Monday, November 30, 2009

Breaking Ground: Local Radio Host Remembers Bono

BOB FM radio personality Sandy Sharkey is a long-time OHS supporter. In fact, she remembers standing in front of Ottawa LCBO outlets in the late 1980's to collect change when there were few other fundraising programs to help the animals at the OHS!


Last month, Sandy and her partner Rob decided to make a pledge to the campaign and chose to name one of the trees that will grace the new facility. The couple will be naming the tree in memory of Bono, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix adopted from the OHS in 1988. Bono passed away in 1994, but Sandy fondly remembers Bono and wanted to contribute to the campaign in his memory.












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BOB FM radio personality Sandy Sharkey at the 2009 Wiggle Waggle Walkathon.

"He was the perfect dog." says Sandy. "Bono was our best friend and companion, our lives together were filled with fun and adventure, endless road trips and hikes through woods and tall fields. Bono and I could sit together for hours just to watch the sun go down.We so loved our beautiful dog with the one floppy ear. I know first hand how much this community needs a new animal shelter. It is long overdue. We really wanted to support the campaign and remember the best dog in the world at the same time."


To learn how to create a legacy for you and your beloved pet, please visit our campaign website at www.breakingground.ca.

No Affiliation: OHS Statement on Toronto Humane Society

Like most Canadians, all of us at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) were horrified by news stories about the conditions at the Toronto Humane Society. We wish to assure our community that the Ottawa Humane Society is not affiliated with the Toronto Humane Society in any way.

The OHS is an independent not-for-profit and a registered charity, serving Ottawa’s animals. The OHS is governed by our own bylaws and a local board of directors. General information about our operating policies can be found on our website at http://www.ottawahumane.ca/faqs/faqs.cfm#22bb. Our bylaws, financial statements and position statements regarding animal care and welfare can also be found on our website at http://www.ottawahumane.ca/about/about.cfm.

We are all grateful that our provincial partner, the Ontario SPCA has intervened in this situation. The OHS has advised the OSPCA that we will help however we can.

Like everyone, we hope that, for the sake of Toronto’s animals the Toronto Humane Society will soon assume its responsibilities in a humane and professional manner.

Friday, November 27, 2009

OHS charges Ottawa women with animal cruelty in hoarding case

OTTAWA, Ont. (27 November, 2009) — Two Ottawa women have been charged with animal cruelty after 33 cats were removed from a Vanier apartment earlier this month.

On Nov. 26, Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) inspectors charged Nora Aubrey-Lafreniere, 51 and her daughter, Elissa Aubrey-Lafreniere, 30, for permitting distress to and not meeting the standards of care for animals in their possession. Inspectors had been investigating the occupants of the home since April, following up on complaints from both the City of Ottawa and members of the public about the number of animals housed in the property and concerns about the general care of those animals.

On Nov. 13, OHS investigators arrived at the Aubrey-Lafreniere home with a warrant. Upon entering the home, they found multiple cats in need of immediate veterinary care. There was an overwhelming smell of urine throughout the entire apartment building, and feces was found covering walls, furniture and ground into the carpet of the particular unit involved.

Most of the cats found in the home were not socialized to humans, and it was difficult for even trained animal handlers to approach them. Three cats escaped from the unit during the confiscation process. The investigators successfully removed 33 cats and transported them back to the OHS shelter.

Two adult dogs in good health remained behind after the inspector issued orders to clean up the unsanitary living conditions in the apartment. Those conditions were subsequently met and noted on a follow-up visit.

New provincial legislation has assisted OHS inspectors in this case, as they are no longer required to prove wilful neglect when laying charges.

"Animal hoarding issues are always extremely difficult," said Smith. "Hoarders are under the belief they are helping animals, but the sheer number of cats in this case meant providing appropriate and adequate care to all just wasn’t possible.

Only four of the cats are responding to medical treatment and are sufficiently socialized to be deemed suitable for re-homing. The rest of the cats were humanely euthanized to relieve suffering or because of extreme illness.

The Aubrey-Lafrenieres are expected to make their first court appearance on Dec. 17.

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

Fritz

Fritz 1


Hi, my name is Fritz and I am a 9 month old, neutered, Giant Schnauzer mix. My foster parents call me a gentle giant and everyone here at the shelter has to agree.

Fritz 3


I am looking for a family who has canine ownership experience, and are willing to work on building my confidence with both new people and new dogs.

I love the great outdoors so an owner who is ready to go on daily long walks is a must for me. And believe it or not I am not your average four legged canine, I am a tripod!

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Fritz shortly after he arrived at the OHS with a broken leg.



My three legs do not slow me down what so ever and my mind is even quicker. I just know I'll be a rock star at canine school, and I've already learnt a couple of commands during my stay with my foster parents.

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Fritz napping on the foster volunteers' dining room table!



Going to school will also help me come out of my shell with other dogs, as I am super polite in my approach but I can be a little shy at times. I just can't get enough of the outdoors so a home with a big backyard or country living is where I want to be.

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Fritz is ready to go for a truck ride!



I am looking for a family with older (12 years +) dog familiar children who can help me with my training. And if you have cats who like dogs, I'm a dog who likes cats, I was pretty good with my foster family's cats and I kind of miss them.



If I sound like the best dog for you, come down to the shelter today and meet me!

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


I am donating my status to Fritz, http://www.ottawahumane.ca/fritz, a dog at the Ottawa Humane Society who needs a new home.


Frederic: Photo Blooper

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While Frederic looks like a tough and mean rottweiler, this tail-wagging pooch loves to play ball and to play with other dogs. He gives the camera a big wink!


Frederic

OHS Pet of the Week: Pumpkin

Pumpkin the orange tabby


Pumpkin (A110149) is a handsome two year old neutered male orange tabby. Found hungry by a good Samaritan huddling for warmth under a barbecue, Pumpkin is now looking for a forever home. This cuddly guy is full of purrs, and loves to give head butts! If Pumpkin sounds like the purrfect cat for you, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Final weekend for pictures with Santa Paws!

November 25, 2009
For immediate release


Don't miss out on having your pet's photo taken with Santa this Christmas! The Ottawa Humane Society's annual "Pet Pics With Santa" wraps up this weekend at Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre. Bring your furry friend and receive a 4x6 digital photo in a special holiday frame.

Where and when…

Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre (Richmond and Carling)
  Friday, November 27 — 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  Saturday, November 28 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  Sunday, November 29 — 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa Paws
*Note: All animals must be on leash or in carriers.

Photos are $15 each or $10 for OHS-adopted animals. All proceeds will benefit the animals in need at the Ottawa Humane Society.

This is a great holiday memento that will make a difference in a shelter animal’s life!

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Boo Boo the Rabbit

Boo Boo


Calling all small animal fans… meet BooBoo (A108835), a handsome and happy-go-lucky 10 month old, neutered, Dutch Rabbit.

He was surrendered to the shelter by his previous family at the beginning of October, as they no longer had the time required to care for him.

He is playful and active and loves to be pet. When he was surrendered here, he was not overly fond of handling but he has become much more tolerant since his stay.

He went on Rogers Cable TV and did an excellent job! He is a natural born star!

If you have room in your home and heart for a cuddly and outgoing gent, come and take him today! We promise that he will keep you entertained for hours and hours!

Boo Boo in the Box



The photographer found Boo Boo to be quite curious and playful!  He hopped out of the desk-top photo studio and into a box containing posters and pamphlets!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Tails: Berkley

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I just wanted to thank all of the OHS staff for all their hard work. We adopted a kitty now known as Berkley a few months back. He had some pretty big shoes to fill as we had just lost our 17 year old boy shortly before we got him.

When we came to adopt Berkley the staff was excellent it was right near closing time, the minute we walked in the door we were greeted by your staff and brought directly to him.  So thank you so much for all your efforts, if it wasn't for you guys we would never had the opportunity to have such a great little guy in our lives.

Berkley


He is doing really well, he keeps growing and growing and we are wondering if he will ever stop. He's really smart and has learned to walk with me on a leash.

Berkley and Marley


Shortly after we got him a kitten was given to us. We weren't sure what he would be like with new friend.  I have never seen a male cat be such a good mom, he took the kitten under his "wing".  And to this day they are always found playing or sleeping together!

So big thanks to all of you guys, you do great work, keep it up!

Amy

P.S. I have also enclosed a picture of Berkley's outdoor play run: maybe it will give other people ideas to keep their kitties safe while letting them get a little fresh air.

Cat Run

Friday, November 20, 2009

Reminder… Santa Pet Pics this weekend!

Westgate Shopping Centre
• Friday Nov. 20 from 4–8 p.m.
• Saturday Nov. 21 from 10–4 p.m.
• Sunday Nov. 22 from 12–4 p.m.

The cost is $15 per picture; $10 for animals adopted from the OHS, and includes one mounted 4x6” photo!

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

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Paul

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Meet Paul (A106931), a handsome 14 year old cat at the Ottawa Humane Society. This still-spry guy has been patiently waiting for a new home since August. He loves to cuddle and nap.



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To learn more about Paul, contact the Ottawa Humane Society's Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or by email at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Willie and Millie: OHS Pets of the Week

Budgies


Willie and Millie (A109611 and A109613) are two of many budgies at the Ottawa Humane Society waiting for new homes. Friendly and affectionate, pet birds can provide endless hours of pleasure and companionship. Most budgies require training to learn to talk, but even without words, they can charm you. Budgies generally live up to twelve years. To learn more about these feathered creatures, contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Photo Bloopers

Toulouse can't keep his tongue in his mouth! 

Toulouse can’t keep his tongue in his mouth


Charlie really likes cookies!

Charlie jumps for a cookie

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

OHS Draw for the Warm Hearts Raffle

Warm Hearts


We are pleased to announce that OHS Warm Hearts Raffle tickets are available! Tickets are reasonably priced at $5 each or 5 for $20, and the prizes are terrific! The draw takes place on March 12 , 2010 (1 p.m. at the Ottawa Humane Society).









































First Prize: Cruise the Caribbean. Sail on Holland America’s Eurodam, oceanview cabin, 7 nights/8 days, departing Nov. 13, 2010 from Fort Lauderdale. Airfare, accommodation and taxes included. Value $3,000. Winner can claim consolation prize of $1,500 cash.
Second Prize: Trip for two to celebrate the holidays Las Vegas style at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo, Dec. 24-31, 2010. Airfare, accommodation and taxes included. Value $2,500. Winner can claim consolation prize of $1,250 cash.
Third Prize: Sony Bravia 40" 1080p LCD HDTV. Value $1,600.
Fourth Prize: HP Pavilion 17" Laptop Computer. Value $800.
Fifth Prize:$500 shopping spree from HBC (The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters)
Sixth Prize:Garmin Nuvi 765T Car GPS Navigation System. Value $400.
Seventh Prize:Sony 6" eBook R eader with Touchscreen. Value $400.
Eighth Prize:Canon PowerShot 12.1MP Digital Camera. Value $300.
Ninth Prize:Apple 32GB 3rd Generation iPod Touch. Value $300.
Tenth Prize:Sony Micro Hi-Fi Component System. Value $125.

How to obtain your tickets

  • Come to the OHS at 101 Champagne South and purchase in person, between Monday and Friday 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Call our ticket hotline to charge to your credit card: 613-725-3166 ext. 252

  • Download, print and mail a ticket order form!


12,000 tickets printed — City of Ottawa Licence No. M623083. Must be 18 years or older to participate in the lottery event.

Santa Paws is coming to town!

November 17, 2009
For immediate release


Don’t miss out on having your pet’s photo taken with Santa this Christmas! The Ottawa Humane Society’s annual “Pet Pics With Santa” starts this weekend at Westgate Shopping Centre and continues next weekend at Lincoln Fields. Bring your furry friend to either location and receive a 4x6 digital photo in a special holiday frame.

Where and when…

Westgate Shopping Centre (1309 Carling Ave.)  
  Friday, November 20 — 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  Saturday, November 21 —10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  Sunday, November 22 — 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre (Richmond and Carling)
  Friday, November 27 — 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  Saturday, November 28 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  Sunday, November 29 — 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa Paws
*Note: All animals must be on leash or in carriers.

Photos are $15 each or $10 for OHS-adopted animals. All proceeds will benefit the animals in need at the Ottawa Humane Society.

This is a great holiday memento that will make a difference in a shelter animal’s life!

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

Friday, November 13, 2009

OHS hopes to make Friday the 13th a lucky day for dog Rory

November 13, 2009
For immediate release


The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is hoping that Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for one of its longest-term residents. Rory is a two-year-old Pointer mix who has been at the shelter since the beginning of August. A lively boy, Rory’s looking for an energetic family who can provide him with the daily exercise he’ll need. Also a bit of an escape artist, clever Rory will need to be carefully supervised so he doesn’t wander from home.

Rory’s great with older kids who can keep up with his antics, and some training would help polish his manners. This happy, wiggly dog would be a wonderful addition to an on-the-go family.

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Rory’s a two-year-old Pointer mix who has been waiting for a new home for more than three months.


This week has already seen one long-awaited adoption, as Ripley, a dog who was at the shelter since July, finally found a forever home. Now it’s Rory’s turn.

To learn more about Rory, visit www.ottawahumane.ca/rory or call the OHS Adoptions Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

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

Skye: OHS Pet of the Week

Skye 1


Meet Skye (A109039), a 1.5 year old, neutered male Siberian husky mix. He is a very sweet and gentle boy who can be a little timid. A patient yet firm family who can help build his confidence is ideal. Despite only having three legs, he is very active! Skye knows most basic commands but needs a bit of practice, so would benefit from an obedience class. Skye loves other dogs -- and loves to chase cats! If you have room in your heart and your home for a pup like Skye, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

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Skye 3

Holiday Greeting Cards

Holiday greeting cards are available at the Ottawa Humane Society! They are six for $10 (plus tax). The packages contain three cards of the cat and three of the dog. All proceeds help Ottawa's animals.

Holiday Greetings - Cat


Holiday Card - Dog


THANK YOU to everyone who submitted an entry to the 2009 Holiday Photo Contest! The contest closed October 2nd.

In the spirit of this holiday season, select the link below for a festive overview of some of the submissions we have received.

View the slideshow!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It’s time for more photo bloopers!

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Jude

Meet Jude (A108252); a handsome and unique looking 10 month old blue point and white dwarf mix, male/ neutered rabbit.

Jude the Bunny Rabbit



He has been with the shelter since September and is looking for his new forever home with a warm lap to snuggle on and lots of room to exercise in. He loves attention, cuddles, playing and running around in a home environment.

Jude is used to children 13 and older and loves to be around children. His new owners will need to provide lots of attention and nutritious alfalfa hay for him, some pellets and a variety of veggies (appropriate for rabbits).

He a quick learner and is learning to use his litter box here at the shelter. If you have room in your life for a wonderful rabbit like Jude, please contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send an email!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Photo Bloopers

It's time for more photo bloopers!


Praline finds the flash to be too bright: 

Praline


While Fry seems surprised by the papparazzi:

Fry


And Zee Zee plays "you can't catch me" with the photographer!

Zee Zee

Friday, November 6, 2009

Finches and Budgies and Lovebirds, oh my!

the Birds


The Ottawa Humane Society currently has many feathered friends!  While we enjoy their songs and happy chatter, these delightful animals are in need of new homes.

To adopt a finch, budgie, or lovebird, contact the Adoption Centre by calling 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or send an email to adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Read our informational pamphlets to learn more about these pets!

Reminder: Craft Sale today and tomorrow!

Pasha in a Basket


The OHS Auxiliary is at the Carlingwood Mall today and tomorrow (from 12 - 9 pm) to raise funds for the Ottawa Humane Society.Their craft group produces a variety of high-quality handmade crafts geared towards animals (dogs coats, cat toys, etc.), humans (knitted baby sweaters and blankets, mitts, etc.), Christmas crafts, and many many more items.

If you can't make it this weekend, you can catch them at the following locations later on this month:

  • Elmvale Mall November 19th, 10 am to 9 pm

  • Westgate Mall November 26th and 27th, 10 am to 9 pm


Come and shop early for Christmas, yourself or your pet!

Breaking Ground: The Devil is in the Details

Architectural Plans


A lot of work is going into the details that will ensure the new facility is functional and serves the needs of Ottawa’s animals now and in the future. Decisions like locations for telephones and network connections, lighting systems and drains, and all the other particulars that make up a complex building will be important to consider now in order that the building remains a healthy and functional for years to come. OHS staff are busy researching and compiling this information to pass on to the architects.

“It’s amazing just how many details there are in a facility like this,” says OHS Executive Director Bruce Roney, who is coordinating the staff input. “It is important that we get this right, for the sake of future animals.”

The OHS is fortunate to be able to draw upon the experience of our colleagues at the Edmonton and Winnipeg Humane Societies which opened new shelters three months and two years ago, respectively.

To learn more about Breaking Ground, our new building campaign, please visit our Breaking Ground website!

Chunk: OHS Pet of the Week

Chunk the beagle


Chunk (A108917) is a five month old, neutered male, beagle mix. He is a sweet and playful boy with a bit of a stubborn streak! Typical of his breed, his nose can get him into occasional trouble. He loves to chase squirrels -- and cats! With some basic obedience and an experienced owner, Chunk can blossom into a wonderful family pet. As he's a bit noisy and active, he is best suited for a home with no close neighbours and sturdy, older children. If you are looking for a new, faithful friend, Chunk may be the pooch for you! Contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 for more information.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

OHS promotes benefits of bird and small animal adoption this November

November 4, 2009
For immediate release


Fall is typically the time when birds fly south in search of warmer climates. The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is hoping that many of its birds currently available for adoption will also find a warm place to stay this fall, courtesy of a month-long promotion highlighting the benefits of birds as pets.

Birds make fascinating companions. With their colourful plumage and melodic songs, birds can provide hours of entertainment for doting owners. They require a cage large enough to allow for exercise and flight, perches and toys to provide stimulation and a diet that includes seeds, nuts, fresh greens and fruit. Many birds are compatible in pairs, and in fact are happier living with a bird buddy. So, during the month of November, consider adding two finches, budgies or lovebirds to your family!

Blueberry the Budgie


Blueberry, a nine-month-old male budgie, is currently available for adoption at the OHS.


If birds don’t strike your fancy, the OHS has many small animals — including rabbits, guinea pigs, and rats — also looking for new homes. During the month of November, adopt one of these friendly pals and receive 25% off the adoption fee!

To see and learn more about these feathered and furry friends, 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

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Photo Bloopers

Photographing animals can be challenging.  While all the animals at the OHS are beautiful creatures, sometimes they don't cooperate.

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Such as Luanne (A109215).  This pretty girl was more interested in making faces at passers-by than to smile pretty for the camera!

Luanne 2


Aurora 1


Aurora (A109643) did a little last minute preening before posing the photographer.

Aurora 2


 A big thank you to OHS volunteer Serge for sharing his photos.

Santa Paws is Coming to Town!

Have your favourite furry friend to pose with Santa at one of our Santa Pet Pics events.  All proceeds go to help the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society!



Santa Pet Pics 1Dates and locations


Westgate Shopping Centre



  • Friday Nov. 20 from 4–8 p.m.

  • Saturday Nov. 21 from 10–4 p.m.

  • Sunday Nov. 22 from 12–4 p.m.


 Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre



  • Friday Nov. 27 from 4–8 p.m.

  • Saturday Nov. 28 from 10–4 p.m.

  • Sunday Nov. 29 from 12–4 p.m.


Details

  • The cost is $15 per picture; $10 for animals adopted from the OHS

  • Includes one mounted 4x6” photo


Photos will also be available digitally through ZoomPhoto! Visit ZoomPhoto's website to purchase your digital photo!

Do want to find out more?


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

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