February 5, 2004, VANCOUVER – February is Responsible Pet Owner Month and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is encouraging people to incorporate a number of simple ideas into their daily routines to ensure that their animal companions are healthy, safe and happy.


“Canada is a nation of pet lovers. We estimate that 6 out of every 10 households have a pet of some kind. That translates into more than 12 million dogs, cats, birds, fish and small animals,” according to Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.


The Humane Society of Canada also believes that we also have a responsibility to educate and respect the feelings of those who choose not to have an animal companion for one reason or another. We all live together in communities and that means getting along with each other as best as we can.

According to HSC Executive Director, Michael O’Sullivan, whose family shares their home with a houseful of furry faces, there are lots of things that people can do to ensure their pets’ safety and happiness.

Responsibly Caring for Pets & the Community

  • Spay or neuter your pet to help combat pet overpopulation
  • Go outside with your pets – the exercise will do both of you a world of good
  • Please remember to take along something to clean up after your pet
  • Ensure that all your pets are up-to-date with their vaccinations
  • Ensure that your animal companions see their veterinarian for regular check-ups.
  • Pets should have effective identification on safe collars. Dogs should not wear choke chains and cats should wear break-away collars.
  • Animal companions should be fed quality food and receive fresh water regularly.
  • Dogs only bark excessively when they’re trying to communicate something – for everyone’s peace of mind, please pay attention to them
  • Training your pet can be fun for both of you and ensures a balanced well socialized animal companion that fits in well with your family and your community
  • Organize community park cleanups with other “dog people.” By cleaning parks you will show the community that you are responsible and will ensure relations between those with dogs and those without remain positive

“Animals are our friends and our companions. They don’t judge us. They accept us for who we are. If you have every looked into their beautiful eyes, been nuzzled by a cold nose, or listened to a soft gentle purr, then you know exactly what we’re talking about,” says O’Sullivan.

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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