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May 2017
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Ottawa Humane Society

Quebec and Pit Bulls: Another Province Looking for a Quick Fix That Doesn't Work

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Quebec has proposed new legislation to ban certain dog breeds. The focus of course, is pit bull terriers, as it was in Ontario more than a decade ago. In some ways, the Quebec legislation — Bill 128 — is even scarier, as it leaves the breeds to be banned open for future addition. That is, this or future governments will be able to add other breeds to the list much more easily: by regulation, not by legislation. Already, the Quebec government has identified Rottweilers as another breed they will target. So, why should you care? Read more on the OHS blog

OHS Officer Rescues Migrating Beaver Stuck in Swimming Pool


The arrival of spring marks the beginning of the busy wildlife rescue season for OHS officers. Recently, there has been an influx of calls about beavers. At this time of year, two-year-old beavers leave their lodges and migrate by both land and sea to find their own territory.

Most of these beavers are able to safely find their way to new territory, but one confused beaver ended up in stuck in an Ottawa resident’s swimming pool. The beaver couldn’t seem to find his way out of the pool so the resident called the OHS emergency line for help. An OHS agent was able to catch the beaver while he was swimming underwater.

The beaver appeared healthy, so the agent transported him to nearby Britannia Beach and released him near the river.

Now that the warm weather is here, it’s common to come across a variety of wildlife. How can you tell if a wild animal needs your help or should be left alone?

If an animal presents with any of the symptoms below, then it needs help:

  • A wild animal presented to you by a cat or dog
  • Bleeding
  • An apparent or obvious broken limb
  • Shivering
  • Walking in circles or falling over when walking
  • Signs of sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Discharge from eyes or nose

If a wild animal does not show any of these signs, then it is best to leave it alone. If you think an animals needs help, call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

Buddy & Belle: Captain Oats

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Wwill never know how this sweet little kitten got so seriously hurt, but by the time he arrived at the Ottawa Humane Society for help, it was apparent he was suffering terribly. Captain Oats’ sad meows and limping gait pointed to one thing: a broken leg. X-rays revealed his hind right hip was badly fractured. Read Captain Oats' story and donate towards his medical bills...

2018 Calendar Contest

Have you heard about the OHS Calendar Contest? Your pet could win a spot in our 2018 calendar! Click here to learn how to participate. Check out these amazing entries:


Heart-Warming Gifts

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Join Us at the OHS Garden Party!

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Events Calendar
May 4
May 7
May 27 – May 28    June 3 June 21 Sept. 9
Monthly OHS Auxiliary Meeting 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the OHS Microchip Clinic 
9 a.m. - noon at the OHS
  Tamarack Race Weekend

OHS Auxiliary Spring Craft & Bake Sale
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 Garden Party  6 to 9 p.m. at Lansdowne Park
Wiggle Waggle Walk & Run for The Animals Presented by Escape Manor at Lansdowne Park

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