Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bianca and Francine

Francine is a beautiful 4 year old, short haired, spayed female; Bianca is a stunning 3 year old, long haired, spayed female. They are a loving and affectionate pair of felines.

Bianca (A121950) and Francine (A121949) are looking for a home together preferably. They are the best of friends and sleep, eat and groom each other all day long. They are a quiet pair looking for some sunshine to lounge in. They love to just watch the world go by.

Do you have room in your heart and your home for these two feline companions? Visit them here at the shelter today to see if they are the felines your life is missing, or contact us at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Reminder: Santa Photos and Craft Sale this weekend!

Santa Paws is Coming to Town
Bring your favourite furry friend to pose with Santa. All proceeds go to help the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society!

Fees: $15 ($10 for OHS adopted animals)

Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre
Friday, November 26 4pm - 8pm
Saturday, November 27 10am - 5pm
Sunday, November 28 12pm - 4pm

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

Santa Photos at the Rideau Centre
Rideau Centre, 2nd Level at Eaton Court, every Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 1pm, and 2pm - 4pm until December 19th

All proceeds donated to the Ottawa Humane Society.  (No pets please.)

The Annual Seasons Greetings Craft and Gift Show
This craft and gift show is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Humane Society.

November 27 and 28
10am - 4pm

Stittsville Arena
10 Warner-Colpitts Lane

Dexter's Den Pet Photo Shoot
Dexter's Den and Denis Rule Photography are excited to offer Holiday Pet Photographs November 28th at Dexter's Den. Have your best friend professionally photographed in time for Christmas! Photo printing being donated by Black's. All proceeds are being donated to the Ottawa Humane Society.

Sunday, November 28, 2010 12 - 4pm
3500 Fallowfield Road, Ottawa
5 x 7 Print: $9.99

Book early as time slots are limited!  For more information see http://www.dextersden.ca/.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Twiggy: a very special dog!

You may have seen this sweet dog on our website over the past few months. Twiggy, a sweet and very gentle tan and white Pitbull mix, arrived at the Ottawa Humane Society on April 4, 2010. She has been staying at a foster volunteer’s home while we look for a home for her.

Twiggy,is a grandfathered dog under Ontario’s Dog Owners Liability Act (DOLA), sometimes referred to as the “pitbull ban”,which means she can continue to live in Ontario as long as certain conditions are met:

• She wears a muzzle (preferably a comfortable cage muzzle, see www.ottawahumane.ca/your-pets/muzzle.cfm) when in public.
• Lives in a home with a fully fenced-in back yard.

Twiggy deserves a second chance. Below is the full write-up on her behaviour and her needs. If you think you’re the perfect match for this tail-wagger, contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

We need 100 chairs for our new classroom!

When designing our new building we knew we needed and wanted a classroom!  This classroom will be used for many different purposes, such as: pre-adoption classes, humane education, dog obedience training, children's camps, birthday parties, fundraisers and more. This classroom allows us to not only serve our community better, but to be more self-sufficient.

One important aspect of the classroom is the chairs. They need to be sturdy and comfortable!  We plan on ordering 100 of them; each classroom chair is $65.  You can help us by buying a chair or two. This special gift will help us with our community outreach and humane education programs.

Click here to purchase a chair!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wish List Item: Receiving Blankets

Injured, cold cat warming up under receiving blankets.
If you've checked out our Wish List you may have scratched your head over this item: receiving blankets. I can imagine your thoughts: "Receiving blankets? Why would the animal shelter need receiving blankets? Aren’t those for babies?"

While receiving blankets are designed and sold for human babies, they make perfect, snuggly beds for the cats at the OHS! They fold perfectly into the cats' Hide and Perch boxes, and they launder extremely well.

So if you want to give us the purr-fect gift, we will gladly accept receiving blankets for our feline friends!

Charlie the Beagle: OHS Pet of the Week

Meet Charlie (A122166) an 8 year old, male/neutered, Beagle mix looking for a new home. He needs an experienced owner who can help him come out of his shell and see the world in a positive way.

True to his nature and breed, Charlie needs all his daily activities to be on leash, as he tends to follow his nose. He has the typical beagle bugle and enjoys using it to voice his opinion. Because of this, Charlie is looking for a home without shared walls. He also seems to enjoy the family life as he likes receiving attention from children he meets at the shelter. Charlie doesn’t mind respectful dogs but has no real interest with playing with them. He prefers the company of humans!

Are you willing to give an old man a second chance? Then come down to shelter and meet him today, or contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send an email to adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Ottawa Humane Society holds microchip clinic on Sunday, November 28

If your pet goes missing this winter, 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:

Sunday, November 28
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
By appointment only

$50 (incl. GST) for each animal, $25 for each additional pet

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 microchip@ottawahumane.ca 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 http://www.ottawahumane.ca/.

Monday, November 22, 2010

OHS Warm Hearts Raffle is back!

Warm Hearts

Tickets: $10 each (3 for $25)

1ST PRIZE:Cruise the Caribbean. Sail on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. Ocean view cabin, 7 nights/8 days. Departs Nov 13, 2011 from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Includes taxes, airfare from Ottawa, transfers and 1 night hotel. Value $4,500. Winner can claim consolation prize of $2,000 cash.
2ND PRIZE:Miami – party on South Beach! Solana Surfside, Surfside Florida. Includes taxes, airfare from Ottawa and 7 nights/8 days accommodation May 14-21, 2011. Value $3,900. Winner can claim consolation prize of $1,500 cash.
3RD PRIZE:Las Vegas - Celebrate New Year’s 2011 “Vegas style” at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo, Dec. 30, 2011 to Jan 6, 2012. Airfare, accommodation and taxes included. Value $3,800. Winner can claim consolation prize of $1,500 cash.
4TH PRIZE:Calabogie Ski Resort – Celebrate New Year’s 2011 with a ski holiday Dec. 30, 2011 to Jan 6, 2012. Includes accommodation and taxes. Value $1,500. Winner can claim consolation prize of $750 cash.
5TH PRIZE:Apple 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G. Value $780.
Draw:March 11, 2011 (1 p.m. at the Ottawa Humane Society)

Download and print the Warm Hearts ticket order form (PDF)
Download the Warm Hearts poster (PDF)

7,000 tickets printed — City of Ottawa Licence No. M667571
Must be 18 years or older to participate in the lottery event.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Craft Sales

The OHS Auxiliary will be holding a series of Craft Sales this fall to raise funds for the Ottawa Humane Society. The craft group produces a variety of high-quality handmade crafts geared towards animals (dog coats, cat toys, etc.), humans (knitted baby sweaters, blankets, jewelry, etc.), Christmas crafts and many more items. Come and shop early for Christmas, yourself or your pet!

The craft sales will be held at the following locations:

  • Westgate Shopping Centre (1309 Carling Ave) November 18th & 19th, 10 am to 9 pm
  • Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre (2525 Carling Ave) November 26th, 9:30 am to 7 pm
  • Holy Cross Church (685 Walkley Rd) December 5th, 9 am to 1 pm

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bella's Story

Bella did her job... now help us do ours: help the Ottawa Humane Society find Bella a home.

Bella the morning after her seven pups were born.
Mama beagle Bella arrived at the Ottawa Humane Society in September – a pregnant, sick stray. She gave birth to seven puppies, five of which survived and were quickly adopted out to loving forever homes.

This three-year-old polite, affectionate beagle was nursed back to health following a bout of kennel cough, dental surgery, spaying and vaccinations. As much as she adores the attention lavished on her at the OHS, she really wants the love and comfort of a family of her own for Christmas. That’s the Christmas wish of OHS staff too – to see Bella welcomed into the hearts and home of a compassionate, caring family very soon!

(Another way to help Bella is to donate $10 or $20 towards her medical bill. Visit Bella's online profile on the OHS' Buddy and Belle fund page to learn more.)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Santa Paws is coming to town!

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 19 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 20 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 21 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre (Richmond and Carling)
Friday, November 26 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 27 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 28 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Elmvale Mall (1910 St. Laurent Blvd.)
Saturday, December 4 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*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!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

OHS satisfied with guilty plea in animal cruelty case involving death of two cats

Charles Hogg, 67, pled guilty to one charge of cruelty after OHS inspectors charged him in July with failing to provide adequate food and water to two cats in his care, and for permitting distress to animals. Mr. Hogg was fined $750, received two years probation, was ordered to pay $50.00 restitution to the Ottawa Humane Society, and may only keep three remaining cats on the conditions that they are health checked by a veterinarian and that the OHS be allowed to randomly check on the cats and their living conditions.

An OHS emergency agent was called in July to a residence belonging to Mr. Hogg and discovered the bodies of the two cats. The stench of urine, feces and decomposing flesh was pervasive. Unopened cans of cat food were found in the residence, which did not have electricity. The only water source was a stagnant toilet. Mr. Hogg had allegedly not been living at the residence for more than a month.

"It's gratifying to see the court issue a fair sentence. It sends a clear message that pet owners are responsible for their animal's welfare at all times, including when they're away for any length of time," said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith.

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.

A word about the Ottawa Humane Society
The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. The Society works in and with the community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions, and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray, or homeless.

Pets of the Week: Custard and Friends

Any hammie experts looking for a new hammie to love? Meet Custard (A124221) one of a dozen hamsters right now at the Ottawa Humane Society. Custard is a 3 month old, male, Syrian Hamster looking for a new forever home.

It is extremely important for any of the hamsters to get a home with a family willing to socialize them every day. Hamsters that are not handled every day can grow to become fearful of their family and may wish not be handled.

Hamsters need an appropriate cage of size and design for them. Trying to avoid plastic could be key as they are heavy chewers. Providing appropriate dental treats and toys will not only help prevent boredom but also allow the hamsters to naturally file their teeth down. Hamsters teeth consistently grow so for health reason and comfort, dental items are a must for any hamster.

For nutrition make sure to choose a diet that is nutritionally balanced with pellets and/or seeds. Younger hamsters and dwarf hamsters will require seeds in their diets but regular adult Syrians like our Custard need 90% of their diet to come from pellets.

Are you ready for a pocket sized love ball? Then come down to the shelter and meet him and his friends today, or phone our Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Make a difference for Jojo, and animals like her

The Ottawa Humane Society's Buddy and Belle fund pays for much needed medical care for very injured stray animals. Read Jojo's story then help her -- and other animals like her who deserve a second chance -- by making a donation.

Woof! My name is Jojo (A118324) and I am an eight-month-old yellow Labrador mix puppy. My story with the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is shrouded in mystery. I was brought to the OHS as a stray, covered in what looked like road rash and a skin infection. I tried to explain what had happened to me, but no one seemed to understand my barks and woofs! Luckily, I looked worse than I felt, and was in good spirits and still had my healthy appetite.

The veterinarian did a thorough examination to make sure I had no broken bones. Other than my skin problems, I was in pretty good health! The vet determined that what looked like road rash was likely burns and covered 75% of my body.

The large areas on my skin were very itchy, however, and as I scratched, I began to develop an infection. The vet prescribed prednisone, a corticosteroid, which she explained would help my inflammation. She also gave me an antibiotic to help treat my infection.

I am currently resting with an OHS foster volunteer, who is keeping a close eye on my wounds and providing me with the necessary daily treatments, including cleaning and applying cream to my wounds. Regardless of my history, I am keeping a positive attitude and am having lots of fun playing with my foster volunteer’s dogs and her daughter!

Please help Jojo, and other animals like her in need of emergency animal treatment, by making an online donation on our website.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 8 – 13 is Animal Shelter Appreciation Week!

Celebrate the lifesaving work of the Ottawa Humane Society

Join the Ottawa Humane Society in observing Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, November 8-13. The compassionate and dedicated staff at the OHS provides crucial services to the community and to the more than 11,000 animals that come to the OHS every year.

In addition to providing food, shelter, veterinary care and comfort to animals in need, OHS employees adopt animals into responsible, loving homes; protect pets from disease and abuse; and offer advice and guidance to the people in our community 365 days a year—all with no government funding.

The OHS recognizes the important work of all its employees. Here are a few examples:

Iona Guindon-Carson, registered Veterinary Technician. Many of the OHS staff bring the neediest foster animals into their own homes because they simply can't wait for foster placement to become available, or none exists to meet the animal's extensive health needs. Iona recently opened her heart and her home to care for an abandoned, pregnant beagle, Bella, and her litter of six pups. Without Iona's care, the outcome for Bella and her puppies may not have been good, since both mum and pups were dangerously ill with kennel cough, requiring round-the-clock care and monitoring for several weeks.

Michelle Tribe, Communications Coordinator. In addition to her regular work, Michelle is an expert photographer, taking all of the fabulous photos of our animals and events seen in community newspaper Pet-of-the-Week profiles, Flickr, the OHS website, and on our animal adoption bulletin board. Thanks to Michelle's great photos, many of our harder-to-place animals found their forever homes that much faster.

Ashley Dacey, Customer Service Representative. Ashley volunteered her time to coordinate the Christmas morning delivery of very special pets who reached their forever homes and loving families on Christmas day. The program created community awareness of the wonderful animals available for adoption at OHS.

The OHS thanks these special people and all of our employees, as well as the Ottawa community for their continued support, and reminds everyone that we are always in need of donations. Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a "purrfect" opportunity to help. Show your appreciation to OHS staff by sending an email to ohs@ottawahumane.ca, or posting a note of appreciation on Facebook or Twitter. Please consider making a financial contribution through our website http://www.ottawahumane.ca/ or donate Wish List items for the animals.

Iona and Bella
Ottawa Humane Society Registered Veterinary Technician, Iona Guindon-Carson with Bella.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rachel's Story

Looking for a princess? We have the lady for you! Meet Rachel (A120015), an 11 month old, spayed female, black and white domestic shorthair cat. Rachel’s very first birthday is coming very soon and how wonderful would it be if she could spend that first birthday in her new home? She arrived at the OHS in August via our animal emergency department, as she was found as a stray with a big injury in her stomach. It took some time for the treatments to heal her, but now she is fit as a fiddle!

While Rachel is a super-sweet cat, when you first meet her she can come across as a little shy and stand-offish. She very much prefers to come to you when she is ready: all she really wants is a nice warm lap to curl up on. Because she came to us as a stray her previous life is unknown but we have noticed that her favourite past time at the shelter is looking out the window. Do you have an empty window sill that needs a cat? Then come down to the shelter to meet Rachel, or contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Buddy & Belle animal profile: Gunner

Gunner when he arrived at the OHS.
Meow! My name is Gunner (A114700) and I am a four-year-old black and white shorthaired domestic cat. I had a painful injury to my left eye when I was found by a concerned member of the public who brought me to the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS).

The OHS veterinary team found that I was suffering from an entropion of the eyelid, meaning my lower eyelid was turning directly towards the surface of the eye, causing me discomfort. The rubbing can result in tearing, crusting of the eyelid, discharge, irritation of the cornea and impaired vision.

I was given medication to control my pain, and the veterinarian explained to me that I would have to undergo surgery to eliminate the risk of corneal scarring, infection or loss of vision.

Gunner after his surgery.
Unfortunately, while I was recovering from my surgery, I contracted an upper respiratory infection (URI), which is a bad cat cold. I was given more medication and lots of attention to make sure I was recovering properly. After nearly two months of being treated by the staff at the OHS, I was finally ready to look for my forever home.

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

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pet of the Week: Audrey the Husky

Weak hearts beware! Audrey (A120474) is the sweetest and most loving husky ever. She is an 8 year old, female spayed, Siberian husky type dog. She came to the shelter as a stray so her previous life is unknown to us, but she behaves like a typical husky! She is very sweet and can be a little shy when meeting strangers.

Audrey likes her independence and going about her day on her own. She is looking for a quiet home environment but with family members who are going to take her out for a lot of on-leash outdoor activities. She loves to hang out with other dogs but not so much with cats.

Audrey is a Special Needs dog as she has some special medical issues.

If you are interested in finding out more about Audrey please contact the shelter to learn more about her: 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

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