It's been just under one week since a powerful storm ripped through the capital, and the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is still without power.
The organization suffered damages to the building and property which is expected to cost thousands to repair. Not only will it need funds for physical damages, the OHS anticipates it will cost thousands to pay for fuel that's powering generators, and costs could reach approximately $15,000.
"It's a hefty cost, but it is an absolute necessity," explained Lori Marcantonio, OHS director of development. "The generator makes it possible to avoid gaps in providing life-saving care for Ottawa's animals during emergencies like this."
The OHS has a back-up generator to maintain essential services for the animals including lights in the critical care unit, vital-monitoring machines, and oxygen for animals that need surgery.
The organization is asking for donations from city residents who are able to help offset some of the costs. Donations can be made on the OHS's website at ottawahumane.ca.