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July 2009
the Ottawa Animal Advocate
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 OHS lays its first charges under new provincial act

The OHS has laid its first charges under the province’s new animal cruelty legislation. On June 11, OHS inspectors charged Kaden Rocque, 36, for not providing adequate care to dogs belonging to his parents. The dogs, which were in Mr. Rocque’s custody for several weeks, were found inside an unoccupied, fire-damaged house. One of the dogs, a three-year-old lab/collie mix, was emaciated and in need of immediate medical care.

Charges LaidMr. Rocque is expected to make his first appearance in provincial court on July 16, 2009. If convicted, he faces maximum penalties of up to two years in jail, fines of up to $60,000, and a potential lifetime ban on owning, having custody or care of, or living with any animal.

Although legally mandated to enforce the animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and the Ontario SPCA Act, the OHS does not receive any government funding or funding from any animal welfare group to perform this essential work.

To read more about the case, click here. For the complete OSPCA Act, read here.

 Dog in car campaign launched

Dogs Die in Hot CarsWith summer now in full blast, the OHS has launched an aggressive public awareness campaign to address the seasonal problem of dogs left in hot cars. We’ve produced stickers that our staff will distribute to local shopping malls, hospitals and big box stores. The stickers are designed to be placed on doorways and entrances to provide an important reminder for owners who bring animals to these locations, or a helpline for shoppers who may have spotted an animal in distress on a dangerously hot day.

Each year, OHS rescue agents respond to almost 200 calls about dogs left in hot cars. In some cases, animals have to be physically removed from vehicles by breaking a window, and in other cases, dogs have been found dead.

To learn more about obtaining stickers for a retail establishment, send an e-mail. To read more hot weather related tips and advice for pets, click here.

 Annual meeting put focus on year that was

AGMThe OHS recently celebrated, thanked and honoured volunteers and supporters at its Annual General Meeting on June 23. The meeting marked a look back at a long list of accomplishments, and set the stage for a busy year ahead with a preview of projects to come, the most significant of which is our already successful building campaign and exciting plans for a new shelter.

Thank you to everyone who helped us care for more than 11,000 animals over the past year.

To read the 2008-09 OHS Annual Report or audited statements, click here.

For a list of awards presented at the AGM, click here. And to read the Executive Director’s report to members, click here.

 OHS prepares for busy Canada Day

BuddyJuly 1 is traditionally the busiest day of the year at the OHS, as we receive a flood of calls about lost animals. Many animals get spooked by the sound of fireworks during Canada Day celebrations and run away, only to turn up later on our doorstep as strays. The one-day birthday party results in weeks of work for OHS staff as they try to reunite owners with lost pets, or care for those animals that are never claimed. Supporters like you help ensure that each animal that comes through our doors receives the loving care they deserve.

The OHS recommends leaving your companion animal at home when you head out to the Hill, or to a neighbourhood party this Canada Day. Even a well-trained dog can become spooked at the sound of fireworks and quickly bolt, disappearing in seconds and possibly forever if not equipped with proper identification.

Please keep your animal in mind — and safe — this summer. Happy Canada Day!

Buddy & Belle Fund helps Fred
Fred

Fred is a stray cat who came to the OHS with a condition called entropion of the eyelid, meaning his lower eyelid was turning directly towards the surface of the eye, causing extreme pain and vision loss. The OHS vet determined Fred needed surgery to relieve pain and prevent infection. Fred came through his operation with flying colours, and is now able to see comfortably — probably for the first time in his life! Find out how you can help animals like Fred through the OHS Buddy & Belle Fund.


Chef Kurt honoured
Kurt Waldele

Chef Kurt Waldele was one of the most extraordinary and committed supporters of the OHS. For nearly a decade, he volunteered his time and talent to help us, raising close to $750,000 for the animals.

We've created a fund to name the volunteer reception room in our planned new shelter in honour of Kurt. Please help us build this lasting legacy.


IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

Our Walkathon is just two months away, so if you’ve been putting off registering, now’s the perfect time to get started! For more information on how you can gather a team of friends and family to raise funds for the animals, click here.

See you on Sept. 13!

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