VANCOUVER, November 25/03 – Animal Planet and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) are teaming up to encourage people to spay and neuter their pets with the Canadian broadcast of Best Friend Forgotten, a film about the pet overpopulation crisis that each year claims the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and cats. The programme narrated by actor David Duchovny (X-files), tells the heart warming and gut wrenching story of “Clover” the dog and “Oreo” and airs on Animal Planet this Thursday November 27th at 8 pm (Eastern Time)/ 5 pm (Pacific Time) and is repeated at 2 am (Eastern Time)/ 11 pm (Pacific Time) and again on Friday November 28th at noon (Eastern Time) and 9 am (Pacific Time).

“The Humane Society of Canada is offering 20 free spay/neuter operations to people who enter their names in our contest by calling us toll free at 1-800-641-KIND or who write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,” says Al Hickey, the animal charity’s Western Regional Director. The contest runs for a week, starting Wednesday, Nov 26 and ends the morning of Wednesday, Dec 3. A random draw of names will be held at the end of next week under the supervision of The Humane Society of Canada’s auditor, and the winners will be notified in writing.


“This important film follows two stray pets through the shelter system where they will either be adopted or meet the fate of tens of thousands of other homeless pets who are killed each year. The film offers a thought provoking look at the controversy surrounding the fate of unwanted pets. By offering practical solutions, and coming to a shocking conclusion about who is responsible for the needless suffering and death of tens of thousands of dogs and cats each year, the audience is inspired to make a difference,” according to HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan.

“The death of a single unwanted dog or cat is one of the most preventable tragedies of our time,” says executive producer/writer Julie Lofton. Lofton, a passionate animal lover and a former stand up comedian had a chance meeting with Duchovny at a vegetarian restaurant. When she told her friend, renowned Canadian comedy film maker, Harold Ramis (Ghost Busters, Analyze That, Groundhog Day), his advice was to ask Duchovny if he would be in the film. Lofton went on to form Give Voice to Animals, an organization dedicated to helping animals through film and celebrities (


Shea Warrington Hayes Al Hickey or Michael O'Sullivan
Animal Planet The Humane Society of Canada
(416) 332-4222 1-800-641-KIND or cell (416) 876-9685

Background on the Pet Overpopulation Crisis

  • Surveys show that 6 out of 10 Canadian families share their homes with a pet
  • There are an estimated 6.3 million dogs and 6.5 million cats living in Canadian homes
  • The killing of unwanted dogs and cats has been described as “one of the most preventable tragedies of our time”
  • Despite the best efforts of animal shelters and rescue groups, each year in Canada, tens of thousands of healthy dogs and cats are killed because there are simply not enough permanent loving homes
  • One survey showed that only 2 out of 10 people adopt their pet from an animal shelter
  • Thousands more are taken out into the countryside and abandoned or are left to roam wild in the back alleyways and ravines where they eventually succumb to illness or injury, and before this happens, help breed the next generation of homeless animals at risk
  • In just six years, two dogs and their offspring can theoretically be the source of 67,000 puppies
  • Cats, able to have three litters per year, are even more prolific. In theory, over a seven-year period, two cats and their offspring can produce 420,000 kittens.

Contest Rules & Conditions

All contest participants agree to these final and binding rules and conditions:

  1. No purchase or donation necessary
  2. Open to all Canadian citizens over the age of 18 years
  3. The Humane Society of Canada will pay up to $100 per spay/neuter surgery at the veterinarian of your choice. After your pet is spayed/neutered and The Humane Society of Canada is provided with a copy of the certificate of spay/neuter from the veterinarian accompanied by the invoice, we will issue a reimbursement cheque in the amount of $100.
  4. A random draw of names will be held early next week under the supervision of The Humane Society of Canada’s auditor, and the winners will be notified in writing.
  5. Only one spay/neuter surgery per household.
  6. All information submitted becomes the property of The Humane Society of Canada to be used for its charitable purposes.

    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.]

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