Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pet Expo – Join the OHS at this Very Special Event for the Animals

I am always thrilled when the community thinks of helping the animals at the OHS. Last year, Ottawa Pet Expo approached us about being the official charity partner. We agreed right away, as it was an excellent opportunity to meet with and speak with so many animal owners across our region and to raise much-needed money for the animals in our care.

The OHS is once again proud to be part of the 2013 edition of Ottawa Pet Expo on Nov. 9 and 10. Please join us at our booth and speak with staff and volunteers about OHS programs and services such as our: humane education program; pet first aid; dog obedience classes; microchip clinics; "Off-Leash" PD day and summer camps; and birthday parties.

Trained staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about our animals up for adoption. We will have special guest animals from our Brightening Lives visitation program along with information on animals currently available for adoption. If you think you have found your perfect match, remember we are now open Sundays and you can visit with and see all the animals at our shelter down the street at 245 West Hunt Club Rd.

How can you help the animals while attending Ottawa Pet Expo? There are many ways – you can:

  • Visit one of the many vendors helping the OHS by donating all or part of their proceeds to the animals in our care
  • Buy something for your special four-legged friend from our Buddy and Belle Boutique – remember, we always have more great animal items back at the store
  • Purchase a Warm Heart Raffle ticket at the OHS booth – you can win great cash prizes – but best of all, the animals in our care are the real winners
  • Bring your old pennies and coins and dump your change in one of the large Buddy and Belle coin-boxes throughout the Ottawa Pet Expo site 

Ottawa Pet Expo takes place at the Earnst and Young Centre (4899 Uplands Dr.) and tickets can be purchased here.

I hope to see you there.

Rob McCulloch
Director: Development

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Breezy is recovering in the care of the OHS
By now, most everyone in the City has heard about the horrendous attack last week on a young Labrador-shepherd cross named Breezy.  The violence and its callous aftermath shocked even seasoned staff at the OHS.

The investigation will take time.  The courts move slowly.  There will be time to hold the perpetrator to account.  Meanwhile, this sweet young dog is regaining strength and appears to be improving.  Her recovery is not yet certain, with brain injury her biggest threat. 

Until we know, please join with all of us at the Ottawa Humane Society by generating the most powerful  force in the world: Hope. 

Bruce Roney, 
Executive Director

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Join the spook-tacular fun at the OHS on Sunday, Oct. 27!
While Halloween can be frighteningly fun for families, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is reminding pet owners that this holiday may be too scary and potentially dangerous for your pet. The OHS recommends taking these precautions to help keep pets safe this Halloween:

Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Chocolate can be toxic to many animals including dogs, cats and ferrets. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs and may lead to loss of co-ordination and seizures. Make sure not to leave candy wrappers on the ground; if ingested, they can become obstructions in your pet’s digestive system and can cause severe complications.

Keep pets safely indoors while trick-or-treating. Dogs can become easily excited and difficult to handle during the noise and commotion of the festivities. If they get loose, they may dart into traffic or become lost. It's best to keep pets indoors in a separate room of the house so they don't slip out when the door is opened. It's especially important to keep black cats indoors during the period around the holiday, as they may be the target of pranksters.

Make sure your pets are properly identified. In the event of an accidental escape, a collar, tag and microchip are your best bet your animal will make it home. Frequently-opened doors provide a great opportunity for animals, especially cats, to run out of the house unnoticed.

Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know he enjoys it. A costume can cause stress and injury to pets if it restricts their movement, hearing or ability to breathe, bark or see. Small dangling pieces may be chewed off and cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Never leave your costumed pets unsupervised. 

Use decorations with caution. Keep your pets away from lit pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.

If you observe an animal in immediate distress or danger at Halloween or any time, please contact the OHS emergency services at 613-725-1532.

For some spook-tacular Halloween fun, don't forget to stop by the OHS, located at 245 West hunt Club Rd. on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  for a howl of a good time at our Howl-o-ween open house with special fun and activities for kids! For more information, please visit our website at

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by Bringing Home an OHS Dog

Bronx can't wait to entertain his
new family with his stand-up act!
Choosing to adopt a dog from the Ottawa Humane Society means different things to different people: a new family member, a best friend, running buddy, fellow couch potato.

But to the dog who's going to a new forever home, it means the chance for a happy, comfortable and fulfilling life, thanks to you.

The OHS has many wonderful dogs, from purebred puppies to senior mixed breeds, who wound up in shelter through no fault of their own – maybe it was due a new baby or the move to an apartment that doesn't allow pets. For some, it happened when their previous owner couldn't afford life-saving medical care and made the right choice to surrender them to the OHS. Ultimately, these aren't problem dogs – they were dogs with people problems. Now they're just waiting for the right adopter to pass by.

It's important to note that choosing to adopt from the OHS isn't only about giving a shelter dog a home; OHS dogs are frequently in high-demand so there's no hard-sell needed. There are, however, tangible financial benefits to choosing an OHS dog. (It's not just about the slobbery kisses!) Your OHS dog is:
Chief is the George Clooney of dogs!
  • spayed or neutered
  • microchipped
  • medically checked
  • vaccinated
  • insured for six week with Petsecure

That adds up to a savings of an estimated $726 when compared to the cost of a "free" puppy from a friend or colleague.

So, this October, if you've been thinking about adding a furry sidekick to your family, consider stopping by the 245 West Hunt Club Rd. facility to visit Dodger, Chief, Bronx, or one of the many other wonderful dogs at the OHS. You just might find that perfect canine match to help you celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Black Goes with Everything

Hoju (A159296) is a Siberian husky/
border collie mix available for
adoption at the OHS!
This month, the Ottawa Humane Society is highlighting the many wonderful black animals available for adoption with a Black Goes with Everything promotion. 

The event is intended to remind people that black animals make great pets too. Myths about black animals – from black cats being bad luck to black dogs being more aggressive – may cause some potential adopters to overlook these pets.

As part of the promo, people who adopt a black animal in October qualify for two ballots into a draw to win a digital camera from the OHS, valued at $250.

Anyone who brings home a black pet will also get 15 per cent off purchases at the OHS Buddy and Belle Boutique that day, excluding food.

Panther (A154519) is a 5-year-old cat
available for adoption at the OHS!
Adopt a featured black animal in October and get free pet bed. Information on the featured pet is available at the OHS.

The fun isn't limited to adopters. All visitors to the OHS Adoption Centre in October will get one ballot for the camera draw. The winner will be chosen during the OHS Howl-O-Ween party on Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the 245 West Hunt Club Rd. location.

For more information, visit the OHS website at

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