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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:14 AM
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Canada - parliment hill cats

I was having a discussion with a fellow collegue about the Parliment Hill Cats, and found it interesting that she never heard of this. I thought since it was Canada Day, I would share alittle with everyone who does not know. Read the link below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadia...iamentary_Cats

I find it very interesting that our government looks out their window everyday and sees first hand our nations unwanted throw aways and yet does not impliment a nationwide low spay and neuter directive. One would also think that this everyday reminder would dictate the importance of stopping cattery mills and puppymills or maybe think about stiffen our Animal Protection Laws. Anyways - I am grateful they however do allow them to remain on the premises...a small contribution to a very big problem.

So to all those animals - Happy Canada Day to you as well. Be safe.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:17 AM
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Wow! I have never heard of this... And I work on the Hill!!!

Definitely going to have to do some sleuthing and see if I can visit these little ones

HAPPY CANADA DAY!
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:22 AM
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Wow! I have never heard of this... And I work on the Hill!!!

Definitely going to have to do some sleuthing and see if I can visit these little ones

HAPPY CANADA DAY!
I am going up to Ottawa tonight to transport some dogs. Since I am staying the whole weekend, I will picking up my daughter as she knows where they are. I want to visit and see how they are doing and how they are cared for. So curious really.

I am going to bring my camera to hopefully get some shots.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:25 AM
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I am going up to Ottawa tonight to transport some dogs. Since I am staying the whole weekend, I will picking up my daughter as she knows where they are. I want to visit and see how they are doing and how they are cared for. So curious really.

I am going to bring my camera to hopefully get some shots.
That sounds great! You'll have to let me know where they are set up in relation to the main buildings. I have been trying to find it online but, although the government site mentions them, it doesn't tell a location.

http://www.parliamenthill.gc.ca/hist...nctry-eng.html
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:26 AM
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I have heard of them, and it would not surprise me that these cats are well taken care of. The Harpers are foster mom and dad to cats from the Ottawa Humane Society, and Mrs. Harper does volunteer work for them. I heard she also sits on the board, but have not confirmed it.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:35 AM
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OMG our parliment is running a cat house.... I would love to go see that. I am glad some cats are taken care of.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:38 AM
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OMG our parliment is running a cat house.... I would love to go see that. I am glad some cats are taken care of.
Indeed. Thanks to a kitty HERO who passed away. Thankfully someone else took over.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:51 AM
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I thought there were more kitties but I guess with the ones dying off there wouldn't be. It's great that they are still allowing this to go on. Shows they aren't all heartless. $6000 a year for care. Mmmm, sounds a little low. My bill is a lot higher than that! But then I don't get free vet care either.
Thank you for sharing BM and reminding us there is still hope - somewhere!

and HAPPY CANADA DAY TO ALL!
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I read about this in the Cat Fancy Magazine last summer or fall I think it was. I was amazed with this story. There are volunteers or one man that went in the morning and evening to feed them, if my memory is right. They also have a donation box set up for the upkeep of the cats too.

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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:30 PM
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BM I have seen the parliament cats. They are actually very well taken care of. There is an elderly man that has taken care of them for at least 20 yrs. He faithfully feeds them and takes care of them. I am pretty sure they are all spay and neutered. Its a pretty cool set up of little houses and hamocks and feeding stations. While we were visiting we met a racoon nearby that was just as friendy as a cat! The man that takes care of them indicated at one time that it took about 8,000.00 per yr to feed and take care of them.

I have some pics somewhere! I hope you find the time to see them!
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 05:00 AM
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the elderly man isn't there any longer, he finally after advertising for 6 yrs found a replacement, often people thinking they are doing well will snatch a cat to give it a home, last one was in the paper with a plea to please bring him back. We go see them every couple of weeks and bring snacks to be distributed, one of my fav spots in ottawa*L* I'm lucky, my son lives about 2 blocks from there.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 08:24 AM
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Oh yes I've seen them on TV ! The old man that was taking care of them was a real .
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It's a "must see" if you are touring the Parliament Hill area, always kept very clean, cats are very calm and well looked after. Although they do prefer cash donations, I have heard of people dropping off bags of food and cat accessories (treats, toys etc).
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 09:35 AM
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wow..if they made wikipedia..then they must be popular. I've been there a few times, but never heard of them. I will need to make a trip this summer and see these little "rock stars"...
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 09:44 AM
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Maybe I could start doing that! Put a box out for donations to help feed my kitties.

It is an amazing thing that is being done. I find it pretty sad though that it took six years to find someone to replace him.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 11:12 AM
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They really have a great set up! Its not too hard to find...If I was standing in front of the Parliament Building...they are towards the left side of the buildings. Near where they rebuilt one of the statues a few yrs ago...cant recall the name...anyone on the Hill that works there knows where they are...they get a fair bit of attention...
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Old July 5th, 2010, 08:59 AM
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Well I went, saw and was deeply moved. First of all, I have to say that I never took the time to really visit Ottawa..and it is GORGEOUS!

I went to see the cats and I was so impressed. The cats were in great shape, the shelters were so cute. Lots of food, water and they were lavishing in the shade as well as a big orange cat sprawled out on someone's lap. I saw a black, black and white and a white cat while there. These cats are well cared for and the attraction was amazing. So many people there just to observe the cats. I found that very interesting.

I would definately recommend anyone to visit Ottawa for not only the scenary but for the changing of the guards, the beautiful scenery and of course the cats!
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Old July 5th, 2010, 09:43 AM
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waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before mr Chartrand took over looking out for them it was a lady named Irene Desormeaux , mr Chartrand use to help her the odd time when he was between jobs (house painter) she passed away in 87 or 88, cant remember which and he took over, not sure who is looking after it now, when Irene did it she was hated by the guards and polititians *L* but then the schools got involved, I remember visiting it way back in the 70's with our school class and once the schools got involved then the govt thought wow...tourist trade and allowed mr chartrand to install the houses built for him, it use to be just tarps and blankets.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 09:46 AM
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waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before mr Chartrand took over looking out for them it was a lady named Irene Desormeaux , mr Chartrand use to help her the odd time when he was between jobs (house painter) she passed away in 87 or 88, cant remember which and he took over, not sure who is looking after it now, when Irene did it she was hated by the guards and polititians *L* but then the schools got involved, I remember visiting it way back in the 70's with our school class and once the schools got involved then the govt thought wow...tourist trade and allowed mr chartrand to install the houses built for him, it use to be just tarps and blankets.
They have a little inscription explaining how this happened and who started it. Really very interesting and so many people gathered to see these cats.

Now if only we could get those same people into a shelter to adopt...
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Old July 5th, 2010, 10:04 AM
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people are forever dropping their cats off there thinking they'll "fit" in, but most don't so they gather them up and if no staff or caregiver adopts then off the go to the spca, most do go there, especially if its a mom with or about to have kittens. I send my son there often with money for me, each time I hear about another dropped off pregnant, they ask you not to now. I think there are now 5 different caretakers helping out.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 10:15 AM
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people are forever dropping their cats off there thinking they'll "fit" in, but most don't so they gather them up and if no staff or caregiver adopts then off the go to the spca, most do go there, especially if its a mom with or about to have kittens. I send my son there often with money for me, each time I hear about another dropped off pregnant, they ask you not to now. I think there are now 5 different caretakers helping out.
Fascinating. Just looking at the set up I can see how people would think that their abandoned cat would enjoy the area. They certainly do not think about how these poor souls will fit in however.

Did you notice that the white cat was in a completely different area?
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waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before mr Chartrand took over looking out for them it was a lady named Irene Desormeaux , mr Chartrand use to help her the odd time when he was between jobs (house painter) she passed away in 87 or 88, cant remember which and he took over, not sure who is looking after it now, when Irene did it she was hated by the guards and polititians *L* but then the schools got involved, I remember visiting it way back in the 70's with our school class and once the schools got involved then the govt thought wow...tourist trade and allowed mr chartrand to install the houses built for him, it use to be just tarps and blankets.
wow sounds awesome. Whats it like - is it all wired around or do they have free run?
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Old July 5th, 2010, 10:24 AM
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no no GG, they have free run, hell sometimes they go over to the eternal flame with the tourists, you can be sitting there having a picnic and they'll come visit you *L* they all live in these , umm almost mini chicken coops? like large row doghouses with many doors and separate rooms, they clean them out weekly, volunteers, and they have the run of the "hill"
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no no GG, they have free run, hell sometimes they go over to the eternal flame with the tourists, you can be sitting there having a picnic and they'll come visit you *L* they all live in these , umm almost mini chicken coops? like large row doghouses with many doors and separate rooms, they clean them out weekly, volunteers, and they have the run of the "hill"
Yep - saw 3 near their cat houses and the white one near the hill along the back of the library. Apparently the white one hangs out there. They have food bowls and water bowls along the hill. The white cat could not be bothered with the people at all while the other 3 where putting on quite the attraction...especially the orange tabby!
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the orange tabby "brownie" is a people favorite and is often seen posing with the tourists and on post cards *L*, GG, you'd love it there, someday we'll take a road trip to my sons and walk over to the hill
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you'll get addicted if you go once, I warn you *L* its cute to see the groundhog on a hot day passed out beside the cats...usually right near the feeding station....he/she can't be touched though....the squirrels I swear thing they are cats, I think there are only black squirrels left, red squirrels are getting a bit rare in ottawa now. and please don't forget to drop in the donation box a loonie or two....
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