WHAT WE’RE DOING
The OHS continues to operate as an essential service in Ottawa, helping the animals when they’re most vulnerable. As a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the OHS has implemented its emergency plan and has taken a number of important steps to make sure we’re able to continue providing our essential services and care for Ottawa’s animals in need.
- Enhanced cleaning measures and physical barriers have been implemented onsite to prevent the spread of germs.
- The intake of animals is being prioritized based on need and their owner’s ability to care for them.
- The number of animals placed in foster care has been increased. If you would like to learn about becoming a foster volunteer, visit ottawahumane.ca/foster.
- If you believe your lost pet may be at the OHS, or to bring in an animal, contact us first at 613-725-3166, ext. 221 to book an appointment.
- The Shirley Kearns Memorial Adoption Centre is closed to the public, but we are offering physically distanced, curbside adoption appointments.
How to Adopt:
- Visit our website to view all available animals for adoption.
- Fill out an Adopter Profile and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will be in touch to tell you more about the animal you’re interested in, and schedule a curbside adoption appointment if you’re a good match!
Have any other questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out! Email us at email@example.com, or call us at 613-725-3166 ext. 258, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Many of our programs remain available virtually. These include:
- Pet Loss Support Groups;
- Webinars for pet owners;
- Private dog training classes;
- OHS Pet Care Crest Program and
- Virtual Humane Education
All on-site programming and events have been suspended.
This decision was not made lightly and takes into consideration the safety of OHS staff, volunteers, animals and clients – all a part of our community. We feel that it is important to continue operating by making our essential services a priority, including, care for animals in distress, fostering and curbside adoptions. By cancelling on-site programming, we are able to significantly reduce the number of people visiting the shelter, in line with Ottawa Public Health’s current physical distancing recommendations.
STAY IN TOUCH
This is a rapidly evolving situation and we appreciate your support. We will provide further updates as we learn more.