Monday, August 31, 2009

2009 Holiday Photo Contest

The Ottawa Humane Society is holding a photo contest to capture your pet’s best look.

The winning picture will be used on our 2009 holiday greeting card, and we’ll publish a selection of nominees on our website.

Send a festive picture of your pet to and tell us in 100 words or less why you think your pet deserves a spot on our card. If you don't have an electronic version of your favourite photo, print the contest submission form and mail it and your photo to:
Ottawa Humane Society Photo Contest
101 Champagne Avenue South
Ottawa, ON K1S 4P3

Deadline to submit photos is Friday, October 2, 2009.  Good luck!

Last year's winners:



Monty is a one-year-old beagle, adopted from the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) in June of 2008 by Megan Samson. He is gentle, affectionate, obedient and a real class act. Monty is part of the OHS Brightening Lives program, where he brings joy to the people he visits.Wenda and David Stuart adopted this white Persian called Pearl from the  Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) in May of 2002. They adopted a black Persian called Max at the same time because Pearl would not eat if Max was not beside her. Today, the Stuarts share their home with Pearl, Max and a Tortie called Coco.

Visit our website for full contest details.

Ottawa Humane Society sees rise in ongoing neglect issues with owned animals

OTTAWA, Ont. (31 August, 2009) — The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is dealing with a rise in neglect cases, following the investigation of several pet owners who recently failed to seek veterinary care for sick, or injured pets, leaving them to suffer.

Since March, when new provincial animal cruelty legislation came into effect, OHS agents have been busy investigating complaint calls about animals with serious medical issues resulting from lack of veterinary care. In all cases, the animals' suffering has been so severe that euthanasia has been the only humane option.

Four charges have been laid against five individuals in the past four months under the OSPCA Act, all for permitting an animal to be in distress and failing to provide adequate standards of care to an animal. One of the cases involved a cat that had a bleeding eye for a period of three to four months, and the owner had not sought veterinary care. Another case involved a cat with an eye infection, wounds on its neck and severe matting.

Two of the cases were dog-related: one a 14-year-old Chihuahua-type dog that was emaciated and had uncontrollable bleeding for over a week, and a second, senior German shepherd found unable to walk or move, due to tumours on its shoulders and atrophied leg muscles. The dog's owner admitted to never taking the animal to a veterinarian in its life.

"The cases we've seen over the past few months have been disturbing to say the least," said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith. "The levels of animal suffering have been severe, and the basic lack of care withheld has been shocking."

The OHS has opted to publicize the cases in an effort to educate the community about the importance of ensuring pets have ongoing, and lifelong, medical care. It’s an owner's responsibility to recognize signs of suffering and to provide care and relief to a pet. Failing to do so could result in charges for animal cruelty and neglect.

"Regular and ongoing veterinary care is absolutely necessary if you own an animal," said Smith. "If you notice something is wrong with your pet, take it to a vet sooner, rather than later. Doing nothing is not an option."

Especially as pets age, they need regular check-ups, as veterinarians may be able to recognize a health problem before it develops and becomes evident to the caregiver.

If veterinary care isn’t financially possible, or if an owner is simply unable to care for an ailing pet, the OHS urges owners to contact them to discuss surrendering their pet instead of allowing it to suffer without care.

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.

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

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rocky T. Dog: OHS Pet of the Week


Rocky T. Dog (A103040) is a six year old Beagle who has been waiting for a new home for two months. This neutered guy is full of energy and has lots of love to give! He is talkative and needs lots of on leash exercise. He knows most basic commands, but would benefit from a refresher course. In typical hound fashion, he likes to chase small, furry animals -- including cats! If you have room in your heart and home for a beagle pal, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Rocky 2
Rocky T. Dog: the "T" stands for "the"!

Rocky likes Cookies
Rocky loves cookies!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

“Modern Animal Shelter Coming in Ottawa”

An Ottawa interior design blogger shares some thoughts about and ideas for the Ottawa Humane Society's new shelter:
Breaking GroundThe Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is currently raising money to build a new and improved facility to better serve the community as their current shelter, built in 1968, can no longer do the job. According to the site, the shelter was designed to accommodate 2,500 animals per year but currently accommodates over 11,000 animals each year. (Now that's overcrowded!) They have obtained about 75% of the $9,500,000 needed to built the new facility. So they need a bit more to make this happen in 2010.

Read the rest of the article over at Modern Ottawa!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

OHS staff scrambling to care for seven abandoned piglets

August 25 , 2009
For immediate release

Staff at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) are scrambling to care for seven tiny piglets abandoned in front of a local constituency office earlier today.

The piglets, only a few weeks old, were found in a makeshift pen outside Premier Dalton McGuinty’s constituency office on Kilborn Avenue. The pen was constructed from plywood, with some bedding scattered over the sidewalk floor. The pen also contained food and water for the animals, but they did not have access to any shade to escape the sun.

City of Ottawa bylaw officers transported three of the piglets to the OHS, and the rest were picked up by an OHS inspector. OHS veterinarians are now checking the animals and staff are busy arranging for temporary housing inside a shelter full with cats, dogs and small animals.

“Whatever the motivations for leaving these pigs in the middle of the city, it’s disturbing that someone would make a choice to abandon helpless animals like this,” said OHS Executive Director, Bruce Roney. “Now we’re left to care for these piglets, on top of the hundreds of abandoned and homeless domestic animals we care for on a daily basis.”

OHS inspectors will be reviewing the case today and won’t rule out the possibility of laying charges against the owner of the animals. The pigs will likely be moved to a foster farm later today.

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.

Seven Little Pigs
Four of the seven piglets found abandoned in front of Dalton McGuinty’s constituency office on Kilborn Avenue this morning.
[Click for larger picture.]

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

Thursday, August 20, 2009

OHS Pet of the Week: Romeo


 Romeo (A102154) lives up to his name: he is a lover!  This handsome cat arrived at the Ottawa Humane Society with a broken leg, an umbilical hernia, and broken teeth!  This adorable cat quickly melted the hearts of all the staff.  His broken leg was x-rayed and put into a cast; he had extensive surgery for his tooth woes; he got neutered; and he underwent surgery a second time to have his umbilical hernia repaired.  Despite the poking and prodding needed to get him fixed up, he had purrs and head-butts for all his care takers.

Now completely healed, he is a new man!  He's looking for a second chance in life. If you're looking for a handsome, cuddly cat, who will give you lots of feline love, then Romeo is the cat for you!  Contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-722-3166 ext. 258 to learn more.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oliver: OHS Pet of the Week

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To celebrate the second month of summer, the Ottawa Humane Society is allowing people who adopt one adult cat from its Champagne Avenue shelter during the month of August to adopt a second adult cat friend at no extra cost. With dozens of cats currently looking for new homes, the OHS is overrun with cages full of prospective pets, with more awaiting space in the Adoption Centre. One such cat is Oliver (A086423), a two year old neutered male cat, who loves warm laps and head scratches. For more information, call the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Support the OHS President at the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon!

OHS President Rob Cameron and the Ottawa Paramedic Service mascot at the 2008 Walkathon.

OHS President Rob Cameron is walking in this year's Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon  and he needs your help!

Please help Ottawa's animals by sponsoring Rob as he walks on Sept. 13. You can make your pledge by visiting Rob's fundraising page here.

 Rob and the animals thank you!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009



Luke A97981, a one year old neutered male Lab mix, enjoys a sunny summer's day. This active dog hopes to be adopted soon!

Friday, August 7, 2009

This week’s photo bloopers!

Last week's "photo bloopers" were popular, so this week I will share the bloopers from two different cats.

First up, Danny A104261, who is one of the OHS Pets of the Week.


OHS Pets of the Week


To celebrate the second month of summer, the Ottawa Humane Society is allowing people who adopt one adult cat from its Champagne Avenue shelter during the month of August to adopt a second adult cat friend at no extra cost. With dozens of cats currently looking for new homes, the OHS is overrun with cages full of prospective pets, with more awaiting space in the Adoption Centre. Two wonderful cats waiting for new homes are Danny, a four year old neutered male, and Friday, a nine year old spayed female. For more information call the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.


Ottawa Humane Society calls for end to exotic animal entertainment acts in city

August 7, 2009
For immediate release

With another circus making an appearance in our community this weekend, the Ottawa Humane Society reminds the public about the inherent physical and psychological harm done to performing animals and the potential danger of circus acts.

"It's incredibly distressing to see circuses finding an audience in our community," says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. "These animals are meant to be entertaining, but in reality, there is nothing joyful or happy about their lives as performers."

The biggest issue for circus attendees to remember is that circuses feature wild or exotic animals who are not allowed to behave as they would in the wild, says Roney.

"What is natural about an elephant travelling by truck or train, being chained at the foot for hours, or contained by electric fencing?" asks Roney. "These wild animal acts need to be banned."

Circus Elephants

Elephants are extremely social beings and live in large groups, forming highly-developed relationships with other elephants. In a circus, that social group is replaced with a mixture of other animals and human performers — an inadequate substitute, according to Roney.

Inspectors from the OHS visited the circus site yesterday to check on the condition of the animals — two Asian elephants, seven horses and nine performing dogs — and to ensure minimum standards of care are met while the circus is in operation.

For those interested in attending a cruelty-free circus performance, the OHS encourages families to support performances that do not include animals as part of the entertainment.

The OHS also reminds the public that there is a misunderstood safety risk associated with circuses. "These are wild animals and they remain wild animals despite their ability to perform," Roney says. "We can't forget that there are documented cases of circus animals that have injured and even killed spectators and handlers."

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

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