Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Two community events to benefit the OHS on Saturday, June 4th!

Looking for a fun way to help Ottawa's animals this weekend? Why not head out to one (or both!) of these great events:

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Big Thank You!

On April 7th, the Ottawa Humane Society responded to a province-wide OSPCA request for assistance and rescued 34 terrier-mix dogs from a backyard breeder in the Muskoka region.

We helped with the removal of over 100 dogs that were housed in a cramped, filthy shed. 24 adult dogs and 10 puppies were brought back to our Ottawa shelter, where they are are being examined and treated as required by OHS veterinarians and veterinary technical staff.

They all needed to be shaved and bathed before being assessed for adoption. Fortunately for the OHS, dog groomer Deb Leclair volunteered her services to groom the dogs. During a week she groomed almost thirty dogs! Thanks to her hard work, the dogs felt better and were on their way to finding forever homes.

Thank you Deb for lending a helping “paw”! Big thank yous also to: Best Western Macie’s Hotel for giving Deb six nights of reduced price accommodations; Stop 'N' Bark in Rockland for free blade sharpening; and TLC Grooming for a grooming blade!

If you wish make a gift to help care for the Muskoka Rescue Dogs, please donate below.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

OHS Warns Cat Owners About High-Rise Syndrome

The Ottawa Humane Society wants to remind cat owners about the dangers of allowing cats access to apartment balconies, terrace windows or open windows.

"In the spring and summer we see an increase in the number of cats that are injured or have died due to a fall," says Bruce Roney, Executive Director, Ottawa Humane Society. "Cats lose their balance and they fall and unfortunately, they do sustain serious injuries."

Veterinarians call this type of injury 'high-rise syndrome'. While 'high rise syndrome' is primarily a problem for city cats, even suburban and country cat owners need to take heed. Although cats usually land on their feet, their injuries depend on the kind of surface they land on and the distance of the fall. It is a myth that cats always land on their feet.

Cats appear to like to perch in dangerous, high places and have little fear of heights. Many owners believe that cats will not fall. But they do fall, thousands of them each year from balconies, open windows and rooftops. Sometimes a cat that has been watching a bird will become so focused, he/she may step out into thin air.

"The precautions against 'high-rise syndrome' for cat owners is quite easy," says Mr. Roney. "Firstly, do not allow your cat free access to balconies. If you do want the cat to have access to the outside ensure that it is supervised and provide a comfortable body harness and leash that is held by the owner as this is the best protection against any falls," adds Mr. Roney.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Community Kudos

Thank you to all of our wonderful OHS supporters – individuals, companies, groups and associations who have organized a community event or activity to raise money for Ottawa's animals.

Whether big or small, private or public, the effort and passion that you put into each and every event is appreciated and has a positive impact on the lives of the animals we care for.

Ottawa Folklore Centre

Thank you to the Ottawa Folklore Centre for their continued support of the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society! Once again, $2,300 from the Folka Voca Concert was donated to the animals. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Tweed & Hickory

A huge thank you to the staff at Tweed & Hickory for their continued commitment over the past six years by raising over $7,500 to helping the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society.


Burnford Realty Limited held a Christmas Tree Contest, with members of the Merchant’s Association partaking in the contest. The winner of best decorated tree went to Bella’s Glamour Studio. Bella Fooksman opted to have her prize money donated to help the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society. A huge thank you to Bunford and Bella for their support.

Queenswood Stables

A big thank you to Queenswood Stables for raising over $1,800 for Ottawa’s animals. Queenswood offered free private and semi-private lessons as well as pony rides, in exchange for an optional donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Hot, humid weather this holiday weekend

Reminder: it's going to be very warm and humid today and this weekend! If you're running errands, 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, where the vehicle is parked, and other questions about the condition of the dog.

Why did the turtle cross the road?

Most likely it's because it's a pregnant female looking for the perfect nesting site!

Turtles of all ages will wander away from their home water bodies occasionally, but mainly it is the adult females that must struggle overland in the nesting season to find a suitable warm, sunny place to bury their eggs. Roads border many of our rivers, ponds and lakes where turtles live, so vehicles take a terrible annual toll on breeding females.

Since turtles need a specific combination of conditions to lay their eggs -- southern exposure with its more direct sun, soft soil, the appropriate soil humidity, and little or no plant cover -- they often have no choice but to go far from the water in which they live. Female turtles may have used many of these sites for generations.

If you believe the turtle to be in immediate danger and you wish to help, make a safe stop. Help it across the road in the direction in which it was heading or if it appears to be advancing toward more danger, take it to a nearby suitable environment. A swampy area with a sandy bank behind it would be ideal. If the turtle is obviously headed away from the water body in which it lives, do not take it back to the water. It will only retrace its steps to get to the nesting area.

Smaller species such as Painted Turtles or Blanding’s Turtles can simply be lifted and carried by hand or in a bucket or box. Be aware that they have claws and do not put your fingers near their beaks -- they are frightened and might bite. Large Snapping Turtles are likely to bite and scratch so they should be handled carefully and by adults or older children only. Grasp the snapper at the base of the tail, lift it gently and point the beak away from your body. Carry it to the edge of the road to release it. If this method does not appeal to you try grabbing the tail and sliding the turtle onto a large flat shovel or piece of cardboard and dragging it to a safe release spot.

Important: On larger Snapping Turtles (over 30 cm/one foot in carapace length), the weight may be sufficient to break the tail if the animal is carried vertically. Use a shovel, plywood or cardboard and drag the animal. In all cases be aware that the turtle’s claws are strong and the beak is sharp. They can reach you if you are careless. Be prepared for frequent powerful lunges of the head.

For more information about turtles in our area, visit Turtle S.H.E.L.L Tortue's informative website: www.turtleshelltortue.org.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ottawa Humane Society Charges Woman with Cruelty After Dog Found Starved to Death

An Ottawa woman, Madeleine Girard, was charged with cruelty after she abandoned a 9-month-old male, pointer-mix dog to suffer without food or water until it died of starvation.

On April 20, 2011 the Ottawa Humane Society Emergency Animal Protection Services team received a call from Ottawa Community Housing and executed a search warrant on a Heatherington Avenue unit the next day. Inside the unit, they found the decomposing body of a black and white, pointer-type dog inside front door of the unit.

The dog was emaciated with ribs, vertebrae and hip bones jutting out. The body was removed as evidence and it was subsequently determined that the dog had no fat stores or recognizable food material in his digestive tract other than what appeared to be a pair of discarded jeans he found lying in piles of debris in the unit.

"It's gut wrenching to think of how this young dog suffered, slowly starving to death, waiting at the front door for the owner that never returned," said OHS Inspector Miriam Smith. "Owners must take responsibility for their pets—it's the law. You must ensure that there is someone looking after your pet if you are unable to do so."

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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Paddling For People

The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation raises funds for local charities, including the Ottawa Humane Society through an annual Pledge Challenge.

Please pledge your support today.

DONATE TODAY at http://www.dragonboatfoundation.net/ or call 613-238-7711. ext. 223.

Your generous pledge supports the following local charities:

  • Sens Foundation/Project S.T.E.P.
  • Ottawa Humane Society
  • CHEO Foundation
  • University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research
  • Bruyere Foundation
  • Debra Dynes Family House
  • ArtsSmarts

OHS Pet of the Week: Brocco (and friends!)

Meet Brocco (A129611), a two year old male budgie. He and his other budgie friends are at the OHS, looking for new homes.

Friendly and affectionate, budgies can provide endless hours of pleasure and companionship. Most budgies require training to learn to talk, but even without words, they can charm you. Budgies will generally live between six and twelve years.

Before adopting a budgie, consider the following:

  • Budgies need daily attention and interaction.
  • Budgies need nutritious food, fresh water and a clean habitat.
  • All household members should understand how to handle and care for a budgie, and they should all be as eager as you to welcome a budgie into the family.
To learn more about budgies as pets, or to adopt Brocco, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

OHS Job Posting: Communications Coordinator

Job Title: Coordinator: Communications

Under the Direction of the Manager: Communications, the Coordinator: Communications is responsible for developing and coordinating the information the OHS provides to the public.

1. Professional Responsibilities

• Fulfill public information requests, primarily incoming telephone calls, based mainly on pre-scripted responses
• Assist in the development of and maintain scripted responses to common public information requests
• Maintain and update the OHS Website content and graphics
• Draft and post OHS messages on social media
• Coordinate OHS telephone system
• Provide media, lay-out and writing support to Outreach Department
• Coordinate OHS programs and activities
• Maintain and update image database
• Maintain OHS educational material
• Relieve the OHS Dispatcher periodically
• Accomplish other administrative tasks as assigned

2. Administrative Responsibilities

• Represent OHS in a professional manner
• Be thoroughly familiar with pertinent legislation, regulations, guidelines, and OHS policies
• Participate in supervision, evaluation, and training sessions
• Maintain the facility and equipment
• Prepare accurate expense accounts and other forms
• Produce written reports and records
• Maintain computerized files
• Attend staff meetings and other meetings as required
• Provide training and orientation to new staff and volunteers as required
• Be familiar and ensure compliance with all health and safety policies and procedures
• May be required to assist in hiring of staff
• May be required to train and supervise student, volunteer and work placements
• May be required to assume the responsibilities of Supervisor

3. Program Development

• Participate in appropriate OHS committees
• Contribute to ongoing evaluation of program objectives
• Participate in the identification and achievement of OHS objectives
• Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of social, environmental and cultural issues relating to animal health and welfare
• May be required to participate in public relations and promotional activities

Education and Experience:

• Grade 12 graduation diploma
• 2 to 4 years customer service experience
• Proficiency in Word applications
• Knowledge of graphics design software preferred
• HTML experience required
• Demonstrated experience with website development tools
• Knowledge of and experience using social media
• Excellent client service skills
• Superior multitasking skills
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communications skills
• Problem solving and conflict resolution skills


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

Essential duties and working conditions:

 • Employee may be required to work evenings and weekends as needed
• Employment is conditional upon maintaining confidentiality of OHS information
• Employment is conditional upon the ability to work around all species of animals safely

You may submit your resume and application to Mandy Chepeka, Manager: Communications, at mandyc@ottawahumane.ca.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Seasonal Increase in Stray Cats Begins at Ottawa Humane Society

Spring has sprung at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) and that means significant increases in the number of homeless cats arriving at the shelter every day.

The flood of felines will continue now that the warm weather is here. Warm weather coincides with kitten season, and the inevitable pregnant cats and litters of orphaned kittens will continue until winter arrives.

"When the weather turns warm we see an increase in the number of animals admitted each day," says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. "The problem is that cats are allowed to run free, without identification, and owners don't usually look for them until it's too late. Many owners also let their cats breed indiscriminately. And sadly, many people give up looking for their cat too soon—so by the time it arrives at the shelter, its owners have long-since stopped looking."

The OHS believes that encouraging people to become more responsible pet owners will go a long way toward alleviating the chronic lost cat and cat overpopulation problems. All pets should be spayed or neutered and properly identified using a microchip, collar and tag. To reduce the number of lost cats, cats should not be allowed to roam freely. While the OHS actively seeks to reunite lost pets with their owners, the current claim rate for cats is 5%. The number of cats that the OHS can return to their owners would increase drastically if more pets had identification. It's the best way to make sure a lost cat, dog or other pet has the best chance of coming home.

There is currently a great selection of cats available for adoption. For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca/ or call the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258. Pictures of many lost cats admitted to the shelter are also on the OHS website.

Margarita (A125833) is a two-year-old cat who has been searching for a new home since January.

Friday, May 13, 2011

OHS Dog of the Week: Allie!

Super is the best adjective to describe Allie (A128923): super active, super fun and super smart! This three year old spayed female German Pinscher mix needs an experienced dog home who can bring out her inner Super Dog. Allie loves to meet people but needs practice and guidance with her manners. She’d be the perfect fit for an active family that can help her burn off her energy and be involved in her training. To learn more about Allie, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send us an email!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

OHS Cat of the Week: Sunny!

Sunny (A127272) is the perfect cat for anyone who likes a snuggler! This 4-year old short-haired cat will hang out with you and get rubs all day long. She likes to be in the same room as you and follows you around (almost like a dog). At night she’ll keep you company by sleeping in your bed. She is a good eater and loves her cat treats as well. She enjoys chasing her ball and playing with her cat toys. She’s not a big fan of being carried but loves to sit on you. She’s pretty quiet and is very clean. Every now and then she’ll run around like a maniac. She may be a bit shy at first but once she is used to you she’ll be your very best buddy! She’s a really sweet cat.

Sunny participated in the OHS Brightening Lives program. Along with a volunteer, she travelled to one of sixty facilities in the Ottawa region, to bring companionship to isolated members in our community. She was very quiet, affectionate and calm while out for her visit. She loves to lie on a bed and to be cuddled. She also loves to sit on a lap and be stroked: she has a loud purr!

To learn more about Sunny, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send us an email!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

3rd Annual Breaking Ground Community Dog Fair

Rascals Professional Dog TrainingThe 3rd annual Breaking Ground Community Dog Fair is scheduled for Sunday June 12, 2011. Join Rascals Professional Dog Training with your furry friends to support the Ottawa Humane Society's Breaking Ground campaign! Participate in exciting K9 Competitions for some amazing prizes, enter raffle draws, grab a snack, or just enjoy a walk in the park! Free entrance, free giveaways, and much more! Visit rascalsdogtraining.com for more information.

Sunday, June 12, 2011
10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Bruce Pit Park, Ottawa

For more information, contact Rachel at:

Rain date scheduled for Sunday, June 26th. Contact Rachel or visit her website for more information in case of inclement weather.

New OHS Kids Poll Question

Monday, May 2, 2011

Two new job opportunities at 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. We have two new job opportunities: Full Time Retail Coordinator and Full Time Adoption Reception Assistant. If you are interested in joining our team, please visit the OHS Job Opportunties website for full job requirements and contact information.

New Poll Question: Do you travel with your pet?

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