Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sohpia and her tongue

People notice Sophia’s tongue before anything else. This sweet five year old spayed female Beagle doesn’t mind: she’s happy to for any type of attention! She loves long walks, playing fetch with her tennis ball, and – like all beagles – food! She gets along with other dogs but enjoys chasing cats and other small pets. To learn more about Sophia (A116658), contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mikah the Pretty Kitty

Mikah (A115408) is a very pretty feline who is 4 year old, spayed female and looking for a new home. She loves to spend her days relaxing in the home and looking out the windows, soaking up the sun. She loves to lounge. She has special kind of feline personality… she is conflicted when it comes to other animals. She prefers the company of adult humans who can understand her needs and preferences (children and elderly may have a difficult time dealing with her needs, e.g. not snuggling her or issues with trimming her nails).

Mikah refuses to share her space with other felines and being the princess she is, only likes attention when she asks for it. She likes all four paws on the ground unless she puts them elsewhere; like getting on the couch to sit next to you. She is a princess and should be regarded as such and deserves to be treated like one.

If you are looking for an independent feline who is just looking to spend the rest of her days in a comfy home, she may be just the feline friend for you! Contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Grooming Dryer for the New Building

A puppy and his five siblings are found abandoned in a crate. They've been left there for days. Three tiny kittens found in a garbage chute, treated as trash. These animals were fortunate to be found and make their way to the Ottawa Humane Society.

Besides immediate veterinary care and food, these little creatures needed baths. Baths aren't fun, but they are a neccessary part of proper animal care.

That's why we're asking for your help to purchase a grooming dryer for a new building. The grooming dryer helps animals at our shelter by drying them after baths and keeping them warm as they rest in their cages.

Help us help future animals: make a donation towards a new grooming dryer.

Rhonda the Gerbil: OHS Pet of the Week

What's cute, small, and active? Rhonda the Gerbil (A117367)! Gerbils make great pets as they are fun to watch. These busy critters love to dig, love to chew, and love to run in their wheels. Gerbils are social animals so they are best kept in same-sex pairs. The Ottawa Humane Society currently has twenty gerbils looking for new homes! To learn more about these fun small pets, contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or

PS: you can also read our gerbil care guide on our website, at

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Two Cat Photo Bloopers

Harley doesn't appreciate being woken up from a nap.

Luna would rather sharpen her talons than sitting pretty for the camera!

Animal Cruelty charges triple in last year

From Ottawa Sun
Animal cruelty investigations jumped 13% and the number of charges laid more than tripled in Ottawa in the last year

Read the Ottawa Sun's article.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Progress to date on the new building!

MP Lundy, our contractors, tell us that they are a few days ahead of schedule. Making it through the clearing and fill portion of the project was a relief, as even though tested, soils can differ only metres apart and this can be a risk for meeting budget. The costs of this phase were pretty close to bang on though. And now, most of the concrete footings are complete as well. Pouring the concrete pad will be the next phase, and this will be complex, as the pad will accommodate the many drains that are necessary in the facility.

The construction project is an important part of building a brighter future, but only your support for the campaign will make it happen.

Help us build a future for Ottawa's Animals

King Henry VIII

Considering adopting a guinea pig? We’ve have many at the shelter to choose from! One little fella who’s been here for two months is King Henry VIII (A116485). He is a 3 year old, American short hair guinea pig, with white, brown and black fur. He needs an owner that can give him love and affection. The average life span for guinea pigs is four to eight years. They need daily exercise and someone to play with them to keep them healthy and happy. Guinea pigs should be fed freely guinea pig pellets as well as timothy hay. Guinea pigs need lots of vitamin C in their diet: fresh daily vegetables are a must for these pets. If you feel like being a proud owner of a guinea pig, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Raccoon's Misadventures in a Raspberry Patch

Earlier this month I attended a call with OSPCA Agent Hammond. A hungry raccoon had been stealing raspberries from a garden, and accidentally got tangled in twine. Stuck there for several hours, the owner of the raspberries phoned the OHS to help the little guy.

In the middle of the thick bushes, I could see the juvenile raccoon resting on the ground. Despite his exhaustion, he let it be known he didn’t like people. Agent Hammond had to restrain him to be able to cut off the twine from his leg.

A few snips later, Agent Hammond freed his leg. He decided “enough is enough”, wiggled out of the restraint, and took off running. Hopefully he has learned to avoid raspberry patches!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gotti: OHS Pet of the Week

This handsome and energetic dog is Gotti (A114807), a year old, neutered male, English setter mix. Gotti defines active: he loves to play and run with people and other dogs. Gotti adores people so much that he sometimes knocks them over! This talkative guy has a heart of gold but needs to learn basic dog obedience. If Gotti sounds like the dog for you, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. or at

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wu: a Buddy & Belle animal profile

Meow! My name is Wu (A117621) and I am a six-month-old orange tabby kitten. One afternoon, not long ago, I was investigating the apartment where I lived, and got myself into a bit of trouble. I was exploring a high shelf when suddenly I lost my footing. So much for cats always landing on their feet! After the fall, I wasn’t able to use my back leg and was in a lot of pain. My owner knew that I needed help and took me to a clinic right away. Unfortunately, the costs for my treatment were too much for my owner to afford, so the vet suggested I go to the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) so they could help me. My owner agreed, and made the difficult decision to surrender me to the OHS so I could be treated.

I was really scared because not only was I hurting, but I didn’t know anyone at the OHS! Luckily, all of the staff were really nice, and they helped to ease my pain and make me feel comfortable. The veterinarian did a very thorough examination, and explained to me that I had fractured my femur (the bone between the pelvis and knee) and had completely ruptured my ACL (one of the important ligaments that connects the bones and the knee joint). The vet decided that the best treatment for me would be an amputation, as my leg would not heal properly given the extent of my injury.

I do feel a lot better since the surgery, I am currently resting in my foster volunteer’s home and getting all the attention I need to make sure that I get better as quickly as possible. I’ve been told as soon as the vet gives me a clean bill of health that I get to start looking for my new forever home. I’m so excited, I can’t wait!

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

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cars become ovens on hot days

Doug Hempstead of the Ottawa Sun sits in a car during an Ottawa heat-wave to illustrate how dangerous it can be -- for humans AND dogs!

If you see a dog left in a car on a hot day, call the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-1532.

OHS removes two dogs found in hot cars over past two days

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has removed two dogs found sweltering inside hot cars over the past two days.

OHS agents responded to a call about a dog left in a hot car at the Ottawa Hospital's General campus on Wednesday morning. The dog, a German shepherd mix, was spotted scorching inside a minivan with the windows cracked open a few centimetres. The outdoor temperature at the time was 31°C, and 41°C with the humidex. The temperature inside the car registered 44°C.

The agent was able to unlock the vehicle through the open window and rescue the dog, who was immediately cooled down inside the air conditioned OHS van, and driven back to the shelter for veterinary care.

OHS agents responded to another call about a dog in a car at the same campus of the hospital on Tuesday. The car had been parked in a parking garage, but was exposed to full sun. The dog was panting and vomiting, prompting the agent to remove the overweight Maltese mix, and rush it to the shelter for veterinary attention.

Since the beginning of June, the OHS has responded to more than 75 calls about dogs left in hot vehicles. Four dogs have been removed in that time, all belonging to owners residing outside of city limits.

"We're appealing to visitors to the city to leave their dogs at home," said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith. "If you're coming into town to run errands or visit someone at the hospital, do your pet a favour and don't bring him along."

With the current severe weather conditions, the temperatures inside a car can ratchet up to dangerous temperatures within minutes. Opening windows or even parking in shade does little to reduce the heat inside. Animals left in these conditions can suffer from brain damage, organ failure or ultimately death. The OHS advises all pet owners to leave their animals at home during hot weather, with access to plenty of water, in cool and shady spaces.

In both of this week's removals, the owners of the dogs claimed their animals after receiving warning tickets and paying associated removal fees. OHS agents have authority to remove animals in distress, under the authority of the Ontario SPCA Act, and lay charges. If you spot an animal inside a hot vehicle, please call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532 immediately.

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.

Photo by Jeremy Corby.

Pet of the Week: Peanut

This handsome white cat is Peanut (A117263), a six year old neutered male. He is a loveable feline who loves attention and being groomed. If you are looking for a social, affectionate kitty, he may be the purr-fect match for you!

Contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.cafor more information.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Get your pet microchipped: OHS holds microchip clinic on July 11th

If your pet goes missing this month, what are the chances it will find its way home? The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is urging animal lovers to take precautions by ensuring that if their dog or cat becomes lost, it has the best possible chance of a safe return — by implanting a grain-sized microchip offering permanent, lifelong identification.

The OHS is holding its first microchip clinic of the year this weekend at its Champagne Avenue location. The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, July 11
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
By appointment only
Cost:$50 (incl. GST) for each animal, $25 for each additional pet
Where:Ottawa Humane Society 101 Champagne Avenue South, just off Carling Avenue, one block west of Preston Street

Call the OHS at 613-725-3166, ext. 221 or e-mail to book your appointment today!

All proceeds will benefit the animals at the OHS. Animals should be in a carrier or on a leash. Owners should bring vaccination records and one piece of photo ID (for example, driver’s licence).
For more information, visit

Monday, July 5, 2010

Buddy & Belle animal profile: Mark

Meow! My name is Mark (A109928) and I am a year old. I was brought into the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) by one of its Emergency Animal Protection Services (EAPS) agents after I was hit by a car. My owners were not able to afford my care and hoped that the OHS might be able to help me.

When I arrived at the OHS the veterinarian did a thorough examination and decided that my leg would need to be amputated. He told me that during my surgery, I would also be neutered. I was pretty scared, but I the veterinarian assured me that I would adjust really quickly to having only three legs.

Boy was he right! My surgery went exactly as planned, and before I knew it, I was ready to start looking for my new forever home. I can’t wait for all the cuddles that will soon be coming my way!

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

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