OHS Auxiliary

Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary

The OHS Auxiliary supports the work of the Ottawa Humane Society through fundraisers such as craft
and garage sales and by participating in OHS events. In 2024, the Auxiliary celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

It was in 1949 when the fledgling “Women’s Auxiliary of the Ottawa Humane Society” committed themselves to a huge project — raising money for the construction of a new animal shelter for the city. Only a few months earlier, this small gathering of caring and well-connected women had met to consider officially becoming the Auxiliary. It was a volunteer group formed to support the aims of the Ottawa Humane Society and to raise funds for animal care.

Through their many events, the Auxiliary helped fulfill the dream of building a large new shelter. The Bayview Road Shelter opened in 1951.

In its 75-year history, The OHS Auxiliary has twice more devoted its fund-raising efforts to help build new shelters — the Champagne Avenue site in 1968 and the West Hunt Club building in 2011. In addition, funds raised by the Auxiliary have contributed to the purchase of much needed equipment — stainless steel cages, an ambulance (also used as a snowplow), a van for transporting animals, the replacement of appliances and the refurbishment of the cat room. They were also instrumental in the funding of the spay/neuter clinic.

With membership averaging about 50 volunteers, the Auxiliary continues to be hard working and innovative in raising funds. What started with strawberry teas and theatre parties has evolved into the production and selling of high-quality handmade items at local venues.

Auxiliary fundraising on behalf of the OHS has supported foster care, adoptions, medicine and health care, food and equipment. We thank you all for your continued support to help make 2024 another successful fundraising year.

Recent Auxiliary donations to the Ottawa Humane Society:

2021 – $8,000
2022 – $21,000
2023 – $21,500

Auxiliary Meetings - Join Us!

Our monthly meetings are usually held at 1:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month (except July, August and December) at the shelter on 245 West Hunt Club Rd. From time to time, after the business portion of our meeting is completed, we have a speaker/presentation on an animal-related topic.

All are welcome. Please join us!

For more information, please email Connie at constance_nunn@yahoo.com.

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Meeting Dates:

Thursday,         Sept. 5    1:30 – 3 p.m.
Thursday,         Oct. 3      1:30 – 3 p.m.
Thursday,         Nov. 7     1:30 – 3 p.m.

All meetings take place in the OHS Education Room

Auxiliary Events

Stay tuned for more OHS Auxiliary events!