, 2014
For immediate release

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 third microchip clinic of 2014 this Sunday at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Frostbitten Cat’s Injuries a Reminder to Protect Pets from Cold Weather

Some of Snowball’s toes are blackened from frostbite. Gloves protect her from infection

Feb. 27, 2014
For immediate release

Snowball the cat’s frostbite-blackened paws are a reminder to pet owners to protect their animals from the frigid weather forecast for Ottawa this week.

When Snowball was brought to the Ottawa Humane Society on Feb. 7, the pads of some toes were blue and hardened from the cold ground. The stray was in pain but lucky to have been found before spending another cold night on city streets. Snowball is still recovering at the OHS.
Like Snowball, pets left outside too long risk frostbite and even death without shelter from the freezing temperatures. It’s extra important to be aware of the cold weather dangers today as the City of Ottawa has issued a frostbite advisory till Feb. 28. Temperatures are expected to hit as low as -25 C with the wind chill.
Pet owners can protect their animals from the cold by taking a few precautions:

  • Cats should live indoors year-round and never be allowed to roam in the cold.
  • 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 an animal in distress, please call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

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.

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

 

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Guilty Verdict in Obese Cat Case Sends Message that Pet Neglect, Suffering Not Acceptable: OHS

Feb. 11, 2014
For immediate release

The guilty verdict for a woman who let her cat balloon to 25 lbs then didn’t get the care it needed sends the message to the community that ignoring the suffering of a pet has serious consequences, says the Ottawa Humane Society’s head of investigations.

A judge found Guylene Roy guilty of permitting distress and failing to provide necessary care for an animal for not getting help for her 12-year-old cat, Napoleon. When brought to the OHS, Napoleon couldn’t stand or clean himself. He had severely mattered fur and his hind end was covered in painful skin irritations.

“This wasn’t merely a case about a fat cat. Napoleon was morbidly obese and he was suffering,” said Miriam Smith, OHS inspector. “We’re happy with the verdict. Unfortunately, it’s too late for Napoleon but this verdict makes it clear that letting your pet suffer in any way is unacceptable.”

Roy had brought Napoleon to her veterinarian but had never followed through with the vet’s advice. The cat’s health went downhill and when he arrived at the OHS, Napoleon was in such bad shape that he had to be humanely euthanized to end his suffering.

“This case is about letting an animal suffer and doing nothing about it,” Smith said. “If Napoleon had been helped earlier, he may have been living a happy and healthy life right now.”

Roy was sentenced to a five year ban on animal ownership – not including the cat she owns now – and has to pay restitution to the OHS. As part of the sentence, OHS agents can check up on her cat anytime to make sure it’s in good health.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Feb. 9

Feb. 7, 2014
For immediate release

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 2014 this Sunday at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. By appointment only.
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: Ottawa Humane Society, 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 will benefit the animals at the OHS.

For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Man Charged After Great Dane, Starving and Near Death, Sold Online

Feb. 3, 2014
For immediate release

Charlie, 5, is recovering in the care of the OHS

A man has been charged with animal cruelty-related crimes after a starving Great Dane – weighing less than of half what he should – was surrendered to the Ottawa Humane Society.

The OHS veterinarian said a dog of Charlie’s size should weigh about 120 pounds. He was brought to the OHS weighing just 53.

“It was a shock to see a big dog that skinny. He was skin and bones,” said Miriam Smith, OHS inspector. “I was surprised Charlie was still alive.”

Jason Woodruff, 32, allegedly sold the emaciated dog on Kijiji on Jan. 20. Within hours of the purchase, Charlie’s new owner surrendered him to the OHS to get the emergency care he needed.

OHS investigators allege Woodruff hadn’t been feeding the dog enough for months.

Charlie, 5, was near death when he arrived at the OHS. He has since gained 10 pounds and will be continuing his recovery in foster care. The vet said she is optimistic Charlie will survive.

Woodruff has been charged with permitting an animal to be in distress and with failing to provide adequate food, water and medical attention.

He faces up to two years in jail, a $60,000 fine and a lifetime ban on owning animals, though a sentence that tough is yet unheard of in cases of animal cruelty.

Woodruff is scheduled to first appear in court on Feb. 27.

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.

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

 

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Ottawa Humane Society Cats and Dogs Want to Restore Your Faith in True Love

Feb. 2, 2014
For immediate release

Tired of dinner alone followed by solitary nights spent watching reruns? Feeling a little burned by love, maybe even a little jaded?

If you think true love is only for the lucky few, there are some single cats and dogs at the Ottawa Humane Society who are eager to prove you wrong. Come meet your match at the OHS this February by adopting a cat or dog – age five and older – and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate to Supply and Demand, voted by enRoute magazine as one of the top restaurants in Canada.

These furry romantics still believe in second chances and think you could really benefit from some four-legged friendship.

Sure, these dogs and cats may have squandered their youth on failed matches, but these shaggy optimists are ready to find that soul mate! Could you be the one they’ve been dreaming of?

All this month, qualifying adopters also take home some heart-shaped pet treats and get 20 per cent off at the OHS Buddy and Belle Boutique on the day they adopt, excluding food.

Adopt a featured animal and get a pet bed or carrier and a heart-shaped toy. Information about the featured pet is available at the shelter.

There’s nothing like cuddles from a cat or kisses from a dog to restore your faith in love. Some of these mature singles enjoy long walks on the beach on a leash and candle-lit tuna dinners but most certainly DO NOT like walking in the rain or thunderstorms.

To meet these eligible pets, please visit the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. or one of our Pet Adoption Locations (PAL). For information of our PAL partners, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca/adoption/pal.cfm

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.

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

 

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Protect Pets from Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecast to Hit Ottawa This Week

Jan. 20, 2014
For immediate release

The extreme cold forecast for the city this week means pets left outside too long risk frostbite and even death without shelter from the frigid weather.

The City of Ottawa has issued a frostbite advisory for Jan. 20 to 24 as temperatures are expected to hit –25 C with the wind chill. 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:

  • Cats should live indoors year-round and never be allowed to roam in the cold.
  • 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 an animal in distress, please call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

For more information, please visit our website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

 

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Get Ready to Celebrate 10 Years of FurBall with the Ottawa Humane Society!

Jan. 15, 2014
For immediate release

Join us April 5 in marking the diamond anniversary of the Ottawa Humane Society FurBall as we celebrate with food, wine and song from around the world.

Mrs. Laureen Harper is the honorary chair for the event in support of the animals in the care of the OHS.

FurBall 2014 will feature performances by mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta and dancers from the Arthur Murray School of Dance.

  • What: FurBall 2014
  • When: Saturday, April 5, 2014 – cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Trillium Ballroom of the Ottawa Convention Centre
  • Cost: Tickets are $300 each and can be purchased online at www.ottawahumane.ca/furball (Charitable receipts will be issued at $150 per ticket)

The FurBall had been scheduled for March 29 but construction at the National Arts Centre necessitated a date and venue change.

For more information, please visit our website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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.

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

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