September 30, 2005 16:00 ET

Adopt a Shelter Dog This Month Asks The Humane Society of Canada

Attention: Assignment Editor, News Editor VANCOUVER, BC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 30, 2005) - October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking people help these homeless animals first before looking to a breeder or a pet shop for their next special family member.

"Humane societies, SPCAs, animal shelters and rescue groups in every community across Canada have wonderful dogs looking for a permanent loving home. And if you are willing to put in the time, love, energy, patience and money, your next special family member is there waiting for you," says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. Many of these animals have been screened to help ensure that their temperaments are suitable for those adopting them and many have been vaccinated, and spayed or neutered as well."

"Each year, in Canada, over 400,000 healthy dogs and cats are killed because there simply aren't enough homes. This is the greatest preventable cruelty inflicted on pets, and we need to do everything in our power to stop it now," according to Michael O'Sullivan, HSC Executive Director, whose family shares their home with rescue dogs and cats.

One of their rescue dogs includes Sionnaich (which means 'fox' in Irish Gaelic), a three-legged mixed breed dog who suffered terribly before being adopted. "Eleven years ago, we rescued Sionnaich and each day we marvel at his kindness of spirit and his courage," says O'Sullivan. "And anyone who needs to be reminded of the special bond between people and their pets only needs to recall the images of people in New Orleans who refused to leave behind any member of their family, including their pets, the wake of Hurricane Katrina."

(The Humane Society of Canada continues to provide help to the animals affected by Katrina and more information can be found at

O'Sullivan also wants people to know that they can also look for their new "best friend" on The HSC Adoptable Pets Page at

"We created this service not only to help people who have to re-home their pets, but also to showcase the many wonderful animal companions who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in need of a home," says O'Sullivan.

Those who aren't looking to adopt a dog in the near future can help out by donating to organizations that help dogs. They can also donate their time to the animals in shelters and pounds and help them by exercising and socializing them.

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and a good time to do what we can to help dogs, everyone's best friend.

CONTACT: Al Hickey or Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has 6 grandchildren.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 90 countries during the last 35 years helping people, animals and nature.]

The Humane Society of Canada works to protect dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, horses, livestock, lab animals, wildlife and the environment. We carry out hands on programs to help animals and nature, mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, fund non-invasive scientific research, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

The Humane Society of Canada depends entirely on donations to support our programs to help animals and the environment. All donations are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes. If you would like to support our campaigns to help dogs, cats and other animals please consider making a donation.
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Contact Information

  • Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director, The Humane Society of Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-368-0405
    Secondary Phone: 416-876-9685
    Toll-Free: 800-641-5463