2021 Media Releases

Ottawa Humane Society Launches Catch the Ace Raffle to Support the Animals

May 12, 2021 — Ticket sales begin today for the Ottawa Humane Society’s first-ever Catch the Ace progressive jackpot raffle.

Fifty per cent of ticket sales go towards helping Ottawa’s most vulnerable animals during the public health crisis. Another 30 per cent of sales contribute to the raffle’s progressive jackpot, and the remaining 20 per cent will be won in weekly prizes.

Tickets can be purchased at OHSCatchTheAce.ca in bundles of 3 for $10, 20 for $25, 50 for $50 and 100 for $75.

“The animals need our community’s help more than ever,” said Bruce Roney, OHS President & CEO. “Our Catch the Ace raffle is a new, rewarding way for our supporters to help Ottawa’s animals.”

Weekly draws will be held every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and will continue until the Ace of Spades is revealed.

Only people 18 years of age or older who are in the province of Ontario at the time of purchase may purchase tickets.

Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Stephen Smith, Acting Manager: Communications
stephens@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

Ottawa Humane Society Achieves Prestigious Accreditation by Humane Canada

April 22, 2021 — The Ottawa Humane Society is proud to announce it has received prestigious accreditation by Humane Canada’s Accreditation Program, recognizing excellence in animal care and welfare.

The OHS is the first humane society to receive accreditation from Humane Canada.

“Everyone at the Ottawa Humane Society is very happy and proud to have achieved accreditation,” said Bruce Roney, OHS President & CEO. “It’s a symbol of our hard work and commitment to the animals and our community.”

Accreditation means the OHS fully met all criteria in providing animals with the Five Freedoms of animal welfare and eight descriptors of high-quality humane societies:

  1. Accountable: Acknowledging and assuming responsibility.
  2. Best practice: Following evidence-based policies and procedures.
  3. Community oriented: Supporting animal welfare needs in the community.
  4. Effective: Using the best approach to achieve a desired result.
  5. Humane: Meeting the needs of animals and people.
  6. Leadership: Setting direction to do the right thing.
  7. Progressive: Evolving strategies to anticipate and meet changing needs.
  8. Transparent: Providing open disclosure of practices and outcomes.

“These organizations are caring for some of the most vulnerable in our society — animals. Standards and accreditation is a way of promoting confidence and signaling to the general public that an organization has achieved best practice and is trustworthy” said Barbara Cartwright, Humane Canada, CEO.

Humane Canada’s Accreditation Program offers humane societies and SPCAs a way to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in animal care and welfare. For more information on Humane Canada’s Accreditation Program, please visit https://humanecanada.ca/accreditation/.

ABOUT HUMANE CANADA™

Humane Canada is the federation of SPCAs and humane societies, driving positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. To learn more about Humane Canada, please visit humanecanada.ca.

Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Stephen Smith, Acting Manager: Communications
stephens@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

Fatal Falls and Thin Ice, Ottawa Humane Society Warns of Spring Dangers for Pets

March 30, 2021 — The Ottawa Humane Society is warning the community about spring dangers to pets.

On March 22, a cat was rushed to the OHS after falling from an apartment balcony. The cat, currently recovering from its injuries in the OHS critical care unit, is a sign of an annual, deadly phenomena — High-Rise Syndrome.

As temperatures rise, cat owners living in apartments may be tempted to let their pets onto their balcony. Cats often seek out perches in high, dangerous places and if watching a bird, cats have been known to become so focused that they will step out onto thin air.

Unless in an enclosed “catio,” cats should never be left outside without a leash and harness and constant supervision. If a cat falls from a balcony, the owner should not assume that their pet has been killed, they should not give up on looking for their pet and they should call their veterinarian immediately.

High-Rise Syndrome is only one of the dangers warmer temperatures pose to pets.

During the spring, streams, rivers, ponds and lakes are a danger to pets. The OHS urges people to keep their dogs on a leash when near these bodies of water, as dogs can easily fall through ice or be stranded on a piece of ice that breaks away from a shoreline.

When close to any body of water, slippery and unstable streambanks and freezing water temperatures can lead to dangerous conditions for pets and their owners.

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Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Stephen Smith, Acting Manager: Communications
stephens@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

Ottawa Humane Society Launches Lottery to Support the Animals

March 17, 2021 — Ticket sales begin today for the Ottawa Humane Society’s For the Love of Animals Lottery.

The grand prize is a new 2021 Audi Q3 provided by Audi West Ottawa and Audi Ottawa, with additional early bird prizes available.

COVID-19 continues to impact the OHS’s fundraising efforts as major events are cancelled. The lottery will help provide life-saving care for the more than 8,000 animals the OHS cares for each year.

“Our community is fantastic and always willing to support animals who desperately need their help,” says Bruce Roney, OHS President & CEO. “It’s exciting to provide new opportunities for our supporters to help the animals.”

Tickets are on sale until 12 p.m., Friday, April 30, and can be purchased at: ForTheLoveLottery.ca
Only people 18 years of age or older who are in Ontario at the time of purchase may purchase tickets.

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Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Stephen Smith, Acting Manager: Communications
stephens@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

Cat Found Frozen and Near-death Rushed to Ottawa Humane Society

Feb. 23, 2021 — On a frigid winter morning, Gerda, a two-year-old cat, was rushed to the OHS in critical condition after being discovered frozen on her finder’s porch.

Gerda’s body temperature and blood sugar were too low to be measured. She was emaciated and dehydrated. Her tail hung limp and one of her hind legs was broken. OHS veterinarians estimated that if Gerda had spent minutes longer exposed to the cold, she may not have survived.

The OHS clinic team worked quickly to raise Gerda’s body temperature and blood sugar to stabilize her.

Gerda’s tail was severely wounded and her fractured leg bone had broken through the skin. Amputating the damaged appendages was the best option for Gerda’s health and recovery.

Once Gerda was stable enough to receive surgery, Dr. Shelley Hutchings, OHS Chief Veterinarian, and Dr. Mary Thompson, OHS Associate Veterinarian, performed the operations to remove Gerda’s tail and leg.

“Gerda likely has a long road ahead of her,” says Dr. Hutchings, “But we’re optimistic that she will make a complete recovery.”

Gerda is currently resting in OHS critical care as she recovers from her ordeal and the surgeries.

Anyone who is interested in making a donation to help cover the cost of Gerda’s care may do so at: ottawahumane.ca/gerda

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Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Stephen Smith, Acting Manager: Communications
stephens@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

Keeping Pets Safe During Cold Weather

Feb. 12, 2021 — The temperature is plummeting and the cold weather can pose serious risks to pets.

With the public health crisis, it is likely that many people are making plans to spend more time outdoors during the winter. The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) urges pet owners to take precautions to protect their pets from freezing temperatures.

Keep your pet and other animals safe by following these tips:

  • 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 over. 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.

 

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Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Stephen Smith, Acting Manager: Communications
stephens@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

Ottawa Humane Society Helps Thousands of Animals Through Partner Support

Jan. 28, 2021 — In November, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) relaunched its Emergency Partner Support Program, providing financial and other support to 22 partners in the animal welfare community.

“Since the beginning of the public health crisis, we’ve recognized that more can be done for Ottawa’s animals by standing together,” said OHS President & CEO, Bruce Roney. “Standing together means helping the organizations who share our vision of a more humane and compassionate community.”

By the end of 2020, the grants provided through the OHS Emergency Partner Support Program helped 2,800 animals.

The OHS has also held five partner sterilization days for partner organizations who have not been able to access these services due to the public health crisis. These sterilization days have provided spays and neuters to more than 57 cats who otherwise would not have received the surgery.

The OHS is making plans for how the Emergency Partner Support Program can be continued and what the program may look like as the pandemic unfolds and after the public health crisis. The OHS stands resolute in supporting the community and caring for Ottawa’s animals.

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Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Stephen Smith, Acting Manager: Communications
stephens@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

Emaciated Dog with Chain Collar Embedded in Neck Finds Shelter at Ottawa Humane Society

Jan. 21, 2021 — In the late hours of Sunday, Jan. 10, bylaw officers delivered an emaciated dog in critical condition to the Ottawa Humane Society.

Found wandering the rural roads of Dunrobin, the Newfoundland mix, who the OHS has named Jake, was dragging a chain attached to a chain collar embedded in his neck.

“It was unimaginable,” says Dr. Shelley Hutchings, OHS Chief Veterinarian. “The collar had cut into him and the skin had grown overtop, leaving two ends of chain dangling from each side of his neck. The area was heavily infected, and the hair coat around his neck was matted with discharge.”

Shortly after arriving at the shelter, Jake began vomiting and it was clear that the team needed to act fast. Dr. Hutchings performed an emergency surgery to remove the collar.

Given Jake’s emaciation, the state of the wound, corn found in his stomach and a serious hook worm infestation, it is possible that he had been on the run for quite some time.

The OHS has reported the case for investigation into possible abuse or neglect with the province.

For those who would like to help cover the cost of Jake’s extensive care, a donation can be made at: ottawahumane.ca/jake

At this time, Jake’s outlook appears to be positive. OHS clinic staff closely monitor his progress and recovery as he stays in the OHS Critical Care Unit.

Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Stephen Smith, Acting Manager: Communications
stephens@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca

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