The beloved Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has been without power since Saturday, May 21, the day the city endured a strong storm that ripped through Ottawa and eastern Ontario.
In an announcement released on Tuesday, May 24, the OHS said the storm caused downed trees on the property and damage to the building.
As a result, the shelter has been running on a backup generator and has implemented its emergency plan.
“Our animal care team has pulled together — as they always do — for the animals,” said Bruce Roney, OHS president and chief executive officer. “Fortunately we are able to continue caring for the animals and are we are tackling the situation day-by-day.”
According to the OHS’s website, phones in its development office have been knocked out by the storm.
While the adoption centre is closed, existing adoption appointments will take place as scheduled.
Essential services will continue and the OHS is available to admit animals in distress.
To make an appointment to bring an animal in distress to the OHS, call 613-725-3166 ex. 221.
Most other programs and services are cancelled until Saturday, May 28.
The Pet Food Bank will take place as scheduled at the shelter at 245 West Hunt Club Road on Thursday, May 26.
To schedule a pet food pick up, call ex. 249 or visit the OHS’s website.
The OHS is also reminding pet owners to keep their pets safe during this time. This means cats should be kept indoors. It is also best to leave pet dogs at home except for their usual walks.
A call out for donations has been put out by the team at OHS. Donations can be made online.