Friday, September 27, 2013

Ottawa Humane Society Honours Community Members at its AGM

The Ottawa Humane Society honoured several volunteers and members of the public last night at its annual general meeting, celebrating the many dedicated and passionate individuals and organizations working together to make our community better for the animals.

Sit With Me Shelter Dog Rescue received the Muriel Davies Kindness Award for its help providing medical and training attention to the OHS's harder-to-place mixed-breed and senior dogs. The partnership with Sit With Me has allowed the OHS to give more than 45 dogs a second chance at a forever home.

The Community Foundation of Ottawa was awarded the Community Spirit Award. The OHS and the animals in its care have been fortunate to receive annual grants from donor-directed funds within the CFO since 1999. Grants have helped kick-start projects such as a foster care program expansion, a pet identification program, programs for at-risk youth, and a feline disease control program.

Esther Becker received the Eleanor Prowse Volunteer Service Award for generously giving her time through volunteer work and continued participation in a wide range of OHS programs, including Off-Leash camps, Brightening Lives Animal Visits, and the humane education program.

Pet Valu Canada received the Special Recognition Award for its role in growing the OHS's Pet Adoption Location program, or PAL. Pet Valu Canada has been instrumental in helping find forever homes for more OHS cats through its participation in the PAL program as an adoption partner.

Ron Eade received the media award for his efforts to raise awareness of OHS events, such as the FurBall Gala and Summer Harvest Garden Party, furthering the OHS goal of helping nearly 11,000 animals every year.

Kathy Lane, a dedicated foster volunteer, was awarded the Siobhan Shefflin Memorial Award, acknowledging her devoted work providing help to many of the neediest cats and kittens that come into the care of the OHS. Ms. Lane cares for them in her home until they're ready for adoption, giving them a second chance at a bright and healthy future.

Dr. Glenys Hughes was awarded the Dr. James Hutchison Animal Welfare Award for her work saving animal lives as a volunteer veterinarian at the OHS. She has been an active volunteer in the clinic since 2009 and has contributed above and beyond to the welfare of Ottawa's animals.

Emily, David and Sarah Aaron were awarded the President's Special Recognition Award for their outstanding contributions to the goals and mission of the OHS. They generously supported the campaign to build a new shelter, helping to make the dream of a new home for the animals a reality.

A Word About the Ottawa Humane Society:
The Ottawa Humane Society is a registered charity founded in 1888. The Society works in and with the community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions, and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray, or homeless.

For media enquiries, contact:
Natalie Pona, Manager: Communications
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166 ext. 261
245 West Hunt Club Rd.
Ottawa, ON K2E 1A6

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