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If an animal’s life is in immediate distress as a result of cruelty or neglect, please contact the police at 911. For non-urgent calls about animal neglect or cruelty, please contact the Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300.
If you find a sick or injured stray animal with no owner in sight, or a wild animal, call the City of Ottawa at 311.
For non-urgent wildlife issues, click here.
Once an animal is rescued, it is brought to the Ottawa Humane Society or a veterinary clinic (outside of regular OHS hours) for an exam and to be stabilized. If the animal has extensive injuries and is in immediate distress, and where the owner cannot be located within a reasonable amount of time, the animal may be humanely euthanized to prevent further suffering. All decisions on treatment and euthanasia are made in consultation with a veterinarian.
The OHS makes every attempt to find the owner — but please do your part by ensuring that your animal companions are identified with a microchip, collar and tag. If the animal’s owner is located, he or she is required to reimburse the OHS for all expenses incurred in caring for their pet.
If you have been bitten or scratched by a stray animal, please seek immediate medical attention and contact the City of Ottawa at 311.
Lesson Plans for Teachers
Are you looking to expand on our humane education topics in your classroom? The Ottawa Humane Society offers a variety of free bilingual and curriculum-linked lesson plans for elementary school classes. Each lesson plan includes a presentation, grading rubric, interactive group activity and individual craft. Click on the links below to download a lesson plan today! Current topics and grade levels available include:
- JK/SK– Let’s Learn About Cats & Dogs/Apprenons à connaître les chats et les chiens
- Grade 1 – Let’s Learn About Cats & Dogs/Apprenons à connaître les chats et les chiens
- Grade 2 – Dog Buddies/Les chiens, nos copains
- Grade 3 – Are You Ready for a Pet?/Suis-je prêt à adopter un animal de compagnie?
- Grade 4 – Co-Existing with Urban Wildlife/Coexister avec les animaux sauvages en milieu urbain
- Grade 4 – Too Many Cats and Dogs/Trop de chats et de chiens
- Grade 5 – Creating a Pet Friendly Community/Créer une communauté pour les animaux
- Grade 6 – Welcome to the OHS/Bienvenue à la société protectrice des animaux
For more information about our humane education program and the online lesson plans, please contact our coordinator: humane education by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-725-3166, ext. 235.
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!
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.
Cost: $60 for each level (Combined courses are $120)
**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.**
Pet First Aid Refund Policy: Clients are required to cancel their course registration through the MyTime online system. Cancellations without penalty must be submitted seven days prior to the course start date. Any cancellations made within seven days of the course start date will result in an automatic administration fee of $60 (for single courses) or $100 (for combined courses), charged through the MyTime online system.
Upcoming Course Dates:
- Level 1 & 2: Saturday, Mar. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Program cancelled*
- Level 1 & 2: Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Program cancelled*
- Level 1: Monday, June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. *Program cancelled*
- Level 2: Monday, July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. *Program cancelled*
- Level 1 & 2: Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Program cancelled*
We have come to the difficult decision to cancel all on-site 2020 summer programming at the OHS. 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, adoptions by appointment, and a number of new community initiatives to support pet owners in need, such as our emergency pet foodbank. 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.
Our team will be working over the next few weeks to pull together some exciting new virtual programming opportunities for pet owners. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more information.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (613) 725-3166, ext. 298.
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.