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Ottawa Humane Society recognized for high-quality animal welfare by Humane Canada

"It’s a symbol of our hard work and commitment to the animals and our community."
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The Ottawa Humane Society located on Hunt Club Road. Dani-Elle Dubé/

The Ottawa Humane Society — the city’s go-to for local pet adoption — has been given official accreditation by Humane Canada’s Accreditation Program, which recognizes excellence in animal care and welfare.

This accreditation, which was announced Friday, is a first from Humane Canada.

“Everyone at the Ottawa Humane Society is very happy and proud to have achieved accreditation,” said Bruce Roney, OHS President & CEO. “It’s a symbol of our hard work and commitment to the animals and our community.”

“These organizations are caring for some of the most vulnerable in our society — animals. Standards and accreditation is a way of promoting confidence and signaling to the general public that an organization has achieved best practice and is trustworthy” said Barbara Cartwright, Humane Canada, CEO.

This recognition from Humane Canada is a seal of approval that the OHS has met all the criteria in providing animals with the Five Freedoms of animal welfare and eight descriptors of high-quality humane societies:

  • Accountable: Acknowledging and assuming responsibility.
  • Best practice: Following evidence-based policies and procedures.
  • Community oriented: Supporting animal welfare needs in the community.
  • Effective: Using the best approach to achieve a desired result.
  • Humane: Meeting the needs of animals and people.
  • Leadership: Setting direction to do the right thing.
  • Progressive: Evolving strategies to anticipate and meet changing needs.
  • Transparent: Providing open disclosure of practices and outcomes.

Humane Canada says the seal is a way to foster public trust in the animal welfare sector.

The accreditation program is involved in sheltering, education, advocacy and/or other animal welfare activities across the country.

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