Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Animals Need UsToday.

There are a lot of challenges for a humane society.  Just caring for 11,000 animals every year is a momentous task on its own.  Providing 365-day-a-year emergency rescue, animal cruelty and neglect investigation, a fully staffed veterinary clinic, managing a 600-member volunteer contingent, delivering leading-edge education programs for children and adults to change the future, are a lot of tasks for one agency.   We are a hospital, a police force, a hospice, a hostel, a school, a store, a social-service agency and more—all wrapped up into one pretty complex organization.

Public expectations of us are high. In order for the OHS to meet those expectations, since our services are not funded, our community’s support needs to be high too.  The OHS does a lot to fundraise for the animals.  We organize great events.  We mail, email and telephone our supporters frequently to tell them about the animals and our great work, and to ask for support. By and large, our community responds.  It responds because we never refuse an animal, no matter how sick, injured, old or aggressive, because homeless, injured, abused and neglected animals have nowhere else to turn. 
So far this year, despite huge efforts, we have not met a number of our fundraising targets.  The usually popular Wiggle Waggle Walkathon showed inexplicably low results compared to last year.  We are surveying previous walkers to try to find out why, how we can improve the walk and bring walkers back, but in the meantime, there are almost 600 animals in our care today that need our help. 
Our United Way directed-donation cheque arrived—much lower than expected.   We are visiting more workplaces, rallies, campaign launches and barbecues than ever before to improve next year’s results, but today 28 animals need to be rescued from injury, abuse or neglect.   
To date, adoptions have been lower than expected.  We include sterilization, vaccination, pet insurance, and other inclusions worth many times more than the adoption fee.  We are in 19 convenient locations in addition to our West Hunt Club Shelter, and we are looking at new and better ways to promote OHS adoptions for the future, but today there are 132 animals ready and waiting for a loving home and a new life.
In order to keep caring, rescuing, adopting, investigating, educating and generally making our community better for animals and people, we need your support today.
Bruce Roney
Executive Director
Ottawa Humane Society

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