October 8, 2015

Is a Small Animal the Pet for You?

Phoenix, one of the many small animals waiting
for her forever home at the OHS
When thinking of the Ottawa Humane Society, most people will say that visions of cats, kittens, puppies and dogs come to mind. But what if you are looking to add a small animal to your family? Where would you go? 
Well, look no further than those you trust to help you find your feline and canine companions. What most people don’t realize is that the OHS always has a large variety of small animals that can include budgies, finches, cockatiels, lovebirds, doves, parrotlets, gerbils, mice, hamsters, degus, chinchillas, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and more. 
Meet Phoenix (A176837), for example, a beautiful three year old Netherland Dwarf rabbit. Since she arrived at the OHS in January 2015, Phoenix has waited very patiently for almost a year while watching a lot of her bunny friends find their forever homes. This independent lady will amuse you with how she likes to keep order in her bunny kingdom. She also loves to spend a lot of time outside of her cage having grand adventures. While she doesn’t enjoy being handled that much, she will always let you know when she needs attention by resting her chin on you or pawing at your leg.
Most often thought of as starter pets, small animals actually require the same level of commitment, enrichment, interaction and vet care as their feline and canine counterparts. Many small animals can also be trained to learn tricks, use a litter box and walk on a leash, among other things. 
What they lack in size, they more than make up for in love and companionship and you will quickly find yourself under their spell as you play with them and discover their personalities. If you have been hoping to add a little bundle of love to your family, come by the Adoption Centre to meet a wide variety of small animals like Phoenix and find that perfect match for your family.
Sarah Oswald
Manager: Admissions and Rehoming