Ottawa Humane Society hosting a youth writing competition – five freedoms of animal welfare

(A contestant prepares her story for the Ottawa Human Society writing competition. Photo: Ottawa Humane Society)

Stittsville has some great child and youth authors – this Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) writing competition will help young authors learn more about the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare. The Humane Education team at the OHS is challenging young writers to share how your pet experiences the ‘five freedoms of animal welfare’. If you don’t currently own a pet, a story can be written on how you would give a future pet the five freedoms. Your child could be the next Margaret “Cat”wood or James “Paw”tterson!

Embrace your inner author by writing a poem, creative short story, rhyme or even a songcheck out this video for inspiration. Your submission should be no longer than 350 words. To be fair, the competition has been broken down into 4 age groups, with an awarded prize for one winner from each age group:

  • 6 to 7 years old;
  • 8 to 10 years old;
  • 10 to 13 years old; and,
  • 14 to 17 years old.

In your submission, the Humane Education team will be looking for a piece that stands out with a focus on the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare; that the submission is creative and unique; and that the submission teaches an important lesson about why animals should be given the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare.

In each age category one prize will be awarded – an OHS goodie bag valued at $50.00 that will be mailed to your home. Also, all of the winning stories will be shared on the OHS Facebook page for everyone to see!

Written entries will be accepted until Friday, August 20, 2021 and are to be sent by email to and don’t forget to include the child/youth’s name, age and mailing address to be able to receive their prize should they win!

Just so you know – all submissions become the property of OHS and may be used in future promotions.


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