2020 Media Releases

Protect Pets From Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecast to Hit Ottawa Tonight

February 13, 2020 — The extreme cold forecast for the city tonight means pets left outside too long risk frostbite and even death without shelter from the frigid weather. Cold weather can be as dangerous for animals as it is people.

Pet owners can protect their animals from the cold by taking a few precautions:

  • Cats should live indoors year-round and never be allowed to roam in the cold.
  • Limit the time your dog spends outside. Take your dog for shorter, more frequent walks.
  • Consider a sweater or coat for your dog.
  • Be sure to wipe your dog’s paws after returning from a walk to remove salt, sand and other chemicals designed to melt ice and snow.
  • Dogs that live outside are required by law to have an insulated doghouse built from weather-proof material, facing away from prevailing winds. The shelter must be elevated from the ground with a door flap and bedding.
  • Keep an eye on outdoor water bowls. Make sure your pet’s water hasn’t frozen in the cold.
  • Don’t leave your pet in a cold car for a long period of time.
  • Be mindful of animals that may have crawled under your car to keep warm. Bang on the hood a couple times to scare away cats and wildlife.

If you see an animal in distress, please dial 1 833-9ANIMAL (1 833-926-4625).

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Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Will Wuehr, Manager: Communications
613-725-3166 ext: 261 or willw@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

This February, Love is in the Air at the Ottawa Humane Society

Febraury 6, 2020 — Looking for the purr-fect way to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day? Stop by the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) on Saturday, Feb. 8 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the annual OHS My Furry Valentine family event!

There will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including:

  • Making Valentine’s Day cards for the shelter animals;
  • Cupcake decorating;
  • A Valentine’s Day photo booth;
  • Valentine’s Day-themed children’s crafts and activities;
  • OHS Auxiliary craft and bake sale;
  • Face-painting;
  • And visits with OHS animals.

For more information on the event, visit ottawahumane.ca/get-involved/special-events/events/my-furry-valentine-family-event/.

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Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Jessica Blasioli, Supervisor: Programs
613-725-3166 ext: 298 or programs@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

Ottawa Humane Society Releases List of Five Animals in its Care the Longest, Hopes to Find Adopters Urgently

January 16, 2020 — The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has released a list of five adoptable animals that have been in its care for a combined nearly five years, in the hope that these pets will find loving forever homes.

The OHS is encouraging potential adopters to consider opening their hearts to a long-stay pet, giving the pet a second chance for the New Year.

“It’s heartbreaking to think these cats could spend so long without a home,” said OHS President & CEO, Bruce Roney. “While we will continue to care for them as long as we need to, we want to find them loving families as much as any other pet.”

Long-stay pets generally have special health or behavioural needs, and often times live in foster care because the shelter environment is too stressful for them. Those added barriers to adoption have made finding a forever family especially challenging.

“We’ve been working hard to promote these cats and give them the exposure they need,” said OHS manager: communications, Will Wuehr. “They’ve been featured on social media, television and at adoption events, but still haven’t found homes.”

Charlie, nicknamed “Ottawa’s loneliest cat” by the OHS, was adopted last month after over 540 days in OHS care. The OHS is hoping the same luck will befall these other long-term residents, who have now spent a combined nearly five years in its care.

The five cats are:

Interested adopters can learn more about the cats by contacting the OHS at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca or 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

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Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Will Wuehr, Manager: Communications
613-725-3166 ext: 261 or willw@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca