Thursday, February 2, 2012

60 in 60

In the 60 days between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012, the Ottawa Humane Society received 10 litters of puppies and kittens with a combined total of 60 young animals needing care.
The OHS prides itself on being a community organization, an open admission shelter that does not turn animals away regardless of health or behaviour – but it comes at a cost
The estimated cost for daily care, vaccinations, routine deworming and defleaing, quarantines, and spay or neuter procedures for these litters is about $16,000 from the day they arrive until they are adopted.
The OHS (and its many foster volunteers) does its very best to care for these puppies and kittens until they can be adopted into their forever homes.   You can do your part too.  Every year thousands of animals across Canada must be euthanized because they are unhealthy and unwanted, born into poor conditions and not cared for properly.   February is National Prevent A Litter month.   Spaying and neutering is not only an essential component of responsible pet ownership, but also an important civic duty as a responsible citizen. 
Spaying or neutering your pet has a variety of benefits, including:
-          Reduces tendency in male cats and dogs to roam
-          Eliminates inconvenience of the heat cycle in female dogs and cats
-          Provides better health in male and female dogs and cats
-          Eliminates spraying in most male cats
-          Facilitates training
-          Qualifies your pet for a reduced municipal license fee in Ottawa

The OHS is doing its part by ensuring that cats and dogs adopted from the shelter are spayed and neutered.  Help us help the animals. Spay or neuter your pets. If they are already spayed or neutered, please consider making a donation to help the animals currently in our care – your donation will help us spay and neuter dogs and cats before they go up for adoption.
Donations to the OHS can be made by clicking here or calling our fundraising office at 613-725-3166 ext. 252.

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