September 19, 2005 17:42 ET

Katrina Animal Relief Efforts

The Humane Society of Canada Asks For Help Attention: Assignment Editor, News Editor VANCOUVER, BC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 19, 2005) - The Humane Society of Canada has launched a global appeal for donations to buy food, bottled water, veterinary supplies, rescue equipment and to transport them to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the families affected by Katrina," says Michael O'Sullivan, Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada.

"We are also asking people to remember animals, often the forgotten victims in such troubled times, says O'Sullivan." The animal charity says that while there are hundreds of relief agencies working to help people, working alongside them are only a relatively small number of groups working to help animals.

"Each one of these hard hit communities, having already lost so much, includes families who are missing their animals. Orphaned and injured wildlife are also at risk," says O'Sullivan who has worked in disaster and war zones around the world. He says that he has no illusions about the staggering challenges faced by people and animals in overcoming the impact of this terrible disaster. "What we accomplish here will be measured by saving one animal at a time. We are talking about tens of thousands of dogs, cats, birds, livestock and wildlife who have been affected and still need help."

The animal charity is working in partnership with the American Humane Association which was founded in 1877 to make sure these funds and emergency aid get to where they are needed most.

If you wish to make a donation please visit or call worldwide (416) 368-0405 or within North America toll free 1-800-641-5463 or mail a cheque payable to The Humane Society of Canada, 347 Bay Street, Suite 806, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2R7, Canada.

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by calling (416) 368-0405 or on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at

[A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 95 countries during the last 35 years helping people, animals and nature.]

The Humane Society of Canada carries out field operations, investigations, scientific research, legislative initiatives and humane education. Our registered charity depends entirely on donations and all contributions are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt for tax purposes.
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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