Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thank You OHS Volunteers!

The Ottawa Humane Society is pleased to join the celebration of National Volunteer Week this April 6 to 12 and salute the close to 600 volunteers who give so generously of their time, skills and energy to support the animals in our care. The OHS would simply not be where it is today without the commitment of our volunteers.
The OHS would simply not be where it is today
without the commitment of our volunteers.

Our volunteers touch every part of our work, supporting our daily operations, programs and services. Over the past year, dedicated OHS volunteers logged an incredible 49,343 hours to help save animals’ lives. Committed volunteers fostered hundreds of sick animals in their homes; others supported the OHS by entering data to ensure that our supporters were acknowledged and thanked for their generosity. Our volunteer dog walkers braved the rain, sleet and snow to provide daily outings for canines in our care, while other volunteers drove hundreds of kilometers to deliver cats to our 24 partner Pet Adoption Locations across the City. Our generous volunteer veterinarians donated almost 400 hours to sterilize animals prior to adoption and provide critical life-saving surgeries to give many animals a second chance. Board and committee volunteers 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. Our Humane Education volunteers delivered 185 school presentations, reaching nearly 4,500 students and building the next generation of compassionate, informed pet owners. 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.

Our volunteers are truly the lifeblood of the Ottawa Humane Society and we do not take a single hour of their time for granted. We are thankful for each and every hour and what it means to the 11,000 animals that need our help each year.

This week, we look forward to hosting some special events for our volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week, but our sincere appreciation for their contribution stretches across each and every day of the year.

Bruce Roney
Executive Director

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please check out available volunteer opportunities on our website at

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