Thursday, April 28, 2011

What a windy day!

We got a lot of calls today about baby squirrels! On windy days, it's not uncommon for them to fall from their nests. If you find a baby squirrel on the ground, don't panic! Simply place him in a shallow box lined with clean paper-towel or some clean rags, and leave him in the box near the spot you found him. When Mom comes back from her food hunt she'll carry him back up to the nest.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ottawa Humane Society Charges Man with Cruelty after Abandoned Rabbit Found Starving

An Ottawa man was charged with cruelty after he abandoned his nine-month-old Lionhead-type domestic rabbit for a week without adequate food or water and with no one to care for it.

On April 21, a member of the public brought Shane Cadorette's malnourished and dehydrated rabbit to the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS), concerned that the rabbit had been abandoned. Following an examination by an OHS veterinarian, the rabbit was placed on fluids and dextrose, but its condition was so advanced it died shortly after admission.

Mr. Cadorette was interviewed by an OHS agent and he confirmed he was the owner and that he had left it for a week without any provisions for its care. Mr. Cadorette is charged under the Ontario SPCA Act with permitting distress and failing to provide adequate and suitable food and water for his rabbit. A court date is scheduled for May 5, 2011.

"It's heartbreaking to think of this poor rabbit left in a cage, slowly starving to death," said OHS Inspector Miriam Smith. "When an owner is away and unable to care for their pet, they are responsible for ensuring that someone is looking after the animal during that time."

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.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hoppy Easter everyone!

Please note that the OHS will be closed Friday and Monday (for our regular hours, visit our webiste). We resume regular business hours on Tuesday!

Remember to keep the lilies and chocolate away from your furry and feathered friends!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bunny Snaps photos now available!

Bunny Snaps

Thank you to everyone who came out with their pets to our Bunny Snaps. We had a lot of fun and hope you did too! Photos from this year's sessions are now available:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Buddy & Belle Animal Profile: Demi

Demi (A127261) is a beautiful cat who was brought in to the shelter by a Good Samaritan. She was admitted with an injury to her tail tip. (A cow had stepped on it).

The OHS vet cleaned and bandaged Demi and put her on antibiotics. Unfortunately, while waiting for her surgery, Demi came down with URI and the tail amputation had to be postponed. This meant her tail bandage had to be changed frequently while she continued to receive pain medication, and treatment for the URI.

Demi finally recovered from the URI and a tail amputation was scheduled. The surgery was success, and Demi is currently recovering in foster care.

Please help Demi, and other animals like her in need of emergency animal treatment, by making a donation.

Ottawa Humane Society Charges Woman with Cruelty After Dog Found Covered in Skin Lesions

An Ottawa woman was charged with cruelty after she allowed her 10-month-old pointer-mix dog to suffer for months without seeking medical attention for its worsening skin condition.

On March 29, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) received information from a local vet clinic about a dog suffering from complete hair loss, heavy scabbing, crusting, skin ulcerations reddened, swollen skin on legs and paws, and continual shaking. The dog had been allowed to deteriorate without medical attention to the point that the prognosis was grave, and the owner opted to have it humanely euthanized. Kathleen Dunn brought her dog to the clinic and claimed she noticed a skin problem eight months earlier, but could not afford veterinary treatment. OHS inspectors charged Ms. Dunn with two counts of cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act. Ms. Dunn's first court appearance is scheduled for May 5, 2011.

"This helpless dog endured months of needless suffering and may have recovered if it was seen by a vet at the outset," said OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith. "If veterinary care isn't possible for financial reasons, people can choose to surrender their pets to the OHS, but they need to know that providing veterinary care is a legal requirement for pet owners."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mookie the Hamster

Mookie the hamster enjoys a banana snack. This eight month old silver Teddy-bear hamster is currently available for adoption at the OHS.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Ottawa Humane Society Assists OSPCA: removes 34 dogs from Muskoka backyard breeder

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) responded to a province-wide OSPCA request for assistance and rescued 34 terrier-mix dogs from a backyard breeder in the Muskoka region.

The OHS sent an Emergency Animal Protection Services agent and another OHS staff member to Muskoka Tuesday evening to assist in the removal of over 100 dogs that were housed in a cramped, filthy shed. The OHS team took 24 adult dogs and 10 puppies, and transported them to its Ottawa shelter, where the dogs are being examined and treated by OHS veterinarians and veterinary technical staff. Most of the remaining dogs were taken in by other Ontario shelters.

"The dogs that we took in appear to be in good health, but all have fur that is matted with dirt and feces, many are underweight and most are undersocialized," says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. "They will all need to be shaved and bathed. Once we have done that, we will assess the dogs for adoption. Many will be placed with foster families—the puppies and their mothers until they are ready to be considered for adoption, and many others for socialization reasons. None of the dogs appear to be housetrained and many are quite undersocialized, which often happens when animal breeding gets out of control."

The dogs were surrendered by their owner. The OSPCA will determine whether any charges will be laid. "We're fortunate that, between our dog holding space right now and our foster homes, we were able to respond quickly along with our shelter partners. While we realize caring for these animals will strain our resources, we knew we needed to help, and we also know that we can find homes for these animals in our community," adds Roney.

At this time, the dogs are not available for adoption, however if you wish to assist with the care of the animals through a donation, please call 613-725-3166 ext. 252 or visit our online fundraising page for these dogs.
Muskoka Dog
OHS vet Dr. Shelley Hutchings examines one of the Muskoka rescue dogs (click for larger picture).
Muskoka Dog
One of the Muskoka dogs rescued by OHS (click for larger picture)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Job Opportunity: Supervisor — Kennel

Under the direction of the Manager — Animal Care and Rehoming, the Supervisor — Kennel is responsible for the day to day operations of the Shelter.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cat of the Week: Piper

Piper (A126684) is a 3 year old neutered male cat with beautiful eyes. Piper doesn’t know that cats are supposed to be solitary and independent: he loves to cuddle and give head-butts and to hang out with humans. He arrived at the Ottawa Humane Society as a stray, so we don’t know if he gets along with cats or dogs. But he has such a charming personality that with proper introductions he should be fine with other pets. Piper has a delicate stomach, so he requires a special diet to prevent tummy upsets. To learn more about Piper, contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

Monday, April 4, 2011

Alvin the Beagle loves to run!

Alvin (A127441) loves to meet new people and show off my toys! He has a big proud Beagle voice already and oh boy does he like to use it! A single dwelling home for him is best. He gets along with children around the age of 12 years and up, and with canine pals. Alvin loves to chase cats! Like most puppieshe also needs his basic training and daily activities as outlets for all his energy.

A tired puppy is a well-behaved puppy, and this very true for little Alvin! If you have the energy and time for this little man contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

BOB FM Morning Show Auction Raises $11,000 for Ottawa Humane Society

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) will receive $11,000 thanks to local radio station 93.9 BOB FM and Frank Napolitano of Mortgage Brokers Ottawa.

BOB FM Morning Show host Sandy Sharkey auctioned off the morning radio show to the highest bidder: Frank Napolitano. The winner gets to gather friends, colleagues, and family around as the show is broadcast live from a location of their choice – business, home, neighbourhood park etc. on a date of their choosing.

"Our team at Mortgage Brokers Ottawa is involved with many local charities and the Ottawa Humane Society is one that our team is very passionate and excited about," said Frank Napolitano of Mortgage Brokers Ottawa. "We're looking forward to hosting the BOB FM Morning Show at our 788 Island Park location sometime soon."

"We're very grateful to BOB FM for arranging the auction for the benefit of Ottawa's animals," said Bruce Roney executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society. Thanks to Mr. Napolitano's generous winning bid, we can continue to provide care and shelter to Ottawa's lost, abandoned and neglected animals."

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ben A125884

Ben (A125884), a 6 year old neutered male boxer / coonhound mix, just loves people! He is very energetic and would make a great jogging partner. Because he’s always so happy and wriggly, he has a tendency to knock over younger children. So we recommend a family with kids 12 and up for Ben. Due to his energetic, boisterous nature, Ben should be signed up for obedience classes. He is very food motivated so he’s a very eager student! To learn more about Ben, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

OHS Job Opportunity: Manager — Legacy Giving

Overall Purpose: Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Manager: Legacy Giving is responsible for achieving the legacy giving goals set by the OHS.

The Ottawa Humane Society is a non-profit, community-based organization and a registered charity. Since 1888, we have been the leading organization providing a safe haven for sick, injured and homeless animals in Ottawa. If you are interested in joining our team, please read the information below.

Moving Sale: 50% off marked items!

In preparation for our move, specially marked items at the Ottawa Humane Society's store are now 50% off! Items include:

Beige Hoodies

Hooded Sweatshirts

Regular price: $33.50

Sale price: $16.75

Golf T-Shirt

Short-sleeved Golf T-shirts

Regular price: $28.73
Sale price: $14.36

Jean Shirt

Demin Shirts

Regular price: $46.50
Sale price: $23.25

Vet and t-shirt

Embroidered T-shirts

Regular price: $11.50
Sale price: $5.75

Unisex Fleece Vest

Regular price: $34.99
Sale price: $17.49

OHS Collar

Collars with OHS Logo


Regular price: $12.50
Sale price: $6.25


Regular price: $11.50
Sale price: $5.75

NewTrix Easyway Collar

NewTrix EasyWay Collars

Mini & Small sizes
Regular price: $44.99
Sale price: $22.49

Other sale items:

Regular Price
Sale Price
Various Hartz Pet Toys $1.49 to $6.99 $0.74 to $3.49
Fleece Headbands $9.50 $4.75
6' Leashes with OHS Logo $12.99 $6.49
Long Sleeved T-shirt $18.00 $9.00
Mock Turtleneck $24.99 $12.49
Sleeveless Golf T-shirt $22.99 $11.49
Turtleneck Shirt $29.95 $14.97
Sweatshirt $34.99 $17.49


OHS Store Hours:

Weekdays: 12pm — 7pm

Saturdays: 10am — 5pm


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