Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Photo Fun

This photo of Token (A126216) by OHS volunteers Dale and Jan is just adorable!

By the way, Token is currently at the OHS, waiting to be adopted. This one year old neutered male Beagle is all beagle: he loves to follow his nose almost as much as he loves to sing!

Update on the 11 puppies: week of February 21 - 25

Here's a little update on the eleven pups! The puppies with kennel cough are recuperating nicely, and some of the pups came in this week for vaccinations.

And here's a little video of Logan, provided by the foster volunteer caring for him.

If you are interested in adopting one of these puppies, please note that they will not be ready for adoption for at least another 2 - 4 weeks. Please drop by the Ottawa Humane Society's Adoption Centre weekdays from 12 - 7pm, and Saturdays from 10am - 5pm to complete an application to adopt. Only people who are the best matches for the puppies will be contacted, once they are ready. (For more information about adopting animals from the OHS, visit our online Adoption FAQs!)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Strange Car Engine Noises

The last thing anyone wants during their morning commute is for their car to make strange noises. On February 23rd that’s exactly what happened to one Ottawa commuter. Only these very strange noises... were cat noises! The commuter quickly realized that there was a cat trapped in his car engine.

He pulled into the Ottawa Honda dealer at 955 Richmond Road for help. A mechanic worked for free and was able to get the cat out from the engine block. OHS Agent Brohman received a call for assistance and quickly attended the scene to pick up this very frightened, lost cat.

The little grey tabby was checked out by the OHS animal health team upon arrival at the shelter. Thankfully, he was not injured.

Artie the Car Engine cat (photograph by Serge Rivard)
The OHS Lost and Found staff then tried to find his owner. Happily, the OHS had a matching lost report for this cat. It turns out Artie, a very curious seven month old kitten, had snuck out of his house the morning before and somehow managed to squeeze into the car's engine. The very worried owner, Ashley, had completed a lost report on the OHS website and submitted Artie's photo. Thanks to the thorough description and great photograph, the Lost and Found staff made the match. Artie went home the very same day.

While Artie's story has a very happy ending, it isn't uncommon for cats and wildlife to be drawn to the heat generated by a car's engine on cold days. Make sure you bang on your car’s hood on cold mornings to avoid injuring a sleeping creature.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Julius: the OHS Pet of the Week

Julius (A125471) is an 8 month old Ringneck dove. Also known as Barbary Doves, these birds have been kept as pets for 3000 years. In fact, they are mentioned in the Bible! They are easily kept and long-lived in captivity, living for up to 12 years, and are noted for their gentle nature. The largest cage possible for your budget and your home is best for Julius. Ideally, he should be allowed out daily to exercise. (However, never let him outside as Ringneck doves lack the "homing instinct" of other doves.) To learn more about Julius and his feathered friends, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

Ottawa Humane Society holds microchip clinic on Sunday, February 27

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:

When: Sunday, February 27, 10 a.m. to 12 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

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Petree (A109639) is a three year old West Highland Terrier/Cairn Terrier mix. She was surrendered by her owner along with four other dogs, in February 2011. During her check up, the OHS vet determined that Petree was underweight and pregnant. Petree is currently living with a foster family until her puppies are born, which should be sometime mid-March. She's a clever girl that knows most of the basic commands, is very well mannered, and enjoys meeting and greeting new people. Check back regularly for updates on Petree as we follow her from now until after delivery of her puppies.

Twizzler: a Buddy & Belle animal profile

Twizzler is a beautiful 4 year old Golden Retriever, who was brought into the shelter as a stray dog. She had severe entropia, a condition where the dog’s eyelashes are inverted inwards. Twizzler’s eyelids were scarred, due to the eyelashes repeatedly rubbing against the eyelids. She was at risk of losing her eye-sight permanently.

The OHS vet put Twizzler on a variety of eye medications to keep her comfortable until surgery was scheduled. Twizzler has since had successful surgery on her eyes and will be moving to a foster home where she can recover in comfort. Her eye-sight has been saved, and she can see clearly now.

Please help Twizzler, and other animals like her in need of surgery, by making a donation.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Update on the 11 puppies: week of February 14-18

Here's a little update on the eleven pups! Some of the puppies were treated for minor kennel cough this week but otherwise all are doing well.

Naptime at the foster volunteer's home.
If you are interested in adopting one of these puppies, please note that they will not be ready for adoption for at least another 3 - 5 weeks. Please drop by the Ottawa Humane Society's Adoption Centre weekdays from 12 - 7pm, and Saturdays from 10am - 5pm to complete an application to adopt. Only people who are the best matches for the puppies will be contacted, once they are ready. (For more information about adopting animals from the OHS, visit our online Adoption FAQs!)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Minette: Pet of the Week

UPDATE: Minette has been adopted!

When it comes to relationships, Minette (A123661) is very level-headed. She doesn't leap in paws first. But give her a little time, and then she'll shower you with purrs, head-butts, and plenty of lap time. In the early days of your relationship, you may not see a lot of her, but she'll be thinking a lot of you! This short-haired grey tabby cat is eight years old and spayed. She has been waiting for a new home since October 2010. If she sounds like the cat for you, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ottawa Humane Society Wins Social Media Award

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has won the 2011 Bootstrap award for Most Innovative Social Enterprise Fundraiser.

Bootstrap and Adawe trade show in Ottawa on February 11. The award was given in recognition of the communications and social media strategies used in the OHS Breaking Ground Building Campaign—a fundraising campaign for the new shelter, launched in March 2009.

"We're honoured to receive this award. Social media is always a major part of our fundraising activities, particularly with the Breaking Ground Building Campaign," says Bruce Roney, Executive Director, Ottawa Humane Society. "As a non-profit organization, we have limited human resources for fundraising; social media lets us quickly and effectively reach a much larger group of supporters, in ways that are efficient and convenient for them and for us."

The campaign, now at 84% of its goal, uses a dedicated website that showcases events, media, and YouTube videos, and allows online donations and pledges. Donors can view and direct their donations toward equipment, rooms, fixtures, or other naming opportunities. The campaign also sends a monthly electronic bulletin to 30,000 supporters to highlight ways to give and provide regular construction progress updates.

Facebook, the OHS blog, and Twitter are all used to answer questions and provide timely information about the campaign. The campaign also makes use of personal fundraiser web pages that the OHS sets up on behalf of donors to encourage peer-to-peer fundraising through community events. These pages allow friends and family to show their support for a specific person's efforts to raise funds for the new shelter.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fashionable Pooch

Recently, OHS Executive Director Bruce Roney was at Rogers Daytime TV with Sprite the beagle to talk about the OHS' new Foster-Me-First program. Sprite was a big hit with the models, and posed with them for a photo. Check out the "Erica on Fashion" blog to see the photo (and get some great fashion tips!).

Sprite is currently being fostered by a family who hopes to adopt her when she's ready, but we have other dogs (and another beagle) who are part of the Foster-Me-First program. Check out our animals available for adoption page to meet these animals!

Laureen Harper returns to help Ottawa's animals at 7th annual FurBall gala

Those who care about Ottawa's animals will have a chance to dance, dine and donate to the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) at this year's 7th annual FurBall, to be held Saturday March 26, 2011 at the National Gallery of Canada.

The gala will be a glittering and elegant evening of Hollywood glamour as we roll out the red carpet in support of Ottawa's animals. Guests will be treated to A-list live entertainment and extraordinary culinary creations. A variety of prizes and live and silent auctions will help raise money for the animals.

Laureen Harper, an OHS foster volunteer and adopter, is resuming her role as this year's honorary chair of the ball. Mrs. Harper provides dedicated fostering to the many kittens and cats she and her family care for at 24 Sussex Drive.

Over the past seven years, the FurBall has become one of the key fundraisers for the OHS, as well as one of the most highly-anticipated galas in Ottawa's busy social season. The funds raised at this event help provide animals in our community with the care and protection they so greatly deserve.

FurBall tickets are $300 per person. To order, visit or call 613-725-3166 ext. 263.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Chocolate isn't for everyone — especially dogs

Valentine's Day and chocolate candy go hand-in-hand. While delicious for humans, chocolate (milk chocolate and baking chocolate) can be very unsafe for dogs.

One of the chemical components in chocolate, theobromine, can adversely affect a dog's cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems. It is found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee. Darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of theobromines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Poison Control Center, mild signs of poisoning occur in animals ingesting 20 mg of theobromine and caffeine per kg of bodyweight, severe signs are seen at 40-50 mg/kg, and seizures occur at 60 mg/kg.

How your dog reacts to swallowing chocolate will be a function of his size, general health, sensitivity to theobromine and caffeine, and the type and quantity of chocolate eaten.

If you think your dog has eaten chocolate (more than the stray chip on the floor), or you see the following symptoms: nervousness, trembling, vomiting/diarrhea, excessive thirst, muscle spasm, seizures, it's best to act quickly. Contact your veterinarian for advice right away. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference toward a successful recovery.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sabina: OHS Pet of the Week

Sugar and spice, and everything nice: that's what Sabina the cat is made of! This seven year old spayed female cat is a sweetheart. She is a special needs cat, as she requires a special diet and has a chronic upper respiratory infection. Due to these reasons, she needs to be the only cat in a home which can meet her dietary needs. Sabina is a short-haired cat, which means she only needs weekly brushing to keep her coat shiny and healthy. She would love a home with lots of appropriate cat-scratching posts! To learn more about this special feline, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send us an email.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Update on the Eleven Puppies

Thank you so much for your concern about the puppies! Here are some additonal photos of them: they are very cute!

They are all now in experienced foster homes, where they can grow, be socialized, and get ready to be adopted. If you would like to become a foster volunteer with the Ottawa Humane Society to help other animals in need of fostering, check out our volunteering web page at

If you are interested in adopting one of these puppies, please note that they will not be ready for adoption for at least another 4 - 6 weeks. Please drop by the Ottawa Humane Society's Adoption Centre weekdays from 12 - 7pm, and Saturdays from 10am - 5pm to complete an application to adopt. Only people who are the best matches for the puppies will be contacted, once they are ready.  (For more information about adopting animals from the OHS, visit our online Adoption FAQs!)

You can make a donation for these puppies, to help the OHS afford their vet check-ups, vaccinations, sterilization, and food!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Eleven puppies abandoned near Canadian War Museum find shelter at Ottawa Humane Society

Staff at the Ottawa Humane Society are scrambling to find enough foster homes with its trained volunteers for eleven tiny, abandoned puppies, and in the meantime, are busy caring for them at the shelter.

The German Shepherd mix puppies, approximately six weeks old, were found in two small boxes near a dumpster last Wednesday during the worst snowstorm of the season. A Good Samaritan found them and brought them to the OHS. The puppies were examined by a veterinary technician and appear to be in good health. They will be placed in foster homes with trained OHS volunteers.

"It's very disturbing that someone would choose to abandon these tiny animals outdoors in a snowstorm, rather than bring them to the Ottawa Humane Society where we can give them a chance at finding a good home," says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director.

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 2,500.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Lenny in action

Lenny (A124792) is a handsome year and a half, black and white neutered male cat. He has a minor vision issue with one of his eyes that is not a cause for concern. Despite this, you can see he's a normal cat who loves to play! To learn more about Lenny, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or send us an email at


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Jerome: OHS Pet of the Week

Jerome (A125280) is a two year old neutered male black Labrador retriever mix. He loves to meet new people. His enthusiastic greetings will knock some people over, but fortunately Labs are quick learners and training will correct this. He loves to play with people and squeaky toys! He has tons of energy, so he needs a jogging partner or lots of exercise at a dog-friendly park.

Labs are very smart dogs. If they get bored, they'll often find ways of entertaining themselves. But their smarts make them great pets, as they excel in obedience and agility, and learning other tricks. Jerome would greatly benefit from taking obedience classes with his new owners! To learn more about this handsome pooch, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival: Register Now!

Registration is open for the 2011 Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival! Paddle over to the Dragon Boat Festival's web page for more information.

The OHS was one of the charities to benefit from the 2010 Dragon Boat Festival. The funding commitment helped the Ottawa Humane Society's human/animal focused programs, such as Brightening Lives, Humane Education and LEAD (Leadership Education with Adolescents and Dogs).

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