Friday, December 27, 2013

Pets Can Complete a Family

Families come in all shapes and sizes

Who did you celebrate the holidays with this year? You probably spent the season surrounded by friends and family – but what does that mean nowadays?

For many, family no is longer defined as a two kids, a mom and a dad. The meaning has changed to become more inclusive – and it has been expanded to include four-legged, feathered and even members with fins.

Pets can complete a family. They may even be your family. They’re included in family photos, join us on vacation, greet us at the end of the day, and even sleep at the foot of our beds. They love us unconditionally and depend on us – just like family.

If you’re thinking about adding a new furry friend, there are many wonderful pets at the Ottawa Humane Society right now who would love to be welcomed into your family.

Please visit our website at to check out all the animals available for adoption. You next jogging partner, sympathetic ear, Saturday afternoon nap buddy – family member – may be waiting here for you at this very moment!

Natalie Pona
OHS Communications Manager 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

You can save an animal’s life this Christmas

Actually – you can save many animal lives this Christmas. Let me tell you how.

The holiday season is all about family, love and celebration. We often express our love for each other with gifts – some which are perfect and cherished and others are, well, let's call them “not well thought out” and usually end up not being worn or used.

It doesn't have to be that way. You can give the perfect gift last minute Christmas gift to that special animal lover in your family or at work. You can feel good about helping an animal in need by funding:

  •          A health check-up from our veterinarian  and vaccinations against disease
  •          A life saving surgery in our clinic
  •          A rescue of an animal in distress
  •         An animal cruelty investigation by our Rescue and Investigations team

Best of all – once you have made your gift online – we will tell you friends and family all about your kind gesture with a beautiful e-card send sent right to their email address.

It’s easy, safe and secure. All you have to do is go to and click on the Heart Warming Gifts button and go shopping!

Do you want to help even more animals? Sign up as the newest member of our PAW Monthly Giving Program. Here, your monthly gift will help an animal each month. PAW giving truly is the best way for you to help the animals at the OHS and makes possible all our work on behalf of the lost, abandoned, neglected and abused animals in our community.

Still not sure – then watch this video and decide. Thanks to CTV and Leanne Cusack we are able to show you just a small sample of the thousands of animals helped each year by PAW Monthly Donors.

Sign up for $21 a month or more and we will send you a terrific OHS PAW T-shirt – remember – that’s only 70 cents a day – much less that a cup of coffee!

Watch our life changing video here and become a holiday hero for the animals in need at the OHS.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Rob McCulloch
Director: Development

Thursday, December 12, 2013

2013 in Review

I know that as the year comes to a close, you're supposed to look forward to the coming year with resolutions and such, but I have never been good at that. Resolutions always seem too big, too final and too far reaching. I do sometimes look back on the past year, and I sometimes think about what I've learned. 

More than once this year, my "I have seen it all" view of the world has been shattered by disturbing cases of animal cruelty.

This year began with shocking case of cruelty when a man threw a kitten against the wall for scratching the couch.

Summer brought the firing of young woman who worked for Wal-Mart after she reported a dog left in a sweltering car, capping off the busiest summer ever for dogs left in hot cars by their owners.

On the heels of that was, we allege, the intentional trapping, torture and killing of a mother raccoon and her offspring. 

A recent picture of Breezy 
Then, a man allegedly beat a young lab/shepherd cross named Breezy within an inch of her life, and thinking she was dead, dumped her limp body into the garbage.

These incidents were deeply disturbing, making me question both my community and, frankly, the humane soul.

But, as Joni Mitchell taught us,"Something's lost and something's gained by living every day." With these incidents, I may have lost my last shred of naiveté about how horribly animals are treated by human beings.  

With the outpouring that followed, though, I gained a new respect for my community and how it can respond in a loving, committed and compassionate way. 

Bruce Roney,

Executive Director

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Christmas Story for Our Donors

Thank you for remembering all the less fortunate this season.
One December, close to 20 years ago, I was taking a break from a long afternoon of Christmas shopping. I had already hauled a load or two of purchases back to my car and was feeling tired and chilled as it was an exceptionally cold evening. I was pleased that I was almost done — only a few small things left to buy, basically to fill up the area under the tree.

I was in the line at a fast food restaurant for a coffee and a snack to fortify me for the rest of the shopping I had to do. Behind me was a shivering young man of about 19, wearing a thin sweater and no coat. He made a comment about the cold as he patted the snow off his sweater.

Surprised, I asked him, didn't he have a coat? He replied yes, but, his girlfriend was wearing it. While he came to get some food, she was wearing the coat, waiting for him in an alley up the street. He told me it was okay when they were together. The coat was pretty big, he explained, and they could both sort of wear it.

They lived on the street. In winter. And shared a coat.

I was called to the cash, ordered, and took a seat. The young man ordered and left by the time I sat down. I sat there and looked at the packages of things I had bought. Minutes earlier, I had been pleased that I had bought so much. Now I felt guilty and awful. I had probably spent six hundred dollars that afternoon, and this kid didn't have a coat.

I wish I could tell you that I rushed around the streets to find the kid, and bought him a coat. I wish I had; often, and with regret. I hope I will be a better person next time.

What does this story have to do with animals? Nothing, really. What does it have to do with Christmas? Everything. 

Merry Christmas and thank you for remembering all the less fortunate — human and animals.

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