Monday, November 28, 2011

Quick catch saves cat

Early in November, OHS Rescue and Investigation Services agent Hammond responded to a call about a cat up a tree. When she arrived on the scene, she saw that the six-month-old kitten appeared bright and responsive.  She requested that the property owner bring an can of tuna and leave it in the area, monitoring regularly to see if the cat would come down on its own.
The following day agent Hammond returned as the kitten was still 40 feet up in the tree, so attempted to coax it down again, and this time it worked! A few quick shakes of some dry food in a bowl got the kitty’s attention and she immediately tried to climb down. 
A misstep on a thin branch caused the poor kitten to lose her grip and she was suddenly dangling by her front paws.  With no time to retrieve a net from her vehicle, agent Hammond removed her jacket hoping she could catch the cat if it tumbled. Sure enough, the kitten lost its grip entirely, and fell right into agent Hammond’s arms. She was taken right away to the OHS and checked out by a veterinarian.  Miraculously, she was not injured.
When no owner claimed the wayward cat, the beautiful tortoiseshell feline was spayed while she was at the OHS and was quickly adopted into a new home.  The new owner was very grateful that agent Hammond made the life-saving catch.  We bet “Amber” as her new owner named her, is thankful too!

Agent Hammond visits with Amber, the six-month-old kitten she managed to catch when it fell 40 feet from a tree.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Good things come in small packages!

Dogs and cats aren’t the only adoptable pets at the Ottawa Humane Society! The OHS has gerbils, rabbits, degus, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, mice, birds and other small animals. In fact, we have almost double the number of small animals this year (44) in our new facility as we did last year at this time!

Adopting a small pet can be a great experience. These friendly, easy-to-care-for pets are very social and benefit from regular handling and interaction with their owners. A small animal could be perfect for you if:

  • You want a pet, but don’t have the energy for daily dog walks or jogs

  • You don’t like having a big furry pet following you or jumping on your lap

  • You think small animals like ferrets and chinchillas are fascinating and you want to learn more about them

Before adopting a small animal, be sure you have taken the time to learn about their specific requirements and behaviours. The OHS Adoption counsellors are happy to provide you with the information you need and to help make the best match for you.

Click here to check out the many different small animals available for adoption at the OHS now!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Reasons to become Santa for a day – or two!

Have you ever donned a white beard and red coat to keep the hope alive during the holidays? Have you thought about it, but never had the opportunity?
Here is your chance!
Santa Pet Pics is the Ottawa Humane Society’s holiday fundraiser that allows four-legged family members to take part in the traditional Santa portrait fun.
It is one of our most popular fundraising programs at the Ottawa Humane Society. To guarantee the success of the program, we need many special helpers – especially volunteer Santas wanting to brighten the lives of families during the holiday season and help the animals at the OHS.
If you like to see children’s faces light up and love to interact with animals, we want to hear from you. If you have previous Santa experience, great! If not, we are willing to train if you’re willing to learn!
To be an OHS Santa Paws, you’ll need:
·         A good sense of humour!
·         Animal handling experience (dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.)
·         Experience and enjoyment working with children
·         A Criminal Records check

The Santa is assisted by the pet owner and photographer’s assistant to position the animals, but owners and kids will often get into the picture as well, which is lots of fun and makes for a great photo!   
The Volunteer Manager will follow up with interested Santas to review fit and availability.
We’ll provide the red suit, you provide the smiles.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Santa for a variety of dates in December, please contact

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Frost-bitten cat rescued by Good Samaritan

Marlah (A126590), a one-year old black, short-haired cat discovered just how brutally cold Ottawa in February can be.
She had been left on her own in the cold until a Good Samaritan found her – suffering from frost bite to her ears, paw pads and her tail.
Marlah was brought to the OHS and examined by the OHS veterinarian. Some of the damage was permanent. Her ears and tail could not be saved and her tail had to be amputated.
Marlah was prescribed medication to help manage the pain, and given antibiotics to ward off infection. After the surgery, Marlah went to a foster volunteer’s home to recuperate in comfort.
Click here to make a donation towards Marlah’s treatment.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Black goes with everything, dahling!


Add some style to your life with a beautiful black cat or dog from the Ottawa Humane Society. 

The OHS  currently has 15 black cats, including Abracadabra A136451, Nibbler A135159, Velvet A135658 and other kitties, and three black dogs – Johhny A136232, Rufus A136119 and Bear A135570 – all waiting for forever homes.


Don’t discriminate against these dark-furred beauties!  Meet your new best friend online at or visit the adoption centre weekdays 11 to 7, Saturdays 10 to 5.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Adoption "tail" contest challenge

We adopted our dog from the Ottawa humane society, and initially she was very shy and almost subdued. She has since become very comfortable and is much more relaxed. She is extremely eager to please! 

She was nervous about being out in the backyard at night when we first brought her home and she wouldn’t move away from the door. She’s over that now though and enjoys running around the yard finding the her favourite red ball!

She loves her long walks also and has gotten good on the leash. She loves her after-walk cookie and her new dog bed. She loves to chase our cats, they don’t love that too much but are getting used to her.  

I am so happy we have her as a new addition to the family!  We had lost our beloved previous dog earlier this year and the void that left was unbelievable. Our new addition has certainly helped fill that void. We are still learning to understand each other and are having a wonderful time.  She is a very gentle soul, eager to please and loves everyone.

I also wanted to mention that she is not a dog I would  have originally looked at in the shelter because I had pre-conceived ideas about her breed mix. I was completely wrong. As a result of this experience, I would encourage anyone coming into the shelter to be open to looking at different breeds. It was a “fluke” that my daughter asked about her, and the staff was able to tell us about her personality... we met her... and here we are! She has a home and we have her!!

Think YOU can top this story? Enter our contest for a chance to win a prize worth $250! Share your "tail" and help the OHS promote pet adoption as the right thing to do.

Make us laugh — make us cry. Give us your best adoption story; a story we can share with others to promote OHS adoption as the best way to add a pet to your family.

The contest closes Thursday, December 1 at 12:00 pm. For all the details on how to enter, please click here.

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