Birthday Parties

Interactive and Educational Birthday Fun!

If your child has a birthday party coming up, why not celebrate with the animals?

Birthdays are a chance to play and celebrate another year of growing up. We offer fun-filled birthday parties with tons of animal interaction, an interactive behind-the scenes tour and more! Our OHS birthday parties are an awesome way to help support the animals at the OHS by not only showing our shelter animals some love but also learning a bit about what it takes to be an A+ pet owner. OHS birthday parties are perfect for children who love animals and are interested in learning more about animal welfare and animal care. Celebrate your child’s birthday with some four-legged fun!

Age Requirement: OHS birthday parties are two hours in length and suitable for animal lovers between six and 12 years old.

Cost:  $275 (Original Package), $400 (Deluxe Package)

* To book an OHS Birthday Party, please refer to the “Booking an OHS Birthday Party” section below.

Birthday Party Dates:

The OHS is currently booking birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays for August.

Book early! Please note all birthday parties must be booked in advance. Popular time slots may be sold out months in advance.

Time Slots:

For Fall 2022, OHS birthday parties will be offered on Saturday and Sunday at:

  • 10 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.

Parental Supervision:

A minimum of one parent/guardian must be present to assist with supervision for the duration of the birthday party. Up to a maximum of 20 people (including birthday guests and parents/guardians) are welcomed to stay, due to room capacity limitations at the OHS.

OHS Birthday Party Packages:

The price of each party package is for 10 children including the birthday child. For each additional child there is a fee (please see below) up to a maximum of 15 children.

French programming may be available upon request 

Package Details Original birthday package ($275) Deluxe birthday package ($400)
Each additional child $20 $30
Includes one gift package for guest of honour (birthday child): OHS t-shirt, OHS dog plush with bandana, OHS pencil, OHS sunglasses, OHS water bottle, OHS rubber bracelet and a temporary OHS tattoo Included Included
OHS branded gift (dog plush with bandana) Not included Included (1 per child)
Animal interactions Included Included
Party hosted by OHS staff One Staff One Staff
Tour of the shelter Included Included
Decorations (balloons, birthday banners and table cloths) Included Included
Plain or basic cups, plates, napkins, cutlery Not Included Included
Personal online fundraising page Link provided Link provided
OHS birthday cupcakes (Artistic Cake Design Inc.) Not Included Included (1 per child)
Cheese Pizza (Toppers Pizza) Not Included Included (2 slices per child)
Juice Boxes (or water bottles) Not Included Included (1 per child)
Extra cupcake Not Included $5 per cupcake
Extra pizza Not Included $15 per pizza

OHS Birthday Party Packages – Food & Dietary Restrictions:

Cupcakes: The Deluxe Package includes cupcakes provided by Artistic Cake Design Inc.. A gluten-free vanilla cupcake option is available upon request. Please note that Artistic Cake Design Inc. is not a certified gluten-free or nut-free facility. Cross-contamination cannot be guaranteed and is a possibility.

Cheese Pizza: The Deluxe Package includes cheese pizza provided by Toppers Pizza. A gluten-free pizza and lactose-free cheese option is available upon request. Please note that Toppers is not a certified gluten-free or vegan facility. Cross-contamination cannot be guaranteed and is a possibility.

Extra pizza can be purchased for $15 each. Extra cupcakes can be purchased for $5 each.

Bring Your Own Food: Parents/guardians are welcome to bring their own food, snacks and drinks on-site for either Deluxe or Original birthday packages. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.

ohs bday party

Party Activities

Crafts – Your group has the option of doing one of the following crafts:

  • Small-animal craft
  • Dog toy craft
  • Cat toy craft

Specific crafts are chosen based on availability of supplies and the age of the group. Crafts can be taken home or donated to the animals!

Small animal interaction – guests will learn proper animal handling before the animal is brought to visit the party. Animals that may be seen here are guinea pigs and bunnies!

Cat gallery visit – guests are invited to visit our adoptable cats in the OHS cat gallery. Proper handling and visitation rules will be outlined before entering this space.

All proceeds above and beyond the costs to run the party go to the animals at the OHS!

Booking an OHS Birthday Party:

To register for an OHS Birthday Party, click on the booking button below by selecting the package option (Original or Deluxe). Select the desired date and time slot on the calendar and press “Book Now”. Fill out the registration form and complete booking. Payment is required upon registration. Registration immediately guarantees your date and time.

Original Package ($275):

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Deluxe Package ($400):

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COVID-19 Safety Protocols: In order to create a safe environment for all participants and staff (including children, youth and adults), participants are required to daily pre-screen for symptoms of COVID-19. To ensure the safety of OHS staff, volunteers and participants, we ask that you cancel or reschedule your registration if you are feeling unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19 or live with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last five days.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refund requests received 7 days in advance of the scheduled birthday party are eligible for a refund (a non-refundable $50 administration/deposit fee applies). Refund requests received within 7 days of the scheduled birthday party are not eligible for a refund.

Note: Full refunds will be issued in the event the OHS has to cancel a scheduled birthday party program.

For more information, please contact us by phone at 613-725-3166, ext. 298 or by email at programs@ottawahumane.ca.