The Ottawa Humane Society achieved prestigious accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standards Program in April 2016 and from Humane Canada’s Accreditation Program in 2021.
GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS
What we do
The Ottawa Humane Society’s work extends far beyond caring for lost, unwanted, sick and injured animals. We are a community leader, creating learning opportunities and engaging with the community to help pet owners better care for animals. We reach out to children and youth — the community’s future pet owners — directly in classrooms and through innovative programs to provide hands-on experiences and shape the next generation of compassionate people. We advocate for continuous improvement in animal welfare and work closely with policy and decision-makers to ensure there is always a voice for the voiceless.
The OHS constantly seeks new ways to provide even more specialized care to animals with increasingly complex needs. We further enhance services for all animals by developing and expanding community partnerships — returning more animals to health and finding their perfect forever home. This level of care extends to pet owners in the community through specialty consultations for those who are struggling with their pet’s behaviour, a pet food bank to help keep families together during times of financial crisis, and accessible, subsidized microchip and spay/neuter services to improve pet welfare throughout Ottawa.
All of this is only possible through the support of a caring community. The OHS relies on donations from the public to provide exceptional services for the animals and the community.
There are many ways for you to be a part of a more than 130-year legacy of helping animals. Whether through a monetary gift, volunteering your time or through raising your voice for animals in need, you can make a difference for Ottawa’s animals.
When you give today, you provide immediate, lifesaving emergency veterinary care for Ottawa’s homeless animals. You also help show a fearful cat or dog that the world isn’t such a scary place and ensure that animals in need find their forever homes.
You can help Ottawa’s animals with a generous gift of time. Open your heart and open your home to animals in need by becoming a foster volunteer. Foster volunteers make a huge difference for animals who don’t adjust well to shelter life, and animals who need a little extra TLC to recover from surgery or to work on their manners before being welcomed into their forever home.
STAND UP FOR ANIMALS
Sharing your voice is another powerful way to help the animals. Share information about caring for animals and important animal welfare issues with the people in your life. Subscribe to OHS newsletters and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on animal welfare news.
Dr. Mary Thompson holding a cat who received care at the OHS.
A dog waking up from life-saving surgery at the OHS During the spring and summer, the OHS helps hundreds of kittens.
EVENTS + FUNDRAISING
The best way to help Ottawa’s animals is by becoming a PAW monthly donor. As a PAW monthly donor, you will make miracles happen every single day for the close to 8,000 animals that need OHS care every year.
Leave your mark and dedicate a part of the shelter to your love for animals or to a special human or furry friend in your life.
Make a lasting difference and build a better future for Ottawa's animals with a gift to the animals in your will.