Ottawa Humane Society

Ottawa Humane Society logo.
Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is a non-profit, community-based organization and a registered charity, with a volunteer board of directors, drawn from our supporters and the community at large. 

Since 1888, the OHS has provided a safe haven for sick, injured and homeless animals in Ottawa. The OHS mission is to lead Ottawa in building a humane and compassionate community for all animals. 

The OHS provides life-saving care for all of Ottawa’s homeless animals, which includes emergency surgeries, behavioural intervention and day-to-day care for the animals (plus lots of love). We are also dedicated to helping keep families together through education about responsible pet ownership and providing essential services and programs for pet owners in need.

A blonde woman in a blue scrubs and a stethoscope holds a puppy, smiling.
An OHS veterinarian holds a puppy who received life-saving care at the OHS.

At a glance:

Year founded: 1888

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $9,230,149

Top funding sources:

  • Individuals: 70%
  • Corporate: 4%
  • Events: 5%
  • Fees: 3%
  • Investments: 7%
  • Other: 11%

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa

How you can help


There are many ways to be part of a more than 130-year legacy of helping animals. Whether through a monetary gift, a gift of time or through raising your voice for animals in need, you can make a difference for Ottawa’s animals. 

When you give, you provide immediate, life-saving care for Ottawa's homeless, neglected and abandoned animals. You also help show a fearful cat or dog that the world isn't such a scary place and ensure that animals in need find their forever homes. 


You can help Ottawa’s animals with a generous gift of time. Open your heart and open your home to animals in need by becoming a foster volunteer. Foster volunteers make a huge difference for animals who don’t adjust well to shelter life and animals who need a little extra TLC to recover from surgery or to work on their manners before being welcomed into their forever home. 

Stand up for animals

Sharing your voice is another powerful way to help the animals. Share information about caring for animals and important animal welfare issues with the people in your life. Subscribe to OHS newsletters and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on animal welfare news.

Events and fundraising


The best way to help Ottawa’s animals is by becoming a PAW monthly donor. As a PAW monthly donor, you will make miracles happen every single day for the close to 8,000 animals that need OHS care every year. 

Naming opportunities

Leave your mark and dedicate a part of the shelter to your love for animals or to a special human or furry friend in your life. 


Make a lasting difference and build a better future for Ottawa's animals with a gift to the animals in your will.


Two kittens — one black and one tan — cuddle and look at the camera.
The OHS serves all kinds of animals, from big to small.

Board members and executives

Bruce Roney

President & CEO

Travis Webb

Board Chair

David Ang


Lorraine Audsley

MSc, BCom, BBA

Jeff Potts


Michelle Campbell


Anne Howland


Lorne Segal


Jenny Howard


Sven Stilzebach


Dr. Louis-Philippe Rouillard

Karen Messett

Jean Nelson

BA (Hon), LL.B, BCL, IC.D 

Kate Mcgregor


Jessica Hertzog-Grenier


Liz Tymon


Get in touch

245 West Hunt Club Rd.

Ottawa, ON

K2E 1A6

613-725-3166 ext. 299