Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ottawa Citizen: Puppies for Christmas

The Ottawa Humane Society delivered seven dogs and cats to lucky kids as surprise gifts early Christmas Day, Dec. 25 2009.  The Ottawa Citizen tagged along to photograph the surprised children. See the photo gallery on the Ottawa Citizen's website!

Here are some of the photos of the puppies before they were ready for their new homes:

In for their first check-up: only 12 days old!

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Best buddies (about 5 weeks old)

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Three sisters (5 weeks old)

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"Do you have a cookie?"

Thursday, December 24, 2009

CBC: Seven shelter animals granted Christmas wish

The Ottawa Humane Society will deliver seven animals to new homes on Christmas morning as a surprise for children whose families adopted the pets weeks ago.

Visit the CBC website for the full story.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rory found a home!

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is thrilled to announce that Rory has found a home! Rory, a two-year-old Pointer mix, originally came to the shelter in August, and spent several months searching for a new family. In a pre-Christmas attempt to boost Rory's chances, OHS staff wrote to Santa asking him to find a new home for this terrific dog.

Santa was listening! Rory finally found his perfect match, and he was officially adopted on Dec. 17. Rory's new home is in the country, where he'll have lots of space to run and play, and work off some of his enthusiastic energy. Rory's new owners previously adopted another high-energy dog from the OHS, so they're familiar with the needs of an escape-prone dog.

Rory is doing well, and is enjoying all the comforts of his new home — including sleeping on the bed with his head on a pillow!

There are many other dogs still looking for their forever homes, hoping to find a happy ending just like Rory. For more information, visit our dog adoption website.

Rory outside in the snow
Rory, who had been waiting for a new home at the OHS since August, was adopted on Dec. 17.

Twelve Pet Tips for Christmas

Christmas CatThe Ottawa Humane Society reminds pet owners that the holidays present many hazards for pets. The same things that make Christmas special to people may cause problems for their animals. Here are the OHS's Twelve Pet Tips for Christmas to keep your companion animals safe, healthy and happy.

The busy social season

  1. Holidays are a busy time for visiting and being visited – you may be away for extended periods or have a house full of guests. If you're away, have someone check in on your pet or board your pet. Note that your pet's vaccinations will have to be up-to-date to be accepted at a boarding facility.

  2. If you're entertaining, you may wish to keep your pets in a quiet room away from the noise and activity. If they're mingling among the guests, make sure you're monitoring them so that they don't share your guests' holiday finger foods!

The glittering Christmas decorations

  1. Christmas ornaments should be "pet-friendly." Avoid using tinsel on trees! Curious animals are attracted by the shiny strings and may swallow them, which can lead to serious injury -- and expensive surgery! Ornaments hung on lower tree limbs should not be breakable. Also, keep your tree free of decorations made of food!

  2. Barricade the water trough around the tree to prevent your pet from drinking the water, which may be dirty and contain pine needles, which are indigestible.

  3. Be careful with Christmas lights! Secure electrical cords and conceal outlets.pets may chew on cords; and keep pets away from open flames.

  4. Some Christmas plants are toxic to pets. Keep your pets away from mistletoe, holly, poinsettias and amaryllis. If ingested, they may cause vomiting, diarrhea and/or other problems. If your pet has ingested something you're unsure about, call your veterinarian!

The carefully purchased and lovingly wrapped gifts

  1. After gifts have been unwrapped, discard or store wrapping paper and ribbons, which could be dangerous play toys for pets.

  2. You're not the only one looking under the tree with curiosity.if you don't know what's in a package, don't leave it under the tree! You may find out the hard way that Aunt Jane got you a delicious box of Belgian truffles. Note that chocolate is toxic for cats and dogs.

The sumptuous holiday fare

  1. Table scraps and left-overs aren't just too rich for your pets, bones in the meat could lead to serious complications or death.

  2. Ensure that edibles in Christmas stockings or on the tree are unreachable by your pet and away from dangerous places, such as the fireplace.

The winter wonderland

  1. Always ensure that your pet is wearing adequate identification. With more frequent comings-and-goings, it's easy for your pet to slip out of the house unnoticed.

  2. On colder days, limit your pet's exposure to the out-of-doors to short time periods.

Note: The Ottawa Humane Society has modified hours over the holidays.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


To see Tristen (A109849), you'd never know he arrived at the OHS in late October with a badly fractured leg and broken teeth.

Tristen 1

However, after a leg amputation and some dentistry, this handsome fellow is ready to find his forever home.

Tristen 2

Having three legs doesn't prevent him from having fun! 

Tristen 3

To adopt Tristen, contact the Ottawa Humane Society's adoption centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send an email.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thank you!

Christmas Rory

Thank you, Ottawa, for caring about our community’s animals. With your help we opened our doors to more than 11,000 animals this year! From Rory (who is waiting for his forever home) and the rest of the animals and staff at the Ottawa Humane Society, we wish you and yours a very happy, peaceful and humane holiday!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy Tails: Tulip

Dear Ottawa Humane Society:

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Our first meeting at the OHS.  Who could resist this face.

This morning when the snow storm was just picking up I was thinking of how on the same day last year we had a storm that was very similar.  My day today is much the same as last year but for our cat, Tulip, her day couldn't be more different.  She was rescued in mid-December of 2008 and likely endured the storm like the one today, outside without food, water or shelter and possibly injured.  She came to the OHS in bad shape, a respiratory infection, her front right leg was broken, she had injuries on her shoulder that were infected and abscessed.  The OHS staff named her Sally, when we adopted her my daughters chose the new name of Tulip.  Today she lounged on the floor with a full tummy purring as her chin was scratched. 

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Hanging out with her fur sisters watching a family of bluejay chicks in the backyard.

She spent almost 6 months in the care of the OHS before she came home with us in June.  Her infections were treated and her leg was amputated but none of her ordeal seemed to have phased the beautiful loving nature of this cat.  Her sweet nature even won over the other two cats we already had (Mimmy 11 years and Oracle 2 years), and I think our home saw the most uneventful cat integration possible.

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Checking out the view.

It's wonderful that the OHS is able to care so many animals each year that otherwise would suffer sadly shortened lives.  Thank you for helping Tulip so that we for years to come and enjoy the affection and love she shares with everyone who walks into our home.

~ Lynette

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Relaxing at home.

OHS charges Navan farmer with several counts of animal cruelty

December 17, 2009
For immediate release

A Navan-area farmer has been charged with several counts of animal cruelty after a dog, sheep, rabbits, chickens and ducks were found on his property without adequate shelter, food or water.

On Oct. 20, Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) inspectors charged Maurice Mouawad, 54, for permitting distress to and not meeting the standards of care for animals in his possession. Earlier in October, inspectors visited Mr. Mouawad's property after receiving a complaint call about the condition of animals on the farm. During one of the visits, an agent noticed a nine-year-old Rottweiler-type dog with an apparent injury to its right hind leg. The animal was observed to be in poor health, and was seen to be limping. The agent issued orders to have the dog seen by a veterinarian, but Mr. Mouawad opted to surrender the dog to the OHS instead. An OHS veterinarian later humanely euthanized the dog, due to the extent of its injuries and overall health.

The investigation into Mr. Mouawad's property also uncovered several sheep, rabbits and fowl, all lacking adequate food and water, and some with obvious injuries. On Dec. 10, OHS inspectors laid subsequent charges against Mr. Mouawad relating to these livestock.

Mr. Mouawad has already appeared in court, where he pled not-guilty to the charges against him. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2010. This is the first time the OHS has had a case proceed to trial since the organization began laying charges under the new provincial animal cruelty act, which came into effect in March.

"The extent of neglect in this case across various species of animals is deeply disturbing," said OHS inspector, Miriam Smith.

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

/A\ Morning: Make a Difference

/A\ Morning's Annette Goerner profiles a great couple who donate their time to help animals find homes at the Ottawa Humane Society. Meet Serge and Natasha, who are responsible for so many of the great photos of adoptable pets!

OHS busy responding to calls about animals left outside in cold weather

December 16, 2009
For immediate release

On the eve of the season's first frigid forecast, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is busy responding to public calls of concern about animals left outside in the cold. Over the past few days, the OHS emergency department has seen an increase in complaints about animals left outdoors without appropriate shelter or care.

"People who may have been concerned about an animal earlier in the fall but didn't call previously are calling us to do something now as the temperature drops," says Tim Brown, an inspector for the OHS. "The complaints put a strain on us as we have limited resources to serve the entire community."

Brown reminds pet owners that plunging temperatures can be dangerous and even life threatening for animals. While the OHS strongly recommends bringing dogs inside during periods of extreme cold, owners of outside dogs need to be especially vigilant about providing appropriate care in frigid weather.

"If we find a dog outside under intolerable conditions and we can't locate an owner, there's a good chance that dog will be removed for its own safety and the owner could be charged," says Brown.


Dogs that live outside require as a minimum a doghouse soundly built of weatherproof materials facing away from prevailing winds. It should be elevated and insulated, with a door flap and bedding of straw or wood shavings. Animals who are outside need a constant source of fresh water, so check your dog's bowl often to ensure it hasn't frozen.

In cold weather, it's important to keep animals away from ice-covered bodies of water — even small ponds you think may be frozen over. Although many surfaces may appear solid, ice is often uneven and thin in places, and your pet may fall in and possibly suffer hypothermia or even death.

It's best to limit the amount of outdoor time for any animal in frigid temperatures, so take your dog for lots of quick short walks instead of one long one. Be sure to wipe down his paws each time you return home to remove chemicals or salt often used to melt ice and snow. These can be poisonous if ingested and can irritate sensitive feet.

Remember never to leave an animal in an unheated car for long periods of time, and be sure to knock on the car hood each time you start the engine to scare any cats away, as they often crawl inside seeking warmth and risking injury when the motor starts.

If you see an animal in distress or without adequate shelter from the cold, call the OHS Emergency Unit at 613-725-1532. 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

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dear Santa, please send Rory a new home for Christmas

Christmas Rory

Dear Santa,

There's just one thing the staff at the Ottawa Humane Society are asking for this Christmas. A new home for Rory!

Rory is a wonderful two-year-old Pointer mix who has been at the shelter for more than four months. That's a long time for any dog, let alone a spirited boy like Rory! He deserves to be in a home where he has space to run and play, and to be surrounded by people who love him.

We just know that Rory would make a great addition to the right family. He does need owners who will take proper care of him though. Rory is a talented escape artist, so his new humans will have to keep close tabs on him to ensure he stays close to home.

From the day he arrived at the OHS in August, Rory has charmed everyone here. We've tried to keep him busy while he waited patiently to be adopted. He spent several weeks in a foster home where he picked up a few tricks and learned to get along with other dogs and people. The foster volunteer also purchased Rory a wireless fence to keep him safe, which he'll get to bring with him when he's adopted.

We also sent Rory to school for a couple of weeks. Actually, he was a participant in our LEAD (Leadership Education with Adolescents and Dogs) program, where he played with other dogs all day long, and worked with young people to hone his obedience skills.

Santa, please do everything you can to make this great dog's dreams could come true this Christmas. Rory has been waiting far too long for a new home, and we don't want him to wait any longer.

The staff at the Ottawa Humane Society

Thursday, December 10, 2009

OHS Pet of the Week: Frisky

Frisky in the Basket

Frisky (A111168) is an eight year old neutered male orange tabby cat. Don't let his age fool you: Frisky lives up to his name! While active and playful, Frisky is a bit overweight, so he is on a reducing diet. Used to living with other cats and children, Frisky is a good match for most families. To learn more about this delightful guy, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Rowan’s Nose

Look at that nose!

Rowan’s big nose

(Rowan's nose isn't actually that big. Our volunteer photographer took a playful shot of Rowan with a wide-angled lens.)


Rowan (A105894)is currently available for adoption. To learn more about this energetic 10 month old German shepherd and Doberman Pinscher mix, contact the Ottawa Humane Society's adoption centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009



My name is Bianca and I am a petite 4 year old spayed female. I don't mean to flaunt, but I am quite the cat's meow!

I am searching for a new forever home to make my own. I can be a little bit shy, so a quiet home is ideal with adults as I prefer mature personality companionships.

Once I am comfortable with my surroundings I will cuddle up beside you for attention. My foster home said I am beautiful, quiet, and am sometimes a curious cat.

I like soft music, a tender pat on my head, and a kind stroke down my back.

Am I the purr-fect pet for you? If so, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca or at 613-725-3166 ext. 258!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Have a meow-y Christmas!

Holiday Cat

Have you been thinking about adding a cat to your family? This season, the Ottawa Humane Society is trying something new for a few families who are looking for a special adoption experience over the Christmas holidays... and yes, it involves Santa!

As part of a pilot project, the OHS will arrange for Santa's elves to deliver pre-adopted cats to their new forever homes on Christmas morning, into the waiting arms of their new families.

This special Christmas adoption program will this year be limited to families with children. Parents will be required to follow the regular adoption process ahead of time and meet with an adoption counsellor to determine a best cat match for the family.

We have many terrific cats looking for new homes at this time of year. If you're interested in arranging a cat adoption through our special holiday program, please let us know! For more information, contact our Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166, ext. 236, or e-mail cssupervisor@ottawahumane.ca.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Photo Bloopers: Naughty and Nice


Noelle can't wait for Christmas dinner!


What does Lily think about Christmas?  Bah humbug!

OHS aids in investigation at Toronto Humane Society

December 7, 2009
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has sent one of its rescue agents to Toronto to assist in the ongoing investigation into operations at the Toronto Humane Society. The OHS staff member, who works in the Emergency Animal Protection Services (EAPS) department, left Ottawa on Saturday and is expected to remain in Toronto for at least a week. The OHS will likely supply at least one agent to the investigation until Christmas.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), the organization conducting the investigation, asked the OHS for its assistance late last week to help with the situation unfolding at the Toronto shelter.

"We received a call to action and immediately said we would help," said OHS Executive Director, Bruce Roney. "Even though our own resources are limited, we wanted to do as much as possible to help the animals of Toronto in this crisis."

The OHS agent began her first 12-hour shift on Saturday evening, under the direction of lead OSPCA investigators. Over the coming days, she will be helping to check animal health and welfare, working closely with veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

The absence of one rescue agent here in Ottawa has meant the OHS has had to re-schedule shifts and remaining staff to ensure adequate coverage in the emergency department. The OHS will respond to more than 175 calls about animal cruelty and neglect in the month of December alone. 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 community work and relies on public donations to pay for this essential service.

Five Toronto Humane Society staff members, along with the society's board of directors, were charged with animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act on Nov. 26. On that same day, the OSPCA executed search warrants for the Toronto Humane Society headquarters. It has been carrying out those warrants ever since.

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

Friday, December 4, 2009

Newton: Photo Blooper?

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What do you think:  is this a photo blooper or is Newton (a very handsome 1 year old lab mix) deliberately winking at the photographer's assistant?

One last day for Santa Pet Pics!

Santa Paws

You have one last day to bring your favourite furry friend to pose with Santa. All proceeds go to help the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society!

PetSmart Kanata

  255 Kanata Ave
  Sunday, December 6, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  $10 per print. 50% of the proceeds to the Ottawa Humane Society.

Do want to find out more?

For more information e-mail events@ottawahumane.ca or call 613-725-3166 ext. 263.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Maggie: OHS Pet of the Week

Maggie 1

Maggie (A111007) is a 9 year old spayed and declawed female cat. She has the most amazing eyes! This quiet, indoor-only cat is a bit shy, but once she gets to know you she warms up quickly. She loves to cuddle on the couch while purring. She loves treats, too! To learn more about this beautiful cat, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or by email.

Maggie 2

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Adopt an animal from the OHS in December and receive a holiday gift for your pet!

December 1, 2009
For immediate release

December is a month traditionally associated with gift giving, and the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is joining in the spirit. Throughout the entire month, families who adopt a new pet will go home with a holiday present for their new friend!

In addition to informational brochures and a getting started kit, new adopters will be able to choose from a selection of dog and cat toys to keep their new pet entertained. The toys can be put to use right away, or saved until the holidays to celebrate the festivities.

There are currently plenty of terrific dogs, cats and small animals waiting at the shelter for their forever homes. Animals like Beans, a five-year-old black and white cat who would love to keep a lap warm on a cold winter's night, or Rory, a two-year-old Pointer mix who has been at the shelter since August. Nothing would make lively Rory happier than a new home for Christmas!

Beans  Rory
Beans and Rory are just two of the many animals looking for new homes during the month of December.

To see and learn more about the animals looking for homes this month, visit the OHS Adoption Centre at 101 Champagne Ave., or go to www.ottawahumane.ca for more information.

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

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