Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Job Opportunity: Part time OSPCA Agent

OSPCA AgentAre you looking for a career change?  The Ottawa Humane Society has a job opening for a part-time Ontario SPCA agent.  It's a fast-paced, challenging job that requires excellent people skills and the ability to work with a wide range of animals.  OSPCA agents are responsible for investigating animal cruelty and neglect allegations; providing emergency response for animals in distress; and providing public education toward the prevention of cruelty and neglect. 

For a full job description and the job application form, visit our Job Opportunities page!

Monday, March 29, 2010

FurBall raises $175,000 for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society

March 29, 2010
For immediate release

FurBall 2010


Close to 320 guests dined, danced and helped raise $175,000 for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society's 6th annual FurBall, held Saturday night at the National Gallery of Canada. The evening's tally surpassed the organization's fundraising goal for the event and will go a long way to helping over 11,000 animals in the coming year.

"We're so grateful for the support of our FurBall guests," said Bruce Roney, executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS). "The animals in our community will have a much brighter future thanks to their generosity."

Shoulder pads, big hair and retro ‘80s music helped set the tone for the evening's Dynasty theme, while guests sipped on cocktails named after characters from the famous television series. A sumptuous menu from KW Catering and spirited entertainment from Deborah Davis & Segue to Jazz rounded out the festivities.

Auctioneer Jim Watson prompted guests to open their wallets for the animals, with paintings from Ottawa artist Philip Craig, a five-day trip to St. Croix and group dinners at the Greek and British embassies fetching top dollars. The IAMS celebrity pet bowl auction featured customized bowls decorated by Sarah McLachlan, Elizabeth Manley, and Hilary Swank, among others. Minister John Baird painted a bowl in memory of his late cat, while honorary chair, Mrs. Laureen Harper, donated a photograph she took of trees in Gatineau Park for the evening's silent auction.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261
(613) 277-3125 cell

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pepper (A112051)

While our friends at CTV Ottawa are still without a studio, please enjoy our homemade pet of the week video, featuring Pepper the shy yet loveable cat!

Mrs. Laureen Harper to welcome guests at 6th annual FurBall

OTTAWA HUMANE SOCIETY MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
March 25, 2010
For immediate release


FurBall 2010
Ottawa Humane Society

Laureen Harper, honorary chair of the 2010 FurBall, will welcome guests to the 6th annual Ottawa Humane Society event on Saturday night.

Media are invited to attend during the cocktail hour.














Date:Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time:6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location:National Gallery of Canada

Many well-known names will contribute to this year's Iams Celebrity Pet Bowl Auction at the FurBall, including members of Canada's gold-medal-winning Olympic Women's Hockey Team, skater Elizabeth Manley, artist Sarah McLachlan and more!

This year's Dynasty-themed FurBall will feature exquisite cuisine, stylish entertainment and 1980's inspired decor. Last year's event raised $155,000 for animals in our community.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261
613-277-3125 cell

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Caramel: a sweet and affectionate rabbit

Caramel


Hello friends… meet Caramel (A096697)! She is a beautiful 3 year old, spayed Rex Rabbit, looking to be the newest member of your family. Caramel has a coat that feels like velvet; so if you want a pet that will enjoy lots of cuddles and snuggles, she’s your girl! She has a history of enjoying being handled by children and living with other pets.

Caramel is very friendly, calm and relaxed. She recently went out on a Brightening Lives visit and she enjoyed visiting with her new friends. Caramel is a sweet and affectionate little lady, waiting for you to take her home! To adopt Caramel, visit the OHS, send us an email or call us at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Have Stuntman and the Shark Broadcast LIVE from your house!

BOB FMStuntman and The Shark are having an auction to raise money for the Ottawa Humane Society. 

And the auction prize... Stuntman Stu and Sandy Sharkey will take their morning show to the top bidder's house! At a mutually agreed-upon date (could be sometime this spring, or summer) Stu and Sandy will show up with the broadcast team and do the 93.9 BOB-FM "Stuntman and the Shark" radio show, 5:30-9 a.m., from the top bidder's living room, or backyard, or whatever!

There are only TWO DAYS LEFT of the auction!  For more information on how to place a bid, visit 93.9 BOB FM's website!

Stuntman Stu and the Shark on BOB FM

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ottawa Humane Society holds microchip clinic on Sunday, March 28

March 23, 2010
For immediate release


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 one of its regular microchip clinics this weekend at its Champagne Avenue location. The clinic takes place as follows:













When:Sunday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only
Cost:$45 (incl. GST) for each animal, two for $85, three for $125 and four for $165
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 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 www.ottawahumane.ca.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

Friday, March 19, 2010

OHS welcomes another guilty plea in animal cruelty case of injured husky

March 19, 2010
For immediate release


The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is welcoming another guilty plea in an animal cruelty case involving a young husky that was thrown against a table, resulting in serious and permanent injuries for the animal.

On March 18, Amr El Bardawil, 19, and Hamoun Mahabadi, also 19, both pled guilty to causing distress to and failing to provide adequate care and medical attention to a three-year-old husky called Faith. Mr. Bardawil was charged on Jan. 28 after he admitted to picking up the dog after it urinated on the floor of his apartment, and throwing it approximately six feet in the air, after which it landed on a coffee table.

Mr. Mahabadi was also charged, after he took the dog from Mr. Bardawil's apartment, and kept it in his garage for approximately 48 hours before taking the dog to a veterinarian. The dog was subsequently turned over to the OHS after Mr. Mahabadi refused to pay for treatment.

When Faith arrived at the OHS, she was unable to walk or stand, and had severe difficulty in moving her head and neck. She received immediate attention to ease her pain, and was then moved to OHS foster care where she was regularly monitored and treated by a veterinarian. She will have life-long balance and walking issues as a result of the nerve damage she sustained in the attack.

Mr. Bardawil was sentenced to a $1,000 fine and a five-year prohibition on owning animals, having care, custody or control of them, or living with any animal. Mr. Mahabadi received a $250 fine.

"This was one of the most disturbing cases we've ever dealt with," said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith. "Unfortunately, the animal involved will never be able to function normally again, but yesterday's guilty pleas do provide some justice for her."

Faith has since been adopted into a new and loving home, with owners who will be able to care for her on-going needs and care.

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.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

Filling in for CTV’s Pet of the Week

You may have noticed the absence of OHS pet of the week spots on CTV Ottawa’s news at noon for the past several Fridays. Since our friends at CTV moved locations from their former studios, broadcast space in their new digs has been limited. We’re hopeful the spots will resume soon, but until then, please enjoy our own homemade pet of the week profile, featuring loveable dog, Squirt!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Buddha: OHS Pet of the Week

Buddha


Buddha (A71678) is a lovely three year old neutered male cat with a mind of his own. This active cat is very playful and full of energy. While independent, he does enjoy spending time with human companions… on his own terms! To learn more about Buddha, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Make this green-eyed cat your ‘pet’ of gold at the end of the rainbow


Pepper the green eyed cat




Only a few hours left to make Pepper your lucky charm this St. PAWtrick's Day!

Last chance to have your pet photographed with the Easter Bunny

Bunny Snaps 2010


March 17, 2010
For immediate release


The Easter Bunny is coming to town — but he's leaving soon! Join the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) at Westgate Shopping Centre Friday and Saturday to have your children's and pets' photo taken with the Easter Bunny. It's your last chance to pose for pictures and help the animals at the same time.

Date and times...

WESTGATE Shopping Centre
Friday, March 19 from 1 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $15 per photo ($10 if the animal was adopted from the OHS).

All proceeds will benefit the animals at the OHS. Animals should be in a carrier or on a leash.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Make Pepper your lucky charm this St. PAWtrick’s Day!

Pepper A112051


Pepper is a precocious five-year-old cat who came to us in January. She was exceptionally timid when she arrived, and hid in her cage, frightened of visitors.

In an effort to ease her stress, we moved her away from our crowded adoption room and placed her upstairs in our quieter office area. She was still nervous, and it took her a while to warm up to our staff as we stopped to chat on our way down the hall. Eventually, Pepper came out of her box, and would happily respond to head scratches and gentle pets. Now, Pepper's a loving, social girl who eagerly takes in all the attention we can heap on her.

Pepper has been waiting for her luck to turn around for far too long. She would be the purr-fect companion for the right feline-friendly home. Won’t you make this green-eyed girl your 'pet' of gold this St. PAWtrick's Day by giving her a second chance?

When Fido or Fluffy is no longer our best friend

Pug looking upHumane Society has heard it all from people who give up on pets
by Kelly Egan
If you own a pet, possibly this thought has occurred to you, as it did the other day while I was heroically wobbling through 20 pushups — with a 25-pound pug humping my lower leg.

You know, Henry, old champ, you’re really on thin ice. Do you like horses? Good. Then you’ll like your next home. On a farm. Grab your bowls and leash. Get the hell out.

Read the entire article on the Ottawa Citizen's website.

Celebrate St. PAWtrick’s Day at the Ottawa Humane Society

March 16, 2010
For immediate release


Find your 'pet' of gold at the end of the rainbow this St. PAWtrick's Day by adopting a new pet from the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS). There are many wonderful Irish-named animals in need, so help turn their luck around by providing a new, forever home this March!

Shamrock (A113066) and Tuathla (A113065) are two peach-faced lovebirds who are sure to bring some feathered Irish charm to your life. These emerald-hued birds are a chatty pair who'll provide hours of good "craic" and companionship for the right family.

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Shamrock and Tuathla are two green lovebirds available for adoption this St. PAWtrick's Day.


To learn more about these bonny, bonded birds, or any of the other available animals, contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, adoptions@ottawahumane.ca  or visit www.ottawahumane.ca for more information.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

Pumpkin

Pumpkin A107986


Hello cat lovers! Do we have the cat for you! This is our Pumpkin (A107986). She is 1 and half years old and she came to us as stray but soon filled our hearts and our cages with her love and her 8 kittens. Yes that’s right she had 8 kittens! 

She and her kittens quickly went off to a loving foster home where she could raise her new babies and get them ready for the big wide world. Now that her kittens have found new homes it is her turn. She is a loving independent cat, who is gentle and sweet natured!

She is looking for her forever home; do you have room in your heart to be that home?  If so, contact the Ottawa Humane Society Adoption Centre, at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Congratulation to this year’s Warm Hearts Raffle winners!

Warm Hearts

The draw for the Ottawa Humane Society Warm Hearts Raffle took place on March 12, 2010. The lucky winners are:
Linda Corbett, OttawaCruise the Caribbean. Sail on Holland America's Eurodam, oceanview cabin, 7 nights/8 days, departing Nov. 13, 2010 from Fort Lauderdale. Airfare, accommodation and taxes included. Value $3,000. Winner can claim consolation prize of $1,500 cash.
Rosemary Miller, OttawaTrip for two to celebrate the holidays Las Vegas style at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo, Dec. 24-31, 2010. Airfare, accommodation and taxes included. Value $2,500. Winner can claim consolation prize of $1,250 cash.
Desiree Sauve, KanataSony Bravia 40" 1080p LCD HDTV. Value $1,600.
Ronald Brookes, GloucesterHP Pavilion 17" Laptop Computer. Value $800.
Michel Leclair, Ottawa$500 shopping spree from HBC (The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters)
James O'Flaherty, OttawaGarmin Nuvi 765T Car GPS Navigation System. Value $400.
Tonya Briglia, NepeanSony 6" eBook Reader with Touchscreen. Value $400.
J. Charlwood, OrleansCanon PowerShot 12.1MP Digital Camera. Value $300.
Noreen Harrigan, OttawaApple 32GB 3rd Generation iPod Touch. Value $300.
Maria Fortunato, OttawaSony Micro Hi-Fi Component System. Value $125.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who purchased tickets. The raffle raised $ 37,500 for the Ottawa Humane Society.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Taz: OHS Pet of the Week

Taz A112632


Taz (A112632) is a nine year old neutered male tabby cat. This mild mannered gentleman is looking for a home where he will be your one and only cat -- he doesn't like sharing the spotlight! Taz loves quiet homes with predictable routines. If Taz sounds like the purrfect pet for you, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Laureen Harper to launch 2010 FurBall gala at special appearance

March 10, 2010
For immediate release

FurBall 2010


Laureen Harper, honorary chair of the 6th annual Ottawa Humane Society FurBall, will join FurBall emcee, Sandy Sharkey and a canine companion, to put the finishing touches on Sandy's customized pet bowl as a kick off for the upcoming gala. The bowl will be part of a celebrity auction at the gala to raise money for Ottawa's animals.

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Gotta Paint ceramic cafe, 352 Kirkwood Ave.

Many high-profile names will be contributing to this year's Iams Celebrity Pet Bowl Auction, including members of Canada's gold-medal-winning Olympic Women's Hockey Team, Elizabeth Manley, Sarah McLachlan and more!

This year's Dynasty-themed FurBall will feature exquisite cuisine, stylish entertainment and 1980's inspired decor. Last year's event raised $155,000 for animals in our community.

The 6th annual FurBall will take place March 27, 2010 at the National Gallery of Canada. Proceeds from the evening will support Ottawa Humane Society programs and services.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

Adopt a hamster, get a free hamster exercise ball!

Adopt a hamster this month from the Ottawa Humane Society, and receive a hamster exercise ball... FOR FREE*!

hamster exercise ball


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 learn more about hamsters, contact us at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

hamster exercise ball 2


 (*While quantities last.)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Warm Hearts Raffle: Only two days left to purchase your tickets!

Warm Hearts

The Warm Hearts Raffle takes place on Friday, March 12th!  You have two days left to get your tickets for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
First Prize: Cruise the Caribbean. Sail on Holland America's Eurodam, oceanview cabin,
7 nights/8 days, departing Nov. 13, 2010 from Fort Lauderdale. Airfare, accommodation
and taxes included. Value $3,000. Winner can claim consolation prize of $1,500 cash.
Second Prize: Trip for two to celebrate the holidays Las Vegas style at the Hilton Grand
Vacations Club at the Flamingo, Dec. 24-31, 2010. Airfare, accommodation and taxes
included. Value $2,500. Winner can claim consolation prize of $1,250 cash.
Third Prize: Sony Bravia 40" 1080p LCD HDTV. Value $1,600.
Fourth Prize: HP Pavilion 17" Laptop Computer. Value $800.
Fifth Prize:$500 shopping spree from HBC (The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters)
Sixth Prize:Garmin Nuvi 765T Car GPS Navigation System. Value $400.
Seventh Prize:Sony 6" eBook Reader with Touchscreen. Value $400.
Eighth Prize:Canon PowerShot 12.1MP Digital Camera. Value $300.
Ninth Prize:Apple 32GB 3rd Generation iPod Touch. Value $300.
Tenth Prize:Sony Micro Hi-Fi Component System. Value $125.

How to obtain your tickets

  • Come to the OHS at 101 Champagne South and purchase in person, between 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Call our ticket hotline to charge to your credit card: 613-725-3166 ext. 252
12,000 tickets printed — City of Ottawa Licence No. M623083. Must be 18 years or older to participate in the lottery event.

Meet Shamrock & Tuathla

Hello there Bird Fans! Meet our two chatter bugs Shamrock (A113066) and Tuathla (A113065)! Both names are Irish: Shamrock being the lucky clover and Tuathla meaning princess of the people.

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They are both adult Peachfaced Lovebirds looking for a new forever home where they can spend the rest of their lives together. They are a bonded pair and everyone at the shelter would like to see them remain that way. Since they are bonded, right now they prefer the company of each other and are a bit timid of people.

lovebirds 2


We are looking for a knowledgeable owner who is willing to put time and affection into this pair. If you are someone with time and a lot of love to give, why don’t you come and bring them some Irish luck and meet them today!

lovebirds 3

Photograph your pets and kids with the Easter Bunny this weekend!


Bunny Snaps 2010


March 9, 2010
For immediate release

The Easter Bunny is coming to town! Join the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) and hop on down to Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre and Westgate Shopping Centre to have your children's and pets' photo taken with the Easter Bunny.

This weekend...

LINCOLN FIELDS Shopping Centre
Friday, March 12 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Next weekend...

WESTGATE Shopping Centre
Friday, March 19 from 1 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $15 per photo ($10 if the animal was adopted from the OHS).

All proceeds will benefit the animals at the OHS. Animals should be in a carrier or on a leash.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

Monday, March 8, 2010

Just Desserts: an evening of decadence

We hope you will join us for an evening of delightful temptations prepared by some of Greater Ottawa's top pastry chefs and caterers.  Just Desserts is an evening of elegance, decadence and fun benefitting the Ottawa Humane Society's Building Campaign.

This fun and unique event will be held at 87 George Street in the Studios of /A\ Ottawa and BOB FM on:

Saturday, April 24th 2010 7pm - 11pm
Attire: Cocktail Chic


Tickets: $100 each - A silent auction will be part of this event.

For ticket details please email JustDessertsOttawa@gmail.com.

Just Desserts

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tickets selling fast for the 6th annual FurBall gala

FurBall 2010


Don't delay in ordering your tickets for the Ottawa Humane Society FurBall on March 27 at the National Gallery of Canada. The event sells out earlier and earlier each year, so act now if you want to be a part of this special Dynasty-themed evening for Ottawa's animals. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the links below.

Purchase Tickets Online   Print Ticket Order Form

OHS satisfied with guilty plea in second recent case of cat hoarding

March 5, 2010
For immediate release


The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is satisfied with another guilty plea in the second of two major hoarding cases the organization has dealt with in the past few months.

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Nora Aubrey-Lafreniere, 51 and her daughter, Elissa Aubrey-Lafreniere, 30, appeared in a provincial offences court room yesterday and plead guilty to the counts of animal cruelty against them. Both women were charged in November of 2009 after 33 cats were removed from their Vanier apartment. Many of the cats were in need of immediate veterinary care and most of the animals were not socialized to humans. There was an overwhelming smell of urine throughout the apartment building, and feces was found covering walls, furniture and ground into the carpet of the particular unit involved.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sheldon: OHS Pet of the Week

Sheldon the Irish dog


Small CloverThe luck of the Irish could be on your side this month if you adopt a new pet from the Ottawa Humane Society. We're celebrating St. PAWtrick's Day all month long with some Irish-named animals in need of a new home. Like Sheldon (A113091), a handsome 5 year old neutered English Spring spaniel mix. To learn more about this bonny lad, contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Tails: Duncan

Duncan is a big, orange, fluffy cat adopted from the Ottawa Humane Society in 2008.  He has recently been immortalized -- for the second timeHop on over to his owner's website to read more about this magnifi-cat.

Duncan

Monday, March 1, 2010

Roisin, a shy Irish rose

Roisin 2


Hi there! My name is Roisin (Irish for Little Rose). I'm a loving and beautiful but shy, 3 year old, spayed, brown tabby. I'm looking for a new home that is stable and with a regular routine to help me feel safe. I'm a wallflower type if you will, and am going to need a very patient owner to help me come out of my shell at my own pace. I would do best in a quiet environment, with respectful, older children (12 and over), who will understand that I take a while to be comfortable with my new surroundings. Once I'm acclimatized to my new home, I'm more than happy to be held close in your arms for snuggles and given lots of affection.

I was abandoned outside of the Ottawa Humane Society. I was very sick with pyometra (an infection). The OHS staff had to perform emergency surgery on me to save my life, and thanks to their tender care I quickly recuperated.

Roisin 1


Please remind the staff to send my "hide-and-perch" box home with me and my blanket in my kennel, to help me be comfortable in my new home. These items will help me adapt quicker to my new home and aide me in feeling safe! I really am a wonderful soul! Even though the staff are treating me very well and lovingly, I find shelter life to be more than I can handle: it's a busy place, but I'm being a very well behaved girl about the whole thing. If you have the right home for me, please contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or send an email to adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

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