2022 Media Releases

Battered and Bruised Great Dane Puppy in the Care of the Ottawa Humane Society

April 13, 2022 — Last week, Scooby, an injured, nine-week-old great Dane puppy, was brought to the Ottawa Humane Society.

Scooby was yelping in pain when he arrived at the OHS. OHS staff examined the pup and found his jaw was red and swollen, but that wasn’t his only problem. X-rays revealed that he also had several broken ribs. The slightest movement or even simply breathing caused him a tremendous amount of pain.

Scooby is currently in the OHS’s critical care unit where he is healing through cage rest, and OHS veterinarians are closely monitoring his recovery.

“I can only imagine how much pain he is in,” said Dr. Shelley Hutchings, OHS Chief Veterinarian. “It’s hard to see a puppy, who should be bouncing around happy and excited, having to endure such pain.”

The OHS expects Scooby to remain in the critical care unit for several weeks. The total cost of his care is likely to be more than $2,500.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to help Scooby and animals like him can donate on the OHS’s website.

 

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

Ottawa Humane Society Supports Partners in Animal Rescue

March 31, 2022 — In early 2020, the Ottawa Humane Society created the OHS Partner Support Program to support local animal rescue partners and help provide for Ottawa’s animals throughout the public health crisis.

The OHS Partner Support Program has helped more than 7,200 animals in the care of more than 20 local partners — helping with projects like: acquiring mobile care unit equipment to care for farm animals, providing medications and medical supplies for birds and providing behaviour support for dogs in need.

Originally created to ensure no animal was left behind during the public health crisis, the OHS has laid plans to make the program permanent.

“More can be done for the animals when people who care work together,” said Bruce Roney, OHS President & CEO. “The OHS Partner Support Program is one of our methods of investing in building a caring and compassionate community for all.”

Local animal rescue organizations that meet OHS partner requirements may submit an application to the OHS Partner Support Program to receive a modest grant to help support the animals in their care.

Applications for the program’s next grant cycle begin on May 1. Animal rescue organizations interested in applying can reach out to Lindsey Marcon, OHS manager: community services for more information.

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

Ottawa Humane Society and Ottawa Fire Services Partner to Protect Pets from Emergencies

March 23, 2022 — The Ottawa Fire Services and the Ottawa Humane Society have partnered to help keep pets safe in the event of an emergency.

A “Save our Pets” emergency decal is available at no cost to anyone who would like one.

This decal is to be placed somewhere on the front of the home to alert firefighters of the total number of pets inside the home.

Decals similar to this one have been launched in the past, but were hard to remove and therefore not taken down when the information became inaccurate.

This new decal is vinyl and easy to peel away.  The OHS and OFS ask that home owners remove the decal and order a new one at no cost when the information changes.

“An emergency decal on your front door can make all the difference when disaster strikes, as first responders will know exactly how many pets in your home need to be saved,” said Bruce Roney, OHS President & CEO. “As the pandemic winds down and people begin returning to work, planning for how to protect our pets, especially while they are home alone, is very important.”

When practising your home escape plan, always make sure to keep your pet in mind and whose responsibility it will be to bring your pet to your meeting point. In the event that it is not possible to safely retrieve your pet in an emergency, never go back in to rescue your pets. Notify the 911 dispatcher that there is a pet or pets inside and give them as much information as possible (where the pet was last seen, where the pet sleeps, where they may hide if they are afraid, etc.) OFS dispatchers will ask the appropriate questions if something is missed and will quickly relay that information to the responding fire crews.

To order a no cost decal, please visit: www.OttawaHumane.ca/Decals

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

Brutally Wounded Cat Rushed to Ottawa Humane Society

March 15, 2022 — Last week, Harvey, a brown tabby cat, was rushed to the Ottawa Humane Society with a severe wound on his face.

“There’s no nice way to describe it, it was horrific,” said Dr. Shelley Hutchings, OHS Chief Veterinarian. “The left side of his face was hanging off, exposing his teeth and gums.”

The maimed tabby was found wandering a neighbourhood in Ottawa South and a by-law officer brought the cat to the OHS. The OHS performed an emergency surgery to repair Harvey’s face and save his life.

“We don’t know what caused Harvey’s injury, but we are glad he was able to come here to get the care he desperately needed,” added Dr. Hutchings.

The OHS expects Harvey to remain in critical care for several weeks as veterinary staff closely monitor his healing and recovery.

The total cost for Harvey’s care will be more than $3,000. Anyone who would like to make a donation to help Harvey and animals like him can donate on the OHS’s website.

A donation can also be made by texting BUDDY to 45678.

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

Ottawa Humane Society Launches Lottery to Support the Animals

March 8, 2022 — Tickets are now available for the Ottawa Humane Society’s For the Love of Animals Lottery.

The grand prize is a brand new 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio provided by Alfa Romeo Ottawa, with other great early bird prizes like a Bowflex exercise bundle and a trip for two to Las Vegas.

Proceeds from the lottery will provide life-saving care for the thousands of animals the OHS cares for each year.

“Our community is fantastic and always willing to support animals who desperately need their help,” said Lori Marcantonio, OHS director: development. “It’s always exciting to provide opportunities for our supporters to help the animals.”

Funds raised from the lottery will help animals like Matthew, a starving, one-year-old tabby cat who was found in a ditch. Matthew had several broken ribs and an upper respiratory infection that needed care and attention.

Tickets are on sale until 12 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 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.

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

Ottawa Humane Society President & CEO Condemns Mass Misinformation

Feb. 25, 2022 — Thursday evening, Bruce Roney, Ottawa Humane Society President & CEO, penned an article confronting misinformation that raised a false alarm that protestors’ pets would be seized and euthanized at the OHS.

“No humane society would agree to euthanizing pets out of spite,” wrote Roney, exasperated with the rapidly spreading myth. “It was an ugly lie invented by someone with an agenda.”

The misinformation spiraled from misinterpretations of an Ottawa By-law tweet stating that if a protestor with pets was arrested, their pets would be placed in protective care.

Roney went on to explain the truth of the situation: In Ottawa, protective care is in place to ensure that the pets of people who are arrested, had a fire, are hospitalized or evicted have somewhere safe to go while their owner is unable to care for them.

Over the weekend, the OHS only received one animal as a result of arrests at the protest, and the animal was returned to its owner the same day.

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

Sought After Microchip Clinics Return to the Ottawa Humane Society

Feb. 24, 2022 — On March 1, the Ottawa Humane Society will offer its first microchip clinic since the outset of the public health crisis. The clinic will take place at the shelter on 245 West Hunt Club Road, and is the first of four clinics the OHS is hosting in March.

A microchip is a permanent form of identification that ensures a cat or dog can be returned home quickly if the pet ever becomes lost. The OHS strongly encourages owners of cats or dogs to microchip their pets and regularly update the information stored in the microchip.

“I couldn’t be happier to get this important service running again,” said Bruce Roney, OHS President & CEO. “Our microchip clinics were very popular before the pandemic, and for the past two years, we’ve been eagerly waiting to bring them back.”

The OHS suspended its microchip clinics in response to safety measures from Ottawa Public Health and the province. As restrictions ease throughout the province, the OHS believes it is safe to resume the service.

“The clinics are going to look different,” explained Lindsey Marcon, OHS manager of community services. “We will offer the clinic through a curbside model. That is, pet owners will drop off and pick up their pets without entering the shelter.”

A microchip appointment at the OHS takes approximately 15 minutes. The cost to microchip a pet at the OHS is $50 for the first pet and 25 per cent off for a second pet. Registration for OHS microchip clinics is available through the OHS website. More dates will be added to the website in the coming weeks for spring 2022.

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

More than 40 Animals to be Spayed and Neutered at the Ottawa Humane Society

Feb. 22, 2022 — Today, the Ottawa Humane Society is spaying and neutering more than 40 homeless cats, dogs and rabbits in the care of local animal rescue partners.

The effort is in recognition of World Spay Day, an international event to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

“Sterilizing pets has many benefits for their health,” explained Dr. Shelley Hutchings, OHS chief veterinarian. “It also helps reduce the number of homeless animals in our community. We’re thrilled to provide this service for animals who otherwise would not have been able to receive it.”

The OHS will also soon relaunch low-cost spay and neuter clinics for pet owners in Ottawa who would not otherwise be able to afford the service. The need for these clinics has remained high throughout the public health crisis, and the OHS is working through a waitlist of registrants.

Members of the public who would like to contribute to making these surgeries and other life-saving care possible for animals in need can make a donation to the OHS.

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

Happier Pets Are Just a Click Away

Feb. 14, 2022 — The Ottawa Humane Society wants to make sure Ottawa’s pets are happy, and is hosting a groundbreaking webinar series to provide pet owners the tools they need to give their pets the best life possible.

Four webinars will be presented by award-winning author and animal behaviour specialist Zazie Todd Ph.D. The webinars will get to the core of how to make pets happy and how to address common behaviour issues in cats and dogs.

“Having happier pets starts with giving your pets more and varied enrichment,” Zazie Todd explains. “There are many opportunities to stimulate our pets in everyday life. I want to help people find those opportunities.”

The webinars will run from the end of February to the end of March. Tickets are $25 for each webinar, or $90 to attend all four webinars. Tickets and more information about the webinars are available on the OHS’s website.

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

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

Jan. 11, 2022 — 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
stephens@ottawahumane.ca
www.ottawahumane.ca