Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ottawa Humane Society Charges Couple with Cruelty After Failure to Obtain Veterinary Care for Dog

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has charged a husband and wife with permitting distress to, and not meeting the standards of care for their dog.

The couple brought their dog to the OHS and indicated they thought she broke her hip two weeks prior. They stated they had not obtained veterinary treatment for her for financial reasons. The OHS vet determined that the dog had advanced cancer and the condition was likely present for at least one month. She was underweight, had mobility problems, a severe urinary tract infection and was in a significant amount of pain. The prognosis was grave and the decision was made to humanely euthanize her.

OHS Inspectors charged the local Ottawa family under the Ontario SPCA Act. The couple could face a maximum fine of $60,000, and a maximum sentence of two years in jail. A court date is scheduled for April 21, 2011.

"Providing veterinary care is a legal requirement for pet owners," said Bruce Roney, executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society. "If veterinary care is not affordable, people may choose to surrender their pets to the OHS. Our goal is to educate people to help them be better owners to their pets; however, owners are not exempt from legal charges if they take no steps to provide veterinary treatment when their pet is suffering. Our community has made it clear that it will simply not tolerate cases of animal abuse or neglect."

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Update on Petree

Petree is a three year old West Highland Terrier/Cairn Terrier mix. She was surrendered by her owner along with four other dogs, in February. During her check up, the OHS vet determined that Petree was not only very underweight, but also pregnant. Petree moved in with a foster family until her puppies were born.

The four lucky pups were born on St. Patrick's Day morning—three girls and a boy, now given Irish names: Molly, Cait, Bree and Quinn. Two are black and white. Two are brown and white.

Petree's foster family reports that although Quinn, the boy, was briefly stuck during delivery, mother and puppies are all doing very well! In four weeks, they'll be vet checked and vaccinated, then spayed and neutered at eight weeks.

Find out how you can help Petree and other animals like her through the Buddy and Belle fund.

OHS Cat of the Week: Tabou A124479

When did he arrive
• Arrived November 17, 2010

Where from (stray, surrender etc.)
• Surrendered by his owner

• Short-haired cat
• 5 years old
• neutered male
• brown tabby and white
• almost 6kg

• He gets along nicely with other cats and dogs
• He loves to use a scratching post!
• He is very patient and easy going
• He is fairly quiet
• He loves to be brushed!

Building Progress

Here is a photo of OHS Executive Director Bruce Roney on the new building construction site. It looks like a real facility now (at least, from the outside).

Monday, March 28, 2011

FurBall raises $170,000 for animals at the Ottawa Humane Society

Over 290 guests dined, danced and helped raise $170,000 for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society's seventh annual FurBall, held Saturday night at the National Gallery of Canada.

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

Red carpets, glitz and glitter helped set the tone for the elegant Hollywood-themed evening. Auctioneer Stuntman Stu prompted guests to open their wallets for the animals with a New Year's vacation in Las Vegas, group dinner at the official residence of the Austrian ambassador, and a 17” 14kt gold and diamond fancy link necklace fetching top dollars. A sumptuous menu from KW Catering and spirited entertainment from Deborah Davis & Segue to Jazz rounded out the festivities.
John Baird & Margaret Trudeau
FurBall guests John Baird, Conservative candidate for Nepean-West and Margaret Trudeau greet Sampson the cat at the 7th annual Ottawa Humane Society FurBall, held Saturday evening at the National Gallery.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Guinea Pigs Galore!

Ok, well, just four guinea pigs. Guinea pigs make for great little pets. Larger than hamsters, but smaller than rabbits, guinea pigs can weigh a couple of pounds and generally live for five to seven years. The three most common breeds of guinea pig are the Smooth-Coated, with short, glossy fur; the Abyssinian, whose hair grows in fluffy tufts all over the body, and the Peruvian, with long, silky hair that flows to the ground.

Guinea pigs make wonderful companions. These docile members of the rodent family are excellent starter pets for older children who have mastered proper handling techniques. For more information about guinea pig care, or to adopt a guinea pig, contact the Ottawa Humane Society's Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

OHS Pet of the Week: Ben

Dogs are born to work for a living. They’ve worked alongside us for thousands of years, and most are bred for a particular purpose, like hunting, herding livestock or providing protection. The most common job for our companion dogs today, however, is Couch Potato! While Ben (A125884), a handsome 6 year old Boxer and Coonhound mix, does enjoy the occasional nap on the couch, he has lots of energy to burn!

He’d love to move in with a family of joggers, who will take him outside for long romps. Due to his boisterous nature, a family with an active, female dog and children 12 and up are recommended. So if you don’t like to sit still, Ben may be the dog for you. To learn more about Ben, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

OHS Pet of the Week: Mimine

Are you in need of a sidekick? If so, Mimine (A126101) may be the cat for you. She’s just plain good company. She likes attention, and she also likes her solitude. She doesn’t go looking for trouble, but she’s no scaredy-cat, either. Especially when it comes to vacuums! This mild-mannered 7 year old spayed female Maine coon type cat gets along with polite children and other cats. If you’re looking for a steady companion for your adventures at home, look no further! To learn more about Mimine, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send us an email at

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Current OHS Job Opportunities

Part Time Customer Service Representative: Municipal Animal Shelter/Lost and Found

Professional Responsibilities
• Provide information to OHS customers concerning responsible animal ownership
• Assess the health and behaviour of incoming animals
• Ensure appropriate information gathering
• Be aware of and make use of community resources
• Ensure professional intake of incoming animals and discharge of exiting animals as per procedures

Education and Experience:
• Grade 12 graduation diploma
• 1 – 2 years clerical and customer service experience

• Excellent verbal and written skills in English are required
• French verbal skills are required

Part time Animal Care Attendant

Professional Responsibilities
• Clean shelter facility and animal holding areas
• Feed and water animals
• Monitor animal health and husbandry
• Support the activities of volunteers, students and work placements while on shift

Education and Experience:
• 1 – 2 years training, education or experience in animal care is required

• Good verbal and written skills in English are required

Please visit the OHS Job Opportunities page to learn how to apply for these positions.

Friday, March 11, 2011

OHS Warm Hearts Raffle Winners 2010-11

The draw for the Ottawa Humane Society Warm Hearts Raffle took place on March 11, 2011 - The lucky winners are:

Anna Brennan


First Prize:

Cruise the Caribbean. Sail on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. Ocean view cabin, 7 nights/8 days. Departs Nov 13, 2011

Tim Casey


Second Prize:

Miami – party on South Beach! Solana Surfside, Surfside Florida May 14-21, 2011

Nic Suprenant


Third 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

Lise Arsenault


Fourth Prize:

Calabogie Ski Resort – Celebrate New Year’s 2011 with a ski holiday Dec. 30, 2011 to Jan 6, 2012

Kurt Schulze


Fifth Prize:

Apple 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi & 3G

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who purchased tickets. The raffle raised $ 27,000 for the animals at the OHS.

Ottawa Humane Society Applauds Lifetime Ban in Cruelty Case

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) strongly supports the guilty plea and subsequent sentencing of a lifetime ban from owning animals in a local animal cruelty case involving repeated charges.

OHS Inspectors first charged Sylvie Belanger in May, 2010 with one count of permitting unnecessary distress to animals and three counts of failing to provide adequate standards of care for the approximately 20 cats in her care. In June, 2010 an order was issued to treat her cats for a severe flea infestation. Ms. Belanger failed to comply with the order, was evicted from her apartment, and left behind three cats without care. A second set of charges was laid in July, 2010 stemming from neglect of two cats in her care, including one that died after allegedly being stepped on, and another that drowned in the bathtub.

Ms. Belanger pled guilty to all counts of the initial set of charges. The second set of charges was stayed. In court on February 22, 2011, Ms. Belanger was sentenced to a lifetime ban from owning, having custody or care of any animals. She must also report all address changes to the local humane society or SPCA as well as allow unannounced inspections of her residence to ensure she is in compliance with the order.

"We're very pleased with the sentencing in this case," said OHS Inspector Miriam Smith. "This is the third lifetime ban we have experienced. This particular case involved multiple offences over two years with little or no compliance. A lifetime ban will ensure that no other animals will suffer from the neglect Ms. Belanger inflicted."

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.

Petree update March 11th

This cute little girl is showing signs of being in late pregnancy. The foster volunteer reports that Petree is eating more, napping more frequently, and growing stout.

As any mother can tell you, mobility becomes restricted during the late stages of pregnancy. Petree can no longer navigate the stairs on her own, and she needs assistance getting up onto the furniture. The foster volunteer reports that Petree sits by the side of bed, tilts her head as if to say: “Help please!” and patiently waits to be lifted up. Such a polite little dog!

Tune in next week for another Petree update! You can support Petree and her unborn puppies by visiting her Buddy and Belle profile page.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rocky: OHS Pet of the Week

Rocky (A126520) is a wonderful, loving boy who has a lot of energy! He is a year old boxer and Golden retriever mix. With lots of exercise, some training, and tons of love, Rocky will make a great companion. His energy means he’s best suited for a family with sturdy, older children who won’t be bowled over by his enthusiasm. If you’re looking for a new best friend, Rocky may be the dog for you! To learn more, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

Friday, March 4, 2011

Update on the 11 puppies: week of February 28 - March 4

The eleven puppies continue to grow! It's amazing to see how much bigger they are after just a week. They are all healthy, happy, and noisy!

OSPCA Inspector Brown can't resist a cuddle from one of the puppies.

Two of the 11 pups sharing a toy at a foster volunteer's home.

Mmm, toys are yummy!

Cuddling with a volunteer after being neutered.
Vaccination time!
Please note: if you are interested in adopting one of these puppies, please note that they will not be ready for adoption for at least another 1 - 3 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!)

And don't forget, we have lots of other great animals looking for new homes!

Rocky and Jerry at Play

Update on Petree March 4

Petree has adjusted very well to her new home with her foster family. She’s filling out physically and gaining some weight which could be related to the puppies she’s carrying, or to the fact that she has made herself at home and is finally eating better. She’s become good friends with a Llasso cross, Gizmo, and a cat, Gadget, also living in the home. At first, Petree was reluctant sleep in her crate, but she has learned quickly that it’s not a bad place and at night she walks right in on her own. We’ll update you next week.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Early spring brings wildlife calls

Juvenile RaccoonLast month, groundhogs predicted an early spring. And spring means a dramatic increase in the number of wildlife calls the OHS receives. Wild animals are more active at this time of year, building nests, searching for food or having babies. Our agents are dispatched regularly in the springtime to rescue orphaned or injured groundhogs, squirrels, raccoons and more—all without government funding to pay for any of these calls. Often wildlife that appear to be orphaned are actually animals that are doing just fine on their own. Learn more about wildlife and what to look for before calling our emergency line.

If you have wildlife animals in your home, it's best to remove them before any babies are born. Listen for sounds of scurrying in your attic or walls, and look for damaged building materials, such as shingles or eaves troughs that could indicate attempted entry.

Visit our website to get information about wildlife and wildlife control companies.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bramwell: OHS Pet of the Week

When did he arrive/how long has he been here
• February 2011

Where from (stray, surrender etc.)
• Found as a stray

• Domestic Short-Haired Cat
• 2 years old
• Neutered Male
• all black

• Very friendly cat who can be a bit shy at first
• Loves cat treats and cat nip!
• Loves to hang out with people, especially while watching hockey
• Is a "Foster-Me-First" cat because he currently has a bit of a cold

More about black cats
• At shelters and rescues around the country, black dogs and cats are frequently the last to be adopted. Most of us can’t figure out why! Sometimes they don’t show up as well in their adoption pictures, but these animals are just as friendly and loving as the rest of their kin.

There are so many great reasons to adopt a black animal:
• Black pets are slimming! Sit with Bramwell on your lap and you'll look five pounds slimmer!
• A little black cat never goes out of style. Whether you’re trying to coordinate with your best outfit or your home, Bramwell is sure to match—and his fur won't show up on your tuxedo.
• Black cats have an aura of mystery: even when they're coughing up hair balls!

Don’t keep Bramwell (A126829) in the dark: he's counting on you to see the beauty and lovability other people miss. Come in and say hi to any of our dark and charming animals—some good pats will be the highlight of their day!

How can people meet/see him
• Visit the OHS website at to see photos and descriptions of all the animals available for adoption
• Stop by the OHS Adoption Centre weekdays 12 – 7pm, Saturdays 10am – 5pm.

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