|Humane educator Ashley Dacey sits with Billy, |
an OHS dog currently benefitting from the
L.E.A.D Program. His favourite toy, the green
monkey in this photo, was given to him
by one of the youth in the program.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
In yet another shocking case, this month our Rescue and Investigations Department charged a couple who so severely neglected a pot bellied pig that its hooves grew approximately 1.5 feet long, curling around and extending back into the bottom of its feet, preventing it from standing or moving normally.
The pig was suffering with what was likely excruciating pain, as well as a permanent hoof and chronic joint abnormality caused by the overgrown hooves. We had to euthanize her to relieve her suffering.
Beyond our disgust at this outrageous level of neglect, and our hope that the severest of penalties are meted out to the perpetrators, we are reminded why our municipality restricts the species that can be kept as pets in the City.
Pot-bellied pigs are not allowed, nor are a lengthy list of other animals. The OHS supports this – strongly. Too often, the particular care needs of exotic pets are ignored in the rush to acquire the latest trend. Reptiles—most recently, slider turtles—have become the latest worrying trend.
We see the consequences in the form of neglect, or simple surrender to the OHS, leaving us to cope with the influx, care, and rehoming needs.
Ottawa Humane Society
Friday, February 10, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
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.
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