Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cat days of summer at the Ottawa Humane Society

You wouldn't know it's the dog days of summer at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS), where it's jam-packed with cats looking for new homes.

With almost 300 cats in the building, there are many, many terrific cats available for adoption. The OHS website ( currently boasts profiles of more than 70 cats in need of a new, forever home. The cats are available for adoption at the Champagne Avenue shelter, or through one of the OHS pet store adoption locations.

With more and more cats arriving at the OHS each and every day, some lost, others abandoned or given up, the sheer number of animals poses problems in the already-cramped shelter. Cat cages line nearly every hallway, and many cats have to make do with smaller rabbit cages because there is simply no other option.

The real push is to find new forever homes for these cats as quickly as possible. As soon as a cat is adopted, another moves to the Adoption Centre to take its place. Many cats, like Heidi, have been waiting a long time for a second chance. Heidi arrived at the shelter in April as a stray. This loveable tortie gets along well with other felines, so she would be a great addition to a cat-friendly family.

Summer can be a great time to welcome a new cat to your home, as work schedules are often relaxed and more members of the family are around to help the animal become acclimatized.

Heidi is a year-old cat who has been searching for a new home since April.

For more information on the great selection of cats available, or to learn more about the easy adoption procedure, visit, or call the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

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