Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ottawa Humane Society Prepares for Busiest Day of the Year

How can you help? Leave your pet at home on Canada Day!

With the annual Canada Day festivities around the corner, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is preparing for its own traditional event—the busiest day of the year.

“Every Canada Day, we receive a flood of calls about lost animals,” says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. “We know that hot weather and fireworks are the symbols of a great holiday, but both things pose a significant danger for pets.”

Almost all animals are terrified of fireworks, so the OHS recommends leaving your companion animal at home when you head out to the Hill, or to a neighbourhood celebration. “Even a well-trained dog can become spooked at the sound of fireworks and bolt quickly,” says Mr. Roney. “Many, many animals turn up at the OHS each year because they panicked and ran away after hearing such loud noises.”

With Canada Day as the traditional start to summer, it’s also important to be mindful of how hot weather can affect pets. The OHS receives calls all summer long about dogs left in hot cars. Dogs can’t cool themselves as efficiently as humans can, and on very hot days, temperatures in parked cars can rise to dangerous or even deadly levels in mere minutes. So when the temperature soars, it’s best to leave your companion animal at home, with access to shade, and lots of fresh water.

And if you leave your animal with someone else this summer while you’re on vacation, make sure you provide that person with appropriate documentation (including an emergency number, letter of consent, past vet bills etc.). This proof of owner information will give your designated caregiver the authority to claim the animal, or seek veterinary care on your behalf should your pet become lost and turn up at the shelter, or require veterinary attention.

By following these simple precautions, both you and your pet can enjoy safe summer celebrations. Anyone who sees an animal in distress should contact the OHS Rescue and Investigation Services immediately at 613-725-1532.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

OHS Cat of the Week: Miette

Meet Miette (A115405) a beautiful tortoiseshell cat who is looking for her "furever" home. This 3-year old spayed female cat is near "purrfection": she gets along with cat-friendly dogs, pet rabbits and caged birds! She enjoys entertaining herself with toys, and loves to hang out with people when they watch TV or sleep at night on the bed. Because of her thick, long coat, she will need a good brushing every few days to prevent mats and tangles. If you're looking for a new feline companion, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, or visit our new shelter at 245 West Hunt Club.

Friday, June 24, 2011

First Animal Adopted on Day 1 at New Ottawa Humane Society!

First Animal Adopted on Day 1 at New Ottawa Humane Society!

June 24, 2011
For immediate release

Samwise a Lionhead rabbit, had the shortest stay of any of the animals at the new Ottawa Humane Society. He was moved from the old shelter on June 23 and was adopted as soon as the doors opened at the new facility on June 24.

Darcy McKenzie spotted Samwise's picture on the Ottawa Humane Society website and drove from Toronto this morning to ensure that she could adopt him right away. After calling and emailing the OHS Adoption Centre from Toronto, Darcy arrived in the morning as the doors opened to complete her application.

"As soon as I saw his picture I said ‘That's our rabbit!'", said McKenzie. "My husband and I have been looking for a small rabbit like a Lionhead for almost eight months. The OHS staff was extremely helpful arranging the adoption during their move and assisting us long distance."

McKenzie was immediately impressed with the new OHS facility. "It's beautiful! I watched the move on FaceBook and was very touched by the photos of staff and volunteers. They're obviously so dedicated to the animals. It's touching to see how much they care."

Samwise is on his way to his new home in Toronto now, but there are many more animals at the new Ottawa Humane Society looking for their forever home. View pictures of adoptable animals at

First Adoption
Darcy McKenzie and OHS Customer Service Supervisor,
Karen Nielsen with Samwise, the first animal adopted
from the new OHS facility.

(Click for a larger version.)

For media enquiries, contact:
Mandy Chepeka
Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Move Begins!

The boxes are (almost!) packed, the movers arrive tomorrow! We are moving furniture and files Wednesday, and the animals on Thursday. We may be difficult to reach tomorrow morning but our phone system and computers should all be hooked up by noon.

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this possible! Also a big thank you to all the volunteers who are helping out during the move. It’s heart-warming to know that Ottawa cares so much about its animals.

Check out our website for our hours over the next few days and for directions.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Packing Begins!

The OHS staff are so excited about the move to 245 West Hunt Club Road next week! Today the packing crates arrived, and the packing begins. So much to get done!

Our hours next week:

Adoption Centre

Monday, June 20: 12 - 7pm at 101 Champagne Ave
Tuesday, June 21: 12 - 7pm at 101 Champagne Ave
Wednesday, June 22: Closed
Thursday, June 23: Closed
Friday, June 24: 11am - 7pm at 245 West Hunt Club

Municipal Animal Shelter / Lost and Found

Monday, June 20: 9am - 7pm at 101 Champagne Ave
Tuesday, June 21: 9am - 7pm at 101 Champagne Ave
Wednesday, June 22: 9am - 7pm at 101 Champagne Ave
Thursday, June 23: 9am - 7pm at 245 West Hunt Club
Friday, June 24: 9am - 7pm at 245 West Hunt Club

For more information about our move, visit

"In the Dog House" raises $75,000 for animals at the Ottawa Humane Society

Over 150 guests and 17 "top dogs" and "cool cats" helped raise $75,000 for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society's In the Dog House fundraiser, held Thursday night at the new Ottawa Humane Society facility on 245 West Hunt Club Road.

"This was our first "jail and bail" fundraising event and we're thrilled with the turnout and the results. Ottawa's animals will have a much brighter future thanks to the generosity of our guests and participants." said Bruce Roney, executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS).

After facing a variety of unique charges from Judge Stuntman Stu, and being thrown in the dog house, some of Ottawa's notable ‘top dogs' and ‘cool cats' including Dave Smythe, Sandy Sharkey and Patrick McGarry, successfully raised their bail money and were "sprung", all for the benefit of Ottawa's animals. For many guests, it was an opportunity for a sneak peak at the Ottawa Humane Society's new facility, before the animals move in on June 23rd. Guests bid on an assortment of donated items at the silent auction, including a Ben Babelowsky print, a pearl necklace, and rounds of golf at Mount Tremblant. The evening's cuisine was donated by several local restaurants and caterers.

Councillor Egli
City of Ottawa Councillor Keith Egli "In The Dog House"
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

OHS Pet of the Week: Armana the Budgie!

Armana the Budgie, A129619

When did she arrive/how long has she been here
• May 9, 2011 with 12 other budgies

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

• Budgie
• 1 year 6 months old
• Female
• Yellow and Green

• 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.

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

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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ottawa's "top dogs" and "cool cats" are In the Dog House

On June 16th the Ottawa Humane Society is hosting a very special fundraiser at its new facility before the animals move in. Some of Ottawa's most notables will be thrown in the dog house and will need everyone's help to get out. Watch "Judge" Stuntman Stu, and see Rabbi Bulka, Kurt Stoodley, Sandy Sharkey and many more as they sit in the dog house waiting to be bailed out. Cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. Appetizers, desserts, entertainment throughout the evening. Silent auctions.

245 West Hunt Club Road
Ottawa, ON
K2E 1A6
Tel: 613-725-3166

6:00pm to 10:00pm

For more information, visit

Monday, June 13, 2011

This "Gypsy" girl needs a home

In May 2010, the Ottawa Humane Society rescued a female dog from a roach-infested apartment filled with garbage. She is thought to be a shepherd-beagle mix, approximately 7 years old.

Gypsy was put up for adoption at the OHS, where she overcame her sad past and won the hearts of staff and volunteers. Seven months later, she was transferred to the Bullies In Need dog rescue.

She is a happy gal who wants to play and run, and although she can be stubborn, she's a smarty-pants. Gypsy loves hanging out with her people, and is calm and polite in the house with other dogs. During doggie playtime, she can get excited and is still learning to share with other dogs, so supervision is a must. Gypsy loves to work and run - and is very motivated by food and toys, so she could be an ideal jogging partner or agility dog!

There is an old Gypsy saying, "After bad luck comes good fortune."

Gypsy deserves a chance for a happy forever home. She is the kind of dog that will flourish with the right owner.

If you are interested in adopting Gypsy, or know someone else who is, please check out the Bullies in Need page or email

Paddling For People

There is something for everyone at the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation! Come see what all the fuss is about June 17-19th at Mooney’s Bay Park. Visit for more information.
  • Free Admission
  • Tim Hortons Children’s Area
  • Free Live Music
  • Non-Stop Racing
  • Kickoff Party
  • Charity Silent Auction
  • Multicultural Food Concessionaires and Vendors
Your generous pledge supports the following local charities:

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

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Ottawa Humane Society is Moving!

As of June 23rd, the Ottawa Humane Society and Municipal Animal Shelter will be located at the new facility on West Hunt Club Road, between Merivale Road and Prince of Wales Drive.

New Address:
245 West Hunt Club Road
Ottawa, ON
K2E 1A6
Tel: 613-725-3166

Open and closed dates during the move:

101 Champagne Ave.
245 West Hunt Club
Adoption Centre
June 21 Open
June 22 Closed
June 23 Closed
June 24 Closed
June 21 Closed
June 22 Closed
June 23 Closed
June 24 Open
Municipal Animal Shelter and Claiming a Lost Pet
June 21 Open
June 22 Open
June 23 Closed
June 24 Closed
June 21 Closed
June 22 Closed
June 23 Open
June 24 Open

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For more information on the move and hours of operation, visit

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Help Purchase Important URI Medication for Cats

Every month in our present shelter, the Ottawa Humane Society treats between 120 and 150 cases of Upper Respiratory Infection (URI). URI is a cat cold, which can be caused by a virus or bacteria. It results in sneezing, runny nose and eyes, congestion, cough and loss of appetite in cats. In a stressful shelter environment, URI can have serious complications and is often life-threatening.

Cats with bacterial URI require medication, in the form of eye drops or pills, as well as rest and plenty of fluids.

The OHS spends $175/month on bacterial URI medication.

Help us purchase the needed medication to care for sick cats.

$2,100 will treat 1,615 cats
$1,000 will treat 769 cats
$500 will treat 385 cats
$100 will treat 77 cats
$25 will treat 19 cats

OHS Cat of the Week: Georgie

Meet Georgie (A114875), a cute and cuddly five year old spayed female cat. Georgie loves to hang out with people: to play with them, to cuddle on laps, and even to greet guests at the door! Georgie is a fairly quiet girl but she’ll let you know when her food dish is empty. She actively plays with toys on her own, but if you’re willing she’ll definitely engage in play with people. To learn more about this social butterfly, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at

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