For many years Canada had a Cat Sanctuary right at Parliament Hill

Ottawa Cats

Courtesy Parliament Hill Cat Sanctuary

Ottawa, Ontario  – For decades, thanks to the dedication of volunteers, Canada has had the unique distinction of having a cat sanctuary at its seat of government. The sanctuary, which operated just a few steps from Canada’s Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, was a curious discovery for Parliament Hill visitors who found out about it. At one time this was home to between 15 and 20 cats. Some of the cats were descendents of those that had helped to keep the Parliament Buildings clear of mice back to the 1950’s. Thanks to the volunteers the cats even had their own Facebook page and blog. Over the years a spay/neuter plan reduced the numbers. The last remaining four cats were adopted by volunteers and the sanctuary was closed at the end of 2012.



Ottawa River Pathway, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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