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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Feb. 12

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Feb. 7, 2017 – 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 2017 on Sunday, Feb. 12 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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

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

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

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

All proceeds benefit the animals at the OHS.

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

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

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

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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 Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecast to Hit Ottawa Tonight

For immediate release 

Jan. 13, 2017 – The extreme cold forecast for the city tonight means pets left outside too long risk frostbite and even death without shelter from the frigid weather.

Ottawa Public Health has issued a frostbite advisory for tonight into tomorrow morning 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.
  • 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, Jan. 8

For immediate release 

Jan. 3, 2017 – 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 2017 on Sunday, Jan. 8 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Jan. 8, from noon to 3 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.

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

For immediate release 

Dec. 20, 2016 – 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 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Regular hours resume Jan. 2.

For a complete schedule, please visit the OHS website at  http://www.ottawahumane.ca/about-us/contact-info/#holiday-hours

 

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 Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecast to Hit Ottawa Tonight

For immediate release 

Dec. 14, 2016 – 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.

Ottawa Public Health has issued a frostbite warning from tonight 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.
  • 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.

 

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

For immediate release 

Dec. 12, 2016 – 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.

 

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, Dec. 11

For immediate release 

Dec. 11, 2016 – 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 13th microchip clinic of 2016 on Sunday, Dec. 11 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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

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

Where: 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 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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Celebrate the Season With the Animals and Santa Paws at the Ottawa Humane Society!

For immediate release 

Nov. 30, 2016 – Whether it’s attending Critter Christmas this Sunday or stopping by for a picture with Santa Paws, come spend some time with the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society to celebrate the season!

 

Critter Christmas

Make it a meowy Christmas by celebrating with the OHS at the Critter Christmas party this Sunday!

Join us for family activities including cookie decorating, holiday-themed crafts, OHS Auxiliary craft and bake sale, and more!

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.
  • Why: To celebrate the season!

For more information, please visit http://www.ottawahumane.ca/events/christmas-holiday-family-event/

 

Santa Pet Pics

Santa Pet Pics kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 5, and continues till Dec. 23. Stop by with your pet for a picture with Santa Paws and make a special holiday memory with your best furry friend. Please note, all participating animals must be in a carrier or on a leash.

For more information and times, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca/santapetpics. All funds raised go to help the animals in the care of the OHS.

 

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

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Nov. 23, 2016 – 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.

The 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 soon 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 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, Nov. 13

For immediate release 

Nov. 8, 2016 – 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 12th microchip clinic of 2016 on Sunday, Nov. 13 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

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

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

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

Where: 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 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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Hidden Gems: Sweet Cats with Amazing Purr-sonalities Available for Adoption From Ottawa Humane Society Foster Homes

For immediate release 

Nov. 2, 2016 – They’re called the Ottawa Humane Society’s Hidden Gems — cats available for adoption straight from a foster home and not from the OHS Adoption Centre.

These cats aren’t built for shelter life, whether they get too stressed, are too shy, or just really need the relaxed comforts of a home until they find one to call their own.

The process works like this: you call the Adoption Centre to give your availability to meet the kitty you have your eye on. During the call, adoption staff will discuss the animal with you. Then, the foster volunteer brings the animal to the OHS at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. at your scheduled time. After meeting at the OHS, if it’s a match, the adoption is finalized and your sweet Hidden Gem goes home as your new best friend.

Right now, there are five of these gentle-spirited felines just waiting to find their person. Could you be a match for one?

Chili (#A188367)
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Meow! My name is Chili and I’m a chatty guy who will greet you with little noises when you call my name or you walk into the room. I’m a smart and curious kitty cat who gets along with everyone I meet. I love to hunt and search for toys and will even carry them around in my mouth before dropping them at your feet. Once we’ve had a fun filled day, I’ll curl up on your bed and sleep at your feet.

Carson (#A189121)
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Are you looking for the purr-fect match? I just might know the guy… me! My name is Carson and I am a handsome young fella looking for my forever home. Whether it’s the affection I give when I rub against your legs or the cute way I meow for food and look up at you with my beautiful green eyes, there is so much to love about me. I just know we will be best friends!

Kippy (#A188495)
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Hi! My Name is Kippy. I’m a mature mellow fellow who loves to be around my human companions. I am always happy when you come home and I will greet you with a nuzzle, head butt and some loving kneading. I hope you have some extra room on the couch, and maybe a treat or two, so that we can snuggle up together and watch TV. The only thing better is you rubbing my belly while doing so! I love being around people, but I can play solo if you are busy… all I need is a few toys that I can bat and carry around.

Tiger (A189865)
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My name is Tiger and I’m a friendly, easy-going and affectionate cat that can’t wait to meet you! My favorite things include long conversations, sleeping in on Sundays and being brushed. I’m always up to make a new friend, especially one who pets me. While I might be a bit bigger, I’m working on my figure by playing with paper and tinfoil balls — in fact, I’ll play fetch with you if you throw them for me.

Samson (A193668)
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I’m Samson but you can call me the love of your life! I’m a true explorer and adventurer, always looking for new ways to impress you. I’ll climb to the tallest perch I can find — fridges included — to show off my playful and energetic ways. The way to my heart is with toys like crinkle balls, wand toys and food.

If you’d like to meet one of these fabulous felines, please contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166, ext. 258, to arrange a visit.
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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Howl for Halloween at the Ottawa Humane Society this Saturday!

For immediate release 

Oct. 27, 2016 – Get ready to howl for Halloween at the Ottawa Humane Society’s Howl-o-ween event this Saturday afternoon!

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


When:
Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.

Cost: Free!

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

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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Keep Pets Safe This Halloween With Six Tips From the Ottawa Humane Society

For immediate release 

Oct. 26, 2016 – 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Use decorations with caution: Keep your pets away from lit pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

 

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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Judge Reinstates Ottawa Humane Society’s OSPCA Affiliate Status

OHS investigations still on hold

For immediate release 

Oct. 18, 2016 – A judge reinstated the Ottawa Humane Society’s OSPCA affiliate status yesterday after seven humane societies were in court asking him to strike down a new OSPCA bylaw stripping the societies of their vote in animal welfare decisions that affect their communities.

The new OSPCA bylaws meant only sitting board members would have a vote. The societies’ application had also asked for a return of the OHS’s authority to investigate animal cruelty cases, which had been suspended in the vote dispute. He returned affiliate status to the OHS but fell short of reinstating its agents.

The judge ruled the new bylaws would have no force or effect pending an OSPCA AGM, which he ordered scheduled sometime between Nov. 21 and 25.

The OHS is considering options for next steps, said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director.

“The judge on multiple occasions said he was disturbed by the OSPCA’s actions,” Roney said. “We would have liked everything resolved today so we can get back to work for our community. But this is still a step in the right direction. This lets the correct legal process take its course.”

The OHS and six other humane societies took the OSPCA to court after it cancelled the voting rights of all humane societies in Ontario.

On July 18, the OHS was told unexpectedly that the OSPCA had suspended its affiliate status. This meant OHS officers were no longer empowered to provide investigation services into animal cruelty and neglect.

“We spoke up to protect our community’s voice and this was the consequence,” Roney said.

Until this issue is resolved, if an animal’s life is in immediate distress as a result of cruelty or neglect, please contact the police at 911. For non-urgent calls about animal neglect or cruelty, please call the OSPCA at 310-SPCA.

 

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, Oct. 2

For immediate release 

Sept. 27, 2016 – 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 11th microchip clinic of 2016 on Sunday, Oct. 2 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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

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

Where: 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 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, Pet Loss Support Group Partner to Offer Sessions at OHS for Those Grieving Death of Pet

For immediate release 

Sept. 23, 2016 – Recognizing the emotional toll a pet’s death can exact, the Ottawa Humane Society and the Pet Loss Support Group are partnering to offer a new support group meeting to help those grieving the loss.

Lead by a certified grief educator, the meetings are a forum to share feelings and information with others who have also experienced the sadness of losing a pet.

Meetings are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at the OHS, located at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. This Monday’s meeting will be the first at the shelter.

Meetings are also held at Gateway Pet Memorial, at 11 Tristan Court, on the second Wednesday the month, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Participants must be over the age of 13. There’s no charge but donations to the OHS are welcome.

For more information, please visit http://www.ottawahumane.ca/your-pet/pet-loss-support-groups/.

 

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

 

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Sept. 21, 2016 – 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.

Melanie Baker Lesage received the Muriel Davies Kindness Award for helping to promote humane education to her students at Emily Carr Middle School. Since starting the workshops, she’s organized presentations for hundreds of students, helping the OHS further its goals of changing the future for Ottawa’s animals, one child at a time.

Mary Catherine Augusta 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, the Brightening Lives animal visits program, and more.

Carling Animal Hospital and Ottawa Veterinary Hospital received the Special Recognition Award for contributing above and beyond to the animals in the care of OHS. They support animals in many ways, from contributing to the OHS building campaign to providing volunteer vets for spay and neuter surgeries. They’re also partner locations through the OHS’s Pet Adoption Location program, helping many cats find homes through their facilities.

Peter and Kerry McKenna, dedicated foster volunteers, were awarded the Siobhan Shefflin Memorial Award, acknowledging their devoted work providing help to many of the neediest animals that come into the care of the OHS. The McKennas care for them in their home until they’re ready for adoption, giving them a second chance at a bright and healthy future.

Dr. Karen Sime was awarded the Dr. James Hutchison Animal Welfare Award for her work saving animal lives as a volunteer veterinarian at the OHS. She became involved with the OHS in September 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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Ottawa Humane Society Changing Future for Cats With Launch of City’s First Ever Spay/Neuter Clinic on Wheels

Capital funding provided by PetSmart Charities™ of Canada grant

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Sept. 7, 2016 – The Ottawa Humane Society is launching the city’s first ever mobile spay/neuter clinic at the shelter tomorrow in an effort to stop the suffering of countless generations of homeless cats.

“This is one of the first mobile clinics in Canada so we’re really excited to put Ottawa on the map in animal welfare. We’ll finally be able to tackle the problem of homeless cats at its root in our city,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “This will change the future for Ottawa’s cats for the better.”

What: OHS Mobile/Spay Neuter Clinic launch, includes interview opportunities and clinic tours

Where: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Road

When: Thursday, Sept. 8 from 3-4 p.m.

The new Ottawa Humane Society Mobile/Spay Neuter Clinic will be providing subsidized sterilizations to pet owners in low-income neighbourhoods of Ottawa, with owners paying a nominal fee. Studies show that 6,000 surgeries a year will lead to a sharp decline in the population; the OHS expects to hit that number by the second year of the program, Roney said.

The capital funding to purchase the clinic was provided by a $100,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada. The mobile clinic will receive no government funding and will operate solely through donations.

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

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Sept. 6, 2016 – 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 2016 on Sunday, Sept. 11 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 3 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.

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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Increased Danger to Pets Left Alone in Cars as Heat Wave Blankets City: Ottawa Humane Society

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Aug. 11, 2016 –The sizzling temperatures forecast for Ottawa this week pose an even greater threat to pets left alone in cars, says the Ottawa Humane Society’s executive director.

“These extraordinarily high temperatures can kill an animal left alone in a hot car fast,” said Bruce Roney. “If you’re running an errand, leave your pet at home. Don’t take the risk. It’s a choice that could be the difference between life and death for your best friend.”

Temperatures are expected to hit 35 C this week, prompting the City of Ottawa to send out a warning. The blazing heat makes it crucial people never leave their pets alone in a hot car. A dog left in a sweltering vehicle can quickly overheat, leading to brain damage and even death.

If you see an animal alone in a car with the owner nowhere in sight, call the police at 911. Signs of heatstroke in dogs include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • 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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Ottawa Humane Society Joined by Six Humane Societies in Court Bid to Restore Cruelty Investigations and Voting Rights

OHS dropping emergency injunction in favour of full hearing

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Aug. 5, 2016 – Seven Ontario humane societies are going to court to restore investigative authority to the Ottawa Humane Society and to return a say in provincial animal welfare to their communities.

On Aug. 4, the OHS cancelled its application for an emergency injunction, due to be heard this Monday, after six humane societies asked to be part of the legal action against the OSPCA. The group has filed an application for a hearing to strike down a new OSPCA bylaw stripping the societies of their vote in animal welfare decisions that affect their communities. The application also asks for a return of the OHS’s authority to investigate animal cruelty cases, which had been suspended in the vote dispute. The application calls for an expedited hearing.

“Our first priority has always been the animals and getting our officers back to work for our community,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “We now have the strength of six other humane societies behind us standing up and saying, ‘what happened is wrong.’ Once the Courts hear the full story, we’re confident it will take action on all the issues raised.”

The group will split the costs. A hearing date has yet to be set.

On July 18, the OHS was told unexpectedly that the OSPCA had suspended its affiliate status. This meant OHS officers were no longer empowered to provide investigation services into animal cruelty and neglect.

The OSPCA had cited no performance issues for its serious action, only noting an inability to “maintain a functional working relationship” with the OHS as its justification.

“The OHS spoke up to protect our communities’ vote in provincial animal welfare and this is the consequence,” said Brian Glasspoole, chair of the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, one of the humane societies taking the OSPCA to court. “We can’t let politics get in the way of our work for the animals and the communities we serve.”

Without notice earlier this year, the OSPCA cancelled the voting rights of all local humane societies in Ontario. The decision is against the law, Roney said. In the months since, the OHS and other affiliates have attempted to work with the OSPCA to restore voting rights.

Until this issue is resolved, if an animal’s life is in immediate distress as a result of cruelty or neglect, please contact the police at 911. For non-urgent calls about animal neglect or cruelty, please call the OSPCA at 310-SPCA.

 

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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Ottawa Humane Society Packed With Cats, Best Time of the Year to Adopt Is Now

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Aug. 4, 2016 – It’s kitty cat overload at the Ottawa Humane Society this summer, and the packed shelter means it’s the best time to bring home a new feline friend.

“We have kittens, we have seniors, quiet ones and rambunctious ones. There are more than 80 at the shelter available and we need adopters right now,” said Sarah Oswald, OHS admissions and rehoming manager. “The sheer number means we have the right match in personality for everyone who’d like to make a cat their new best friend.”

Summer means the OHS is usually crawling with kittens but this year is the busiest it’s been in many, Oswald said.

“We’ve had more cats come in to the shelter. And we’re treating more complicated injuries and doing more behaviour interventions to give more cats than ever a second chance,” Oswald said. “This has translated into a very busy Adoption Centre.”

To help find homes for more cats, the OHS is offering a two-for-one adoption fee on all adult kitties at the shelter.

“All adoptable animals stay in our Adoption Centre for as long as it takes for them to find their forever homes,” Oswald said. “But really, we’re just the second best place. A home is where they really belong.”

To view cats available for adoption, please visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca/cats or visit the shelter at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. 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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Hearing on Restoration of Ottawa Humane Society’s Investigative Authority Adjourned to Aug. 8

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July 28, 2016 – A judge today adjourned a hearing into the restoration of the Ottawa Humane Society’s investigative authority till Aug. 8.

The adjournment was at the request of the OSPCA.

“We’re disappointed. But there’s little we can say right now because we’re in the midst of a court proceeding,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director.

On July 18, the OHS was told unexpectedly that the OSPCA had suspended its affiliate status. This meant OHS officers were no longer empowered to provide investigation services into animal cruelty and neglect.

The OSPCA had cited no performance issues for its serious action, only noting an inability to “maintain a functional working relationship” with the OHS as its justification. But it’s clear these actions were in response to a dispute over voting rights, Roney said.

Without notice earlier this year, the OSPCA cancelled the voting rights of all local humane societies in Ontario. The decision to change a core bylaw without affiliate member approval is against the law, Roney said. In the months since, the OHS and six other affiliates have attempted to work with the OSPCA to restore voting rights.

Until the issue is resolved, if an animal’s life is in immediate distress as a result of cruelty or neglect, please contact the police at 911. For non-urgent calls about animal neglect or cruelty, please call the OSPCA at 310-SPCA.

 

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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OSPCA Playing Games With Animal Lives: Ottawa Humane Society

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July 27, 2016 – After the Ottawa Humane Society sounded the alarm over surprising governance changes at the OSPCA, the OSPCA swiftly meted out its retribution, stripping the OHS of its ability to investigate cases of animal abuse.

The OHS will be in court tomorrow in an attempt to restore this vital service to its community, said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. It is seeking a temporary injunction against the OSPCA to restore its status.

“The OSPCA is playing a game with animal lives in Ottawa to advance its agenda,” Roney said. “We’ve been the go-to animal rescue agency for 128 years. The actions of the OSPCA take away our ability to save dogs from hot cars and leave our cases against animal abusers in limbo.”

The OSPCA cited no performance issues for its serious action, only noting an inability to “maintain a functional working relationship” with the OHS as its justification. But it’s clear these actions were in response to a dispute over voting rights, Roney said.

Without notice earlier this year, the OSPCA cancelled the voting rights of all local humane societies in Ontario. The decision to change a core bylaw without affiliate member approval is against the law, Roney said.

“Losing voting rights harms the OHS’s ability to advocate at the provincial level for the animals and for our community. This is both an important responsibility as well as a legislatively-enshrined right,” Roney said. “It circumvents the system of checks and balances that had been in place to ensure the OSPCA remained committed to the highest standards of good governance.”

In the months since, the OHS and six other affiliates have attempted to work with the OSPCA to restore voting rights.

“This is not something we take lightly and have done everything possible to resolve this in a co-operative way. That has so far been unsuccessful,” Roney said. “Now this may end up in court.”

The dispute escalated last week.

Then on July 18, the OHS was told unexpectedly that the OSPCA had suspended its affiliate status. This means OHS officers are no longer empowered to provide investigation services into animal cruelty and neglect.

“There’s now a void in animal protection in Ottawa and we’re scrambling to make sure that no animals fall through the cracks,” Roney said. “We’re working with the police to respond to all life-threatening cases of abuse and neglect, including for dogs left in hot cars.”

The OHS is working to have its affiliate status reinstated quickly, Roney said.

“And, it’s our hope that the OSPCA will relent and restore to local affiliates and their supporters a voice at their provincial association,” Roney said.

In the meantime, if an animal’s life is in immediate distress as a result of cruelty or neglect, please contact the police at 911. For non-urgent calls about animal neglect or cruelty, please call the OSPCA at 310-SPCA.

 

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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Woman Charged for Allegedly Leaving Dog in Hot Car, Heat Wave Even Greater Threat to Pets: Ottawa Humane Society

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July 13, 2016 – Ottawa Humane Society agents have charged a woman for allegedly leaving her dog to suffer in a hot car — a close call that serves as a reminder during the heat wave of the dangers of leaving pets alone in vehicles.

“Dogs die in hot cars. When it’s scorching like this outside, tragedy can strike faster than you can even imagine,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “This animal was lucky to be found in time. It’s playing Russian roulette with your pet’s life.”

On June 23, before an OHS agent could arrive, police broke a car window after finding a dog locked inside. The dog, named Oreo, was foaming at the mouth. The temperature inside the car was 37 C, though it was parked in the shade. The owner told an OHS agent she’d only been gone five minutes.

Marie Gulaine Line Jessica Malette, 25, has been charged with permitting distress. She is scheduled to first appear in court July 28.

A few minutes can mean the difference between life and death for your pet, Roney said.

“Don’t take the risk,” he said. “Can you imagine how awful you’d feel to come back to a dead pet? That’s a preventable tragedy. Leave your pet at home where your best friend is safe.”

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
  • Weakness or muscle tremors
  • Unconsciousness
  • Glazed eyes
  • Convulsions

You can make a difference right now. Purchase a T-shirt to help raise awareness, help fund these type of investigations, and ultimately save an animal’s life. Learn more here: www.ottawahumane.ca/tshirt

 

 

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

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

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June 30, 2016 – 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 dog can panic and bolt,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “Leave your dog at home when you head to a fireworks display.”

Pets at home can also get stressed by the noise caused by fireworks and other loud party noises. Keep animals in a quiet room, with access to food and water, for a few hours during and after the fireworks 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 an 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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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, June 12

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June 7, 2016 – 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 2016 on Sunday, June 12 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, June 12, from noon to 3 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.

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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Ottawa Humane Society Investigators Seek Tips After Kittens Found in Zip-tied Box in Dumpster

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Daisy is recovering in the care of OHS staff

 

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May 18, 2016 – Ottawa Humane Society investigators are seeking tips to track down the person who tossed two kittens in a zip-tied box into a Kanata dumpster.

A contractor working at a nearby housing complex on Leacock Drive found them in a red plastic box on May 2 after he heard meowing coming from the dumpster. They’d likely been there since around April 30, investigators say.

He brought the kittens to the OHS for help.

“These kittens were very lucky someone heard their desperate cries for help,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director.

Both were mildly dehydrated and had eye and upper respiratory infections. The OHS vet treated them with fluids, antibiotics and eye ointment. Sadly, the male died last week from his upper respiratory infection.

His sister, named Daisy by OHS staff, is recovering at the OHS.

“She’s a lively little girl who is incredibly sweet and cuddly. You’d never know how close she came to being carted off to a landfill somewhere in that sealed box to her certain death,” Roney said.

OHS Rescue and Investigation Services agents are seeking information on the person responsible for this crime. Please call 613-725-3166 ext. 224 with tips.

It’s been a bad couple weeks for cats in Ottawa, Roney said. Last week, a cat was killed after it was attacked by another animal, likely a dog. On Monday, another cat died after falling from a high-rise building. Neither case is being investigated as criminal, he said, adding those preventable tragedies highlight the need to keep cats indoors where it’s safe.

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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Ottawa Humane Society Achieves Prestigious Accreditation by Imagine Canada

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May 12, 2016 – The Ottawa Humane Society is proud to announce it has received prestigious accreditation by Imagine Canada, recognizing excellence in non-profit accountability, transparency and governance.

Accreditation means the OHS shows excellence and compliance in five key areas of operations:

  • Board governance
  • Financial accountability and transparency
  • Fundraising
  • Staff management
  • Volunteer involvement

Of the more than 85,000 registered charities in Canada, just 170 are recognized as accredited by Imagine Canada.

“We’re so pleased we’ve achieved accreditation,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “For us, it’s an opportunity to build the trust of our community and our supporters. And we need that to do the best for the animals,”

For more information on Imagine Canada’s accreditation program, please visit http://www.imaginecanada.ca/our-programs/standards-program. For more information about 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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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Saturday, May 14

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May 10, 2016 – 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 2016 on Saturday, May 14 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Saturday, May 14, from noon. to 3 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.

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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Seven-Week-Old Puppy Nearly Dies After Alleged Strangulation, Owner Charged

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Sadie in the critical care unit at the OHS

April 22, 2016 – An Ottawa man has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after he is alleged to have nearly killed his seven-week-old Rottweiler puppy by strangling her.

A witness called the Ottawa Humane Society’s emergency line around 10 a.m. on April 14 after reportedly overhearing punching and choking noises and someone screaming at the puppy.

OHS agents rushed the injured dog to the OHS for emergency medical treatment.

“She was in a serious, life-threatening state. She was so unstable, we weren’t sure she was going to make it,” said Dr. Shelley Hutchings, OHS chief veterinarian.

Hutchings said the puppy showed signs of brain trauma. Her pupils wouldn’t respond to light and she had hemorrhaging in the whites of her eyes.

OHS staff immediately treated her with oxygen, IV fluids, pain medicine, and medication to stop her brain from swelling and to clear fluid from her lungs. She was in shock, her body was limp, she couldn’t stand, and she could barely breathe. The puppy, named Sadie by OHS staff, wouldn’t stop crying and whimpering. Her injuries were consistent with being choked, Hutchings said.

Sadie stabilized after a day of treatment and is recovering in the care of the OHS. She was examined by a neurologist and doesn’t appear to have suffered permanent brain damage from her injuries, Hutchings said.

“That’s the amazing thing about a young brain. It heals,” she said. “I don’t know if an older dog would have fared quite as well.”

Dylan Sardinha, 23, has been charged with two counts under the Criminal Code of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. He is scheduled to first appear in court on June 16.

 

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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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Saturday, April 9

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April 5, 2016 – 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 2016 on Saturday, April 9 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Saturday, April 9, from noon. to 3 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.

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
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Easter Treats, Popular Holiday Plant Can Be Deadly to Pets: Ottawa Humane Society

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March 18, 2016 – Beware that bewitching seasonal bloom or beguiling chocolate bunny — there may be deadly consequences for furry friends who sneak a bite of either Easter staple.

Cats are notoriously fond of consuming houseplants. But Easter lilies can potentially kill a cat in just a couple bites. 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.

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

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

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
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Celebrate A Hoppy Easter With the Animals This Sunday at the Ottawa Humane Society!

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March 17, 2016 – There are no egg-scuses this year for missing A Hoppy Easter at the Ottawa Humane Society!

Hip hop your way to the OHS for some free family fun on Sunday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Easter themed activities and treats will include:

  • Egg races
  • Face painting
  • Easter Bunny visits and photos
  • OHS scavenger hunt
  • OHS Auxiliary craft and bake sale
  • Easter-themed crafts and activities
  • Sweet Easter treats

For more information, please visit http://www.ottawahumane.ca/events/a-hoppy-easter/

 

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
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Nearly Frozen, Abandoned Puppy Recovering at Ottawa Humane Society After Found Close to Death on Snowmobile Trail

Patches is recovering at the Ottawa Humane Society

Patches is recovering at the Ottawa Humane Society

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March 16, 2016 – A young puppy is recovering at the Ottawa Humane Society after she was found abandoned and near death on a snowmobile trail yesterday afternoon.

Named Patches by OHS staff, the two-month-old Jack Russell mix had a body temperature so dangerously low when she was found that most animals wouldn’t survive it, said Dr. Tara Betnaza, OHS veterinarian.

A Good Samaritan found the little dog lying on her side in the snow near Manotick, her body wracked with seizures.

“She was found just in time. She likely would have died if she spent any more time out there. Her condition was very serious,” Betnaza said.

The Good Samaritan rushed her to a nearby vet clinic to be stabilized. Vets there covered her with special warming blankets and gave her IV fluids with dextrose to bring up her blood sugar to safe levels. OHS Rescue and Investigation Services agents brought her to the shelter’s critical care unit to continue her treatment. She is under observation this morning but recovering.

“She’s already wagging her tail and eating,” Betnaza said. “She went from being near death to fierce right away. She’s a fighter.”

Patches is considered a stray and will be held for three days at the OHS in case her family comes forward. If not, and when she is well enough, Patches will be available for 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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Ottawa Humane Society
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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, March 20

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March 15, 2016 – 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 2016 on Sunday, March 20 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, March 20, 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.

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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Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Feb. 28

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Feb. 28, 2016 – 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 2016 on Sunday, Feb. 28 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Feb. 28, 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.

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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Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
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Come to the Ottawa Humane Society This Saturday for Valentine’s Day Family Fun!

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Feb. 11, 2016 –  Looking for your purr-fect Valentine’s Day activity? Need some puppy love in your life?  Then come celebrate Valentine’s Day this Saturday with the Ottawa Humane Society at the My Furry Valentine free family event!

Come visit the shelter on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for family activities, including:

  • Making Valentine’s Day cards for the shelter animals
  • Cupcake decorating
  • Valentine’s Day-themed animal photo booth
  • Face painting
  • Sweet treats
  • Crafts and activities

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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Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Jan. 31

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Jan. 26, 2016 – 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 2016 on Sunday, Jan. 31 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Jan. 31, 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.

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.

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
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Ottawa Humane Society Saving More Lives by Matching Seniors and Older Felines in New Cats for Seniors Program

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Jan. 19, 2016 – A new Ottawa Humane Society program is matching older felines with senior adopters to help find homes for cats faster while giving their new human caretakers the companionship of a furry friend.

The Cats for Seniors program brings together people 60 plus and felines age five and up. OHS staff match the cats in need with their new families for half the usual fee.

“These cats are often overlooked in favour of kittens so they tend to be here longer. The longer these cats stay in the shelter and not in a forever home, the greater their stress and risk of getting sick,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “Cats for Seniors gets them out of here faster and into loving homes where they belong. It’s a wonderful happily ever after for everyone involved.”

The OHS is launching Cats for Seniors at its Seniors Day event at the OHS on Thursday, Jan. 21, when seniors can go behind-the-scenes at the shelter with a tour, enjoy free refreshments, and listen to a seminar on senior cat care. There’s also a bake and craft sale planned as well as a 30 per cent discount for seniors at the Buddy and Belle Boutique pet supply store located inside the OHS.

Cats for Seniors has been in the works for a while because of the impact it will have on both senior and animal lives, Roney said.

“We’re always looking for ways to do more for the animals and for our community. This fulfills both goals,” he said. “Nothing compares to the love and companionship of an animal. And for an animal, there’s nothing like a loving forever home.”

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

 

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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Decipher the Mysteries of Your Best Kitty Friends Tonight at the Ottawa Humane Society

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Jan. 18, 2016 – Confounded by a kitty conundrum? The Ottawa Humane Society has just the ticket! It’s called  Don’t Blame the Cat: How to Behave So Your Cat Will Too, a seminar hosted by feline veterinarian and behaviour specialist Dr. Glenys Hughes. And it’s coming up tonight at the OHS.

Dr. Hughes will help participants solve cat mysteries that have perplexed their human caretakers for millennia, such as “Why does Fluffy choose 4 a.m. to zoom up and down the stairs?!” Learn about the wildcat within and get tips on enriching your kitty’s world with the right toys.

With more than 20 years of clinical experience and 10 focused exclusively on cats, Dr. Hughes will answer questions to decode the lovable, four-legged enigmas sharing our homes to help them live their best nine lives.

  • What:  Don’t Blame the Cat: How to Behave So Your Cat Will Too 
  • When: Monday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Ottawa Humane Society, 245 West Hunt Club Rd.
  • Cost: $25

For more information and to sign up, visit the OHS website at http://www.ottawahumane.ca/your-pet/seminars/

 

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

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Jan. 13, 2016 – 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 warning for Jan. 13, 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.
  • 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.

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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613-725-3166, ext. 261
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Ottawa Humane Society Investigators Seek Tips After Tiny Kitten Thrown From Pickup Truck

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Sweetie is recovering in the care of the OHS

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Jan. 11, 2016 – Ottawa Humane Society investigators are seeking information after witnesses saw a man toss a tiny kitten onto the road from his pickup truck window.

The seven-month-old kitten, named Sweetie, has a badly broken tail and a bloodied face. She’s recovering in the critical care unit at the OHS.

Vets aren’t sure how her tail was broken but it likely didn’t happen in the fall.

“It’s a very bad fracture and the bone is poking out of her skin. Her tail will have to be amputated,” said Dr. Shelley Hutchings, OHS chief veterinarian. “But she’s eating and purring and she’s very sweet. She just seems really thankful and happy to be here.”

Witnesses told OHS investigators that around 2 p.m. on Saturday, a silver pickup truck driving on Colonial Road toward Frank Kenny Road near Navan stopped before tossing the kitten from a front passenger window. The driver was reportedly a man in a baseball cap. Witnesses did not record the licence plate.

The witnesses scooped Sweetie up from the highway before bringing her to the Ottawa Humane Society for help.

“It’s horrifying that someone would do this to a defenceless kitten. She was abandoned by the side of the road, left to suffer with a terrible injury,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “Sweetie is lucky that the good people in our community rushed to help her before she was hit by a car.”

Sweetie is resting comfortably on pain medication and is being treated for an upper respiratory infection. OHS vets will amputate her tail this week.

If you have any information about this case, please call OHS Rescue and Investigation Services investigators at 613-725-3166 ext. 224.

 

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

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Jan. 5, 2016 – 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 2016 on Sunday, Jan. 10 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Jan. 10, 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.

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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Celebrate Super Bowl 50 With the Animals at the Ottawa Humane Society

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Jan. 4, 2016 – The animals at the Ottawa Humane Society want to kick off 2016 by helping you plan the biggest Super Bowl blowout ever!

The cats, dogs and small animals are fantastic party planners and have thought of everything you’ll need to celebrate Super Bowl 50 in style. Adopt one in January and you’ll be entered to win a 50-inch TV and free pizza!

While they certainly like a good football game, what these furry fanatics are really crazy about is you. They would enjoy doing just about anything, as long as you’re together.

So be an all-star for a homeless animal at the OHS this month for a winning matchup — you’ll be sure to spend halftime getting some cuddles, purrs or wags from your biggest fan!

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

 

Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

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

For media enquiries, contact:
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Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
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Vars Man Sentenced to Probation, Pet Ban for Punishing German Shepherd by Dragging Him Behind Truck

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Dec. 18, 2015 – The man who tied Tyson the German shepherd to the back of his truck as punishment for running away from home has been sentenced to a year of probation and a three year ban on animal ownership.

On March 14, 2014, Adrien Paquette tied the two-year-old dog to his vehicle and dragged him about a half kilometre, witnesses told Ottawa Humane Society agents.

The sentence was not what the Ottawa Humane Society had hoped for, said Bruce Roney, executive director

“We’d wanted jail time. This was a very serious crime against an animal,” Roney said. “Our hope is that Mr. Paquette uses his sentence to take steps to make sure he doesn’t repeat his behaviour, knowing that in just three years he could have a pet again.”

Paquette pleaded guilty on June 22 to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to Tyson.

After the crime, Tyson was surrendered to the OHS to get the medical care he needed for cuts and scrapes to his paws and mouth and a terrible ear infection not related to the abuse. After he healed in the care of the OHS, he was adopted in May 2014.

 

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

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Dec. 17, 2015 – 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 Saturday, Jan. 2.

For a complete schedule, please visit the OHS website at  http://www.ottawahumane.ca/about-us/contact-info/#holiday-hours

 

Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

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

For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
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Keep Your Furry Friends Safe This Holiday Season With the 12 Pet Safety Tips of Christmas

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Dec. 16, 2015 – 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.

 

 

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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Celebrate the Season With the Animals and Santa Paws at the Ottawa Humane Society!

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Dec. 3, 2015 – Whether it’s attending Critter Christmas this Sunday or stopping by for a picture with Santa Paws on select weekends in December, come spend some time with the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society to celebrate the season!

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Make it a meowy Christmas by celebrating with the OHS at the Critter Christmas party this Sunday!

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Join us for family activities including gingerbread decorating, holiday-themed crafts, OHS Auxiliary craft and bake sale, and more!

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.
  • Why: To celebrate the season!

For more information, please visit http://www.ottawahumane.ca/events/critter-christmas/

 

Santa Pet Pics

Santa Pet Pics kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 5, and continues weekends till Dec. 20. Stop by with your pet for a picture with Santa Paws and make a special holiday memory with your best furry friend. Please note, all participating animals must be in a carrier or on a leash.

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For more information and times, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca/santapetpics. All funds raised go to help the animals in the care of the OHS.

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, Nov. 22

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Nov. 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 13th microchip clinic of 2015 on Sunday, Nov. 22 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Nov. 22, 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.

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.

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

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Nov. 16, 2015 – 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 Sharon Miko, OHS deputy 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,” Miko said.

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

 

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
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Howl for Halloween at the Ottawa Humane Society this Saturday!

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Oct. 30, 2015 – Get ready to howl for Halloween at the Ottawa Humane Society’s Howl-o-ween event tomorrow afternoon!

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


When:
Saturday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.

Cost: Free admission, some activities by donation

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

 

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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Keep Pets Safe This Halloween With Six Tips From the Ottawa Humane Society

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Oct. 29, 2015 – 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Use decorations with caution: Keep your pets away from lit pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 on Halloween or any time of the year, please call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

 

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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Kitten Rescued from Car Engine a Reminder of the Danger Cold Weather Poses to Animals

Louise, now safe in the care of the OHS.

Louise, now safe in the care of the OHS.

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Oct. 22, 2015 – As temperatures begin to drop, a tiny kitten rescued from a car last week is an early reminder of the threat engines pose to cats and other wildlife during the winter months.

On the morning of Oct. 14 an OHS agent was called to the parking lot of Merivale Medical Imaging after receiving a report that a kitten was stuck in the engine of a car. The caller explained that the kitten was originally heard in another car and when the hood was opened she jumped out and climbed into the engine of the car where she was now stuck.

The caller assisted the agent by popping the hood and the agent was able to gently pull the small brown tabby out of the engine. When examined on intake to the shelter, the kitten, named Louise after the finder, was found to be uninjured.

OHS agents receive many reports of animals stuck in engines during the winter months and not all end as happily as Louise. “Animals are drawn to car engines because they are seeking warmth and then they can get tangled in the motor pipes, including the fan belt,” said Insp. Miriam Smith.

There are precautions residents can take to help keep animals safe:

  • Before starting your engine, bang on the hood of the car or honk the horn to scare away animals.
  • If possible park your car in a garage.
  • Pet owners should keep their cats indoors and not allow them to roam, especially in the cold.

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, Oct. 25

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Oct. 20, 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 12th microchip clinic of 2015 on Sunday, Oct. 25 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Oct. 25, 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.

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

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Sept. 30, 2015 – 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.

Maelyn Kaya received the Muriel Davies Kindness Award for raising awareness about animal abuse and the importance of adopting pets from shelters such as the OHS. With the help of her friends, the Grade 7 student has made hundreds of wooden bracelets and sold them to raise funds for the animals.

Rohit Saxena was awarded the Community Spirit Award for his tireless devotion to the animals in the care of the OHS. Mr. Saxena’s photography has made an amazing difference to their lives, helping to display their personalities and spark interest, leading to forever homes. Most notably, his project featuring OHS animals with Star Wars characters garnered worldwide attention.

Sisters Barbara and Sandra Smith received the Eleanor Prowse Volunteer Service Award for generously giving their time through volunteer work and continued participation in a wide range of OHS programs, including dog walking, the foster program, events, ambassador program, and more.

Dr. Jennifer Messer received the Special Recognition Award for contributing above and beyond to the animals in the care of OHS. Dr. Messer has been the driving force behind targeted low- and no-cost spay/neuter projects across the city. She’s a true leader in her field and an inspiration to the humane movement.

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

Dr. Leslie DeAbreu was awarded the Dr. James Hutchison Animal Welfare Award for her work saving animal lives as a volunteer veterinarian at the OHS. She became involved with the OHS two years ago, starting with routine surgeries such as spays and neuters, then employing her orthopedic specialty for the animals needing bone surgeries.

 

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, Sept. 27

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Sept. 22, 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 11th microchip clinic of 2015 on Sunday, Sept. 27 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Sept. 27, 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.

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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Walkathon Evacuation Means Major Fundraising Shortfall for the Animals at the Ottawa Humane Society

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Sept. 14, 2015 – A violent lightening storm that blew through the city hours before forecast on Sunday forced the emergency evacuation of the Ottawa Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, leading to a major fundraising gap for the animals.

The first thunderclap at 10:15 a.m. meant OHS staff, with the help of police, had to enact the emergency plan to clear Queen Juliana Park of walkers, runners and their pets to protect event-goers from the lightening.

The 27th annual walk and third annual Run for the Animals are the largest fundraising events of the year for the OHS, helping the more than 10,000 animals in its care. The cancellation means the OHS only raised about half the money it needs for the animals, said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director.

“We’re reaching out to our community with the hope they will be there for the animals, like they always have in the past,” Roney said. “We’re hoping our community recognizes this very serious shortfall and the need and responds so we can be there for our city’s abused, neglected and homeless animals.”

To help the animals, please visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca/WalkEmergency 

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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Join the Ottawa Humane Society This Sunday and Wiggle, Waggle, Walk or Run to Save Animal Lives

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Sept, 11, 2015 – Lace up your sneakers this weekend to help raise funds to support the more than 10,000 animals in the care of the Ottawa Humane Society every year.

Join the OHS this Sunday for the 27th annual Science Diet® Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and third annual Run for the Animals at Queen Juliana Park.

What: Science Diet® Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and Run for the Animals

When: Sunday, Sept. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Queen Juliana Park, near Dows Lake

All funds raised go toward helping Ottawa’s animals at the OHS.

“We couldn’t be there to answer the cry for help from the next animal in need without our community’s support at our walk and run. This is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “Whether it’s rescuing dogs trapped in hot cars or helping injured, abused or homeless animals, the funds raised save animal lives.”

The walk and run are expected to draw more than 2,000 participants and raise more than $200,000 to support Ottawa’s animals.

Aside from the thousands of participants and their pets, there will be tons of family- and animal-oriented fun, including a bouncy castle, face painters, Puppy Picasso dog art, food trucks, pet supplies for sale, a silent auction, and a myriad of other activities.


Event highlights:

  • 9 a.m.: 5K and 10K runs begin
  • 10 a.m.: Companion Dog 3K run begins
  • 10:30 a.m.: Science Diet® Wiggle Waggle Walkathon begins
  • 11:30 a.m.: 1K run for kids begins

See a detailed schedule at www.ottawahumane.ca/walk and www.ottawahumane.ca/run

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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Adopt a Cat and Get Schooled on Unconditional Love by Your New Four-Legged Teacher

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Aug. 31, 2015 – September means back to school and the kitties at the Ottawa Humane Society have added a special course on love and cuddles to their fall schedules just for you.

These cats are so eager to get the lessons started that they’re even offering a special educational incentive for all kitty adopters in September: a free ticket to the new OHS cat behaviour seminar, Don’t Blame the Cat!

And, anyone who adopts a cat this month will not only immediately earn a PhD in purring but will also be entered into a draw to win one of two grand prize baskets packed with everything your new feline companion will need to start the school year off right.

There are many cats available for adoption at the OHS who would be pleased to teach you all about the unconditional love of a best kitty friend. For more information, please visit www.ottawahumane.

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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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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Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext. 261
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Ottawa Humane Society Statement on the Humane Society of Canada

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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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613-725-3166, ext. 261
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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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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:
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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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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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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
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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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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
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 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
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 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
For immediate release

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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

Tobi

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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