Monday, April 27, 2009

A day in a dog’s life


Meet Bessie, one our our great dog's currently available for adoption. You can read more about Bessie, along with some other behind-the-scenes info about our shelter, in today's Ottawa Citizen.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

It’s hot outside!


With temperatures and humidity levels expected to soar over the next few days, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is cautioning pet owners to keep their animals safe — by keeping them at home.

The best way to protect your pet in hot weather is to keep him indoors, in a cool room and out of the sun. Make sure he has plenty of water available and limit activity levels during peak hours of sunshine.

It’s especially important to resist the urge to take Fido or Fluffy along for a car ride. On a hot day, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to dangerous levels quite quickly. Even parking in the shade or lowering windows does little to reduce the air inside a car, which can easily surpass 40°C in mere minutes. With only hot air to breathe, a dog’s normal cooling process of panting doesn’t work, and his internal temperature can rise, leading to severe heat exhaustion, brain damage or even death.

Signs of canine heatstroke include rapid heartbeat, lack of coordination, weakness or muscle tremors, unconsciousness, glazed eyes or convulsions.

If you see an animal that may be suffering from heat exhaustion, and the owner can’t be quickly located, call the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-1532.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

Puppies are so full of love that they're difficult to photograph!

Maybel: Pet of the Week

Maybel Found wandering the streets and very hungry, Maybel is looking for a chance for a happy life. This three year old, spayed female cat may have tattered ears, but this feline is all sweetness and purrs. If you don't mind having a second-hand cat, Maybel will not disappoint. For more information, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Thursday, April 23, 2009



Kiki patiently waits for her forever home.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ottawa Humane Society mourns friend of the animals


 Kurt Waldele and Suzanne Beauchemin at the OHS FurBall March 28, 2009.
Photo: Frank Scheme

Ottawa Humane Society mourns friend of the animals 

20 April, 2009
For immediate release

Everyone at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is grieving the loss of one of our very best friends — Chef Kurt Waldele.

“The news was definitely a shock,” says OHS Executive Director, Bruce Roney. “Kurt had been very sick, but he managed to put in an appearance at our FurBall at the end of March. Even though he was undergoing treatment, he still exhibited his usual, amazing energy.”

Waldele, who was the former Executive Chef of the National Arts Centre, and a longtime supporter of the OHS, passed away on Saturday.

For almost 10 years, Waldele, along with his wife, Suzanne Beauchemin, hosted a renowned garden party for the OHS at their Cumberland home. The event featured Waldele’s trademark cuisine and was an important fundraiser for the animals of Ottawa.

“Kurt made those parties the ‘must go’ event of the summer,” says Roney. “Their success was due to Kurt’s talent for making a party outstanding.”

Waldele was also a key player in the success of the OHS FurBall Gala that succeeded the garden party, cajoling friends, suppliers and fellow chefs to support the event with donations and sponsorship. He planned and orchestrated menus for two of the five galas, including the recent Casablanca-themed evening, held on March 28 at the National Gallery of Canada. Thanks to Waldele’s involvement, the garden parties and galas raised more than $736,000 for the animals of Ottawa.

“We ran out of ways to thank Kurt for everything he did,” says Roney. “We gave him awards, and I was always writing him thank you notes. Of course, he didn't really care about that stuff — thanks and recognition embarrassed Kurt. He was there for the cause and to do the best job he could, and Kurt's best was amazing.”  

To make a donation in Kurt's memory, please click here.

For media enquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

OHS celebrates two funding announcements in two days!


Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Jim Watson, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, was joined by Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, and two OHS kittens for today's funding announcement. 

It's been a busy couple of days on Champagne Avenue as staff at the OHS celebrated two major funding pledges to help build our new shelter.

Yesterday, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Minister, John Baird, revealed that the federal government will contribute $1.8 million to the new shelter. Today, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Jim Watson, announced that the province is kicking in $500,000 to help build Ottawa's animals a new home.

 Both pledges are welcome and needed additions to our Breaking Ground Building Campaign. To learn more about the fundraising drive, visit

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Teeka: Pet of the Week


Teeka (A022408) is a six-year-old spayed female cat with gorgeous green eyes! She’s one of many adult cats currently waiting at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) for a new home. Adopting a mature pet has many benefits, including the fact that the animals are usually calmer, already housetrained and their personalities are developed. To learn more about Teeka, please call the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or visit

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bunny snaps raise $2,300 for the animals!


Our seasonal bunny snaps were a huge success this year, bringing in $2,300 to help the animals in our care. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped the event run so smoothly, and to all our friends -- furry and otherwise! -- who stopped by to pose for a photo.

See you next spring!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bruce: Pet of the Week

Bruce A100295

Bruce (A100295)is a six year old Hound/Pointer mix who requires an active owner with previous hound experience. This handsome boy needs plenty of daily exercise, continual socialization and an obedience refresher. Bruce is best suited for a single home with a fenced yard. Bruce is a gentle soul, and he will make a loving addition to a dedicated and affectionate household. To learn more, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

OHS seeks information from public on cats abandoned in local park

April 1, 2009
For immediate release

OSPCA Agent Hammond with ThelmaThe Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is seeking assistance from the public in locating the owners of two cats abandoned at the corners of Carling Avenue and Richmond Road in the city’s west end.

The OHS investigations department received a call on the evening of March 27, alerting them to the presence of two cats in Jill Brown Park. One of the cats was deceased under a tree and a second cat was by its side. The caller had noticed the cats earlier in the day and at that time, both cats were alive.

When an OHS emergency agent arrived at the park, she found both cats under an evergreen tree with some dry food nearby. The live cat, a five-year-old brown tabby, would not leave the side of its deceased partner, a five-year-old Calico with declawed front paws.

Both cats appeared to be well fed, but neither animal had any identification.

The cats were brought back to the OHS shelter where a veterinarian performed a necropsy on the deceased Calico, but no immediate cause of death was found. Thelma, the tabby, is being cared for at the shelter where she is receiving regular veterinary checkups and is being monitored for stress.

“It’s amazing that these cats weren’t hit by cars, given the high-traffic area where they were left,” said Inspector Miriam Smith. “These cats were obviously together and were owned at one time. If someone was unable to care for them for whatever reason, financial or otherwise, abandoning them anywhere — especially in such a high-risk park — is not the solution.”

The OHS has seen an increase recently in owners being unable to care for their pets due to financial difficulties. It is a pet owner’s legal responsibility to provide care for their animals. If that becomes impossible, then an owner must make efforts to re-home the animal or surrender it to their local humane society. Leaving an animal to fend for itself on the streets is not just inhumane, it’s abandonment — which is against the law and could result in criminal charges being laid.

If you have any information regarding this case, please call the OHS investigations department at 613-725-3166 ext. 224 or e-mail

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

FurBall raises $155,000 to help build a new shelter for the Ottawa Humane Society

Brightening Lives Dogs and Volunteers

OTTAWA, Ont. (30 March, 2009) – Over 370 guests dined, danced and helped raise $155,000 for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society’s fifth annual FurBall, held Saturday night at the National Gallery. The gala evening served as the public launch of the Breaking Ground Building Campaign, a fundraising project to build a new shelter for the animals of Ottawa.

“We’re thrilled with such an impressive start to our building campaign and grateful for the support of our FurBall guests,” said Bruce Roney, executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS), who spoke about the difficulties of caring for 11,000 animals each year in a cramped and outdated facility. “The animals need and deserve a new home that will allow us to keep them healthier, and after tonight, we’re confident the community will help us reach that goal.”

FurBall volunteers dressed in traditional Moroccan garb and servers wearing fezzes helped create the atmosphere of 1940’s Casablanca — the theme for the evening — while uniformed and moustachioed gendarmes rounded up the “usual suspects” for dinner in the Gallery’s great hall. A menu from Executive Chef Kurt Waldele featured food inspired by the movie, while the film itself played in the hall decorated with candles and palm trees.

A combination of live and silent auctions prompted guests to open their wallets for the animals, with paintings from Ottawa artist Philip Craig and group dinners at the German and British embassies fetching top dollars. New to this year’s FurBall was the IAMS celebrity pet bowl auction, featuring customized bowls decorated by Elizabeth Manley, Margaret Trudeau, designers Jefferson Sukhoo and others. Mrs. Laureen Harper, who served as honourary chair of the event, saw her painted bowl sell for $450. A bowl signed by the Ottawa Senators hockey team brought in $800 during the spirited live auction, which was presented by Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The goal of the OHS Breaking Ground campaign is to raise $9.5 million to build a new, state-of-the-art shelter in the city’s south end. For more information on the building campaign, visit

Media contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261
613-277-3125 cell

Ashley with Montana

A few of the Brightening Lives dogs, such as Montana (pictured left, with FurBall volunteer Ashley) made a guest appearance at the March 28th event.

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