Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Signs of spring at the OHS

Spring has sprung early, and we are all pretty happy to get out and enjoy the warm outdoors in March instead of April. 

Since a lot of animal issues are seasonal and weather-dependant, we are all bracing for the inevitability of boxes of kittens brought to us, more rescues from neglect, more injured animals—all hallmarks of spring at the OHS.

Another hallmark of spring is increased human conflict with wildlife. And most distressing, juvenile wildlife brought to us by the public. Every year dozens, if not hundreds, of young squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and other small wildlife are brought in by well-meaning, but ultimately destructive humans. 

Most of the young are euthanized; many of them needlessly. Had they been left where they were, in most cases, their mother would have shown up in a short while. With only a handful of scarce spots left for wildlife rehabilitation in the area, and no resources to care for them, the only option is humane euthanasia.

Please, enjoy this beautiful spring. Get outside. Soak up the sun. But please leave wildlife alone.  

Bruce Roney
Ottawa Humane Society Executive Director

Read our educational resources about wildlife issues.

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