Help Us Bring Hope to Animals Asks The Humane Society of Canada

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dogncatVANCOUVER, BC Dec. 30, 2009 - With New Year's Eve less than 36 hours away, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking other Canadians to help them bring hope to animals of every shape, size and colour. From dogs and cats to horses and rabbits and from to polar bears to elephants.

"In these troubled times, animals need our help now more than ever before," says The HSC Chairman & CEO Michael O'Sullivan."A registered animal charity, we receive no government funding and rely entirely on the goodwill of caring people to protect animals at risk from suffering and abuse."

The animal charity is hoping to reach its' goal of $ 1 million by midnight tomorrow and still needs another $ 350,000 to reach their goal. "In other words, from a population of over 33 million Canadians, we need 10,000 special animal lovers from across the country to donate $ 35 each to push us over the top," says O'Sullivan. "With the help of caring Canadians, we can help more people like Melissa and L'il Man. Please make a donation here.

"... After three weeks I gave up on finding him. Then I got a call from Mike at about midnight saying that he's got my Lil Man. I couldn't believe it. I thought they gave up as well. I was wrong. They were still there for me 'til the end and thanks to them I got my cat back in my arms ... "

This frightened little tabby had escaped onto the subway tracks when Melissa was on her way to the vet to have him neutered. Everyone else refused to help and told us forget about L'il Man. But we're not built that way," explains O'Sullivan. "We kept hoping and praying and searching. After surviving nights of minus 30 degree wind chill we finally caught and reunited this brave little guy with his family. And, he's not alone," says O'Sullivan. You can read more about them in our christmas newsletter here.

The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits and small animals, livestock, lab animals, wildlife and the environment. They 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, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education. These are just some of their programs as they work tirelessly to help even more animals as a part of their ongoing their charitable mission to protect animals and the earth Please make a donation here.

For O'Sullivan who embarked on a life long journey to protect animals, it all began with a baby bird.

"When I was a four year old boy, I sat next to my mother as she nursed an orphaned baby bird back to health, feeding him with an eye dropper. "Mom," I said, "you're amazing." She looked at me with those thoughtful gentle blue eyes and said quietly: "Michael, I'm nobody special. Anyone could do this. Everyone should do this."

"Just like my mother, I'm nobody special," says O'Sullivan, "just someone, who along with millions of other Canadians, cares enough about animals to do something help them."

"Fifty years, and a lifetime of helping animals later, here in Canada and around the world, with the unwavering support of my family and friends, and the way I was raised with animals gives me the strength and the resolve the carry on even when it seems like the odds are against us and the situation looks hopeless. We are humbled by the trust you have placed in us as we work together to protect animals and the earth." he says.

Canadians are a nation of animal lovers and we know that they won't let the animals down," says O'Sullivan, whose family shares their lives with a houseful of dogs and cats. Each one of the more than 18 million dogs, cats, rabbits, fish and other animals who share our homes are just "one of the family" and 6 out of 10 households in Canada have a pet of some kind. Over one third of Canadian households feed and watch birds, and 95% of Canadians support the protection of wildlife and their habitat. Women represent 9 out of 10 of our supporters and we would like to see more men supporting our charitable mission."

With the year drawing to a close, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking people to consider making a year-end donation to protect animals and the earth. The group is also offering to provide confidential timely information to financial and legal advisors who want to help their clients with charitable gift and estate planning such as gifts of securities which can also have significant tax benefits for donors. You can find more information here.

"Each day, we receive dozens of phone calls and letters asking us to help animals, and we are limited only by the funds we have available," according to Al Hickey, Western Regional Director for the animal charity. "We work across the street, across the country and around the world protecting animals from cruelty and to save our fragile environment that is facing assaults on every front," he said.

The Humane Society of Canada is a registered charity which depends entirely on donations to help animals. All donations are all gratefully acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes. "We always have worthwhile programs that are always in need of support, and we hope people will consider making a donation before the end of the tax year which is midnight on New Year's Eve," says O'Sullivan. For more information on just some of our programs please click here (https://www.humanesociety.com/news-releases/1519.html).

"We promise to use every one of your hard earned dollars carefully and wisely. And when it comes to fighting animal abuse, we don't give up. Ever," promises O'Sullivan.

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-Canada/211468055538280

[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 was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits and small animals, 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, use a multidisciplinary approach, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres, and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

The only organization of its kind, seven days a week, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works across the street, across Canada and around the world helping people, animals and the environment.

The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) 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 educational campaigns that protect animals and the environment please make a donation here. Because when it comes to fighting cruelty and violence, we don’t give up. Ever.