2022 Media Releases

Ottawa Humane Society Warns Pet Owners to Take Caution During Cold Snap

Jan. 11, 2021 — As the temperature plummets, the Ottawa Humane Society is warning pet owners about the dangers cold weather can pose to pets — especially cats allowed to roam outdoors.

The OHS is encouraging members of the public who find stray cats in the cold to contact 613-725-3166 ext. 221 to ensure the cat can return home safely or to arrange for the cat to be brought to the OHS.

As well, the OHS urges pet owners to take additional precautions to protect their pets and other animals from freezing temperatures:

  • Limit the time dogs spend outside.
  • Take dogs for shorter, more frequent walks, and consider a sweater or coat for dogs.
  • After a walk, wipe dogs’ paws to remove salt, sand and other harmful substances.
  • Monitor outdoor water bowls to ensure the water hasn’t frozen.
  • Avoid leaving pets in a cold car.
  • Animals may hide in cars to keep warm. Before starting a vehicle, bang on the hood to scare away cats and wildlife.

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.

Media Contact
Ottawa Humane Society
Stephen Smith, Manager: Communications