November 19, 2003, VANCOUVER – With Christmas and the Holidays just around the corner, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) wants to let people know that they can do much of their shopping from the comfort of their home by buying items from The HSC Online Adventure Store.


“Our well-stocked Online Adventure Store offers a wide range of items for animals and their humans,” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. We have an impressive selection of Christmas cards and a beautiful pet calendar (calendars are also free with a $30 donation) along with many treats for our animal companions and even a bird feeder with seed cakes for our wild, feathered neighbours.”

“There are also a variety of gifts that children who like animals will enjoy,” continues Hickey. “Children’s books about animals, animal bookmarks and pencil kits featuring animals are also available as is a dolphin pendant/charm.”

Some of the other items available include t-shirts, personalized name labels, veterinary certificates and even re-usable hemp coffee filters. “The special HSC first-aid kit with an informative manual is not only a practical gift for your ‘best friend’ “, suggests Hickey, “it may also save his/her life some day.”

According to HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan, “Many people will enjoy helping animals in need by receiving the HSC ‘Wildlife Guardians Program.’” This package includes a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing, a photo of the animal, a stuffed toy and a fact sheet on the threats facing the animal chosen. Animals in this program include: whale, dolphin, tiger, elephant, sea turtle, bear and lion.

Another thoughtful gift involves adopting an acre of rainforest. Recipients of this eco-gift will receive a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing, a photograph of the rainforest and a fact sheet on the threats facing this threatened ecosystem.

Not only do these gifts help protect the natural world, but they’re educational as well.

Purchasing gifts from The HSC Online Adventure Store helps in a variety of ways. “There are no middlemen, price mark-ups or warehouses here. We ship the same day we receive the order. And every one of your hard earned dollars supports our programs to protect animals and nature – a bargain for you and a great deal for animals,” says O’Sullivan.

Please call our toll free at 1-800-641-KIND or visit our Online Adventure Store.

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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