VANCOUVER, May 14, 2001 – With the Victoria Day weekend just days away, many dogs, cats and other pets will suffer from the loud noises and lights from fireworks displays. Many animals will shake, tremble, and try to escape from the loud noises, run off or “deal” with these fireworks displays in a variety of other ways. “Unfortunately, for animals who are affected by these artistic explosions Victoria Day is definitely a ‘long weekend’” says Al Hickey, Western Regional Director for The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).

“Animals who are affected by these displays suffer in a variety of ways,” explains Michael O’Sullivan, HSC Executive Director who has three dogs and two cats. “Some of the more fortunate animals anxiously await the end of the fireworks displays while others injure themselves in their panic stricken state. Others run off, with many of these animals becoming lost, injured or worse.”

“Thunderstorms also terrify many animals,” warns Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “And, unlike holiday fireworks, it is often difficult to know when thunderstorms are going to occur. This makes it difficult to plan for our pets’ safety and comfort during these storms.”

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.]

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