Thursday, December 16, 2010

Puppy abandoned in box at toboggan park finds shelter at Ottawa Humane Society

A tiny Dachshund — cold and shivering — was discovered by a woman and her daughter in their neighbourhood toboggan park Tuesday evening in -12º C temperatures. They immediately brought the three-month-old puppy to the Ottawa Humane Society, where staff quickly dubbed her Noelle.

Noelle, the three-month-old abandoned Dachshund discovered in park.
Shocked and upset, the mother and daughter had no idea how the puppy got there. Fortunately, other than being frightened, the puppy appears to be in good health and spirits, despite its exposure to the cold and lack of food and water.

"Since the puppy seems well cared for, the owner may have been overwhelmed or felt they got more than they were bargaining for," says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. The OHS emphasizes the importance of people doing their homework before bringing an animal into their home. "Owners need to ask questions and plan ahead — that's the beginning of responsible pet ownership," says Roney.

Noelle is being cared for at the OHS shelter. If no owner comes forward, she will be assessed, sterilized, and placed for adoption.

Each year, the OHS takes in thousands of stray or abandoned animals. Unfortunately, not all are discovered right away and in winter, they are at risk for frostbite, dehydration, exhaustion and worse if they are not rescued quickly. The OHS admits and cares for approximately 11,000 animals each year, in a shelter designed to accommodate 2500.

"Lucky for this puppy she was brought to us right away and now has a second chance at finding a home where she'll receive the love and care she deserves," adds Roney.

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.

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