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The Ottawa Animal Advocate

One Way to Help Animals that Need it Most

Cat relaxing outdoors

As many in the community know, the OHS restricted its intake to be able to care for animals most in need. The decision was difficult to make but crucial for the wellbeing of Ottawa's animals.

This means for the first time, the OHS (and many shelters across Canada) is asking our community not to bring healthy stray cats to the Municipal Animal Shelter. The public health crisis has had a serious impact on the resources and capacity of our shelter. Bringing in healthy strays takes away our ability to care of animals that are sick, injured or in distress.

So what should you do if you find a stray cat?

First, do a visual check to see if the cat seems like she's in distress. Stray cats — especially those missing for a long time — can be agitated easily, so be careful checking on them. If she is obviously sick, injured or in distress, call our Client Services team for next steps at 613-725-3166, ext. 221.

If she seems healthy, there several options:

  1. If she appears to be recently missing and is friendly, talk to your neighbours and put up signs in your neighbourhood to find her family. Be sure to fill out an OHS Found Report.
  2. Snap a photo of the cat and post her whereabouts on the Ottawa and Valley Lost Pet Network, and other similar Facebook communities including your local area and neighbourhood social media groups.
  3. Have her scanned for a microchip at a local vet clinic or at the OHS. Remember to call ahead, and be prepared to bring her back to where you found her if she's not microchipped.
  4. If the weather is hot, put a water bowl outside for her to drink from. Never leave food out though, as it could attract wildlife like raccoons, skunks or coyotes to your yard, and keep her coming back instead of returning home.

For more tips on what to do if you see a stray cat, visit our website. The OHS will always put the needs of Ottawa's animals ahead of everything else, and right now, that means prioritizing the intake of animals in distress over healthy ones.

Update: Bill 156

Protestor for animal rights - Regan Russell

While the world is facing its biggest health challenge in living memory, the Ontario government's priorities are seriously questioned. One would hope that this government would focus its efforts on protecting the health of the most vulnerable populations and to rebuilding the economy. Instead, they snuck the passage of this shameful Act when everyone's backs were turned.


Editorial: Coyote Panic and Co-existing with Wildlife

Mother coyote with her pup

There has been a great deal of media coverage regarding a string of attacks by one coyote in the Riverside South area. Scary-sounding headlines such as "aggressive coyote problem has gone on too long" and "coyote strikes again" rob us of having meaningful discussions around making communities safe while coexisting with wildlife.


Buddy & Belle: Help Animals in Need Today

Cute animals who need your help

A lot is going on in the world right now, but there are homeless and vulnerable animals who still need your help. Right now, there are more than 200 animals in our care, and three of them have broken legs!

Blackie: This handsome nine-month-old kitty arrived with a broken right hind leg.
Keto: Full of tail wags and kisses, Keto — a seven-month-old Beagle puppy with a broken hind leg — is getting the medical treatment he needs to heal.
Baby: This sweet three-year-old cat arrived in lots of pain and with a badly broken hind leg. Sadly, her bones were so badly broken that amputation was recommended.

Read their stories and make a donation to help them heal!


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One Paw-some Way to Camp!

Summer camp promo

In June 2020, the OHS arrived at the difficult, must necessary, decision to cancel all on-site summer programming at the OHS, including our popular children's summer camp program. In lieu of our traditional camp program, the Outreach department will be developing an educational video series, featuring short videos for children ages six to eight to watch and participate in throughout July and August.

We want you and your family to take a virtual paws from the heat this summer with the animals at the OHS and join us in Off-Leash Camp@Home for one furry adventure. Viewers will have the chance to learn all about what the OHS does, what animals it helps and what they can do to create a kinder community for all. Visit starting July 20 to take part in the Off-Leash Camp@Home!


"Ruff" Time to Wiggle and Waggle

Sad Dog

With the Wiggle Waggle Walk and Run being cancelled, we've launched an online challenge where you can create your own fundraiser and track your success at:

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