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Humane Wildlife Solutions
Wildlife issues are frustrating. However, wildlife issues are temporary problems and there are solutions. It seems daunting, but if you work out a solution, you can make sure you never have this problem again. Property owners are responsible for dealing with their wildlife situation humanely and legally.
Here are some questions to ask a wildlife control agency to ensure their practices are humane:
- Where will the animal(s) be relocated?
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources regulations prohibit the moving of animals more than one kilometer. If the operator tells you the animal is to be moved further, he or she does not understand the law or is intending to break it on your behalf.
- Is your company familiar with the birthing seasons of all species of wildlife in this area?
The company should be well versed in each species birthing season i.e. Raccoons – March & June, Squirrels – Spring & late summer/early Fall, Groundhogs – April/May, Skunks – May/June.
- Does your company provide removal of wildlife during the birthing season?
The removal of wildlife during the birthing season may cause orphans and death if not done properly. Responsible operators will suggest a ‘grace period’ until the young can be safely removed along with the mother or until they vacate on their own.
- Does your company provide humane animal proofing as part of the overall solution package before or after attempting removals?
In most situations, this will prevent further conflict and will be cost effective for the homeowner. Responsible operators will tell you this. Others will not and are perhaps looking for repeat business.
- Does your company provide conflict resolution and education?
The companies should be well versed in each species and may be able to give homeowners solutions that may be less risky for the animal than removal.
- Is your company familiar with the biology and behavior of local species of small wildlife?
In order to effectively deal with each species, they must be familiar with the habits, behaviors, etc. of the various species common to this geographical area. They should know whether or not an animal is nocturnal or diurnal, where the animal commonly makes its home, how many young each species may have, etc.
- Does your company comply with the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act?
This is an absolute requirement, as the OMNR will prosecute non-compliant companies or members of the public who take matters into their own hands.
- Has your staff had pre-exposure rabies vaccinations or any other vaccinations?
This is a health and safety concern. Responsible operators will protect their staff.
- What type of training do you provide your employees?
Wildlife operators should have hands-on training and continue to keep themselves updated on all issues around wildlife as the law and ‘best practices’ change over time.
Pet First Aid
First aid is an important part of taking care of the ones you love. Your animal companion is more than just a pet – they are a member of your family! With that in mind, do you know how to recognize a potentially serious condition in your pet? Would you know how to help if they are injured?
Be the best pet owner you can be by attending Pet First Aid Level 1 and 2 at the OHS!
All OHS Pet First Aid courses are taught by a registered veterinary technician. Topics covered in each course include:
|Level 1||Level 2|
*These topics will include hands-on practical demonstrations using life-sized stuffed dogs.
The registration fee is $60/course**. A take-home Pet First Aid kit is provided to all participants enrolled in the Level 1 course.
**A 25% discount is available for all OHS adopters who register for OHS Pet First Aid courses. Use promo code included in your Adoption Package at time of online registration.**
Courses will be held on the following dates:
- Pet First Aid – Level 2: Monday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Pet First Aid – Level 1: Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Pet First Aid – Level 2: Monday, Nov. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Pet First Aid – Level 1 & 2: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.*
- Pet First Aid – Level 1: Thursday, Jan. 16
- Pet First Aid – Level 2: Monday, Feb. 10
- Pet First Aid – Level 1 & 2: Saturday, Mar. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.*
Cost: $60 for each level
*Combined courses are $120
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (613) 725-3166, ext. 298.
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Keep Your Cat Safe: Indoor Cats
What may be desired is not necessarily the safest…
Even though cats may love to have the freedom of running around outside, so too would dogs whose freedom we strictly control. In fact, small children would relish the opportunity to roam freely all day, with little or no regard for their safety. In today’s world this freedom is just not possible.
There are countless rules for our protection…
Society has established many rules for our protection. We wouldn’t think of allowing our small children to go outside alone where they are exposed to many dangers. Yet we readily open the door for our feline friends to go out unsupervised never knowing if they will return the same day or the next day or ever…
Are you a good neighbour?
Another factor to consider, besides your cat’s safety, is its effect on the environment and the nuisance it unwittingly creates for your neighbours. Cat fights are noisy and offensive; unneutered cats breed indiscriminately; their spraying and feces are pollutants; they get into garbage; ruin gardens cause car accidents, spread diseases, kill wildlife; and in some cases, inflict wounds on people and other animals.
Is this freedom?
Outdoor cats are not free. They fight a daily battle for survival against exposure to the elements, accidents, disease, poison, abuse and fights with other animals, theft or loss. On average an outdoor cat lives approximately three years while the lifespan of a cat that has been kept indoors (and supervised while outdoors) is approximately 15 years.
The OHS recommends that you keep your feline companion on a harness or under supervision when let outside. Microchip your animal as a precaution against loss. A microchip implant will supply your pet with identification that lasts a lifetime. Harness training is a safe way to allow your cat to experience the pleasures of the great outdoors.
Ensure your cat’s safety. Your feline companion and your neighbours will thank you for your effort!
Cold Weather Tips for Pets
Just because animals have built in fur coats doesn’t mean they are immune to the harsh realities of a Canadian winter. With a bit of thoughtful planning, your best friend will be warm and safe when the snowflakes fly.
Here are some tips for animal care in cold weather:
- Limit exposure: When the mercury plunges, exercise caution and limit your pet’s exposure to the outdoors.
- Salt: While the salt used on roads and driveways is helpful in preventing spills, it can irritate the sensitive pads on the bottom of your pet’s feet. Keep a towel by your front door and wipe down your pooch’s paws after a walk so they aren’t tempted to lick them clean.
- Fresh water: If you keep any water bowls outside for your animals during the winter, be sure to check the supply a few times a day to ensure it isn’t frozen over. If you are unable to provide fresh, clean water regularly throughout the day you need to provide an insulated, heated water bowl in order to keep the water from freezing. Clean, fresh snow is not an adequate replacement for water for an animal.
- Car engines: Cats and wildlife are drawn to the heat generated by your car’s engine on cold days. Make sure you bang on your car’s hood to avoid injuring a sleeping creature.
- Antifreeze: The taste of antifreeze is tasty to many animals, and they’ll readily consume it if given the chance. But even a small amount of antifreeze can be harmful, or even fatal, to your pet.
- When adding antifreeze to your vehicle, pour carefully and clean up any spills that may occur. It’s also a good idea to check that your car isn’t leaking fluid. A quick look under the hood will help keep your own animals, and those in the neighbourhood, safe.
- If your pet does come in contact with antifreeze — either by ingesting it directly, or by licking exposed paws — you should be looking for signs of vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, unconsciousness, drooling and panting. If you suspect antifreeze ingestion, it’s important to act quickly, as the poisoning can cause kidney failure. Call your veterinarian immediately to avoid complications.
- You may want to consider a less toxic alternative to the ethylene glycol-based antifreeze that is most commonly used. There is new propylene glycol-based antifreeze available at many retail outlets that is safer for pets and humans alike.
- Entertain wisely: The winter season is a peak time for at-home parties and other get-togethers. It may be a good idea to keep animals away from the bustle and noise during a party. If everyone does mingle together, keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t sneak any of the festive food and drink.
- Identification: Having an animal run away from home at any time of the year is troublesome, but especially during the winter season. Make sure your best friends are equipped with proper identification, including a collar, tag and microchip to ensure they have the best possible chance of finding their way back to you.
Free presentations in English and French for elementary, intermediate and high school students
Why Teach Humane Education in the Classroom?
Humane Education delves into something that all kids love — animals! The OHS’s Humane Education Program:
- promotes and encourages character development by promoting respect and empathy toward people, animals and the environment;
- assists children in developing compassion, a sense of justice and a respect for the value of all living beings;
- provides the knowledge and understanding necessary for children to resolve conflict situations and make responsible choices;
- fosters a sense of responsibility on the part of children to make choices and act upon their personal beliefs.
Our Humane Education program is inclusive, and meant for children and youth of all abilities.
COST: All humane education presentations are complimentary and intended to aid current curriculums. We happily accept donations — both financial and in-kind. For in-kind donation ideas, please visit our Wish List.
Do you teach students who are new to Canada? Ask us about our presentation for Newcomer students.
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