This April, the Ottawa Humane Society became the first humane society in the country to be accredited by Humane Canada. Accreditation is recognized as an assurance that the accredited organization is a leader, and is accountable, community-oriented, effective, humane, progressive and transparent.
The accreditation decision follows a two-day virtual site visit by industry experts and their review of hundreds of documents covering all aspects of sheltering and animal management. Experts reviewed the OHS facility, its sanitation, intake, medical and behavioural health, foster and adoption programs, as well as outreach, education and advocacy programs.
Reviewers specifically commended the OHS for its evidence-based medical protocols, thorough intervention and enrichment programming, and extensive outreach programming that reflects and supports the diversity of the community it serves.
In 2016, the OHS also achieved Imagine Canada accreditation — a distinction that belongs to only two humane societies in the country. Imagine Canada examines board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising and staff and volunteer management.
Between the two accreditation systems, all aspects of the OHS are now fully examined and accredited by external evaluators.
The success of both accreditation initiatives reflects not only the efforts of professional staff, but also significant contributions by committed volunteers, a progressive board of directors and supportive community members like you. Accreditation shows the OHS's and community's commitment to doing the best possible job for the animals.