OTTAWA, Ont. (07 July, 2011) – Staff at the Ottawa Humane Society are anxious to publicly thank and recognize the Ottawa community for the donations that made their new facility—officially opened at a ceremony July 6—possible.
The project began in 2005 with research and planning in best practices in animal sheltering and design. It became a reality through the generosity of hundreds of donors, many of whom are honoured on the donor wall and individual rooms, kennels, dog runs etc. throughout the new Ottawa Humane Society.
“Everyone at the OHS, especially the more than 11,000 animals we care for every year, is extremely grateful to our donors,” said Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. “We wouldn’t be here celebrating this extraordinary, state-of-the-art building if not for the generosity of our community.”
Unlike the old facility, which was often described as depressing, the new facility is designed to be a warm, inviting environment where visitors can meet and interact with animals before they adopt, and where the facility’s education centre will host such activities as classes in dog training, children’s camps, and birthday parties. The centre will also be available for the public to rent, making it a truly community-focussed centre.
“Education is the key to responsible pet ownership,” said Roney. “We’re very pleased that we can now meet and work with the community directly onsite to provide information on animal welfare, including the importance of spaying and neutering, and pet identification through microchips and tags.”