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 April 2017
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Ottawa Humane Society

OHS Gives Cats From Local Group Their Second Chance

catIn February, the OHS was called to help a small group in Eastern Ontario that had ran out of space for all of the cats in its care. In total, 26 cats were transferred to the OHS, including Juniper, a four-year-old feline who was living in a bathroom with her day-old kittens and two other female cats when she was rescued.

Once she was in the care of the OHS, staff got to work to give Juniper and her kittens their second chance.

A vet exam revealed Juniper needed dental surgery. Her kittens had sparse coats and were tested for ringworm, which was negative.

Juniper, who is now in the care of a dedicated foster volunteer till her kittens are old enough to be weaned, was also very fearful when she arrived at the shelter. She spent her first days in her foster home hiding in a carrier with her kittens. But with lots of love and patience, her foster volunteer reports that Juniper and her kittens now purr happily as they explore the house. Juniper loves spending time with her human caregivers and she’ll give them gentle head-butts when she wants to be pet.

Thanks to you, the OHS can help more animals like Juniper get their second chance.

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week

Did you know that the OHS is supported by more than 715 volunteers?

Volunteers are an essential part of who we are as an organization, helping us save lives and assisting with so many wonderful services to our community.

Volunteers donate their time and skills to more than 30 volunteer-based programs and assist with activities, including photocopying, data entry, planning and executing special events, canine and feline enrichment, support for our mobile spay/neuter services, post-surgical recovery, providing care for our animals residing at pet stores, public education in both French and English, and so much more. Many of our volunteers donate their time to multiple volunteer programs — helping us accomplish even more throughout the year!

This year, National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 23 to April 29. Please join us in thanking our dedicated volunteer team for their support throughout the year.


Emergency Surgery Saves Elsa and Her Kittens 

elsaElsa’s condition was dire when she arrived at the OHS in early March. The two-year-old cat had gone into the labour the day before and gave birth to three kittens. Unfortunately a fourth kitten was stuck in her birth canal.

Elsa strained to push the kitten out for 24 hours and as a result she had a prolapsed uterus. An OHS veterinarian preformed emergency surgery to repair her uterus and spay her. Sadly, the fourth kitten did not survive.

Elsa was anemic from the blood loss she suffered during labour, so she was treated with B12 injections. She was also given antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. Although she was in terrible pain when she arrived at the OHS, she dutifully cared for her three kittens throughout her ordeal.

Elsa is now in the care of a dedicated OHS foster volunteer until she’s healthy and her kittens are old enough to be weaned and adopted.

Without the emergency care she received, Elsa may not have survived. Her young kittens likely would not have been able to make it without their mother. Because of you, the OHS was able to be there for Elsa and her kittens when they had nowhere else to turn. Help the next cat like Elsa.

Buddy & Belle: Surgical Packs
surgical pack
2018 Calendar Contest


Show the world your beautiful pet by winning a spot in our 2018 calendar. All you have to do is enter and invite your friends and family to donate in support of your household hero. Check out the contest rules.

Come to the Hoppy Easter Family Event!


There are no egg-scuses for missing the Hoppy Easter Family Event! Hip hop your way to the OHS for some free family fun on Sunday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Easter-themed activities and treats will include:

  • Egg races
  • Easter Bunny visits and photos
  • OHS scavenger hunt
  • OHS Auxiliary & Critter Crafters craft and bake sale
  • Easter-themed crafts and activities
  • Sweet Easter treats

For more information about this event, please contact our supervisor: programs by phone at 613-725-3166 ext. 298 or by email at programs@ottawahumane.ca.

Join Us at the OHS Garden Party


Join us for the 17th annual Garden Party, on June 21 at the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park from 6-9 p.m. Come sample signature dishes prepared by Ottawa's top chefs and enjoy fine wines, craft beer and be treated to appearances by special animal guests. Click here for information and to purchase early bird tickets.

Heart-Warming Gifts


Events Calendar
April 6 April 9 April 9 May 27 – May 28    June 3 June 21 Sept. 9
OHS Auxiliary Meeting and Tupperware Fundraiser 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the OHS Microchip Clinic 
9 a.m. - noon at the OHS
Hoppy Easter Family Event and OHS Auxiliary Craft and Bake Sale at the OHS 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.   Tamarack Race Weekend

OHS Auxiliary Spring Craft & Bake Sale
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Garden Party 6 - 9 p.m. at Lansdowne Park
Wiggle Waggle Walkathon & Run for The Animals at Lansdowne Park

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