Cricket & Company Halloween Party

Looking for something to do tomorrow in Ottawa? Love animals in Halloween costumes? Then you should be at Cricket & Company‘s Halloween party in support of the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue!

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Don’t miss the Monster March through the Market from 12:30- 1pm! Animals! In costume! On parade!

Cricket & Company
21 Murray Street
613) 562-1919
Facebook Page

Featured Feline Friday (OSCatR)- Charlie

This week’s Featured Feline Friday from the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue is the lovely Charlie.

This sweet momma is in need of some help.

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Charlie came into care while she was pregnant. She is very friendly and affectionate. She’s very tiny and was born without a tail. Charlie is playful, curious, and she loves to chase little foil balls that she carries around in her mouth while chirping away. She really enjoys being brushed and will pat your hand until you scratch her ears.

While in care she gave birth to four wonderful kittens who have all been adopted. Now she’s looking for her forever home.

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Some Quick Info About Charlie

Date of Intake: June 2014

Estimated D.O.B.: June 2013

Gender: Female

Breed: DSH with a bob tail

For more information or to adopt Charlie check out the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue website!

AAW – Friendly Giants Dog Rescue

This week’s AAW is Friendly Giants Dog Rescue .

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Friendly Giants Dog Recue is a non-profit group based in Ottawa with foster homes throughout Ontario, that was created by a network of people that became aware of the growing need to provide a safe haven and to find loving adoptive forever homes for dogs in pounds and shelters that would otherwise be euthanized.

Their rescue (FGDR) tends to work with large and giant breed dogs but they also take in highly adoptable dogs from high kill shelters in Canada. Most are seized from horrendous situations, while others come in as strays who are often abused and neglected. They do not take in owner surrenders as there are too many dogs in dire need, awaiting euthanization in these shelters across North America.

All of their rescues are fully vetted, spayed or neutered and are placed in foster homes as they do not operate a shelter environment. Therefore, the dogs receive a lot of one-on-one attention and love to help them get over whatever bad experiences they may have had, to help them gain confidence, and to understand that not all humans are cruel. All the rescues are also assessed on temperament i.e. good with kids, cats dogs etc. in order to find the perfect forever home for them.

  “All a rescue dog looks for is a warm place to sleep, food in their bellies, and a kind loving family to shower them with attention. There is nothing more rewarding than looking a rescue dog in the eyes and seeing how much they appreciate a kind face, warm heart and the unconditional love they give back, no matter what circumstances they have come from.

Friendly Giants on the Web


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Upcoming Events

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Featured Feline Friday (OSCatR)- Alun

I’ve decided to start another weekly feature; Featured Feline Friday! For now it will be cats from the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue but in the future I may start a second Featured Feline Friday post showcasing cats from other rescues.

Our debut cat is a mature gentleman named Alun!

Alun is a super sweet, laid back kind of guy. He is calm and easy going, and being a little bit mature he is not all that interested in toys. This guy loves his canned food, and has really enjoyed going to bed with a full belly every night. Alun has melted the hearts of everyone hes met, will he melt yours too?

Oh we almost forgot to mention, Alun is polydactyl! You just have to love those big pawed kitties!!

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Some Quick Info About Alun

Date of Intake: July 2014

Estimated D.O.B.: July 2009

Gender: Male

Breed: DMH

For more information or to adopt Alun check out the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue website!

AAW – Cat Rescue Network

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done an Animal Awareness Wednesday (AAW) post.  I’m back at it and this week’s AAW is the Cat Rescue Network.

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“There are hundreds of homeless kittens and cats in our region. Human apathy and neglect have forced them to forage for survival. They congregate in parks, wooded areas, and alleyways; anywhere they can find food and shelter. Left to fend for themselves, their lives are a constant struggle against the cold, disease, accidents and predators.  A common misunderstanding when someone sees a cat on the street is that they are wild and undomesticated.  In fact, many of these cats are lost or abandoned – friendly domesticated animals who desperately need someone to stop and help them.”

Based on Ottawa, Ontario,  the Cat Rescue Network (CRN) is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization established in 1999 that is committed to rescuing abandoned and feral cats overlooked by the city’s animal welfare services.  As they do not have a facility, all of the cats they rescue live with volunteers in their homes (foster families) until they are adopted.  Due to their lack of “overhead”,  they are able to put all donations towards the medical bills of their rescues.

Remember the little cuties from my DRC is Foster Kitten Approved post that are pictured below? Well they’re being fostered through the Cat Rescue Network and are looking for forever homes!

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They really love their Jingle Jangle crocheted cat toy their foster mom bought from me so…  if you decide to adopt one (or more!) of these cuties and reference this blog post I’ll donate a Jingle Jangle for each of them to take to their new furever homes. Their names are Redbeard (orange), Scallywag (white/beige),  Davey and Jones (tabby twins).

To see who else is available for adoption check out their Cat-a-logue of adoptable cats

You can check them out online at their website and Facebook page.


Thanks for Giving Adoption Event

Looking for something to do in Ottawa this sunday?

Then you should consider heading to a Pet Valu store for the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue‘s Thanks for the Giving adoption event. They are happening from 11am – 3pm at the Pet Valu’s on Greenbank, Merivale,  Alta Vista, and Beechwood (where I’ll be helping out).

Besides all the cute cats for adoption there is also merc from the OSCatR for sale to help raise some much needed funds to help the cats in care.  Just check out the pic below of Alun… he’s looking for a home and helping sell merc!

A Busy Saturday of Helping Animals

Tomorrow DRC has a full day of helping out animals in need.  I’ll be starting off the day at the PunkOttawa Fleamarket where I’ll be a vendor, and then off to a local show I organized called Titties 4 Kitties 3!

Both events benefit The Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue where I volunteer. While the fleamarket also benefits the Wild Bird Care Center, and Titties 4 Kitties 3 also benefits SafePet Ottawa.

For more details on both of these events check out the above links to the Facebook Event Pages.

T4K3 Poster (Newmar)

Along with the places mentioned in the event, tickets for Titties 4 Kitties 3 will be available at the DRC table at the PunkOttawa Fleamarket tomorrow.

AAW – Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue

This week Animal Awareness Wednesday is featuring Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue.

They are a non-profit dog rescue that has been in Ottawa, Ontario since September of 2007.  Although they rescue dogs of all sizes, ages and condition, Hopeful Hearts was created especially to help senior and special needs dogs. These angels are often most turned down by rescues due to the difficulty with finding adoptive homes and inherent vet costs.

I had the pleasure of meeting a few of the ladies from the wonderful organization at the annual Titties 4 Kitties fundraiser of which Hopeful Hearts was one of the two beneficiaries. If the rest of the people in the organization are great as these ladies, then the dogs in their care couldn’t ask for nicer  and more loving foster homes.

Here are pictures of a few of the Hopeful Hearts looking for forever homes. To find out more information and see other Hopeful Hearts head on over to their website!

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AAW – Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

We all know there are plenty of rescues out there for cats and dogs, but what about the rest of our animal friends? This weeks Animal Awareness Wednesday is featuring just such a place!


The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary treats and cares for injured or orphaned wild mammals and turtles until they are healthy enough to be returned to their natural habitats. They also offer advice on co-existing peacefully with wildlife and provide humane, cost-effective ways to prevent or solve wildlife conflicts.

They have cared for more than 1,700 animals since 2005, and is the only licenced rehabilitator of small mammals serving the Ottawa and Rideau Valleys. Like most rescues they do not receive any government funding and rely entirely on donations from the general public, businesses and foundations.

For more information you can check out their website and see more great pictures of the animals in their gallery!

AAW – Sit With Me Shelter Dog Rescue

This weeks AAW – Animal Awareness Wednesday spotlight is on Sit With Me Shelter Dog Rescue!

“Sit With Me is an Ontario-based rescue who strongly believes that shelter dogs deserve better than being abandoned by those who were tasked with being responsible for them.” 

“We do not discriminate based on breed, age, medical background or current medical state. Those animals that need them most, those who are in jeopardy of losing their lives due to space or time in a shelter, will be the dogs we seek out for rescue. “

I had the pleasure of meeting some of the dogs from SWM at the Rescue Block Party a few weeks ago. All of the dogs were well behaved and happy as clams to be out and about. Some of you may remember the little guy I shared a picture of whose bandanna was so big it was a cape (pictured above). His name is Buzz and he’s currently one of the featured adoptable on their website.

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