Time for Cubs to Thank Their Mothers

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dogandcat VANCOUVER, May 8/2012 -- They carried us, held us when we were frightened, comforted us when we cried, and made us laugh along with them.  Mothers.   Where in the world would we all be without them?    "As a four year old boy growing up in Leaside, I watched as my mother cared for an orphaned baby bird: "Mom," I said, you're amazing."  She looked at me with those gentle blue eyes, and replied: "Michael, I'm nobody special.  Anyone could do this.  Everyone should do this."   "Fifty four years later after a lifetime of helping animals, my mother's words still ring true today," says Michael O'Sullivan, Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).

 

May 13th is Mother's Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) wants people to know that they can find that special gift for Mothers and Grandmothers who like animals and nature at The Humane Society of Canada's (HSC's) Online Adventure Store . Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

 

The revenue generated from our Online Adventure Store helps fund our numerous animal protection and environmental programs" says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. "So, if you purchase a gift from our Online Adventure Store , your thoughtful gesture will have several benefits for animals and the environment - some for years to come."

"All of the items we sell are reasonably priced, quality products which have been carefully chosen," says HSC Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan. "There is something for everyone - including wonderful gifts for children, four-legged family members and our wild bird friends."

A few suggestions of gifts that would be popular for your mom include:

Safe Havens Program

For a $30 donation we will send a stuffed toy to a family shelter that cares for women, children and pets at risk from domestic violence. You may want to send more than one; a corporation may want to send a box of them. One shelter wrote to us: "...the toys are sure to bring smiles to the faces of our youngest to oldest ... so that during this traumatic phase in their lives they have something of their own to hug ..."

Wildlife Guardian Program

Women will enjoy helping animals in need by receiving the HSC 'Wildlife Guardians Program on Mother's Day. For a $30 donation to the Wildlife Guardian Program you can protect an animal of your choice. This unique package includes: (i) a note card to the recipient (ii) a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing (iii) a photo of the animal (iv) a stuffed toy and (v) a fact sheet regarding the threats facing the animal and how your money and concern is protecting the species.

The animals available for protection in the Wildlife Guardians Program are: (i) whale (ii) dolphin (iii) tiger (iv) elephant (v) sea turtle (vi) bear (vii) lion (viii) giraffe and (ix) lemur, (x) harp seal (xi) gorilla (xii) snow leopard.

Animal Guardian Program

Animal Guardians is an initiative supporting our programs to protect domestic pets, lab animals, horses and farm animals. With a $30 donation people can give a unique one of a kind gift to a friend, colleague, family mem­ber, loved one or themselves. We include a beautiful animal note card with a handwritten message in fountain pen, a package containing a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing and a photograph of the animal. Also included are a stuffed toy and a fact sheet on the issues such as overpopulation, and abandonment that these ani­mals face and how their money and their concern is hard at work protecting animals. Currently available: Cat, Dog, and Pet Birds.

Adopt-An-Acre of Rainforest

A $25 donation entitles you to adopt an acre of rainforest in Colombia. Tropical rainforests are disappearing at the alarming rate of 149 acres every minute. 137 species become extinct every day. Your donation to help protect the rainforest enables you to receive: (i) a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing (ii) a photograph of the rainforest and (iii) a fact sheet on the threats facing rainforests and how your donation and concern will protect these vital ecosystems.

Online Adventure Store

The Online Adventure Store offers a good selection of items pertaining to animals and/or the environment - everything including t-shirts, veterinary certificates, bird feeders and seed and much, much more. Please drop by the Online Adventure Store located at www.humanesociety.com or telephone, toll free, 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

Book of Remembrance

This special section on our website honours the lifetime achievements of people who have helped animals as well as a memorial section for the animals who have been a part of that person's family life. O'Sullivan, whose own mother passed away thirteen years ago, has included a special memorial and photograph of his own. "My Mom taught me all about kindness to animals and how to treat them with love and respect. She was the kindest and most gentle person I have ever met in my life," he says.

Pet Recovery Team

When your pet goes missing, a valued member of your family is lost. The Humane Society of Canada's Pet Recovery Team helps reunite lost pets with their families through a special network which includes giving each one of your pets an id tag bearing your pet's name and your contact telephone numbers. On the other side of the tag, is a unique serial number keyed to each one of your pets' information, complete with The Humane Society of Canada's toll free number, which works from anywhere in North America and we will accept collect calls from anywhere in the world. There is no charge for this service, although a donation is gratefully accepted.

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.