Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Top walker flies to Hawaii with winnings

In 2010, Angela Crawford raised $4,169 for the Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon making her the highest fundraiser at the 22nd annual event. Her top placement won her roundtrip Westjet tickets to anywhere Westjet flies.

Crawford didn’t hesitate to pick the vacation spot of her dreams and went to Hawaii for two weeks with her boyfriend this past February.

“We went to Oahu where Honolulu is,” explained the member of the Alta Vista Animal Hospital walkathon team. “We stayed at Waikiki beach, and also went to Maui.”

“We snorkelled six times,” she continued. “It was breeding and calving season for hump back whales, so they were all around us.  We saw coral fish and endangered green sea turtles.  We dove with sharks – Galapagos sharks that were 10 feet long. They were all around us.”

Crawford said the trip was amazing, but she loved found snorkelling the most memorable.

“We were so close to sea turtles and a sea snake,” she said.  “We saw endangered monk seals.”

Crawford has been a veterinary technician in the surgery department of the Alta Vista Animal Hospital for the past 15 years and a participant in the Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon for 10 years. She will again participate this year with her co-workers on Sunday, September 11. As a team, the hospital has a goal to raise $15,000.

“As usual, I  have the web page for online fundraising but I will  also sell chocolates and baked goods at work and go door to door in my neighbourhood,” she explained.

Crawford is also organizing a fundraiser night at the Velvet Room and Fat Tuesdays in the Byward Market. Similar to an event she held last year, this year’s pub night will take place September 9.  A $5.00 admission fee will go toward fundraising efforts, as will the proceeds of a 50/50 draw and a silent auction. 

Thanks to Angela Crawford and the walkathon team at Alta Vista Animal Hospital!  There’s still time bring in pledges for a chance of becoming this year’s biggest fundraiser!

Click here to register for the walkathon or to find out more about the event, set to take place on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Mouth-watering event raises $39,000

One of many culinary delights served at the Summer Harvest Memorial Garden Party
on Sunday, Aug. 28. Click here to see more photos and read Ron Eade's
blog about the event that raised $39,000 for the OHS.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Garden party raises $39,000 for the animals

Chef Kurt Waldele

The memorial fundraising garden party organized by friends of Kurt Waldele raised over $39,000 for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS).

For nearly a decade, Waldele, the former Executive Chef of the National Arts Centre, organized summer garden parties benefitting the OHS at his home with his wife Dr. Suzanne Beauchemin, and volunteered his time and talent preparing menus for the OHS FurBall galas.  Over the years he helped raised close to $750,000 for Ottawa’s animals. 

Waldele’s long-time friend Robert Bourassa, owner of the former Cafe Henry Berger in Gatineau, along with Nicole Paradis of C.A. Paradis and Robin Duetta, former publisher of FoodMODE magazine, organized the garden party as a tribute to Waldele and to benefit the animals as he had done.  Culinary delights for approximately 250 guests were prepared by more than 20 Ottawa area chefs, some who never serve the general public, including Chef Tim Wasylko of the Prime Minister’s Residence, who prepared “Tacos para mi pastor” with assistance from volunteer sou-chef Rachel Harper while her mother Mrs. Laureen Harper chatted with chefs, party guests and OHS supporters.

“I can’t think of a better way to honour Kurt’s memory than to combine his passion for food and animals in an event that helps the animals in our care,” says Bruce Roney, Executive Director, Ottawa Humane Society.  “We’re happy to host the party at our new facility and we’re very pleased with the success of the event.  Kurt would be very proud.” 

Friends of Kurt teamed together with dozens of local Chefs to present this OHS fundraiser.  Guests sampled food from various Ottawa area Chefs, and wines from Niagara, Prince Edward County and beyond. 

This very rare culinary event allowed guests to witness first-hand how funds raised for the OHS are put to use at the Ottawa Humane Society.

photo by Lois Siegel   www.siegelproductions.ca

Friday, August 26, 2011

Laureen Harper to be sou-chef at Garden Party

Mrs. Laureen Harper will be Chef Tim Wasylko's volunteer sou-chef at the Summer Harvest Garden Party!

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    many of the participating Chefs work at embassies and hotels where members of the public don't have an opportunity to sample their food. Partnering with them are Chefs from some of the City's most renowned restaurants. 

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

See you on Sunday!

The Summer Harvest Garden Party will honour
Chef Kurt Waldele (above) who had a passion
for both food and animals.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bentley sends us news

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.

My new owners seem to want to call me Bentley, so I humour them. I love that I have carpet and a special soft doggy bed to lie on. They hardly ever leave me alone, and I have two nice long walks everyday. Now that I have had my rabies vaccine, I am going to go to the dog park soon!

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

Sully not sullied at all

"We adopted our dog Sully from the OHS this past February. When we first met our dog he had the temporary name “Happy” and he was just coming off medication from being neutered, so we had to foster him first for about a week, but it took a lot less time to figure out he was the dog for us. Since adopting him he has gone through Level 1 training at Carolark dog school and is a proud graduate and he has been introduced to swimming up at our cottage and while it’s not his favourite activity, he is certainly good at it and he looks hilarious with his life jacket on! Anyway, I just wanted to thank all your staff for what they do day in and day out – adopting a dog has been an extremely rewarding experience and Sully has become an enormously loved member of our family."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Angel's adoption a heavenly success

"We are thrilled to be blessed with our little Angel. She has been a wonderful addition to our family. She is so gentle and patient with my two-year-old. She even lets her dress her up as a princess sometimes. She became fast friends with my other dog, Lucy. They even sleep on the couch together."

Here's a pic of Angel enjoying the summer sun on the deck in the backyard:

All together now!

The benefits of group housing

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

Ottawa Humane Society acclaims first conviction after dogs left sweltering in hot car

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is applauding the first provincial conviction and sentencing of a case involving dogs being left in locked hot cars.

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

Summer Harvest Garden Party at the OHS

Chef Kurt Waldele, former Executive Chef of the National Arts Centre and owner of KW Catering, had a passion for animals that rivaled his passion for food. For many years, Kurt held a Summer Harvest Garden Party at his Cumberland estate to raise money for the Ottawa Humane Society.

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.

Participating Chefs:

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

Cats in trees!

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 adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Microchip clinic this Sunday

If your pet goes missing this summer, what are the chances it will find its way home? The Ottawa Humane Society is urging animal owners to take precautions by ensuring that if their dog or cat becomes lost, it has the best possible chance of a safe return — by implanting a grain-sized microchip offering permanent, lifelong identification.

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 microchip@ottawahumane.ca 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.

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