Ottawa Humane Society Needs Your Help.

Posted: 14th July 2008 by Luc "Sandman" G. in Life, Ottawa

KittensThe Ottawa Humane Society is overcrowded and is in dire need of your help. There are currently close to 300 kittens and cats that are in need of adoption. The OHS usually has a maximum capacity for 200 cats and has had to resort to putting multiple cats per cage.

In order to help boost adoption, the shelter is holding a Canuck special during the month of July. The OHS is reducing its adoption fees by 25$ for any cats with a Canadian themed name, such as Chinook or Tuque.  Cats pictured on their adoption website that bare a maple leaf are also part of this event.

The normal rates for cat adopting a cat is 205$ for a kitten and 150$ for an adult cat. This price is very low for everything that your pet will get. All cats are vaccinated, are implanted with an ID microchip and are spayed or neutered. If the kitten is too young to have been spayed or neutered, the OHS will give you the paperwork necessary to receive a free sterilization from your local vet. If your pet is suffering from a medical condition (such as ear mites, which is very common in kittens), you will also receive medication free of charge. Your new pet will also be covered with Petplan Insurance for a period of 8 weeks after adoption. All these extras add up to over 625$ if you were to pay for them yourself.

If you can’t adopt a cat, the shelter is looking for foster homes for a multitude of felines due to an upper respiratory infection outbreak that is very similar to a cold. The OHS is looking for loving fosters who can look after the poor sick kitties and help them recover more quickly from the infection.

Housing, feeding and caring for all these animals requires money. Even if you’re not in a position to adopt a pet, a money donation goes a long way to ensure that these animals are healthy enough to find a loving home. The OHS is also in need of receiving blankets to help with cat care. If you have some to donate, they can be dropped off at the OHS’s main shelter.

The Ottawa Humane Society is located on Champagne Avenue in Ottawa and is open weekdays from 9am to 7pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. If you can’t make it down to the main shelter, the OHS also has pets for adoption at a multitude of local area pet stores. To find out which pet stores are participating in the program, please call the shelter at (613) 725-3166 or email the adoption department.

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