Ottawa Humane Society

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Ottawa Humane Society
Formation 1888
Type Humane Society
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Region served
Official language
Affiliations Dog Legislation Council of Canada; Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
Website Ottawa Humane Society

The Ottawa Humane Society (1888 to present) is the humane society for Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[1]


The Ottawa Humane Society is a non-profit organization, community-based organization and a registered charitable organization, Charity Registration Number: # 123264715 RR0001. The Board of Directors is voluntary.

A group of women formed the Women's Humane Society of Ottawa in January 1888. This organization enforced the new animal protection laws and focused on bettering the lives of neglected children by lobbying for legislation to provide for foster homes. In 1896, this group evolved into the Ottawa Humane Society, with the newly established Children's Aid Society assisting the needy children within the community.

In 1979, the Ottawa Humane Society was renamed the Humane Society of Ottawa-Carleton. The organization returned to the name Ottawa Humane Society in 2001, when the Ottawa-Carleton area was amalgamated.

Today, the Ottawa Humane Society's mandate covers a broad spectrum of animal welfare concerns. The organization's stated priorities include prevention and investigation of cruelty to animals, enforcement of laws for the protection of animals, public education and pet population control, through which they seek to reduce the number of stray animals whose final solution is often destruction.

In 1933 the organization began providing stray animal shelter services to the City of Ottawa. They still hold the municipal contract for stray animal shelter services.[2]

Mission statement[edit]

The Ottawa Humane Society Mission Statement is as follows:

To work in and with our community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray or homeless.[3]


The Ottawa Humane Society is an "open admission" animal shelter, which means they do not restrict the types of animals they accept. It also accepts any number of animals regardless of their age, temperament, or space limitations within the shelter.[4] Open-admission shelters differ from No-Kill Shelters.

See also[edit]


  • Astroff, Vivian "Helping Hands: The Humane Society of Ottawa-Carleton, The First 100 Years of Caring for the Abused and Abandoned, 1888-1988" Humane Society of Ottawa-Carleton Ottawa, Ontario, Call Number 365.A.30.0

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