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Safeguard Your Pets Against Fire
Safeguard you, your family and your pets against fire. Here’s how:
- Never leave a burning candle unsupervised! Even leaving the room for a minute is enough time for a curious cat or a tail-wagging dog to knock over a candle.
- Make sure that all cords are either inaccessible to your pets, or that you unplug the cords when the electrical device is not in use. Some dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents like to nibble on cords, which can result in serious burns and can cause a fire.
- Keep certain appliances, such as irons and hair dryers, out of pets’ reach. These appliances can produce enough heat that, if knocked over by a pet, they could start a fire.
- Install a barrier in front of fireplaces, campfires, barbecues and portable heaters. It is a myth that pets are afraid of fire – in fact, many pets like to lay close to a source of heat to stay warm. Lying too close to a fire could result in your pet’s fur catching fire; and it is possible for most pets to knock over a portable heater or a barbecue. Always ensure your pets cannot get near these items.
If your pet does get burned, put cool water on the burned area quickly, followed by a cold compress, and seek veterinary assistance immediately.
We all love our animal companions but sometimes we need information on their behaviour. Our pet care information will help you develop and maintain a long and rewarding relationship with your furry or feathered friends.
Note: Some of the tip topics below are available as web pages on our website, some link to information on other websites, and others are PDFs.
General Animal Tips
- Avoid Pet Peeves
- Cold Weather FAQs
- Coping with Pet Allergies
- Common Household Poisons to Avoid
- Dogs Die in Hot Cars
- Don’t Litter – Spay or Neuter
- End of Life Care for your Pet
- Explaining Pet Death to Children
- Fire Prevention Tips for You and Your Pet
- Flea Control
- Grieving the Loss of a Pet
- Holidays and Pets
- The Multi-pet Household
- Pediatric Spay and Neuter from the ASPCA
- Pets and Babies
- From the HSUS: Pets at College: Not a Prerequisite
- Preparing an Emergency Plan for Disasters
- Prevent a Lost Pet: 5 Things That Will Help You Protect Your Pets
- Summer Safety for Pets
- From the AAHA: Toxic House and Garden Plants
- Twelve Pet Tips for Christmas
- How Much Will My Pet Really Cost?
The animals at the OHS need your support. Your donations of money and in-kind gifts of supplies and equipment are essential to our work in the community.
Our Wish List contains items that the Ottawa Humane Society currently needs. For all other items not on our Wish List, please call or email before bringing to the OHS.
We will ask you to fill in an in-kind donation form. It is helpful if you could download, print and fill in this form in advance.
If you are able to donate in-kind gifts such as office supplies, prizes or other non-animal-related items, please email email@example.com or call 613-725-3166 ext. 233.
Giving Up Your Pet
Giving up an animal is never easy — for the owner or for the pet. If you need to surrender your pet to the Ottawa Humane Society, this is what you should know:
- We take animals in by appointment only, as we have limited space and resources. Please call 613-725-3166 ext. 221 or email us to speak with our trained staff about surrendering your pet, and to make an appointment.
- We make the appointments for weekdays, between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please note that due to seasonal trends, there may be a two- to three-week wait for an appointment.
- There is an admission fee, fee based on your animal’s species. You will be informed of the admission fee when you contact us to make an appointment. This fee goes toward caring for your pet while they are with us.
- You should make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date before surrendering her, since we do house so many stray and lost animals. There is always a risk of illness in a shelter environment.
- All animals brought to the OHS must be properly restrained (that is, on a leash or in a carrier).
- The decision to surrender your pet is a permanent one. Once you have surrendered your animal, she becomes the property of the OHS. We realize that surrendering your pet is an emotional decision which you have made for a good reason. It would not be responsible of us to return an animal to someone who has told us that they are unable or unwilling, for whatever reason, to provide care for their animal.
We ask you to provide the following:
- Your pet’s medical records (or the name of your pet’s veterinarian clinic)
- A piece of photo identification for yourself
- Proof that you are the owner of the pet: such as a photograph; a City of Ottawa registration tag; bill of sale; or a receipt from your veterinary clinic
- One cup of your pet’s food
- To help reduce your pet’s stress, we ask that you bring items that are familiar to them such as favorite toys and a blanket
What happens to your pet once you have surrendered it?
When an animal is surrendered to the OHS, it will first have its picture taken for identification purposes. If its vaccine status is not current or unknown, it will be vaccinated. Note that vaccines take a few days to be fully effective. We recommend that all animals be fully vaccinated several days prior to admission. All animals are examined by a veterinary technician, and some of them will be rechecked by our shelter veterinarian. Cats and dogs will receive a behaviour assessment to determine their needs in an adoptive home. Depending on resources, some animals will be placed in foster care prior to adoption for health or behaviour reasons. All cats and dogs that are deemed suitable for adoption will be microchipped and, if not already, spayed or neutered.
We keep all healthy, adoptable animals as long as it takes to find them a new home.
Unfortunately, some animals have medical or behaviour issues that make them difficult or impossible to rehome, and we will not adopt out any animal that we believe to be a public safety risk. Additionally, some animals become highly stressed in a shelter environment, which makes them more susceptible to illness and, despite aggressive veterinary treatment, unlikely to recover from such illness. The OHS will not keep an animal in a state of suffering when its prognosis is poor or when it lacks the resources to restore the animal’s health. These animals will be humanely euthanized by caring, professional staff.
When our shelter is full, we have fewer resources to address animal health and behaviour issues. Overcrowding results in higher levels of stress and illness in a shelter environment. As a result, an animal’s chance of being placed for adoption may be reduced, even if it was healthy at the time of admission. When the shelter is at capacity, in the best interest of their pet, owners will be encouraged to wait until the shelter has space available before surrendering their pet.
Pet History Questionnaires:
Please print and fill out the forms per animal as applicable.
If you have any further questions, or need to make an appointment, please call 613-725-3166 ext. 221 or email us. We will do our best to find your former companion the happy, healthy home he deserves.
Please read our tips on how to find your pet a home on your own.
2017 Media Releases
- Ottawa Humane Society Pleads to Thief: Stolen Kitten Needs Medical Attention (December 20, 2017)
- Protect Pets From Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecast to Hit Ottawa Tonight (December 13, 2017)
- Keep Your Furry Friends Safe This Holiday Season With the 12 Pet Safety Tips of Christmas (December, 12, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Dec. 10 (December 6, 2017)
- Sadie Mae is Expected to Recover After Life-saving Surgery at the Ottawa Humane Society (November 30, 2017)
- Celebrate the Season With the Animals and Santa Paws at the Ottawa Humane Society! (November 24, 2017)
- Surprise Your Kids This Holiday Season With a Pet and Make a Homeless Animal’s Dreams Come True (November 21, 2017)
- Beagle Receiving Life-saving Care at the Ottawa Humane Society After Being Shot in the Head (November 17, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Nov. 12 (November 7, 2017)
- Keep Pets Safe This Halloween With Six Tips From the Ottawa Humane Society (October 31, 2017)
- Howl for Halloween at the Ottawa Humane Society this Saturday! (October 26, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Oct. 15 (October 10, 2017)
- Important Animal Welfare Update: Statement From the Ottawa Humane Society (October 4, 2017)
- Surprisingly Hot Fall Temperatures Mean Dogs Still in Danger if Left Alone in Cars: Ottawa Humane Society (September 22, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society Honours Community’s Contributions at its Annual General Meeting (September 20, 2017)
- Join the Ottawa Humane Society at Lansdowne Park This Saturday and Wiggle, Waggle, Walk or Run to Save Animal Lives (September 8, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society Throwing Party to Cheer Up Two Cats Who’ve Spent a Year Waiting to Be Adopted (August 31, 2017)
- ALERT: Ottawa Humane Society in Desperate Need of Foster Homes to Help With Summer Population Spike (August 9, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Aug. 13 (August 8, 2017)
- Keep Pets Safe This Long Weekend by Not Leaving Them in a Hot Car: Ottawa Humane Society (August 2, 2017)
- Increased Danger to Pets Left Alone in Cars as High Temperatures Hit the City: Ottawa Humane Society (July 12, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society Makes First FIV-Positive Cats Available for Adoption (July 4, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, July 9 (July 4, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society Nearly Full in Advance of Busiest Weekend of the Year, Needs Community’s Help to Avert a Crisis (June 30, 2017)
- Annual Influx of Spooked, Lost Pets the Dark Side to Canada Day Festivities: Ottawa Humane Society (June 28, 2017)
- The Ottawa Humane Society is Throwing a Kitten Shower This Sunday and Everyone’s Invited! (June 23, 2017)
- Cute Overload as Kittens in Need of a Second Chance Overtake the Ottawa Humane Society (June 15, 2017)
- Deadly Summer Danger: Ottawa Humane Society Treating Two Cats for High Rise Syndrome (June 12, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society Asking Community to Boycott Friday Bull Riding Event at TD Place (June 7, 2017)
- Found A Baby Animal? Check With The Experts For How To Help (May 18, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, May 7 (May 2, 2017)
- Celebrate A Hoppy Easter With the Animals This Sunday at the Ottawa Humane Society! (April 6, 2017
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, April 9 (April 5, 2017)
- Be on the Lookout for Lost, Scared Pets After Fire at Baseline and Merivale Row Houses: Ottawa Humane Society (March 13, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, March 12 (March 7, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Feb. 12 (February 7, 2017)
- Protect Pets From Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecast to Hit Ottawa Tonight (January 13, 2017)
- Ottawa Humane Society to Hold Microchip Clinic Sunday, Jan. 8 (January 3, 2017)