SEPTEMBER 27/04, TORONTO -- Millions of them have crept into our homes and into our hearts. Overnight they have taken control of our homes and our lives. We cook for them, buy birthday presents for them, include them in our Wills, let them sleep wherever they like and even talk to them over the telephone.


"We're talking of course about that big fluffy cat perched on the corner of the chair waiting for your undivided attention. And then there's that small brown dog wagging his tail, his eyes never leaving the sandwich you have in your hand. We can't forget that cute little bunny rabbit looking so peaceful and serene and munching away on her carrot. Even the finny little guy is getting into the act doing his Nemo impression," says Michael O'Sullivan, Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).

Canadians are animal lovers. Each one of the more than 15 million dogs, cats, rabbits, fish and other animals who share our homes are just "one of the family", and Canada Post has responded by creating four "fetching" new stamps celebrating our favourite furred and finned companions that will be available for sale in post offices across the country on October 1, 2004.

Supporting these pet stamps, and stamp collecting month, are some fun pet projects including plush toys, playing cards, a letter writing kit and a clock that all star the images of the pets featured on the stamps. Canadians can also enter the Canada Post Pets for Life Contest, with $10,000 in prizes to be won. We've included a contest entry ballot with this letter and extra contest entry forms are available at over 7,000 Canada Post outlets and at

Everyone is invited to share what makes their pet special and random winners will be selected from all entries. One Grand Prize winner will receive an HP digital photography package, a year's supply of Purina Pro Plan® pet food and a Pet Plan® Pet insurance policy. Hundreds of secondary prize packages will allow winners to make a star out of their own pet with free Picture PostageTM stamps kit or to enjoy a pets product gift pack. As well, The Humane Society of Canada has provided Animal First Aid Kits and Lifetime Memberships in our Pet Recovery Team as prizes. You can also learn more about the contest and about animals by visiting or by calling toll free 1-800-641-KIND.

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.

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