Friday, July 31, 2009

Just a Reminder… It’s HOT outside!

Hot Pepper JPG

With the weather looking sunny and hot for the August Civic long weekend, the Ottawa Humane Society would like to remind everyone to leave their dogs at home in a shaded or air-conditioned area, with access to lots of fresh, cool water.

NEVER leave a pet alone in a vehicle, even in the shade. Pets left in cars, or other unventilated areas, or tied in the sun, are susceptible to heat stroke. Since dogs have only a limited ability to sweat, even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. Temperatures inside a parked car can rapidly reach dangerous levels even on relatively mild days, and even if the windows are slightly open. A dog's normal body temperature is 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or death can occur.

If you see a dog left alone in a hot car this weekend, please call the OHS Emergency Services Department at 613-725-1532.  Our operator will ask you for the license plate number, the vehicle description, and other details, to quickly dispatch an OSPCA agent to rescue the dog.

 We wish everyone a happy and safe long weekend!

Hot Doberman

Pet of the Week: Bella

Bella A103531

Quiet, calm and affectionate: these are some of the words that describe Bella (A103531), a one year old spayed female cat. This tranquil cat will make a wonderful addition to any peaceful home. While she gets along with other cats, she does not like dogs! To learn more about Bella, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Photographing Bonk Bonk!

Bonk Bonk!

Bonk Bonk! earned his name from his love of cuddling and giving head-butts. (Yes, it's Bonk Bonk! with an exclamation point!)  This fire-coloured two year old neutered male cat posed for his portrait yesterday.  Photographing cats can often be a challenge, as most cats would rather check out the photo studio or sit on the photographer's lap.  Very, very rarely does a cat want to sit still and smile for the camera.

Bonk Bonk! had to be bribed with cat treats.  His loving gaze is not directed at a human, but at the bag of catnip-flavoured kitty cookies.  Below are a couple of out-takes from his photo session.

Bonk Bonk! 3

Bonk Bonk! 2

Bonk Bonk! (A105040) is currently available for adoption at the OHS.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009



Lobo (A103763) sits pretty for a cookie in the OHS Adoption Centre.  Lobo is a collie / German shepherd mix dog who needs an experienced dog owner willing to work with this athletic and intelligent dog. He's a happy-go-lucky pooch deserving of a fun-loving forever home.  To learn more about Lobo, contact the OHS at or 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

A quiet moment on a rainy day

Another Rainy Day

A quiet moment at the Ottawa Humane Society.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Bella A99903

Bella (A099903), who is currently at the OHS waiting for a new home, cuddles with a volunteer outside.

Chief Vern White to launch 21st Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

July 28, 2009
For immediate release

IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon logo

Join Chief White of the Ottawa Police Service and emergency rescue agents from the Ottawa Humane Society as they kick off registration for the 21st IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon. Together with a four-legged friend, they’ll encourage the community to get started raising money to help the animals.

Date: Wednesday, July 29
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: St. Laurent Shopping Centre (Centre Court)

The Wiggle Waggle Walkathon takes place Sept. 13, 2009 at the Arboretum of the Central Experimental Farm. It’s the largest event of its kind in Eastern Ontario and the leading fundraiser for the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS). Over 1,000 walkers are expected to attend this year’s event, with the goal of raising more than $165,000 to support essential OHS programs and services, including the emergency team, which rescues animals in distress, investigates cases of abuse and neglect, and provides urgent ambulance transportation for injured and sick stray animals in Ottawa.

St. Laurent Centre is a new sponsor for this year’s walkathon, graciously providing gift cards to VIP walkers — those who raise more than $500 in pledges.

Online and team registration is now available. To sign up, or for more information on walk activities, visit

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

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tyson at Play


Meet Tyson, a year old neutered German shepherd / Siberian husky mix. He's currently at the OHS, looking for a new home. This active boy loves to play!

Tyson plays

He's looking for an active home that has a plentiful supply of tennis balls. He loves to play fetch - but he doesn't always relinquish the ball!

Tyson: What’s that?

Did we mention that he's also very curious?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Guinea pigs on the big screen and available for adoption at the OHS

July 24, 2009
For immediate release

With guinea pigs of the animated variety set to hit the screen at theatres across North America today, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is reminding the community that guinea pigs not only make movie stars, but wonderful pets as well!

Currently, there are several guinea pigs waiting for adoption at the OHS, including Gladys, a cute two-year-old Abyssinian swirl pig. Guinea pigs are delightful companions for both adults and children, as they’re inquisitive, friendly and talkative. They’ll even emit squeals of delight if given treats like crisp greens of chunks of fresh fruit.

Much like their celebrity counterparts, guinea pigs do need careful handling and a special diet to keep them trim and fit! Guinea pigs also need daily exercise and play, though a high-priced trainer likely won’t be necessary. Nor will a splashy mansion in the Hollywood hills — a spacious cage, some appropriate toys, a bit of hay, a water bottle and a structure to hide under is all that’s really required to keep these local pigs happy and content.

Gladys the Guinea Pig

Gladys, a two-year-old guinea pig is one of several small animals currently available for adoption at the OHS.

In addition to guinea pigs, there are other small animals available for adoption at the OHS, including rabbits, chinchillas and birds. Summer can be a good time to introduce a new pet to your home. Many people enjoy family time off during the warm months, and the fact that children are home means lots of time for bonding. If you’ve been thinking about adding pet to your family, please consider adopting a small animal in need now! 

For more information on the many animals available for adoption, check the OHS website at or call the Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

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

Spot and Caya: Pets of the Week!

Spot (A102591) and Caya (A1029590) are siblings looking for a new home together. Both five years old and sterilized, these cats are the perfect "starter set" for a home needing cats. Spot loves to cuddle and purr; Caya loves to say a quick hello before exploring. To learn more about both cats, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.





Monday, July 20, 2009

Dogs Die in Hot Cars!

Dogs Die in Hot CarsEach year, Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) emergency agents respond to almost 200 calls about dogs left in hot cars. In some cases, dogs have to be physically removed from vehicles by breaking a window, and in other cases, dogs have been found dead. On a hot day, the temperature inside a parked car can 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.

In June, the OHS launched a public awareness campaign to address the problem of dogs left in cars in hot weather. The OHS has produced stickers that it will distribute to local shopping malls, hospitals and big box stores. The stickers feature the image of a dog, with the slogan “dogs die in hot cars” and the OHS emergency phone number. The stickers are designed to be placed on doorways and building entrances to provide a helpline for shoppers who may have spotted a dog left in a car on a dangerously hot day.

If you see a dog in a car on a hot day, please call 613-725-1532 immediately!  Our operator will ask you questions and dispatch an OSPCA agent to the location.

If you would like stickers and other literature for you business, send us an email! (Please note that at this time we are only distributing the stickers to local retail establishments.)

Visit our website for more summer safety tips for pets!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Chaz: OHS Pet of the Week

Chaz A101889

 Chaz (A101889) is a very friendly cat looking for a permanent home in which to live out his golden years. This 10 year old neutered male cat deserves a second chance with a family to love. Despite his age, he is a very curious kitty. Chaz hardly looks a day over six! If you have space in your life for a mature cat, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

OHS agents have hands full caring for three not-so-little pigs

July 15, 2009
For immediate release

Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) agents have had their hands full over the past two weeks caring for a group of abandoned pot-bellied pigs. The original three rescued adult animals have since grown in number to 11, after the female gave birth to eight piglets on Monday morning.

The three not-so-little pigs were originally discovered on June 30, living in a shed behind an unoccupied home in Navan. OHS agents made numerous attempts to determine the whereabouts of the owners of the animals, but were not successful. Staff then contacted a local veterinarian to check on the condition of the pigs, and made daily trips from the shelter on Champagne Avenue to rural Navan to feed and monitor the animals.

Arrangements were made to transport the pigs from the shed to larger accommodations on a local farm. The pigs were taken to their new temporary home in early July, and appeared to settle in well.

“Pigs aren’t something we typically deal with, and because we don’t have the facilities to house them on site, finding adequate space for three large animals of this size can be quite a challenge,” says OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith.

Each of the three pigs weighs between 80 to 120 lbs and they consume in excess of 30 lbs of food each week. Staff have nicknamed the animals Huff, Puff and Chinny Chin Chin in reference to the lines from the popular fairly tale that features three pig characters.

On Monday morning, much to the surprise of OHS staff and the animals’ caretaker, the lone female pig gave birth to eight healthy piglets. The new arrivals are in good health and eating well.

Now OHS agents are waiting until the piglets are old enough to safely move to a new home. Inspector Smith is working with colleagues at the SPCA in Cornwall to relocate all the pigs to a farm in that area.

The OHS does not receive government funding or funding from any animal welfare group to care for animals in our community. To make a donation to contribute to the care and re-homing of these pigs, please visit or call 613-725-3166 ext. 252.

Chinny Chin Chin Piglets

Chinny Chin Chin, the mother pig, and her eight piglets, born on July 13.
Click for larger photos.

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

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tomy: OHS Pet of the Week


Tomy (A103478) is a six year old neutered male cat looking for a new home. This handsome feline recently had dentistry so now has a pearly white smile. He gives purrs in exchange for cat treats! To learn more about Tomy, or to adopt any other homeless pet, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Biking with Dogs – Be Safe!

Taking a bike ride with your dog might seem like a great way for some combined canine/human exercise. But just because you’re up for a workout, doesn’t mean your dog will be! Before you head out on the bike with Fido in tow, make sure you follow our tips to ensure the experience will be a safe one for both of you.

dog walking/bike riding by Malingering

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ready… Set… GO!

Walkathon 2009

Everyone at the OHS is excited for our 21st Annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon!  This year's walk is on Sunday, September 13, at the Arboretum of the Central Experimental Farm.  Each day more people are registering for this fun, family-oriented event!

This year we have exciting prizes for people who raise funds to help the animals.  Raise $500 or more and receive:
  • Doggy Bandana

  • Invitation to our Flealess Market to pick up samples

  • Walkathon T-shirt 

  • VIP parking

  • Priority registration area

  • Access to VIP tent with seating, refreshments, and other special surprises

  • VIP washrooms

  • Goody bags (pre-stuffed for you)

  • Free pet photo portrait

  • Free Puppy Picasso (paw print painting for your dog)

  • To learn more about this year's Walkathon and to register online, visit our website at!

    Thursday, July 2, 2009

    Tiger: OHS Pet of the Week


    Tiger (A102828) is a three year old spayed female cat looking for a new home. This cuddly feline recently had dentistry. She loves treats and canned food. As she have very long fur, she will need daily brushing. If Tiger sounds like the purrfect fit for you and your family, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

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