VANCOUVER, JUNE 15/2012 - Referring to the ever shifting sands of fame and fortune in a glittering place where gossip and scandal rules, there is an old saying amongst celebrities; "If you want a friend in Hollywood, get a dog." In fact, the idea caught on so fast that at one time or another, celebrities from all walks of life have had campanion animals of every shape, size, and colour and for more than a hundred years embraced a proud tradition of loving their pets and standing up for the protection of animals and nature," says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.

“Being a champion for animals began as far back at the early 1910s with the early pioneers of the film industry like Canadian, Mary Pickford, shown here, named one of the greatest female stars of all time and who along with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks was a co-founder of United Artists.   That tradition of caring for animals carries through to the present day with super stars like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez shown here who adopted “Baylor”, a crossbred husky puppy from Winnipeg based D’Arcy’s  Animal Rescue Centre”, according to Michael O’Sullivan, HSC Chairman & CEO.

You can find pictures of today’s stars with animals right here and you can see classic Hollywood icons showing their love for animals at

Animals have long been featured as a mainstay of Hollywood from early films like Rin Tin Tin to Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse.  In some cases, animals have even overshadowed their human stars, which once prompted vaudeville star W.C. fields to say in jest: “Never work with children or animals.”

“Rolling out the red carpet for animals, just in time for the star studded Much Music Video Awards airing this Sunday at The Humane Society of Canada is launching a new program, Behind Every Great Star - There’s An Animal, which will profile celebrities and their pets and how they use their voices to speak for animals and the earth,” according to Michael O’Sullivan, Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).    Although there is no formal affiliation with the award show, O’Sullivan says it will be a great opportunity to showcase celebrities, their BFF animal friends, and their star power to help bring hope to animals.

Follow your favourite stars in real time and learn about their pets and why protecting animals and nature is so important to them”, asks O’Sullivan.  Follow us on and on Facebook at: and at

Like many other countries, Canadians are a nation of animal lovers, with 6 out of 10 homes sharing their families with animals that walk, swim and fly.  Many others at this time in their lives cannot have an animal for one reason or another, however along with their fellow Canadians care deeply about the protection of animals and nature from harm.  If you have ever listened to a contented purr or felt the gentle nudge of a cold nose, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Caring for animals encourages compassion and makes us better people, “ he says.

In the last century Gandhi said:  “The greatest of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” His words and his wisdom still ring true today.

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

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan toll free at 1-800-641-KIND or 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.

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