“... As a small child, my earliest memories were being surrounded by the warmth, comfort and love of dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and horses. Now, fifty years later and lifetime of doing my small part to help animals here in Canada and around the world, I am reminded how lucky animals are to have a caring friend like you, as we stand shoulder to shoulder, fighting to save animals and making the world a better place for all of us ...”

With the glow of Christmas just behind us and New Years just around the corner, in these troubled times, animals need our help now more than ever before. The good news is that the more and more people are joining us to work ever closer for the day when the pointless abuse of animals will no longer be tolerated, as we work to build and sustain a truly “humane society.” Bringing hope to animals and those who care about them is never easy. Working to help animals can hurt, leaving scars that no one else can see, but every time, I look into the eyes of animal we have helped, that heart warming feeling I get only makes me work harder to save the next one. It makes up for the long hours away from family and friends, the constant battles with animal abusers, the danger and the threats and criticism by people who just don’t understand that being kind to animals is the right thing to do.

No one ever said it would be easy fighting for animals, but the truth is that at the end of the day, of course we need your donations to support our work, but every time we score a victory for animals, it will be the people who care, the people who make the sacrifices, the people who take the practical steps to get the job done. Caring people, like you and I. Thousands of animals of every size, shape and colour, from horses to victims of disasters and from roadside zoos to the targets of wildlife traffickers are safer because of you. If you have ever gazed into their trusting faces, felt the nudge of a cold nose, listened to the sounds of a contented purr or felt the warm beat of their heart, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

We also received a hopeful sign that would reverse decades of federal government indifference or involvement in protecting tthose who harm animals, and redirect millions of tax dollars and energy into helping, with a statement this fall by the federal Justice Minister that: “Animal cruelty is totally unacceptable in our society and totally unacceptable to this government” that when put into action would mean a meaningful change in moving forward to prevent and relieve the suffeing of millions of dogs and cats, farm animals, lab animals and wildlife across Canada and beyond. This would mean a reversal of government policies to support the drowning of dolphins and turtles in nets, an end to the use of the leghold trap, and a clear sign that at international treaty negotiations, Canada can take its rightful place among nations which work tirelessly to protect vanishing wildlife like rhinos, elephants, apes and their jungle homes. Our Overwatch Program will report back on those positive changes.

Our Victims of Cruelty Program provides support to law enforcement officials for cases involving animal abusers. We offered rewards for information leading to the killers of a family dog, Mickey, shot in his own backyard, the brutal slaying of a cat, and those who broke into a sanctuary to kill rabbits. Acting as a watchdog to a largely unregulated industry, through the SAFE Program (Safe Animal Food Everywhere) we issued alerts for pet food recalls, warning families of the dangers to their pets. Our Pets for Life/Rescue Me Program has helped find loving permanent homes for thousands of animals fighting to end pet overpopulation which each year in Canada claims the lives of tens of thousands of animals and is the greatest preventable cruelty of all. Studies show that less than 20% of people adopt their pets from shelters and rescue groups, and with the recent bans on the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops, and an action plan to shut down puppy mills, this too will change. With over 40,000 pets enrolled, our Pet Recovery Team has reunited many lost and frightened animals and brought them back into the arms of their loving families. When little Pepe fell and injured his leg, our Silver Paws Program provided veterinary care to get him back up on his feet.


A registered charity, we rely entirely on donations to support our programs to protect animals and nature and each gift to help animals is personally acknowledged with a thank you letter and receipt.

For the sake of the animals please help us save one more life and send in your life saving donation of $25, $35 or whatever you can afford. Every little bit helps animals. A benefactor has agreed to match your gift dollar for dollar, doubling the value of your donation to help animals.

If you would like to make an immediate secure credit card donation online please visit us at or call us toll free at 1-800-641-KIND.

We promise to use every one of your hard earned dollars carefully and wisely. And

remember, when it comes to fighting cruelty, we don’t give up. Ever.

From our family to yours, Peace on Earth,

Michael O’Sullivan

Executive Director

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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.]

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.