September 19, 2003, VANCOUVER - September 21-27 is National Dog Week and this is a great time to do something special for our canine friends says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).

"For thousands of years our species has had a wonderful relationship with dogs," says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. "They have provided humans with food, protection and companionship - along with many other things."


"Dogs have been trained to help physically challenged people," states Michael O’Sullivan, HSC Executive Director. "They rescue people in a variety of situations, apprehend criminals and detect drugs and other items being smuggled into the country. More recently, they provided incredible assistance under terrible conditions while looking for victims of the 9-11 attacks. Pet therapy dogs have provided vital help to the sick and elderly too."

While all of the beneficial ways that dogs help people are important, the most important part is the canine-human bond and the companionship that we provide for each other.

"Whether it is providing unconditional love to a child, companionship to a person living alone or being part of a family, friendship is what makes the dog-person bond such a special one," says O’Sullivan.

Dogs give us so much. In order to give back something to our "best friends" consider doing any of the following:

5 Simple Ways to Celebrate "National Dog Week"

  1. If you live with a dog provide him/her with some extra love, care and attention. Maybe work an extra walk or play session into your schedule. This will benefit both you and your canine companion.
  2. If you’ve considered adding a canine to your family, consider adopting a dog in need from an animal shelter or pound.
  3. Make a donation to an organization that helps dogs.
  4. Volunteer at your local animal shelter or pound. Walking, grooming and socializing dogs who are up for adoption will make them happier and more adoptable.
  5. Donate food, blankets, towels and other items to your local animal shelter.

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at via twitter at and on Facebook 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 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.]

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