February 27, 2020

Being the High Tide

One of the elements of the OHS strategic plan is to strengthen our partners. Not strengthen the partnership, but the partners themselves.  It’s not just a nice thing to do, and it’s not just our contribution to the wider animal welfare movement, the more able our partners are, the more they can take on, because, let’s face it, there is a lot of work to be done in animal welfare.

Since the initiative was introduced a couple of years ago, I have visited three other humane societies and the Wild Bird Care Centre, all of whom are planning building projects and campaigns to raise the funds to share what we learned during our campaign and building project. Our finance staff have helped others get their books in order, our development staff have hosted two separate day-long fundraising workshops for other humane societies. We have shared our extensive operating procedures with a dozen or more other organizations. Our staff have presented at the Humane Canada conference on what we have learned in developing programs for newcomers to Canada.

As to being on the ground with our partners in Ottawa, for World Spay Day each year, we open our surgical resources to local partners. This year, we sterilized pets for Sit with Me Dog Rescue, Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue, Barn Buddies and Ottawa Rabbit Rescue. 

A high tide lifts all boats and I hope that the OHS is the tide that lifts others.

Bruce Roney
President & CEO