Ottawa Humane Society says emergency breakdown costs more than $15,000

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The Ottawa Humane Society has a generator running to maintain essential services for its loads after the storm hit the Merivale and West Hunt Club roads area hard, snapping more than 20 nearby utility poles.

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There is no estimate of when power will be restored, Chairman and Chief Executive Bruce Roney said in an appeal to donors for donations on Wednesday.

The power was still out Thursday morning.

Much like a human hospital, human society needs power for the machines that provide supplemental oxygen and monitor the vital signs of sick and injured animals.

“The generator needs a constant supply of gas to keep oxygen flowing, monitors on, and lights on for the animals,” he wrote.

Generator operation, damage to the West Hunt Club Road Shelter and essential services will total over $15,000.

Animals currently being cared for include kitten Yoda, who was recovering from surgery in the intensive care unit over the weekend, and several cats. Martha was being watched after she was found lost with a lump on her shoulder blades while Toph was taking painkillers to recover from a broken pelvis.

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On Tuesday, the humanitarian society said in a press release that it had been without power since Saturday but continued to provide essential services. Dial 613-725-3166 ext. 221 to make an appointment to bring back an animal in distress.

The adoption center was closed, but existing adoption appointments would go ahead as planned, OHS said. Most other programs and services have been cancelled.

Meanwhile, the Humane Society watched over all pets during the storm cleanup.

“Cats should be kept indoors and pet dogs are best left at home except for their regular walks,” OHS said.

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