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March 2022

Programs Have Returned!
As things slowly return to normal, we’re happy to share we have been rolling out programs and services that were impossible to deliver during the public health crisis. Our camps for children, private and group dog training classes, microchip clinics and Mobile Spay/Neuter Services have now officially returned.

Visit for more updates as we reopen.
World Spay Day Recap
In February, we worked with local rescue partners to spay/neuter more than 40 cats, dogs and rabbits in need. Our chief veterinarian, Dr. Shelley Hutchings, shared her thoughts on the day and how we're bringing back affordable spay/neuter surgeries for Ottawa's cats.

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National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is back! This year we're recognizing your incredible work and welcoming many volunteers back after a long two years. National Volunteer Week is April 17 to 23 and we are so excited to hold our celebrations in-person and virtually.

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Become a Program Animal Handler
Do you and your companion animal enjoy visiting new places and meeting new people? If so, the new program animal handler volunteer role might be the right fit for you! The Outreach department is looking for program animal handlers and their companion animals to support our education programs.

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Catch the Ace Raffle
Did you know volunteers can take part in the OHS Catch the Ace raffle?

Play now to win big and help Ottawa's animals!

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Charlie Legault
Meet Charlie
Meet Charlie Legault, one of our fabulous canine enrichment volunteers. Charlie takes dogs staying at the OHS for walks, provides them training, and gives them enrichment to keep them busy and happy while they wait for their forever homes. Thanks to Charlie and other canine enrichment volunteers, more can be done for Ottawa's animals!
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Staying Safe @ the OHS
As the province relaxes safety protocols for COVID-19, we have also made some changes at the OHS. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and comfortable, while gradually loosening restrictions under the new guidelines.

Volunteers will no longer be required to screen for COVID-19 symptoms before their shift. With a few exceptions, masking is no longer required on-site — volunteers are only required to be masked if they are client-facing or work in animal care areas. Volunteers who are more comfortable wearing a mask are welcome to do so, and masks will still be available in the volunteer lounge. Please contact Kestrel if you have any questions about the OHS’s updated COVID protocols.

Welcome Kestrel Wraggett back as our Volunteer Manager!
Please welcome back Kestrel Wraggett as manager: volunteers at the OHS.

If you would like to connect with Kestrel about volunteer programs, if you have any questions or concerns or just want to say hello and welcome back she is happy to hear from you! You can reach her at

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Learning Opportunities
Have you taken advantage of the exciting learning opportunities available for OHS volunteers?

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Become a PAW Monthly Donor
As a volunteer, 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, but if you are able, please consider becoming a monthly donor today.

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