Ottawa Humane Society Workshop

How to Take Care of Dogs and Cats

February 8th

Today we had 2 human volunteers and 2 furry volunteers from the Ottawa Humane Society in our classroom. Students really enjoyed finding out how to take care of dogs and cats. Here is a list of what they learned from the workshop:

  • Pets need to be fed each day (some pets need to be fed more than once a day).
  • All pets need water. Cats should be given water to drink (not milk).
  • Pets need a safe home to live.
  • You need to brush cats and dogs often.
  • Animals need to be loved.
  • Cats use an indoor bathroom while dogs go outside.
  • If you want to pat a dog that you see on the street. You must ask its owner for permission before touching the dog.
  • When petting a dog do not touch the top of its head. You should pat a dog's neck or behind its ears.

For Valentine's Day the OHS is hosting an open house. They will be opening their doors to the public and have organized many wonderful activities!

Here is the website where you can find more information about their programs and how you can help support this foundation.

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Grade 1 Social Justice Initiative

As a Grade 1 team, each class will be collecting items to donate to the OHS. Here is a list of items they are in need of (and a few items they no longer need):

Animal Supplies

Kong toys

Rope dog toys

Six-foot nylon dog leashes

Soft treats for training

Cat wands

Cat toy balls

Bottles of bubbles to blow!

Catnip interactive cat toy (ie: battery operated toys they watch and play with)

Perpetual motion toys

Non-clumping cat litter

Receiving blankets

Kong wobbler dog treat dispenser

Nylabone dog toys

Slim Cat food dispensing toy

Bird seed (for budgies, finches, etc.)

Spray millet for birds

Non-basted plain raw-hide bones (medium and large only) for dog behaviour department

Freeze-dried liver treats for dog behaviour department

Easy Walk dog harnesses

Kuranda beds

Prescription diet pet food: low residue, hypoallergenic diet

Pine shavings (for small animals)

Timothy hay (for small animals)

Yesterday’s New litter

Heating pads

Hot water bottles

Size M/L Easy Walk harnesses

Thunder Shirts

Whiskas Dry (specifically meaty selects)

Friskies dry and Catchow

Whisker City Puffs Catnip

Small animal exercise pens

New small paint rollers (used to give cats massages to help alleviate stress)

New toothbrushes (used to brush/groom orphan kittens)

Cleaning Supplies

Disposable gloves (powder free)

Bounce dryer sheets

Household rubber gloves

Laundry detergent (preferably high-efficiency)


Gift certificates (for event prizes)

Canadian Tire money

Air Miles


Donate a Car Canada

AA and 9V batteries

New, non-electric can openers

Yellow highlighters

Yellow 3x3 and 1x2 post-it notes

White photocopy paper 20 lb

Laminating sheets

Pens (blue and black)

Items that are not needed at this time:

The OHS appreciates, and relies on donations to help care for our animals. Please note that there are items the OHS is not able to accept because they cannot be disinfected, are not disposable, are already overstocked or are provided by a sponsoring organization.

For these reasons, we ask that you do not donate the following items:

Bird cages

Small animal cages

Any opened bags of food

Plastic food bowls

Stuffed toys

Pillows, duvets, or cushions

Wooden crates or carriers

Cloth carriers

Dog seat belts

Canned cat food

Clumping cat litter

Carpeted cat scratch pads

Rawhide bones

Dog treats (ex. Milkbones)

Human clothing

Used brushes/combs

Non-washable dog toys

AAA batteries

White-out tape

Hanging file folders


Push pins

Scissors and scotch tape