We can’t believe the wrath that Mother Nature has decided to impose on the Ottawa area. Hundreds of families have been forced to make the choice between staying in their home or abandoning their lifelong possessions hoping that there will still be something to return to when the weather decides to settle down. One decision that should not be hard to make is how you will feed your pets when you have potentially lost everything.
During this particular time of uncertainty, the Ottawa Paw Pantry is offering crisis support to families with pets affected by the floods in the Ottawa area. To qualify for this program, those seeking support must currently have a home which has been affected by the Spring 2017 flood. Families who have been forced to evacuate are also eligible.
We will do our best to get you food as quickly as possible, please note that this program is only intended to provide support for up to two pets for one to two months (depending on supplies available). We encourage you to apply to our regular program for further support.
Please note: Pet food is provided on a first come, first serve basis. We are a supplemental feeding resource that depends on donations and volunteers, therefore we cannot guarantee the amount of food or the kind of food you will receive. We will however try our best to accommodate dietary restrictions when possible.
Other ways to get help
Three command centres have been set up to coordinate the relief efforts at the following locations:
- Cumberland: the intersection of Morin Road and Phillip Road.
- Constance Bay: 262 Len Purcell Dr.
- Britannia: the intersection of Jamieson Street and Kehoe Street.
Emergency reception and lodging centres are available at the following locations:
- The Royal Canadian Legion at 377 Allbirch Rd.
- The Francois Dupuis Recreation Centre at 2263 Portobello Blvd.
- Inside halls A and B of the Nepean Sportsplex at 1701 Woodroffe Ave.
- The Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter at the Clarence Creek Arena.
Residents can call 311 for updates, as well as visit a special emergency page on the city’s website for the latest on road closures, sandbag pickup locations and other information.
The city of Rockland has also established a hotline people can call at 613-446-1518. If people need help finding babysitting services or lodging for their pets during the flood, for instance, they can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.