Fan Expo CanadaAUGUST 23/2012, TORONTO -A constellation of stars from science fiction, movies, television and comic books kicked off the annual FAN EXPO CANADA extravaganza being held at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto with more than 80,000 fans expected to attend this four day event.

Superstars like Joe Flanigan of Stargate Atlantis and Levar Burton of Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation along with cast members of the hit TV series Criminal Minds and legendary Marvel Comics creator, Stan Lee. Thousands of fans can be seen wandering through the events dressed up in the costumes of their favourite stars, from Captain America to Luke Skywalker and everyone in between.

As the artists step into the studio, all of them know that their furred, feathered and even finned friends will be there for them -- no judgements, just unconditional love and support . Joe Flanigan has two dogs, one of them, a French Bulldog named "Oscar" whom he describes as "my best drinking buddy" and "Grover" who he explains is the "bane of my existence and a mortal threat to all nice rugs and furniture."

Stan Lee who co-created Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantasic Four, Thor and Iron Man, has a fondness for animals best described by the "seven dogs, two ducks and a lot of koi fish" who are a part of his family.

"A loving loyal companion whose always there for me," are the words Levar Burton has for his Golden Retriever "Roy."

"As these wonderful artists inspire their die hard fans, The Humane Society of Canada is launching a special edition of its program, Behind Every Great Star - There’s An Animal , which will profile comic book legends, cast members 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 Fan Expo Canada , O’Sullivan says it will be a great opportunity to showcase artists and their accomplishments, their BFF animal friends, and their star power to help bring hope to animals.

Follow your favourite comic book and TV 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 still 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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