Thursday, September 29, 2011

Help the animals through the United Way!

If you haven’t yet decided how to direct your annual United Way gift, please consider directing all or a portion of it to the over 11,000 animals the Ottawa Humane Society cares for every year.  United Way gifts are used in critical areas like the in-house clinic where we perform more than 3,000 surgeries including life saving operations and spay and neuter procedures every year.   You can join thousands of individuals from our community who choose to direct their United Way donation to the animals at the OHS. 

How to make your gift
Simply fill in our organization name (Ottawa Humane Society) and our charitable number (123264715 RR0001) in the appropriate space on the United Way donation form. See the sample form on our website by clicking here.

You can also help the Ottawa Humane Society by letting your colleagues know about the option to direct their United Way donations to the OHS. Visit our website to print a poster which can be posted in your lunch or break room!
Even a small donation can help save the life of an animal who was neglected or abused. Help make the future bright for Ottawa’s animals!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Double your support for the OHS this weekend!

Supporters can donate their Air Miles to the Ottawa Humane Society, and supporters can also participate in the Rona Charities programs that saves them 5% and sends a donation to the OHS. 

Until Sunday, September 18, Air Miles is giving out extra miles on certain products at Rona -- so why not combine these two programs and support the OHS? 

This weekend, purchase a featured product at Rona and receive extra Air Miles that will go to the OHS, and in turn, receive 5% off your purchase which will convert into a donation to the OHS. 

Click to find out more about both programs: Air Miles or Rona Card 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Raccoon rescue

The OHS Rescue and Investigations Services (RIS) group receives many calls about wildlife in distress, but on September 12, an agent was dispatched to a precarious situation. 

A raccoon had  fallen down a 20-foot storm sewer as a result of having a plastic peanut butter jar stuck on its head.

An OHS RIS agent responded to a call from a Multi Drain Inc. worker who discovered the raccoon while working on sewers in the area.  One of the crew members volunteered to go down into the sewer to assist with the rescue, following some quick lessons on how to use a dog pole. 

When the raccoon was out, the RIS agent transported it to a nearby woods and spent the next 15 minutes removing the plastic jar.  After much twisting and pulling, the confused critter was freed and back where he belongs.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sandy Sharkey to match donations until midnight tonight!

The 93.9 Bob FM Morning Show was broadcast LIVE from the OHS Adoption Centre this morning.  A few months back, DS Plumbing won the broadcast in an auction that benefitted the animals at the OHS.  DS Plumbing chose to air the show LIVE from the new OHS facility.

For the past month, DS Plumbing earmarked a percentage of each service call to donate to the OHS.  On air today, they presented a check for $1,250 and host Sandy Sharkey announced that she is matching all donations made to the Ottawa Humane Society until midnight tonight!

What a way to kick off a weekend of fundraising! Funds raised through Sharkey's challenge will help pay for play structures and other items for the community cat room at the OHS.

Coming up on Sunday is the 23rd annual Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon to be held on Riverside Drive across from Billings Bridge Shopping Centre. This huge fundraiser for the animals at the OHS has already raised more than $70,000 online! The grand total will be announced at Sunday's event.

To make a one-time donation to the Ottawa Humane Society, which will be matched by Sandy Sharkey until midnight tonight, click here.

To find out more about the Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, click here.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Armin's leg

Armin (A129756) is an eight-month-old orange tabby kitten who was found in May with a noticeable limp. The finder, concerned for Armin’s leg and unable to find his owner, brought him to the Ottawa Humane Society.

The OHS veterinarian quickly determined Armin had a broken leg. Armin was immediately prescribed pain medication to make him feel better. An x-ray confirmed that his leg was broken – very badly. A consult with an orthopedic surgeon determined that due to the complexity of the break, his leg had to be amputated.

Armin underwent two surgeries in one day: neutering and the leg amputation. He came down with an upper respiratory infection (URI) a few days later, so he was sent to a foster volunteer’s home to recuperate in comfort.

You can help Armin, and other animals like him in need of emergency animal treatment, by making a donation.

BOB FM to broadcast live from the OHS

Tune in bright and early tomorrow morning when 93.9 BOB FM broadcasts its morning show live from the Ottawa Humane Society's Adoption Centre.

The radio shosts will be joined by members of the DS Plumbing team during the broadcast, and will also chat with OHS employees.

Radio host Sandy Sharkey is trying to raise $2,500 for the cause. Click here to help her reach this goal.

DS Plumbing and BOB FM are both sponsors of the 23rd annual Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon which will take place THIS SUNDAY September 11 on Riverside Drive across from Billings Bridge Shopping Centre and the R.A. Centre. Find out more at the Ottawa Humane Society website.

Join us for the 2 or 5 kilometre walk and stay for the Kids Zone, Pet Pavilion, barbecue, contests, and prizes with emcees Kurt Stoodley and Sandy Sharkey.
Brought to you by Pet Friendly radio, 93.9 BOB FM.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pumba and Princess

Two pot-bellied pigs found wandering in a busy section of suburban Ottawa have a temporary home at the Ottawa Humane Society.

The staff nicknamed the piggies Pumba and Princess, and they have been enjpying lots of outdoor time at the OHS facility at 245 West Hunt Club Road.

The pigs, which are approximately five months old, were found in the area of Greenbank and Baseline roads and brought in by a member of the public. 

The curious pigs, one found with a pink harness, the other a blue one, will be rehomed outside the city because pot-bellied pigs are a restricted animal in the City of Ottawa.   

Friday, September 2, 2011

Balou blogs from his new home

Hi, remember me?
Guess what?  My new owner loves me, and I love her.  She's never had a cat before so I'm teaching her what I like.

I love to run from the basement, up the stairs and down the hall to the spare room where I like to stretch on the bed and sleep on top of the chest of drawers. 

There are lots of windows to look out, and check what's going on.
Mom chats with me all the time. She knows when I need soft canned food for a treat, because I lead her to my bowl.  She says she's going to get me a scratch post because sometimes I like to pick on the Lazy Boy when she's watching TV.  I love when she scratches me under the chin and kisses me on the head.  I have to remind her to clean my kitty litter sometimes, she'll follow me to it. 

Thank you for giving me such good care while I lived with you at the Humane Society.  I miss my friends there, and hope they find a good home like I have.

Yours truly,


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