Monday, November 2, 2009

Ottawa Humane Society launches website aimed specifically at kids

November 2, 2009
For immediate release

OHS Kids


The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has launched a brand new website aimed at providing information about animals to young people in the community. The OHSkids.ca site includes facts about specific kinds of pets, kid-friendly downloads and games, and advice on how young people can help homeless and owned animals.

"We're excited to announce this new tool, designed especially for kids, to teach them about animals in a fun and educational way," said OHS Executive Director, Bruce Roney.

OHSkids.ca is hosted by Buddy & Belle, the dog and cat in the OHS logo. Together, Buddy & Belle invite children to find out more about everything from animal adoption to animal careers. Much of the content on the site echoes what's available on the main OHS website, which receives several thousand hits each day, but is delivered in a way that's approachable and appealing to kids.

The website also includes parent and teacher-friendly resources on the same topics, with links to the OHS Humane Education program, where volunteers and animals visit schools to teach children in all grades about dog safety, responsible animal ownership, compassion towards animals, preventing animal abuse and neglect, and career options that help animals.

"We know that kids are genuinely interested in helping animals because we hear from them all the time," said Roney. "The website is one way for us to share information with these young people by teaching them about animals in our community, which will hopefully produce a new generation of responsible, caring pet owners in the future."

For more information, visit www.ohskids.ca.

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

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