Friday, October 29, 2010

Hamsters and hamsters and hamsters, oh my!

Introduced just 70 years ago, hamsters have become one of the most popular small pets. Frisky and fun to watch, hamsters tend to sleep during the day and play at night. Hamsters warm to human companions, but don’t welcome the company of their own kind. A single hamster can provide hours of enjoyment as you watch your pet frolic and stuff his or her cheeks with seed. An average life span is 2 years.

To adopt a hamster, contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or send them an email at,

Learn more about hamsters on the OHS website!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday Cuteness: Voltaire

Voltaire (A121180) says: "Play with me!"

This 2 year old orange and white tabby is currently at the OHS, waiting for a furrever family.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

'Howl-o-ween' Pet Safety Tips

While Halloween can be frighteningly fun for families, it can be too scary and potentially dangerous for pets. The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) recommends taking these precautions to help keep pets safe this Halloween:

Leave the family dog at home when while trick-or-treating. Even dogs that are normally sociable and relaxed may become difficult to handle during the noise and confusion of the festivities. If they get loose, they may dart into traffic or become lost. It's best to keep pets indoors, in a separate room of the house, so they don't slip out when the door is opened. It's especially important to keep black cats indoors during the period around the holiday, as they may be a target of pranksters.

Parents should keep their children away from strange animals. Animals are easily frightened at the sight of noisy, costumed children and may bite.

Use decorations with caution. Keep pets away from lighted pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.

Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Chocolate can be toxic to many animals including dogs, cats and ferrets. Wrappers can be dangerous too. Remember that any change in an animal's diet can cause digestive upset.

Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know s/he enjoys it. Confining costumes can cause stress and injury to pets if it restricts their movement, hearing or ability to breathe, bark or see. Small, dangling pieces may be chewed off and cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Never leave your costumed pets unsupervised.

Make sure your pets are properly identified. In case of accidental escape, a collar, tag and microchip are your best bet your animal will make it home. Frequently-opened doors provide a great opportunity for animals, especially cats, to run out of the house unnoticed. If you observe an animal in immediate distress or danger at Halloween or any time, please contact the OHS Emergency Animal Protection Services at 613-725-1532.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Zeus, a mellow German shepherd

Zeus (A031515) is a wonderful senior German shepherd mix. He is 9 years old and neutered. Don’t let his age fool you; he still has a lot of energy and spirit. Zeus needs an experienced owner and needs a home to call his own without any other canine companions. He would love a home with a family (children 8 years and older) who will give him the exercise he needs and desires. Zeus knows most of his commands already but would love to go to a refresher course to help him bond with his new family, and as a refresher course. Why not give an experienced and more mellow companion a chance at a wonderful new life?

To learn more about Zeus, contact the Ottawa Humane Society’s Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Update from Rolly

A big perk of working at the OHS is getting updates on the animals who’ve been adopted. The OHS staff works so hard to rescue, treat, and find homes for animals; it may sound trite, but all we wish for is for them to live happily ever after. When we receive letters and emails with updates, we know that – with your support – we’ve made a positive difference.

Rolly at the OHS in October 2009
Rolly the border collier / springer spaniel recently celebrated his second birthday. He arrived at the OHS last fall, lost and hungry. We couldn’t find his owners, so we had him neutered and tasked ourselves to finding him the perfect home. A few weeks later he found a new family to call his own! Last week the OHS sent him a birthday ecard to celebrate, and he replied with an update on his life after adoption.

He writes:

Hi, this is Rolly (the dog). Thank you for the birthday wish. I am doing wonderful and I get to do lots of running in the greenspace nearly every day!

Here are a couple pics of me.
One is when I was caught wearing my human's clothing, and the other is when there was a scary-ferocious animal standing behind me.
Have a barkingly-good day!

Thank you for the update, Rolly! We wish you many more happy birthdays!

Friday, October 22, 2010

OHS Pet of the Week: Jolie

Meet Jolie (A115765), a 2 year old spayed female cat. Just like the Hollywood superstar she's named after, she is glamorous and would be best for an owner who will lavish her with hugs and kisses. Jolie is affectionate, and refined. But don't be fooled by her calm, roll-over nature. She still enjoys a good game of "chase the string".

Jolie has been at the OHS since May. She is a "special needs" adoption because she needs eye medication when she gets stressed. She doesn't need it often, but this medication will not be covered by a pet insurance company as it's a pre-existing condition.

If you think you are the Brad to Jolie's "Angelina", come on down to the OHS to meet her, or contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ottawa Humane Society holds microchip clinic on Sunday, October 24

If your pet goes missing this fall, what are the chances it will find its way home? The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is urging animal owners 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 one of its regular microchip clinics this weekend at its Champagne Avenue location.

The clinic takes place as follows:

When: Sunday, October 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., by appointment only

Cost: $50 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

For media enquiries, contact:
Mandy Chepeka, Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261

Monday, October 18, 2010

Calling all rabbit fans: meet Caramel!

Hop Hop! Calling all rabbit fans! Meet Caramel (A122446), an energetic, 4 year old, male dwarf mix rabbit. He has beautiful brown and white colouring.

His previous family felt they could not offer him enough time. Did you know rabbits need at least two hours consecutively outside of their cage to run and exercise? And that is the bare minimum! Caramel would really benefit from someone with even more time to spend with him. Although he enjoys being in laps for short periods of time, he isn’t a big fan on being picked up, then again most rabbits aren’t.

Like any rabbit if left outside of his cage unsupervised he is likely to chew on things he shouldn’t, like wood, carpet and even wires! Wires represent one of the biggest dangers as a rabbit could potential zap himself. Ouch! It is important to "bunny proof" before bringing your new addition home.

His new cage also needs to be lined with either shredded paper, recycled newspaper pellets or other type of bedding, as Caramel is allergic to shavings.

To learn more about rabbits as pets, check out our online pet rabbit guide.  To adopt Caramel, contact us at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send us an email at

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thank you TELUS!

Thank you to our friends at TELUS who just donated over $6,000 to the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society! The gift was a combination of monies from individual TELUS employees and matched by the company. TELUS employees also volunteered at our shelter doing spring cleaning and TELUS has financially supported our humane education school program. Thank you TELUS for helping Ottawa's animals in so many ways!

OHS Pets of the Week: Feathered Friends

Cloud and her friends Piper, Pepper, Candice and Jessica are Zebra finches. These feathered friends like to chat with each other all day while flying around a roomy cage. Finches love to play with finch-appropriate toys and check out tasty treats (like broccoli and seeds). If you're looking for a group of perky pets, these Zebra finches may be for you. To learn more, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

Friday Fun: Every Home Needs a Harvey!

A cute ad from England for an advertising firm.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Alaska the Cat

Alaska (A117574) is a stunning five year old spayed female cat. Her eyes will captivate you the very first time you look into them. She gets along purringly with other feline friends here at the shelter. This laidback cat loves to listen! If you are looking for a quiet, sweet and affectionate young lady, she may be the feline friend for you. Please come to the Ottawa Humane Society to visit with her or contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Friday, October 8, 2010


This serene cat is Sappho, a 1 year old spayed female. She's currently on the prowl for her forever home. If you live in a feline-free environment and are thinking of adopting a cat, she may be the cat for you! She wants to the be centre of the "Cativerse" and bask in human attention. Sappho is currently for adoption at the OHS's adoption partner, the Petsmart in Kanata (255 Kanata Avenue).

It Takes a Long Time to Get This Sweet

You want a kitten? Aw, come on. Aren't you a little more discriminating?

Pets, like fine wine, improve with age.

Zena (A121212) is a 9 year old cat, currently waiting to be adopted.
When I think about all the dumb things I did as a kitten, I just want to meow with embarrassment! The chewing of computer cables. Knocking over potted plants. The unfortunate incident with that budgie, which is best not discussed.

But now I'm older and wiser. I maybe a little slower, but I'm also smarter and calmer and less likely to drive you crazy. I'm ready to be your friend and couch-mate, to share evenings in front of the fire.

I'll romp like a kitten sometimes, but not all the time. Believe me, that's something you'll appreciate at three in the morning.

So check out the kittens and the puppies, and then, when you're ready for a mature relationship, come back to me — or one of the older dogs. (They paid me to say that.)

I've got a lot of love left to give. Will you let me give it to you?

To learn more about any of the older adoptable animals currently available, contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or click on one of the Viewable Pets for Adoption links below.


This sweet kitty (who likes to ham it up for the camera) is Jolie, a 2 year old spayed female. Just like the Hollywood superstar she's named after, she is a queen in her own right and would be best for an owner who will lavish her with hugs and kisses. Jolie is affectionate, and regal enough to be past the "rip the curtains" kitten stage. But don't be fooled by her placid, roll-over nature: she still enjoys a good game of "chase the string".

Jolie has been at the OHS since May. She is a "special needs" adoption because she needs eye medication when she gets stressed. She doesn't need it too often, but this medication will not be covered by a pet insurance copmany because it's a pre-existing condition.

So if you think you are Brad to Jolie's "Angelina", come on down to the OHS to meet her, or contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Portia: a Gentle Giant

Meet Portia (A076867), a 4 year old spayed female Great Pyrenees mix. This gentle giant walks well on leash and loves to spend time outside. Best suited for homes with teenaged children and no cats, she’d love to run around in a large back yard. To meet Portia, drop by the Ottawa Humane Society or phone 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

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