Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Only 2 days left to enter the OHS Holiday Photo Contest!

Left Looking Christmas BulldogThere are only two days left to enter the Ottawa Humane Society’s holiday photo contest!

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 ohs@ottawahumane.ca 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 this Friday, October 2, 2009. Good luck!

Visit our website for full contest details.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bailey: a Buddy & Belle Fund Animal Profile

Help an animal in need - become a member of the Buddy and Belle Fund. Your gift will be put towards life-saving veterinary care and rehabilitation. With your help, animals like Bailey can be given a much-deserved second chance.



Hi! I’m Bailey. My journey to the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) began at a flea market in Quebec in mid-September. I was so thrilled, I thought I had finally found my forever home. I was too excited to sit still. I wanted to explore every inch of my new home! Unfortunately my adventurous nature got the best of me and I took a bad tumble off the couch. The next thing I remember I wasn’t able to use my leg properly and couldn’t stop crying because of the pain. My family took me to the vet, but discovered after X-rays that my medical care would be too much for them to afford. The thought of leaving my new family scared me, but I knew that the OHS would be able to give me a chance at using my leg again.


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The staff immediately fell in love with my affectionate and quiet nature. I wasn’t surprised, I am pretty adorable! The veterinarian explained to me that my little puppy legs weren’t strong enough for the big jump I attempted and I had broken two bones in my front leg. Special orthopedic surgery would be the only option if I ever wanted to use my leg again.

I am currently being kept under close observation until my surgery. Once my surgery is completed I’ve been told I get to go spend some quality TLC time with a foster volunteer. I hope they love me as much as the OHS staff has!

Please help Bailey, and other animals like him in need of emergency animal treatment, by making a donation.


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Friday, September 25, 2009

Clarice: OHS Pet of the Week


Clarice the bunny





Meet Clarice (A105368), a three year old female Dutch rabbit. This friendly rabbit loves to hop! She would love a home that can provide her with plenty of exercise. Rabbits need lots of hay and fresh veggies to stay healthy. To learn more about Clarice, or having a pet rabbit, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

CUPE 503 Concert Redux


CUPE 503





Last year's Trooper concert — hosted by CUPE Local 503, in partnership with CUPE 4000 and CUPE Ontario — was a tremendous success – both to highlight the importance of public services in Ottawa and to help build a brighter future for the animals. The union, which represents OHS staff, has announced a repeat engagement on Saturday, October 17 at Lansdowne Park. This year's headliner will be David Wilcox, joined by openers the Cooper Brothers. The concert is free, so come out with a gift to the campaign and help the OHS build a brighter future for Ottawa's animals.Visit CUPE 503's website for more information.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Adventures of Pet Photography


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We love the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society.  That's why we strive to take the best possible photographs to showcase them on our website.  But they don't always cooperate....  Take ChiChi for example.  This beautiful 3 year old chinchilla was too curious to sit still.


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My desk was much more interesting than the miniature photo studio!

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Breaking Ground: Architects Deliver Floor Plan

Cute KittenAfter a number of iterations, and a great deal of research and consultation, specialist architect George Myers, local architect Barry Hobin and Associates and OHS staff have confirmed the floor plan or "schematic" for the new facility. This portion of the planning is extremely important as it establishes all the elements in the new facility and how they will work together for an efficient, healthy and functional building. Next steps will be the architect's drawings and detailed costing that will be used to tender the construction contract. Watch for the plan, which will be coming soon to our campaign website!

OHS Pet of the Week: Callie


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To commemorate Back to School time, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is sending each new animal adopted from its shelter during the month of September home with a back to school kit to help him or her start a new life off on the right foot. The kits are packed with tips on how to integrate an animal into a new home, and also contain extra goodies, like a collar and toys, to ensure the new relationship is fun as well as safe.

There are currently dozens of wonderful cats and dogs looking for new homes. Some have been at the shelter for several weeks already - such as Callie (A106244), an eight year old spayed female cat. To learn more, contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

EventBot videos now online!

EventBot Videos from the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon are now available online! Visit our YouTube channel to view them all.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

OHS Holiday Photo Contest

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There's still time to enter the Ottawa Humane Society's holiday photo contest!

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 ohs@ottawahumane.ca 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



Pearl


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.

Even more Wiggle Waggle Walkathon photos!


21st Annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon!



The team photos and pet portrait photos from the 21st Annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon are now available online!  Visit ZoomPhoto's website to view and purchase the photos.

Monday, September 14, 2009

More photos from the 21st Annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

Ottawa's very talented Frank Scheme photographed this year's Wiggle Waggle Walkathon.  He captured gorgeous pictures of many happy people and dogs as they wiggled and waggled to help Ottawa's homeless animals. 

View (and purchase copies of!) Frank's beautiful photographs!  A big thank you to Frank for sharing his talents.

It’s Luke!

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Meet Luke (A097981), a one year old, neutered, Lab/Greyhound Mix. He is one outgoing and extremely social boy. Shelter staff describe him as having springs in his feet as he is always on the move within his kennel, but once out in the ‘real world’ he is far more polite! Luke is happy-go-lucky and loves to meet new people, he is one charming boy! He is active and will need lots of on-leash activity, as he is true to his sight hound nature and will chase small animals if given the chance. Luke, like most hounds, is highly ‘treat’ motivated so new training should be a breeze. He is best suited to a home with slightly older kids (8+) who want to participate in his training. Shelter staff also thinks that enrolling him into obedience classes would be a fun family activity (and will aid in socializing and training him). If you are looking for an eager to please, fun-loving and affectionate pooch, come and meet him today and we promise-you will never be bored with this guy!!




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Sunday, September 13, 2009

21st annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon raises $195,000!


IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon logo


September 13, 2009
For immediate release


The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) held its most successful Wiggle Waggle Walkathon today in the Central Experimental Farm Arboretum. Over 1,500 participants and their companion animals took part in the 21st annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, and raised over $195,000 for the animals, surpassing the goal and bringing in $40,000 more than last year.

“We’re thrilled to have had our largest and most successful Walkathon ever,” said Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. “In addition to being a fun day, it’s also our most important fundraiser of the year and we count on its success to help us care for Ottawa’s animals.”

The IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon is the largest event of its kind in Eastern Ontario. This year’s Honorary Chair was Chief Vern White of the Ottawa Police Service, who cut the starting line ribbon with Kika, an OHS dog currently available for adoption.

Perri Ross was this year’s top individual pledge collector, bringing in $4,100. The top team effort came from the law firms of Bowley Legal and Thomas & Winship and their team Border Colleagues, which raised $5,585. The top veterinary team was the Alta Vista/Bayview Animal Hot Pistols, which raised $15,000. All walkers could choose between 5km or 2km routes. Before and after the Walk, participants were entertained by a host of activities including various contests, demonstrations and exhibits.

All funds raised today will go toward supporting the many ongoing programs and activities at the OHS, including humane education, animal visits, dog walking, adoptions, and foster care. Some of the funds will also go towards the Emergency Animal Protection Services program, which rescues sick and injured animals in our community. 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 any funding from any animal welfare group to perform this essential work.

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

THANK YOU!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Wiggle Waggle Walkathon!  While we're busy finishing up this year's successful event, take a peek at some photos


Chief Vern White
Chief Vern White cuts the ribbon to start the 21st
Annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Chief Vern White to cut ribbon at Wiggle Waggle Walkathon on Sunday

IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon logo


OTTAWA, September 11, 2009 – Ottawa Police Chief Vern White will join hundreds of other animal lovers as he cuts the ribbon at the 21th annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon on Sept. 13 to raise money for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS).

The Walkathon, the largest event of its kind in Eastern Ontario and the leading fundraiser for the OHS, is a fun-filled day featuring 2 km and 5 km walks and many displays, family activities, prizes and contests. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event and the goal is to raise $165,000 for the animals. All funds raised will support essential OHS programs and services, including the EAPS team, which rescues animals in distress, investigates cases of abuse and neglect, and provides emergency ambulance transportation for injured and sick stray animals in Ottawa.

The Wiggle Waggle Walkathon begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Central Experimental Farm of the Arboretum. Free parking is available on event day at the Sir John Carling Building via Prince of Wales Drive.

It’s still not too late to register! You can sign up and collect pledges online at www.ottawahumane.ca/walkathon. Pre-registration takes place at the Arboretum on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Registration fees and generous support from our sponsors mean all pledges for the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon go to fund the care and shelter of 11,000 animals that come to the OHS each year.

For more information:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
Ottawa Humane Society
613- 725-3166 ext. 261

Thursday, September 10, 2009

OHS Pet of the Week: Egbert

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To commemorate Back to School time, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is sending each new animal adopted from its shelter during the month of September home with a back to school kit to help him or her start a new life off on the right foot. The kits are packed with tips on how to integrate an animal into a new home, and also contain extra goodies, like a collar and toys, to ensure the new relationship is fun as well as safe.

There are currently dozens of wonderful cats and dogs looking for new homes. Some have been at the shelter for several weeks already -- such as Egbert (A107131), a seven year old neutered male cat. To learn more, contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wiggle Waggle Walkathon pre-registration begins Thursday


IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon logo





The Ottawa Humane Society’s (OHS) 21st annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, hosted by Honorary Chair Chief Vern White of the Ottawa Police Service, takes place this Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Central Experimental Farm Arboretum. Pre-registration and kit pick-up begins tomorrow in the east at St. Laurent mall and in the west at PetSmart on Merivale Road.Save time and beat the crowds on walk day by pre-registering at one of the following sessions:

  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
         St. Laurent Centre, Spotlight Lounge
         *please leave your animal friends at home for this pick up location

  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
         PetSmart, 1851 Merivale Rd.

  • Saturday, Sept. 12, noon – 4 p.m.
         Central Experimental Farm Arboretum


Remember to bring your completed sponsor forms and pledges when you register. The registration fee is $25 per participant or $20 for those who have adopted a companion animal from the OHS.

If you haven’t already registered, it’s not too late! You can sign up and collect pledges online at www.ottawahumane.ca/walkathon. You can also download forms from the website, or pick up a registration form at the OHS or at area pet stores and veterinary clinics.

The Walkathon begins at 10 a.m. Participants can choose between 2 km and 5 km routes. Before the walk, enjoy refreshments and demonstrations, or visit the Pet Pavilion — featuring the latest in pet products and activities galore for kids in the Family Fun Zone. The day finishes off with contests and a fantastic array of prizes.

Free parking is available on event day at the Sir John Carling Building via Prince of Wales Drive.

Registration feed and generous support from our sponsors means all pledges for the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon go to support the care and shelter of 11,000 animals that come to the OHS each year.

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

Thursday, September 3, 2009

OHS Pet of the Week: Missy


Missy - photo by Serge Rivard


To commemorate Back to School time, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is sending each new animal adopted from its shelter during the month of September home with a back to school kit to help him or her start a new life off on the right foot. The kits are packed with tips on how to integrate an animal into a new home, and also contain extra goodies, like a collar and toys, to ensure the new relationship is fun as well as safe.

There are currently dozens of wonderful cats and dogs looking for new homes. Some have been at the shelter for several weeks already -- such as Missy (A104431), an eight year old spayed female cat. To learn more, contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.


Missy



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

OHS hosts back to school adoption promotion throughout month of September

September 1, 2009
For immediate release


It’s back to school time across the city, and to commemorate the change in season, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is sending each new animal adopted from its shelter during the month of September home with a back to school kit to help him or her start a new life off on the right foot.

The kits are packed with tips on how to integrate an animal into a new home, and also contain extra goodies, like a collar and toys, to ensure the new relationship is fun as well as safe.

There are currently dozens of wonderful cats and dogs looking for new homes. Some have been at the shelter for several weeks already and are eager to join new and loving families.

Among the terrific cats in need of a new home, is Paul, a 14-year-old neutered male. Paul’s a social guy, who would welcome the chance to live out his days cuddling in a warm lap, or perched in a windowsill watching the world go by. Senior cats like Paul make excellent companions, as older animals have developed personalities and are less likely to climb up your curtains or go fishing in your aquarium. Adopting a mature cat means you can avoid the demanding stages of raising a kitten and simply enjoy the many benefits of having a cat in your home.

Paul

Paul (A106931) is one of many cats currently available for adoption at the OHS.

The kits will only be available for adoptions completed at the Champagne Avenue shelter. For more information on the wonderful animals currently available for adoption, visit the OHS website at www.ottawahumane.ca.

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

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