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The Ottawa Animal Advocate

January 2019

Resolutions You Can Keep

According to Business Insider, 80% of New Year’s resolutions are tossed out the window by February.  It can be tough to keep them.  Maybe some are just too hard to maintain. Here are the top seven resolutions suggested by the Ottawa Humane Society that you just might be able to keep:

  1. Stay aware of the plight of animals. Whales in captivity, wild animals travelling in circuses, trophy hunting: there are a lot of fights to fight to help animals.  Become aware, make good consumer choices, become active and write your politicians.
  2. Make a good adoption choice. If your resolution is to bring a pet into your family, do your research and make a good choice. Adopt from the OHS or another reputable animal welfare organization. Check out reputable breeders. Always see the conditions where the dog or cat was raised and the mother. Meeting in a parking lot is a sure sign of something amiss.
  3. Get exercise for you and your pet. People’s #1 resolution is to exercise more and get fit. But maybe the gym is too far away and too intimidating. You might find that doubling the length of your nightly walk with the dog is easier and may produce at least some of the results you are looking for. And playing with the cat for a half hour might not be much exercise, but it’ll keep kitty in shape and keep you away from the chips for the duration!
  4. Help lost, sick and homeless animals. The Ottawa Humane Society cares for close to 10,000 animals every year. We can only do it with your help. A monthly PAW gift means you can save lives all year long. And doing it monthly from your bank or credit card makes it even easier.
  5. Get your pet microchipped and get a collar and tag around her neck. Last year, only 63% of lost dogs and 8% of lost cats returned to their homes, despite our best efforts. Why so low?  The vast majority of lost pets have no microchip implant or visible tag.
  6. Stop putting off that vet appointment. According to the Ontario Veterinarian Medical Association (OVMA), 40% of the province’s pet owners only take their animals to a vet when they think something is wrong. And almost 25% don’t take their pets to a vet at all. Schedule your annual appointment a year in advance so you don't forget!
  7. Make sure your pet’s health is insured. Unless you are sure that a large sudden veterinary bill will be manageable, it’s time to look at pet insurance. In the last year alone, over 200 animals were surrendered to the OHS by owners who couldn’t afford their care in a crisis.

Happy New Year and good luck with your resolutions.
  • Do more with your donation! Your gift to the Ottawa Humane Society transforms the lives of animals every day, but did you know there may be a way you can make an even bigger impact?

    If you work full or part-time, you may be able to have your donations matched by your place of work. There are many companies that encourage their employees (and retirees) to give back to the community and which will donate to the causes they support. You can ask the Human Resources Department of the company where you work to see if such a program exists. If so, please email jenniferh@ottawahumane.ca about how your place of work is giving back. 

    You can find a list of companies with known matching gift programs at:

    This information will be updated all year long as you share new matching gift programs.

    Your matched gift can double your donation and can help the OHS build relationships with the corporations who help support Ottawa's animals.

    Thank you for your continued support.
  • Canine separation anxiety is stressful and troublesome for dogs and owners alike. The OHS is hosting a full-day specialty seminar with experts Malena DeMartini, CTC, CDBC, and Casey McGee, CPDT-KA, CTC, CSAT on March 2, 2019. We want to help you avoid the heart-wrenching howls, destruction of your home, costly repairs, noise complaints and vet bills that can result from an injury-related escape attempt. For more information, click here.
  • No more “ruff” days at the office! Do you work in an office? Do you love animals? If so, join the Ottawa Humane Society on January 21 for PAWS 4 Wellness presented by David Burns & Associates. Popularly known as Blue Monday, January 21 has been deemed the saddest day of the year. In 2019, we want to help turn this into the most PAWSitive day of the year! PAWS 4 Wellness is a workplace charitable campaign whereby local companies raise money to receive an OHS animal visit. Don’t delay, register your workplace today for your canine and feline cuddles!
  • Over the past five years, the OHS has worked diligently to expand its capacity to serve French-speaking Ottawa residents. Take a moment to complete this survey. // Au cours des cinq dernières années, la S.P.A. d’Ottawa a travaillé avec diligence pour accroître sa capacité à desservir les résidents d'Ottawa francophones. Prenez un moment pour remplir ce sondage. »
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