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Press Releases and Ottawa Home Services Group Team up to Build Winterized Shelter for “Vanier Street Cats”

Generous local contractors are converting an outdoor porch into a warm sanctuary for abandoned cats.

Ottawa, ON – Dec. 16, 2013

As part of its ongoing community outreach has selected Kelly Wilson, animal welfare advocate and founder of Vanier Street Cats, as the worthy recipient of its monthly #UsedHelps initiatives.

Wilson’s Vanier neighbourhood sees many short term residents come and go, and as a result there are many abandoned house cats and their kittens living on the street. Wilson fundraises to trap these cats, get them vaccinated and sterilized – and hopefully adopted.

Her fundraising efforts also keep a tab open at the local vet to help lower income residents keep their pets in their home after a medical emergency rather than having to euthanize or abandon their pets.

Wilson feeds the cats waiting for adoption from a temporary shelter on her front porch. With temperatures dropping, the challenge is to build a warm place for the cats to live, especially the youngest and most vulnerable, while they await adoption. is proud to announce it is partnering with contracting company Ottawa Home Services Group to winterize Wilson’s porch. Volunteers from Ottawa Home Services Group will donate their time and supplies to build a plexiglass enclosure on the porch. One of the owners of Ottawa Home Services Group is also stepping up personally by paying for the building permit out of her own pocket. Construction is scheduled for Friday, December 20, 2013.

This project is a breakthrough for because it is the first time has partnered with a generous local business to help expand the scope of its monthly #UsedHelps community program. In exchange for their generous gift of labour and supplies is giving Ottawa Home Services Group free advertising space on their website.

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