Friday, October 30, 2009

Lorne: OHS Pet of the Week

Lorne White Cat

Lorne (A108220) is a three year old, neutered male cat. He is a sweet natured and handsome feline. He is looking for a home without other cats and young children. While he is affectionate, he prefers to being picked up on his own terms. He would be best for an affectionate family to give him all the love and attention he deserves. If Lorne sounds like the perfect feline friend for you, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Keep your pets safe this Halloween

Halloween Kitten

Halloween's traditions of candy, costumes and trick-or-treating can be a potentially dangerous and distressing time for pets, warns the Ottawa Humane Society. Extra caution should be taken to protect pets from Halloween hazards, including keeping pets safely indoors to shelter them from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents.

The Ottawa Humane Society recommends taking these precautions to help keep pets safe this Halloween:

  • Don't take the family dog along when you're trick-or-treating. Even dogs who are normally sociable and relaxed may become difficult to handle during the noise and confusion of the festivities. If they get loose, they may dart into traffic or become lost. It's especially important to keep black cats indoors during the period around the holiday, as they're a target of pranksters.

  • Parents should keep their children away from strange animals. Animals are easily frightened at the sight of noisy, costumed children and may bite.

  • Use decorations with caution. Keep pets away from lighted pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.

  • Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Chocolate can be toxic to many animals including dogs, cats and ferrets. Wrappers can be dangerous too. Remember that any change in an animal's diet can cause digestive upset.

  • Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know he enjoys it. Confining costumes can cause stress and injury to pets if it restricts their movement, hearing or ability to breath, bark or see, and small or dangling pieces may be chewed off and cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Never leave your costumed pets unsupervised.

  • Make sure your pets are properly identified. In case of accidental escape, a collar, tag and microchip are your best bet your animal will make it home. Frequently-opened doors provide a great opportunity for animals, especially cats, to run out of the house unnoticed.

"While Halloween is a time of fun and excitement for kids and adults, it can be distressing and potentially dangerous for our pets," says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. "Far too often we hear stories of animals being abused or exposed to avoidable dangers at Halloween. With a little caution, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable holiday for everyone."

If you observe an animal in immediate distress or danger at Halloween or any time, please contact the Ottawa Humane Society's Emergency Animal Protection Services at 613-725-1532.

Don’t forget about the Halloween Parties this weekend!

Halloween Dance

featuring the Hitmen

Saturday, October 31st
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Ukranian Hall at 1000 Byron Avenue in Westboro

Great door prizes!

Halloween Tickets

halloween kitten

Barrymore’s Music Hall
Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Doors open at 7pm

Each year, on October 31st, the Witches Gathering Charity Ball brings together people from a diverse range of Ottawa’s spiritual and cultural communities to celebrate Festival of Samhain while giving back to the local community.

The Witches’ Gathering has a well-earned reputation as Ottawa’s premier Hallowe’en event. It’s not just because of the fun-loving crowds, the chance to experience a traditional community Samhain Ritual and the fantastic and elaborate costumes of our attendees. It’s also because of the generosity of the local sponsors of our event and the opportunity to come together as a community and raise money for local charities and non-profit groups.

For more information, visit the Witches’ Gathering website!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Help us win $80,000 for our new shelter!

Crowded Puppies

Anyone who visits the Ottawa Humane Society's current facilities knows that Ottawa is in desperate need of a larger, more modern facility.  The OHS has raised 75% of the funds needed to make this dream a reality.

We can be even closer to this reality with your help -- all you need to do is click a button!

The OHS has entered Aviva's Community Fund competition. We are hoping to win $80,000 to install a sprinkler in the new building!

Last December, a fire at the Durham Humane Society in Oshawa, Ontario killed almost 200 animals. The Ottawa Humane Society wants to prevent a tragedy like this from occurring in its planned new animal shelter.

A gift of $80,000 towards its Breaking Ground Building Campaign will ensure a sprinkler system throughout the facility that will protect the over 11,000 animals the OHS cares for annually.

To vote for us, visit our page on Aviva's website.  Vote for us daily over the next five days!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pet Spotlight: Cheeko

Cheeko 1

Greetings fellow animal lovers…meet Cheeko!! He is a 4 year old, neutered, German Shepherd/Husky Mix and he is one sweet guy!

Cheeko aims to please and always greets kennel staff with a little dance and a look that implies “Please take me out to play!” He is an attention seeker and he will let you know when he wants attention by serenading you with a doggy tune.

Cheeko is an active gent so he will need an active owner who enjoys time outdoors. He is a superstar and will perform all of his basic commands.

Cheeko is such a social sweetheart and loves to meet new people. He is also very playful and will need toys and lots of time to play to keep him truly happy.

He is ideally suited to a home with slightly older children (7+). Cheeko can be a bit particular about choosing canine pals so he may be best suited as the only dog in the home. A feline free zone is also best for this pooch!

Cheeko is an affectionate gent looking for an active forever home. Come and meet him today and he will capture your heart forever. You can also contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or send them an email at

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Ripley: OHS Pet of the Week

Ripley A98189

Ripley (A098189) is a two year old neutered male beagle. He is a very sweet dog looking for a new family with previous dog experience, as he has a bit of a stubborn streak! True to his breed, he loves to follow his nose. As he is a bit vocal, he's best suited for a home where his noise will not disturbed the neighbours. To learn more about Ripley, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

OHS charges Ottawa man with five counts of animal cruelty

October 22, 2009
For immediate release

An Ottawa man has been charged with five counts of animal cruelty following extreme cases of neglect involving 10 dogs and one cat.

On Oct. 20, Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) inspectors charged Mahamed Tariq Hassain, 29, of Orleans for permitting distress to and not meeting the standards of care for animals in his possession. On August 25, an OHS inspector was called to Mr. Hassain’s home by Ottawa police to assist with the removal of 10 dogs from the property. There were four adult pit bull-type dogs found, along with four puppies, and two adult Rottweiler-type dogs. The puppies were housed in an upstairs room that was completely covered in feces, and was without food and water. An adult cat was also found housed in a downstairs bathroom with an overflowing litter pan and no access to water.

Mr. Hassain was subsequently arrested by police on another charge, and all the animals were removed and taken to the OHS shelter, where they were housed for the duration of Mr. Hassain’s incarceration. Following Mr. Hassain’s release, OHS inspectors issued orders to ensure adequate standards of care were in place at the property. Mr. Hassain complied with those orders and the animals were returned.

“These charges are an example of the disturbing situations we unfortunately encounter all too regularly,” said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith. “In this case, animals were innocent accessories. It’s heartbreaking to see these pets as the victims of such neglect.”

Mr. Hassain was charged under the Ontario SPCA Act. He is expected to appear in provincial court on Nov. 12. If convicted, he could face 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.

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ottawa Humane Society holds microchip clinic on Sunday

Orange Tabby with Autumn Leaves

OTTAWA, Ont. (20 October, 2009) – The first few weeks of fall have brought an astonishing number of cats to the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS). Only 5% of the cats that come to us as strays are ever returned to their owners — a number that would drastically increase if more pets had identification.

In an effort to boost return rates, the OHS is hosting another microchip clinic this weekend, allowing all responsible pet owners the opportunity to ensure that lost animals have the best possible chance of returning home — by implanting a grain-sized microchip that will provide a record of identification for life.

The OHS is holding the clinic this Sunday, Oct. 25, at its Champagne Avenue location to offer permanent identification for cats and dogs. The clinic takes place as follows:

Sunday, October 25
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
By appointment only
$45 (incl. GST) for each animal, two for $85,
three for $125 and four for $165
Ottawa Humane Society
101 Champagne Avenue South, just off Carling Avenue, one block west of Preston Street

Call the OHS at 613-725-3166, ext. 221 or e-mail to book your appointment today!

All proceeds will benefit the animals at the OHS. Animals should be in a carrier or on a leash. Owners should bring vaccination records and one piece of photo ID (for example, driver’s licence).

For more information on the clinic, visit

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

Second Chances: CTV Ottawa Special Feature

jennifer with puppy

Watch CTV Ottawa News at 6 p.m. tonight and tomorrow (October 20 and 21) for "Second Chances": a look at the work done by the Ottawa Humane Society. 

For more information, and to view last night's clip, visit CTV Ottawa's website.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Attention all feline fans…


…meet Hazel (A104111)! She is a 3 year old, spayed, black and white, domestic short haired kitty. She was transferred to the Ottawa Humane Society in June from the Renfrew SPCA, where she was originally surrendered by her owner.

Hazel is a sweet and affectionate lass looking for her forever home! She simply loves to find a lap to curl up to and snuggle on. Hazel can be a little vocal when wanting attention, but who wouldn’t want a cat to greet you with a hello when you get home?

A little while ago, Hazel came down with a cat cold and was homed with many cats, so she knows how and enjoys living with other felines. She accepts minimal handling, so a home with slightly older children (8+) who can respect her occasional need for quiet time is best.

Hazel is a sweet natured and affectionate little lady looking for an attention giving family to spend the best years of her life with! If you are looking for a fun-loving feline to make many lasting memories with, come and meet her today!  You can also contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or send them an email at

Friday, October 16, 2009

Reminder: Halloween Dance!

Halloween Dance

featuring the Hitmen

Saturday, October 31st
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Ukranian Hall at 1000 Byron Avenue in Westboro

Great door prizes!

Halloween Tickets

Biscuit: OHS Pet of the Week

Biscuit the Cat

Biscuit (A105040) is a loving two year old neutered male cat. Biscuit loves hanging out with people: he greets visitors at the door with a meow, and follows people from room to room. This muscular boy looks tough, but he's sweet as sugar. His favourite pastime? Chasing ping pong balls down the stairs! This handsome fellow has food allergies, so his adoptive family will have to provide him with a special diet. To learn more about Biscuit, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rory A101271

Hello Animal Lovers! We are pleased to present Rory (A101271), a sweet-natured, 2 year old, neutered Pointer Mix. He is definitely one of the Staff’s absolute favourites, always greeting us with a wiggly bum, a blanket or toy in his mouth and a look that simply states “Hey you! Want to play?”

Rory is looking for an experienced dog owner as he is a master in the art of escaping, and his new owners will need to be proactive at all times to ensure he is kept safe and sound. He is an active gent and will need lots of daily on-leash exercise.

He is pretty well-mannered around other dogs and has been working on making friends since he has arrived. Rory would also benefit from participating in obedience classes to learn basic commands, meet new people, make new canine pals and hopefully build a stronger dog-owner bond.

Rory is a fun-loving and eager to please kind of guy. If you are looking for an affectionate new family member, contact the Ottawa Humane Society!

By phone: 613-725-3166 ext. 258
By email:

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[Name] is donating my status to Rory,, a dog at the Ottawa Humane Society who needs a new home.


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Thursday, October 8, 2009

OHS disappointed and discouraged with sentence handed down to cat killer

October 8, 2009
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is disappointed and discouraged with the lenient sentence handed out Tuesday against a man who killed a cat with a shovel, after he claimed it stole a steak from his barbecue.

Daniel Bordeau, 63, of Marionville, was convicted in court on Oct. 6 of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal. In June of 2007, witnesses said they saw Mr. Bordeau strike the cat, a gray-and-white shorthair multiple times in the driveway of his home with the head of a wooden shovel handle. Mr. Bordeau admitted in court that the cat died, though its body was never recovered.

OHS inspectors originally charged Mr. Bordeau in 2007. Due to the severity of the crime, the OHS had hoped for a maximum sentence under the Criminal Code of Canada, and asked the court to impose a prohibition to prevent Mr. Bordeau from ever owning animals again. The court declined the request, and instead ordered Mr. Bordeau to pay a one-time fine of $500.

While the OHS is happy Mr. Bordeau will be left with a criminal conviction on his record, it’s concerned the light sentence doesn’t send a strong message to animal abusers.

“This was an incredibly brutal and heinous act against a defenceless animal,” said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith. “While we’re pleased the court saw fit to convict, we’re extremely frustrated the sentence didn’t go far enough. Crimes against animals just aren’t taken seriously enough in our community.”

Mr. Bordeau still has animals in his possession and without a sentence that restricts or disallows contact with, or ownership of these animals, the OHS is concerned for their safety.

“We’ve already seen what happens when an animal and Mr. Bordeau’s temper combine,” said Smith. “One animal has already suffered at the hands of this man, and we don’t want others to experience the same fate.”

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

Colt and Kinja at the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

OHS supporter Artur shares his video of Colt and Kinja (two chocolate labs) having fun at the 21st Annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon.

A big thank you to Artur and all of our supporters for making this year's walk a big success! See you next year! (Visit our Walkathon website for more photos and videos.)

Monday, October 5, 2009


Update - Shanny was adopted on Tuesday, October 6th!

Shanny waits for a new home

Hello Fellow Animal Lovers…Meet Shanny (A106110)! She is a 6 year old, spayed, English Pointer Mix. She is a wiggly and fun loving little lass. She is looking for an experienced dog owner as Shanny does have some separation anxiety, especially during thunder storms. Shanny is an active girlie who will need daily, on-leash exercise. She is eager to please and will perform her basic commands for little to no reward…what a Superstar!! Shanny loves to meet new people and always greets them with a wiggling tail. Shelter staff feels that she would be ideally suited to a single home with a yard or country living. Shanny is looking for a loving family with children over the age of 12 who are willing to continue teaching object exchange. She can be a little finicky when making canine pals but Shelter Staff has seen improvements in her behaviour when meeting other canines. Shanny is true to her Pointer heritage and gets very excited when she sees smaller animals, so a feline free home is essential. Shanny is a loving and fun-natured little girlie looking for an outgoing and affectionate forever home. Come and meet her today and we promise, she will always keep you smiling!

To learn more about Shanny, contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send an email to

****Got Facebook or Twitter? Won’t you please donate your status to Shanny today? Just copy and paste the following message onto your status to help spread the word that this pooch needs a home!

[Name] is donating my status to Shanny,, a dog at the Ottawa Humane Society who needs a new home.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Happy Tails: Kane

Kane A106506

In August the OHS staff got to spend time with Kane, a very handsome Australian shepherd-mix dog.  After being neutered, this lucky boy found a new home with two other dogs.  His new family reports that while he has his own dog bed, he prefers to sleep in his new brother's bed.  (His new brother is a Chihauhua!)  He also loves to run and play!

Kane in the Chihuahua’s bed

Kane at Conroy Pit

We wish Kane and his new family many happy years together!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What’s up, Doc?


Rabbits are intelligent, social animals. When given plenty of attention, they make affectionate and rewarding family pets. They can be trained to use a litter box and are more enjoyable, responsive pets when living indoors as house rabbits. Given appropriate care, a rabbit can live up to ten years.

We currently have lots of rabbits at the Ottawa Humane Society!  Visit the profiles of small animals available for adoption to learn more about the rabbits we currently have, or click through to read more about keeping rabbits as pets.  These long-eared critters have a lot to offer!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Buster: OHS Pet of the Week

Buster A106651

Buster (A106651) -- a four year old neutered cat -- is near purrfection! This talkative feline enjoys following people around the house and watching TV on the couch. Buster may be macho, but he does love attention! Buster is best suited for active households with no young children. To learn more about Buster, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mosely (formerly known as Luke) at Home

Luke is a dogHello everyone,

It's been 2 weeks since I found my furrever home!!! I arrived safely at my new home in the country to start my new life as Mosely. I was so excited I did not know what to do at first. After walking the property several times with my parents, I was led into the house by my older sister, Maggie. I was given a nice bed to sleep on, although I prefer to sleep on the bed with my parents. It was nice just the same. Maggie has graciously shared her toy box with me, what a selection. We have bones, ropes, squeaky stuffed toys and balls.

Maggie also introduced me to my bird brother, Archie. He is a cute little budgie that sings often, but I truly don't pay any attention to him. I am working on many new things, such as, my puppy manners, learning to use a doggy door and playing gently with our toys. I have had a few mishaps in the house, but am now confident to use the doggy door or tell my parents I need to go outside. We have 2 very close friends next door, Joey and Cleo, golden labs. I have also run circles around another friend from down the street, Trigger, a golden retriever.


There is so much to do here. We have explored many trails and ponds. I am still adjusting to all the sounds of the country, but each day is getting better. I know a few new commands and learning not to jump up. I intent to be an excellent addition to this family. My parents say that I already am.

Please give my regards to my friends, both human and canine, at the shelter and remind them all that they too will be given a new home which they will have forever. I will send you another update sometime soon.

Mosley at home

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