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March 2021

Volunteer with kitten
We Hope to See You Soon!
We miss you! We are tracking all the available information that might give us a clue to our reopening date. We are next reviewing our dates at the beginning of July, but our current work-back date for planning purposes is September.

For more information contact Ashley Britton at
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week 2021
Thank you for your continued support and dedication throughout the public health crisis. It will come as no surprise that we will not be celebrating National Volunteer Week in-person this year. But we still want to recognize you and everything you do for Ottawa's animals!

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dog training
Fear Free Update
In January, we offered Fear Free Training to all of our volunteers. Responses to the training have been very positive and we are thrilled that many volunteers have completed the training and submitted their certificates!

We encourage all volunteers to complete the training. Throughout the course, you will learn strategies and techniques to help animals experience less fear and stress during their stay in shelter.

If you have any questions on the Fear Free Program or how to register, please contact Lindsey Gemmell at
OHS Auxiliary
The OHS Auxiliary — A Small but Mighty Group
For more than 70 years, the OHS Auxiliary has supported foster care, adoptions, medicine and health care, food, equipment and the construction of the new shelter.

We would like to acknowledge this small, but mighty group.

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Thank you volunteers
Foster Volunteer Annual Satisfaction Survey Feedback
Thanks to all of you who completed the annual foster volunteer satisfaction survey! We're excited to know that 91% of you plan to continue with the program this year — stay tuned for more survey results in our next edition!
Foster cat
Thank You to Our Foster Volunteers
We cannot thank our foster volunteers enough for their dedication and perserverance. It has been a challenging year and we could not have gotten through it without your support.

In 2020, foster volunteers gave more than 1,230 of Ottawa's most vulnerable animals a second chance. THANK YOU! If you or anyone you know is interested in joining this life-saving program, please visit our website for more information.

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Gerda in clinic
PAW — Miss Working with the Animals?
As a volunteer, you donate your time to save Ottawa's animals. You know first-hand that providing essential care for the animals relies on PAW monthly donations from our extraordinary donors.

We realize times may be hard for you right now. If so, please don't feel obligated to donate. But if possible, can the animals count on your help right now as a PAW monthly donor?

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