Friday, January 18, 2013

Going "Off Leash" at the OHS!

My name is Danika, and I am 6 years old. I didn't have any school today, so my parents decided I could go "Off-Leash" at the Ottawa Humane Society PD Day camp.

My dad told me that there would be a lot of fun stuff to do and boy was he right – we get to learn about lots of different animals and all about the Ottawa Humane Society at the camp.

Last time I was at camp, I brought my favourite stuffed dog, Selena, because at camp we pretended to do surgery on her! We had to pretend that our animal was hurt, poor Selena hurt her foot. The counsellors showed us how to do pretend surgery, and I taped up Selena's paw. Maybe one day I can be a vet!

The veterinarian at the OHS fixes animals at the Humane Society so they can go for walks and run with all their friends.  We even microchipped Selena, so that if she ever gets lost like my cat did, the OHS can find the microchip with a computer and help owners find their lost animals. I'm very happy the OHS helped me find my cat when she was lost.

The next thing that we learnt at the camp was the camp cheer! I had so much fun singing and dancing and learning the song with my new friends. 

One of my favourite things today was the special visit from Cooper. Cooper, is a dog that has three legs and he was adopted from the OHS. He's so cool that he volunteers to visit kids like me in their school to teach about being nice to animals and he even comes to camp. He rolled on to his back to let everyone give him a belly rub. My dogs Duke and Daisy do that all the time! I love my dogs!

I had so much fun today with my friends, and the counsellors at camp! I can’t wait for my birthday because I want to have my party at Ottawa Humane Society so that all my friends can learn how to love animals too!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Waiting for a forever home

Olive has been in the shelter since August 2012

One of the cute things we were going to do at Christmas this year was to send you a piece based on the Twelve Days of Christmas to highlight and profile the animals that had been patiently waiting for a forever home here at the OHS the longest.

The piece didn’t work out for a couple of reasons, but as we identified our longest residents, I have to admit I was a bit stunned to see just how long some animals had been waiting.  Among the cats, one named Midnight has been with us since February last year! Five other delightful cats have been waiting for more than six months.  Pair of budgies has been waiting to spread their wings in new homes since April.  In dogs, two-Olive and Duke have been waiting for a home since last August. 

Midnight is still waiting for her forever home
You can’t imagine how delighted we all are to give animals like Midnight, Olive, and Duke that kind of second chance.  One of the reasons, of course, that we so desperately needed  to move from our tiny and wholly inadequate shelter on Champagne to our much larger and better facility on West Hunt Club.  We needed to house more animals humanely, keep them healthy, and give them the time to find that elusive forever home.  

While the person that cares about animals rejoices, the administrator in me worries. Six months to a year is a lot of “care days”- the term we use to calculate space requirements and cost of care for a small handful of animals.  We always try to do the best for the most, and while I recognize that different animals have different needs, keeping animals for these lengths of times is costly.

Some people had expressed that, now that we have this great new building, we must not need as much support from the community.  That administrator in me continues to worry, because we need our support and the support of our whole community more than ever if we are to use this facility to achieve what it was meant to; and give Midnight, Olive, Duke, their friends and those that will follow the second chance at a new life we set out to give them.

Bruce Roney,
Executive Director



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

All the best for 2013!

2013 is a very special year for the Ottawa Humane Society.  In the coming year, we will be celebrating an amazing 125 years of service to our community!

To mark the occasion, we are hosting a number of open houses and other special events that will allow you and the rest of our community to learn more about our history, our work today and our plans for the future. 

We are also publishing an updated copy of Helping Hands, the history of the OHS originally written to mark our centennial year in 1988.  It's fascinating reading.  Copies will be available in our Buddy and Belle Boutique in February.

Our Wiggle Waggle Walkathon is turning 25 in 2013. We are going to make it the best ever. We hope you will help make it the biggest—to celebrate its birthday too, and of course to help more animals.

Other fun stuff will be scattered throughout the year.  Please watch for your invitations and do join us and help us celebrate 125 years of service.

Happy New Year and all the best for 2013! 

Bruce Roney, 
Executive Director

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