puppyOctober 1, 2011 VANCOUVER – October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking people help these homeless animals first before looking to a breeder or a pet shop for their next special family member. A study carried out by the Health Pets 21 Consortium and the Purina Institute surveyed 1,001 dog owners and 1,000 cat owners and found that only 15% of owners found their pets at a shelter.

"Humane societies, SPCAs, animal shelters and rescue groups in every community across Canada have wonderful dogs looking for a permanent loving home. And if you are willing to put in the time, love, energy, patience and money, your next special family member is there waiting for you,” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. Many of these animals have been screened to help ensure that their temperaments are suitable for those adopting them and many have been vaccinated, and spayed or neutered as well."

"Each year, in Canada, over 400,000 healthy dogs and cats are killed because there simply aren’t enough homes. This is the greatest preventable cruelty inflicted on pets, and we need to do everything in our power to stop it now,” according to Michael O'Sullivan, HSC Executive Director, whose family shares their home with rescue dogs and cats.

Two of their rescue dogs include Denali, a Siberian husky, and Chewi a spitz-type dog who was found in a Vietnamese meatmarket. “We rescued these dogs and each day we marvel at their kindness of spirit and their courage,” says O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan also wants people to know that they can also look for their new "best friend" on The HSC's Adoptable Pets Page.

"We created this service not only to help people who have to re-home their pets, but also to showcase the many wonderful animal companions who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in need of a home," says O'Sullivan.

Those who aren't looking to adopt a dog inthe near future can help out by donating to organizations that help dogs. They can also donate their time to the animals in shelters and pounds and help them by exercising and socializing them.

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and a good time to do what we can to help dogs, everyone’s best friend.

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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