Animal Advocates Who Made Today Possible for the Animals
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
2w ago
February is Black History Month. Last year, we shared the contributions of Dr. Lila Miller — the mother of shelter medicine — and how she made strides in advancing veterinary care standards for homeless animals. We’ve also explored the work of Dr. William Key who, alongside his horse, Beautiful Jim Key, was a pioneer in the humane education movement — instilling in the next generation a sense of compassion and responsibility towards animals. Dr. Key was not the only Black animal advocate to champion humane education. Frederick Rivers Barnwell was a minister, leader in public health and a cham ..read more
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Last Chance to Save Canada’s Horses
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
3w ago
The OHS is sometimes referred to as the “dog and cat society” (and we might add rabbit to that these days), given that those species account for the majority of the animals who come into our care. But our mission is, actually, focused on all animals. And today, we must speak up for horses. You NEED to call and email your Member of Parliament right now to voice your support for Bill C-355. The bill will end the export of live Canadian horses for slaughter overseas, and will be voted on by the end of the month. Each year, Canada ships thousands of horses overseas for slaughter. Trapped in cramp ..read more
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The Best Kept Secret Cure for the Blues
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
1M ago
The third Monday of January is also known as Blue Monday or the most depressing day of the year. In the 2000s, a travel company coined the date, possibly in a bid to sell more vacations. The science behind Blue Monday being the most depressing day of the year is dubious, but I can’t deny that January simply feels like a sad month, at least in Canada. The days are short and cold, holiday cheer has dried up, and some resolutions for the new year may already feel impossible to reach, or a cumbersome burden. What’s not dubious? The benefits pets can have for our mental health and well-being. A pe ..read more
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Five New Year’s Resolutions that Will Change Your Pet’s Life
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
1M ago
A new year is here, and I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to an excellent year for Ottawa and our community’s animals. I understand I might be somewhat alone in my optimism. Between the worries of pet owners who are concerned that finances may drive them and their pets apart, Ontario struggling to provide effective protections against animal cruelty and neglect, and surges of pets in need arriving at the OHS, it’s easy to be apprehensive about what’s to come in 2024. The challenges facing our community and our pets are clear, but what’s also clear is that Ottawa is a community t ..read more
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Christmas Magic at the OHS
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
2M ago
Merry Christmas from the OHS team and Ottawa’s homeless animals! I hope the day has brought you and your family warmth, love and joy. On top of the usual holiday cheer, I’m grateful for the support of our caring community and our dedicated staff and volunteers who ensure that Ottawa’s animals receive the care they need every day of the year. Today, our team has been working hard to care for the animals at the OHS and make sure they feel the holiday love. Please join me in thanking them for their amazing efforts for Ottawa’s homeless animals. Life-saving care at the OHS never stops, and it’s a ..read more
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An Unexpected Trend
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
2M ago
When the pandemic struck Canada in 2020, the number of animals in our care severely dipped as we focused on ensuring we were available for animals who needed us urgently. Since then, our population has been steadily climbing back to pre-pandemic numbers. Although we’re not there yet, we will be soon, and we have recently seen a trend in our intake that is concerning. Camilla’s newborn puppies receiving a health exam. Since October, we have received several litters of puppies — possibly a result of breeders who may not have been able to find buyers for the dogs. The puppies themselves aren’t a ..read more
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They Made Him Eat Cat Food?! Celebrity Cat Tells All
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
2M ago
The Maestro of Meows, the Four-Legged Heartbreaker, the Ookie-Bookie Smoosh, Ottawa’s most famous cat, the Legendary Link, is on a one-of-a-kind debut/farewell tour at the Ottawa Humane Society. This star-studded cat has been mastering his craft in a loving foster home for the past nine months. Now, he’s taking the humane society’s adoption centre by storm in a four-day tour where one adoring fan will be lucky enough to bring him home.  The OHS Enquirer managed to catch Link backstage for an exclusive interview and find out what makes this cat’s whiskers twitch. OHS EN: CQ voted you most ..read more
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Pet Affordability Crisis — Ottawa’s Pets At-Risk
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
2M ago
In case you haven’t heard, Ottawa is facing a pet affordability crisis. That rang through loud and clear when we consulted with our community early this fall to find out their thoughts on the biggest challenges facing pets and their people today. In fact, more than half of the 3,000 respondents cited cost of pet food and veterinary care as the biggest issues facing pet owners. You can read the full report and findings on our website. At the OHS, we’re seeing that pressure every day. Last week, we received more than 30 calls a day from people considering surrendering their pet — sometimes a si ..read more
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Ottawa’s Underground Network for the Animals
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
2M ago
It’s actually not underground at all, but with how few people know, it may as well be top secret and confidential. Let me fill you in. Animal welfare organizations, like the OHS, work together. These partnerships don’t all look the same, but they all have the same goal: doing more for animals in need. A great example is our Partner Support program — piloted during the pandemic when the future was uncertain and each day brought new challenges and hurdles. We provide grants to our partners who help animals we aren’t equipped to care for. Farm animals, wildlife, wild birds and more — the program ..read more
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The Best Deal You’ll Ever Find: And You Don’t Want to Miss It
Ottawa Humane Society Blog
by communications@ottawahumane.ca
3M ago
It’s no exaggeration to say each day at the OHS is unique. We never know exactly what kinds of animals will need us, how many will come through our doors, or what care they will need to get their much-deserved second chance. I’d also guess that the animals are just as surprised as we are. Take Maurice for example. He’s a sweet Chihuahua who came to us with two broken legs. He’s got a lot of spunk and after receiving care from our veterinary team, he is well on the road to recovery. Or look at Nancy, a 10-week-old kitten who arrived with 16 other cats in need. These cats, and the hundreds of ..read more
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