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Canada Day 2018: the perfect pet storm

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June 28, 2018 – The Ottawa Humane Society is preparing for its busiest and perhaps most dangerous long weekend of the year. Booming fireworks coupled with a severe heat advisory have the makings of a perfect pet storm.

“Fireworks can be terrifying to most animals. Even a calm, predictable dog can panic and bolt,” said Bruce Roney, OHS President and CEO.

Dozens of pets become lost or injured each year because they are spooked by fireworks. Dogs in particular fill the OHS shelter in what continues to be an unfortunate holiday tradition.

Fireworks aren’t the only concern. A severe heat advisory was recently issued by Environment Canada. “A heat wave can create many additional and critical concerns for all pets such as heat exhaustion and dehydration. What is most concerning is the reality that pets continue to be left unattended in a locked vehicle, and during a heat wave this cruel act can have fatal consequences,” said Roney.

Keeping fireworks and severe heat in mind, best to keep your pet indoors with plenty of drinking water. If they must go outside, again ensure they have shade, plenty of water, and protect their paws from scorching hot pavement.

“I understand the temptation to include your pet when taking part in the downtown or local neighbourhood festivities, but do your pet and yourself a favour and leave them at home,” said Roney. “Avoid the perfect pet storm this Canada Day long weekend.”

Become aware, like and share the OHS summer pet safety tips, and if you see an animal locked in a vehicle immediately call the Ottawa Police at 911.

 

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

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

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

 

 

Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, June 10

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June 5, 2018 – 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 2018 on Sunday, June 10 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

All proceeds benefit the animals at the OHS.

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

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

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

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For media inquiries contact: 
Lacey Thoms, Coordinator: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext 262
www.ottawahumane.ca 

Update on 30 Cats and Kittens Abandoned at Pest Control Company

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May 25, 2018 – The 30 young cats that were brought to the Ottawa Humane Society shelter yesterday by staff of a local pest control company have now been assessed by OHS veterinary staff. Several of the kittens are now believed to be considerably younger than originally thought.

“Several are as young as three weeks, says OHS Executive Director Bruce Roney, “There was a lactating mother, and so far she has accepted all the kittens, so that is a relief.”

Some of the other kittens are suffering dehydration and are now on intravenous fluids. Some have diarrhea. So far, OHS staff believe both symptoms of being left in crates in the hot sun. The older juveniles are showing no ill-effect.

The cats continue to be isolated from other felines at the shelter. Shelter staff are still hoping to move the older cats through to adoption quickly as the shelter becomes more crowded daily.

“The medical complications we are seeing in the little ones are necessitating additional care, more staff time, and more cost.” says Roney. “Suddenly caring for another 30 vulnerable kittens all at once is a big deal. We are just thankful this didn’t happen in July.”

The pest control company brought the cats to the OHS on Thursday, reporting that the cats had been left in two cardboard boxes and two dog crates on their property. All the cats are young, some are kittens and some older juveniles.

The OHS is appealing for help to rescue these vulnerable felines. To help, please visit: ottawahumane.ca/30kittens.

 

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. To lead Ottawa in building a humane and compassionate community for all animals.

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For media inquiries contact: 
Lacey Thoms, Coordinator: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext 262
www.ottawahumane.ca 

30 Cats and Kittens Abandoned at Pest Control Company

For immediate release 

May 25, 2018 – Thirty young cats were brought to the Ottawa Humane Society shelter yesterday by staff of a local pest control company. The company reported that the cats had been left in two cardboard boxes and two dog crates on their property. All the cats are young, some are kittens and some older juveniles. Most appear in good health and all are socialized.

“In my mind, this is a disturbing message,” says OHS Executive Director, Bruce Roney. “It seems to suggest that someone thought these little cats were pests — like cockroaches. It’s so unnecessary. The OHS is an open admission shelter. We will help any animal that needs us at any time.”

The cats are isolated from other felines at the shelter and OHS staff are scrambling to get all of them vaccinated and medically assessed. OHS staff were alarmed that one appeared sick, and hoped it was nothing that could affect the other 29. In the end, the kitten was diagnosed as motion or heat sickness.

“The hope is that we can get these little guys sterilized and ready for adoption fast,” says Roney, pointing out that the number of animals needing care has been slowly rising since the warm weather arrived a few weeks ago, “30 is a lot of cats to admit in one afternoon, on top of our everyday admissions. We want to get these little cats into homes to ensure we have space for the animals that need us in our looming busy season.”

During the busy summer months, the OHS can see 35 or more animals admitted daily in need of care.

The OHS appeals to the community in the spring and summer months to help it care for the huge increase in pets, especially cats, needing housing and care. To help these little cats, please visit: ottawahumane.ca/30kittens.

 

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. To lead Ottawa in building a humane and compassionate community for all animals.

 

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For media inquiries contact: 
Lacey Thoms, Coordinator: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext 262
www.ottawahumane.ca 

Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, April 8

 

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 2018 on Sunday, April 8 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, April 8, 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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Celebrate A Hoppy Easter With the Animals This Sunday at the Ottawa Humane Society!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2018

Dara Mottahed
Ottawa Humane Society
(613) 725-3166 x261
daram@ottawahumane.ca

There really are no egg-scuses for missing the annual Hoppy Easter family event at the OHS!

Hip hop your way to the shelter for some free family fun on Saturday, Mar. 24 between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Easter-themed activities and treats will include:

  • Egg races;
  • Easter Bunny visits and photos;
  • OHS scavenger hunt;
  • OHS Auxiliary craft and bake sale;
  • Critter Crafters craft sale;
  • Easter-themed crafts;
  • Cupcake decorating.

For more information about this event, please visit our event website, or contact our supervisor: programs by email at programs@ottawahumane.ca or by phone at (613) 725-3166, ext. 298.

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.

Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, March 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2018

Dara Mottahed
Ottawa Humane Society
(613) 725-3166 x261
daram@ottawahumane.ca

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 2018 on Sunday, March 11 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, March 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: 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.

Join us for National Cupcake Day 2018 and really bake a difference for Ottawa’s animals!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2018

Dara Mottahed
Ottawa Humane Society
(613) 725-3166 x261
daram@ottawahumane.ca

This winter bake cupcakes, raise funds and help Ottawa’s innocent animals! Monday, February 26, 2018 is National Cupcake Day – one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for us at the Ottawa Humane Society.

The concept is simple: a host baker signs up to bake a difference by fundraising and collecting donations from family, friends and co-workers. On February 26, the baker hosts a National Cupcake Day event at their home, school or workplace where they supply delicious cupcakes in exchange for donations to the OHS.

Go that extra doggy mile – top individual and fundraising teams are eligible for some great prizes!

It’s really that easy! Together with your help we can make Monday, February 26 the most purr-fect day of the year for Ottawa’s animals!

The baking starts here: https://ottawahumane.akaraisin.com/Common/Event/Home.aspx?seid=15840&mid=8

The Temperature May Be Rising, But Danger Still Awaits Cats Left Out In The Cold

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2018

Dara Mottahed
Ottawa Humane Society
(613) 725-3166 x261
daram@ottawahumane.ca

Feb. 22, 2018 — With this week’s mild temperatures it may seem like spring is finally in sight, however, three cats at the OHS right now highlight the dangers the outdoors continue pose to cats in our community.

Storm, Misty and Sky were found huddled together under a dumpster. Storm’s tail was frozen to the ice. They’re all now safe and warm, resting at the OHS. Thankfully Storm’s tail did not have frostbite, a fate that befalls many cats abandoned in the cold. Soon they’ll be spayed or neutered and ready to find their forever homes.

“No matter what the weather, the outdoors can be deadly for cats,” said Bruce Roney, OHS executive director. “The safest place for your cat is indoors.”

What can you do to help the cats in our community? Never let a cat outside unsupervised. Securely screen or close windows. If you can no longer care for your cat, bring them to the OHS rather than letting them out in the cold.

If you find a stray or injured cat, call City of Ottawa Bylaw at 311 or bring it directly to 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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Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Jan. 14

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Jan. 9, 2018 – 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 2018 on Sunday, Jan. 14 at its 245 West Hunt Club Rd. shelter.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, Jan. 14, 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 inquiries contact: 
Dara Mottahed, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166, ext 261
www.ottawahumane.ca 

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Important Animal Welfare Update: Statement From the Ottawa Humane Society

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Jan. 2, 2018 – We have an update on some changes coming to the way the Ottawa Humane Society operates in our community.

The first is that City of Ottawa Bylaw Services will be transporting injured stray domestic pets and wildlife effective January 5, 2018, rather than OHS. As of that date, Ottawa residents should call 311 for help with injured stray animals and wildlife. Animals will continue to be brought to the OHS for care.

This significant change will be better for the animals. It will cut down on the confusion in our community we saw this past year about who to call if an animal needs emergency transportation to the OHS. It will reduce an inefficient system, so that we can focus efforts on what will do more for animals.

The OHS has been the provider of municipal animal sheltering services for the city for many decades. This realignment in services will be an extension of the strong relationship the OHS has enjoyed with the municipality.

Our first priority has always been, and will continue to be, the animals in our community. The OHS will continue its work rescuing animals once they arrive at the shelter, with lifesaving veterinary care, food and shelter. We will continue to work with our partners in wildlife rehabilitation to save as many injured wild animals as possible.

The second change is that we will be increasing our intervention with dogs with behaviour issues, to help more of them find new homes. And, we will work more on advocacy, championing animal welfare for our community. Planning is underway to identify the resources available and the models to use to achieve both goals. Investment in both is expected in our new fiscal year in April.

These changes stem in part from incidents in 2016. You may recall that year, we spoke up when the OSPCA tried to take away the voice of our community — your voice — in animal welfare by taking away our voting rights. We joined six other humane societies in court to get back your vote. The OSPCA responded by stripping our officers of their power to investigate animal cruelty. Late last fall, a judge dismissed our case. Obviously we don’t agree with the outcome, but for the good of the animals, we will not be pursuing an appeal but will be focusing on ensuring a better future for Ottawa’s animals.

 

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:

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

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

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