Friday, May 25, 2012

Do you know where your cat is?

My friend’s cat was hit by a car two weeks ago. 

Mimi is a very sweet cat.  You probably  know her—she is the cat that doesn’t go far off the property, not really; all the neighbours watch out for her; she’s too smart to be on the road when a car comes by, and it’s a quiet street, anyway—that cat.

Mimi’s pelvis was broken, her leg mangled. 

They hoped that her leg could be saved, but it was apparent that she was going to be in constant pain for the rest of her life, and so the best thing to do was to amputate. With the amputation, two weeks of semi-immobility to allow her pelvis to heal, and veterinary bills equivalent to a nice European holiday for two, Mimi is close to being her old self.

Bruce Roney
Ottawa Humane Society Executive Director

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Programs: one more way to serve the community

In my mind, one of the measures of the success of our new West Hunt Club facility is how much it is used by the OHS and by the community.  Our dividable, and therefore very versatile, double classroom is one part of the building that is a good measure of how active we are as a humane society.

I am anxiously awaiting the soon-to-be-launched new programming in the Education Centre space.

Dog obedience and pre-adoption classes, as well as enhanced training for our own staff can be expected to make a positive difference in the lives of animals in the short-term. 

Even more exciting are the youth and children’s programming—summer and PD day camps, animal programming with young people at risk, and other innovative new programs here at the OHS that we expect will make a difference in the lives of animals in the long term.

Check them out!

Bruce Roney
Ottawa Humane Society Executive Director

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ideas, solutions will impact the future

With 11,000 animals requiring our care every year, the animals that need us today are a major preoccupation for all of us at the OHS. This is a problem, because if we are ever to see fewer animals requiring our care, we must invest in the future as well. It’s difficult. Everyone here loves animals, and many have devoted their lives to their care and welfare. It is hard to accept that there are insufficient resources to do everything we might like to for every animal. It is particularly hard to direct resources to what sometimes feels like a nebulous future, when so many need our help today.

Key OHS staff spent Monday, April 30 talking and planning for just that. 

We took a rare opportunity to stop and think, compared notes, and shared ideas with representatives of all departments, levels, and roles at the OHS. The goal was to change the future:  How to leverage our new building, our skills, knowledge and influence to ensure that 11,000 animals a year don’t need us in 10 years, and that the outcome is better for those that do.

It’s amazing what can happen when you bring together talented people with diverse backgrounds and a passion for a common goal. 

The solutions developed during the summit were big and small. Some were cost-free, simple, and better ways of doing what we already do. Others were new programs like a pet behaviour hotline that can help keep more animals in their homes... but that will have to wait for new money. 

All the ideas will impact a great deal of what we do over the next few years.  They are going to help the animals in our building today.  And they are going to help us change the future.

Bruce Roney
Ottawa Humane Society
Executive Director

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