Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
The fundraiser in honour of Chef Kurt Waldele will take place this Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 2 to 5pm at the Ottawa Humane Society's new facility at 245 West Hunt Club Road.
Chef Wasylko is the Chef at the Prime Minister's Residence. The Summer Harvest Garden Party is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Humane Society in memory of the late Chef Kurt Waldele, who had a passion for both food and animals.
Friends of Kurt have teamed with dozens of local Chefs to present fabulous feast. Guests will sample food from more than 20 Ottawa-area Chefs, and wines from Niagara, Prince Edward County and beyond.
This is a very rare culinary event
The new building is the perfect backdrop for guests to witness first-hand how funds raised for the OHS are used. It's a beautiful and inspired space and organizers are anxious to welcome guests to what they promise to be a new culinary showcase.
Thee is still time to purchase tickets to this event! Visit the OHS website for more information: ottawahumane.ca/events/summerharvest.cfm
|The Summer Harvest Garden Party will honour |
Chef Kurt Waldele (above) who had a passion
for both food and animals.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Just a quick note to let you know that I went to a new vet today who was very pleased with me. I weigh almost 99 lbs, and I have been very good at adjusting to my new home. The vet is checking me for heart worms, so I can take some new medicine, but otherwise, no problems.
Things you might not have known about me: I love to chase chipmunks, and I don't like thunderstorms. I don't understand why things fall over when I walk through a room... it is like my little body takes up more space than I understand. Also, I am very unsure about the whole cat thing. Sometimes they run, like they want me to chase them. Sometimes they hiss, like they think they are snakes. What a crazy little furball creature they are. Who would want one?
I do miss the friendly people at the OHS who helped me get back on all fours and find a new place to call home.
Lots of love,
Bentley, the big goofy dog
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Here's a pic of Angel enjoying the summer sun on the deck in the backyard:
One of the most important things that shelters can do to decrease illness in their environment is to decrease stress—and one of the best ways we can do this is by getting cats out of their cages and providing environmental enrichment. Domestic cats are social animals—most of them really benefit from being housed with others, provided there is sufficient space, easy access to feeding and elimination areas, and an adequate number of retreats and rest places. At the Ottawa Humane Society, we have made sure we have provided all of this in each of our community cat rooms and condos!
We have also enhanced our health and hygiene protocols to keep cats in group housing healthy. Materials used in these rooms are either highly cleanable, such as our metal cat trees or washable cat beds, or disposable, like our Hide and Perch boxes. Cats are tested for disease, vaccinated, and receive a full health-check prior to being placed into group housing. And, although it is still possible for a cat to fall ill in a community cat room, shelter reports indicate that illness break-outs in group housing situations tend to be less severe. We do recognize that not all cats are social butterflies, so we still maintain appropriate single housing for these cats!
Shelters also overwhelmingly report an increase in adoptions when they implement group housing, which means more cats finding their forever home faster than before. So, while group housing involves considerable investment—from taking time to select cats that will live well together to providing enhanced health and hygiene resources—we are thrilled that we are providing a brighter future for so many more animals that come into our care!
Monday, August 15, 2011
On August 11, Mehrbanoo Hejri Mashahad pled guilty to charges of causing distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act and was sentenced to a $200 fine and one year’s probation for leaving her two five-month old poodles locked in her car for 36 minutes while she went shopping. The outside temperature was 27 degrees. The inside temperature of the vehicle, taken by an OHS Rescue and Investigations Services agent, registered 44 degrees.
Mashahad unlocked the car when police tracked her down inside the store. Both dogs were in distress, running from door to door in the car in an attempt to escape. They recovered after Ottawa Police Services and OHS Rescue and Investigations Services arrived, rehydrated them with water, and provided shelter within the OHS air-conditioned vehicle.
“This is an extremely important case, not only because it’s the first conviction of its type under the provincial laws, but because it sends a message to the community that this cruelty is illegal and will not be tolerated.” said Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. “Temperatures inside a car can cause life-threatening damage to an animal in minutes. If we need to break into a car to rescue an animal, charges will be laid.”
In July, the OHS received 10% more complaints of dogs left in hot cars than it did over the same month in 2010. There are four additional cases of similar charges pending. The maximum fine is $60,000 and a maximum of two years in jail.
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.
To donate to our rescue efforts, click here.
For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Sadly, Chef Waldele passed away in 2009 and friends of Kurt have teamed together this year with dozens of local Chefs to present this OHS fundraiser in his memory. Guests will have the opportunity to sample food from more than 20 Ottawa area Chefs, and wines from Niagara, Prince Edward County and beyond. They will enjoy food prepared by the Chef’s from some our local embassies, a rare treat indeed. Partnering with them are Chefs from some of the City's most renowned hotels. It will y be one of the highlights on Ottawa's culinary scene.
The new OHS shelter is the perfect backdrop for guests to witness first-hand how funds raised for the OHS are used to care for Ottawa’s animals.
Michael Blackie - National Arts Centre
Robin Bowen - Spin Kitchen
Matthew Carmichael - Restaurant 18 / Social / Side Door
Louis Charest - Governor General's Residence
Joe Calabro - Pasticcerria Geleteria Italiano
Kyle Christopherson (representing his fundraising event Allure)
Frederic Filliodeau - Pasticcerria Geleteria Italiano
Michael Hay - Courtyard
Trish Larkin - Black Cat Bistro
George Laurier - Spin Kitchen
Marc Lepine - Atelier
Johnny Leung - KW Catering
Clifford Lyness - Brookstreet Hotel
Dino Ovcaric - United Sates Ambassador's Residence
Gabriel Pollock - Grounded Kitchen Coffee
Steve Price - Algonquin College
Amir Rahim - Grounded Kitchen Coffee
Jud Simpson - Parliamentary Dining Room, House of Commons
Ken Skidmore - Liam Maguires Buffet
Tim Wasylko - Prime Minister's Residence
Russell Weir - Sheraton Hotel Ottawa
Thank you to the Summer Harvest Garden Party Organizing Committee for putting together this wonderful event in Kurt’s memory to benefit the animals in our care.
Click here to read more about the Garden Party and to purchase tickets!
Friday, August 5, 2011
The furry felines currently staying at the Ottawa Humane Society love the addition of new cat trees to their condo-style living arrangements.
“The cat trees are such a great addition to the Adoption Centre,” said Bruce Roney, Executive Director of the Ottawa Humane Society. “You can tell the cats love them. They are playing and relaxing and they’re perched on the highest platforms observing everything that’s going on.”
The platforms not only help keep the cats exercised, but allow for a bit of separation when play time is over and make great use of the space in the cat rooms.
The cat area of the Adoption Centre is bright and sunny and has very few individual cages in favour of open-concept rooms that allow the cats to play and interact.
The Adoption Centre now has a forest of cat trees allowing lots of comfy places for the cats to lounge as they wait to be adopted.
The Adoption Centre at the new Ottawa Humane Society at 245 West Hunt Club Road is open from Monday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm or Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Contact the adoption centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OHS is holding a microchip clinic this Sunday, August 7 at 245 West Hunt Club Road between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - by appointment only.
The cost of microchipping is $50 for one animal, $25 for each additional pet.
Call the OHS at 613-725-3166, ext. 221 or e-mail email@example.com to book your appointment today!
All proceeds will benefit the animals at the OHS. Animals should be in a carrier or on a leash. Owners should bring vaccination records and one piece of photo ID (for example, driver’s licence).
For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca.