Monday, August 30, 2010

These two calicos are BFFs!

Freckles (A116544) and Calypso (A118662) are two beautiful, young, spayed females we have available for adoption. Freckles is 11 months of age and Calypso is 1 year. Until they were paired here at the OHS, they had never met each other but now they get along famously and can’t seem to get enough of each other.
Freckles
They play together constantly; groom each other all the time and sleep together. The staff at the OHS is hoping that they find a new a permanent loving home together, where they can spend the rest of their lives enjoying each other's company and the company of their new human companions.
Calypso
They are best in a home with teenage children as Freckles is a little more on the timid side and Calypso is the type who prefers people who understand her needs and wants. They are both very playful and curious once settled into their new environments.

Do you have the space in your home and love in your heart for two wonderful and loving feline friends? Contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca, or drop by to visit the cats.

GOOD NEWS - Freckles and Calypso were adopted together on September 1st!  We wish them all the best with their new human family. ~OHS Staff

Friday, August 27, 2010

The weekend weather is going to be great... but not for dogs in cars!

Reminder: it's going to be hot this weekend! If you're running errands this weekend, leave your dog at home, not in your vehicle.

If you do see a dog left in a hot car, please phone the Ottawa Humane Society immediately at 613-725-1532. We will ask you for the plate number, the make, model and colour of the car, whe...re the vehicle is parked, and other questions about the condition of the dog.

Here's a Humane Society of the United States ad from 1987 about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Shaq

Meow! My name is Shaq (A119942), and I am a very lovable, 1 year old, neutered, black, domestic short haired cat. I'm in search of a lap to cuddle up in and someone that can give me the love and attention I deserve. Head scratches are one of my absolute favourite pastimes!

I love to play! I'm an agile cat (I like to think of myself as a big jaguar), so I like to be entertained with a good game of "catch the toy on the string". I'm hoping for an active family who will keep me very busy.

Do I sound like your kind of cat? Then contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca, or pop by the Adoption Centre to visit me!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

OHS holds microchip clinic on Sunday, August 29

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 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 microchip clinic this weekend at its Champagne Avenue location. The clinic takes place as follows:
When: Sunday, August 29
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
By appointment only
Cost: $50 (incl. GST) 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 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.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Is your dream to work at the Ottawa Humane Society?

The Ottawa Humane Society is looking for a Part Time Veterinary Technician

Overall Purpose: Under the direction of the Kennel Supervisor, the Veterinary Technician is responsible for the health and well-being of OHS and other animals.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Ensure the emotional and physical health of OHS animals
  • Provide medical and general animal assessment services
  • Monitor animal health and well-being
  • Administer prescribed treatments and other medical interventions
  • Provide information and support to OHS customers and other OHS staff
  • Assist veterinarians for rounds and as required

Education and Experience:

  • A Veterinary Technician diploma from a recognized college
  • 2 to 5 years clinical experience
  • Supervisory and/or training experience
  • Related work experience

Languages:

  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English are required
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is preferred

Essential duties and working conditions:

  • Employees will be required to work evening, holiday and weekend shifts
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to provide services in a safe manner, including, but not limited to lifts and transfers of large animals
  • Employees will be required to wear a uniform designated by the employer
  • Employment is conditional upon maintaining confidentiality of OHS information
  • Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely
To download and complete the job application, visit the OHS Job Opportunities webpage.

Imogen, the black and white long-haired cat


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 (http://www.ottawahumane.ca/) currently boasts profiles of more than 70 cats in need of a new, forever home. Summer can be a great time to welcome a new cat to your home, Perhaps Imogen (A114946), this 2 year old spayed female black and white cat, will be the right addition to your family. To learn more, contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

New Poll on OHSkids.ca!

Hey Kids, we have a new poll for you on our OHSkids.ca website!



Betty (A117972) at the Ottawa Humane Society is a cat with a human name.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Are you looking for a loving Lady?

Hi! My name is Lady! I am a 7 year old, spayed female, Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler mix looking for my new forever home! I'm looking for a home that has some experience with owning a large canine pal - like me! I might be an older gal but I still love my long walks, they help me keep my girlish figure!

Although I know most of commands I would still love the chance to do obedience training as a refresher and have a chance to really develop a strong bond with my new family. I'm a very friendly girl, who loves to wiggle and give kisses. I can be a little intrusive with my hellos so a family with older, sturdier children (12 years+) who can take part in my training and socialization is best! I'm a large and active girl who would love any home as long as they can provide me with enough space, time and exercise.

I am very picky when it comes to other canine pal on who I like. I tend to be dominant in my approach to new canine friends, so a family willing to bring me out for regular trips out to the dog park for socialization would be nice. I do not know if I like feline friends or not.

Do I sound like your match? Then contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Cooper the Cat


I'm Cooper and I am a 5 year old, neutered male cat. When I arrived at the OHS my fur was all matted and I had porcupine quills stuck in me! That's the last time I try to play with a porcupine. OUCH! The staff at the OHS gave me a haircut. I feel much better now without all that knotted fur pulling at my body all the time, but until my fur grows out I'm kind of funny looking.


I would love a home without other feline friends as I am not enjoying the company (or hearing) the other felines here at the shelter. I have a bed in my kennel that has high sides to help keep me warm until my fur grows back. I love this bed: it would be great if my new owners would buy me one just like it so I can have one in my new home.


When I'm not busy playing with toys or checking out the world going on in front of me I love to be pet and brushed. My new owners would also have to help keep me safe from things in the outside world by keeping me on a leash and harness and under their supervision.


To adopt this quirky feline, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca or at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or drop by the OHS anytime we're open.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tux is toe-tally fantastic!

No high-fives here – this six-toed cat is toe-tally special.

Tux was found abandoned in an apartment after his owners moved out, leaving him behind.

Most cats have five toes on each of their front paws and four on the back, but Tux has six toes on each paw!

The term for animals and humans with extra toes is polydactyl. Having extra digits on both the front and hind legs like this is not very common but rarely causes a problem.

In past times it was considered lucky, especially by sailors who prized them as expert ratters and lucky mascots aboard their ships, where they believed the extra toes gave the cats more grip in heavy weather.

In North America cats like this are often referred to as "Hemingway cats," as Ernest Hemingway kept several former ship's cats at his Key West. At least half of their descendants living there today have the same condition.

Having extra toes doesn't hinder Tux at all! If anything he's lighter on his feet. This affectionate, cheeky cat is currently at the OHS, looking for a forever home. He's a neutered male, and about 1.5 years old.

To adopt Tux, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca or at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or drop by anytime we're open.

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 (www.ottawahumane.ca) 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 www.ottawahumane.ca, or call the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sadie: a Buddy & Belle animal profile

Woof! My name is Sadie (A115041) and I am a one-and-a-half year old Labrador retriever mix. I found myself in the care of the staff at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) after a traumatic accident. I was hit by a car and very badly injured. I was in so much pain and scared that no one would find me on the side of the road. Luckily, someone passing by saw that I was in distress and took me to an animal hospital to get help.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Juno the Guinea Pig and her Family

I came to the shelter as a single mom with three adorable little boys. They soon went up for adoption, and I would have gone too, except the technicians took notice of my particularly round belly. You guessed it! Pregnant again (we guinea pigs are a fairly fertile bunch)! So instead of going to the Adoption Centre, I moved to a temporary foster home with one of the staff members so I could have my babies. My foster mom (who thinks she has a sense of humour) took one look at my bulging sides and promptly named me Juno (haha).

I was set up in my foster home in a nice big cage with lots of hay, pellets, greens, and cuddles, and we waited. And waited. And WAITED! I got bigger and bigger, but there were no babies in sight. If you touched my sides you could even feel the babies moving around, but they did not want to come out!


Finally, after nearly three weeks, I delivered eight healthy babies! We guinea pigs usually have two or three at a time, and I was just as surprised as my foster mom to see eight little piglets come into the world. Luckily, baby guinea pigs are born fully furred, with eyes open, and they "hit the ground running", so to speak. After about five days, they were eating on their own, so I didn't have to nurse them all for too long. Everyone says I was a fabulous mom, always cleaning and snuggling with my babies.


Sometimes my foster mom would take me out of the cage and hold me to give me a break from my swarming piglets, but I cried to go back in to them. We would often go on outings into a big play pen where we would play and eat lots of veggies (yum!). We all got lots of attention and my babies were held a lot to get them used to humans.


Now that the kids are a little older, we’re all back at the shelter, waiting for new homes. I’m sad to see our (not so) little family split up, but I'm excited for a chance to finally be adopted, and for my babies to find new and loving families to care for them. I'd love to live with one or two of my daughters, and be spoiled with veggies and snuggles for the rest of my piggie life. Wheek!

If you are interested in adopting guinea pigs, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send an email to adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.



The Ottawa Animal Advocate... August edition!

The August edition of our e-newsletter, "The Ottawa Animal Advocate", went out yesterday! If you haven't signed up for it yet, you can read it online, or sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter in your inbox. It contains information about what's going on at the Ottawa Humane Society, including court cases, animal stories, and upcoming events.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Francine A115740


Bow wow! My name is Francine and if you're looking for a lovely, friendly and energetic pal, I might be your girl! I am a 2 year old spayed female Doberman and Hound mix looking for an owner with large breed and/or hound experience; someone who will be a fair and consistent leader. I hate to say it but no one has ever taught me my commands, and I'm just burning for learning!


You'll be happy to know that I just love treats so training should be a breeze. Besides, obedience classes would be a great way for me to lean some trick, and they'd really help us form that dog-owner bond. I'm an active girl and would really benefit from living in a home with a fenced in yard, or better still, country living! I tend to be a little vocal at times, especially when I'm anxious or want attention. My new owner should not encourage this behaviour.


My forever home should not include cats, but children (10+) who aren't intimidated by my boisterous approach and who would be willing to participate in my training would be great! As for canine companions, I'm not overly tolerant of them, so a single-dog home would be better for me.

If I sound like the perfect match for you contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

OHS charges man with cruelty after two cats found dead in empty residence

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has charged a Clarence Creek man with cruelty after the emaciated corpses of two cats were found in an unoccupied residence in east-end Ottawa.

Charles Hogg, 67, was charged on July 29 with four counts of animal cruelty for failing to provide adequate food and water to two cats in his care, and for permitting distress to the animals.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ottawa Humane Society holds microchip clinic on Sunday, August 8

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 microchip clinic this weekend at its Champagne Avenue location. The clinic takes place as follows:
When: Sunday, August 8
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
By appointment only
Cost: $50 (incl. GST) 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 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/.

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