This week, National Volunteer Week, the Ottawa Humane Society is celebrating close to 600 volunteers who give so freely of their time, energy and passion to support the animals in our care. The OHS would simply not be where it is today without the commitment of these volunteers.
Over the past year, dedicated OHS volunteers have logged an incredible 41,805 hours—that’s over 800 hours every week—to help save animals’ lives. They have touched every part of our work, supporting our daily operations, programs and services. Dedicated volunteers have fostered hundreds of sick animals in their homes; others have supported the OHS by entering data to ensure that generous supporters were acknowledged and thanked. Our volunteer dog walkers have walked in rain, snow and sleet to provide daily outings for canines in our care, while other volunteers have driven hundreds of kilometers, delivering cats to our 22 partner pet adoption locations across the City. Our generous volunteer veterinarians donated almost 400 hours last year to sterilize animals prior to adoption, and to provide other critical life-saving surgeries to give so many more animals another chance. Board and committee volunteers have helped ensure that our future is bright and healthy, while, thanks to the efforts of so many other volunteers, we can ensure that our daily administration is as efficient as possible. From teaching kids—and adults—about the humane treatment of animals, to taking animals on visits to brighten residents’ days in long-term care facilities, OHS volunteers reach out and help us ensure a strong community devoted to animal care and welfare. So many more volunteers, in roles too countless to mention, have made a difference to the animals in our community over the past year.
We do not take any of these hours for granted; we are thankful for each and every one and what it has meant to the over 11,000 animals that need our assistance each year.
We are hosting some special events for our volunteers this week as part of National Volunteer Week, but our appreciation is sincerely ongoing throughout the year. Our volunteers are truly the lifeblood of the Ottawa Humane Society.
Are you interested in volunteering? Please check out available volunteer opportunities on our website at http://ottawahumane.ca/volunteer/volunteer.cfm.