Community Engagement Survey Results

Planning the Next Five Years for the Animals

Your Feedback on What Ottawa’s Pets and Their People Need Most

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We asked what our community’s pets and their people need most, and thousands of people provided their thoughts and feedback.

Our community identified a variety of important issues facing domestic animals, farm animals and wild animals alike. Among the diverse feedback, a few issues are a top priority:

  • Risings costs threaten to drive a wedge between pets and their families;
  • Animals need greater legal protection from cruelty, mistreatment and abandonment; and,
  • Accessibility of spay/neuter services is key to prevent pet overpopulation and promote pet health.

The community also offered insights into the unique challenges different species of animals face and how the OHS can best support Ottawa’s animals and their people.

Read the Report

Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate. You’re building an even more compassionate community for Ottawa’s animals and the people who love them.