Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ottawa Humane Society prepares for busiest day of the year

June 30, 2010
For immediate release

How can you help? Leave your pet at home!

With the annual Canada Day festivities just around the corner, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is preparing for its own traditional event — the busiest day of the year.

"Every Canada Day, we receive a flood of calls about lost animals, and we admit more animals on that day than any other of the entire year," says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director.

Part of the reason for the high admission is the annual fireworks show that happens in Ottawa. Almost all animals are terrified of fireworks, so the OHS recommends leaving your companion animal at home when you head out to the Hill, or to a neighbourhood celebration. "Even a well-trained dog can become spooked at the sound of fireworks and quickly bolt," says Mr. Roney. "Many, many animals turn up at the OHS each year because they panicked and ran away after hearing such loud noises."

Pets inside the home can also experience stress from the noise caused by fireworks and other loud celebratory noises. It's best to keep animals in a quiet room, with access to food and water, for a few hours during and after the fireworks to calm them down.

And should you choose to leave your animal with someone else this summer, make sure you provide that person with appropriate documentation (including an emergency number, letter of consent, past vet bills etc.). This proof of owner information will give your designated caregiver the authority to claim the animal on your behalf, should your pet become lost and turn up at a shelter.

By following these simple precautions, both you and your pet can enjoy safe summer celebrations.

Anyone who sees an animal in distress should contact the OHS Emergency Animal Protection Services immediately at 613-725-1532.

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

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