March 25, 2003, VANCOUVER - With global tension increasing daily due to terrorism and various other conflicts, it is vital for pets to be prepared in case an emergency or disaster situation arises. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) has put together considerable information including an action plan and a comprehensive list of pet care items that can save your pet’s life.


"Sometimes protecting our cherished animal companions from disease, straying and cruelty isn’t enough," says HSC Western Regional Director, Al Hickey. "In times of disaster or emergency situations we must have a plan that we can quickly implement to ensure our pet’s safety and our piece of mind."

HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan lives with several animal companions and has assisted with natural and human caused disasters in several countries. According to O’Sullivan, people with pets need to act now to ensure their cherished companions safety should a disaster occur.

"There are several things that people can do to prepare for their pets well being should a disaster occur," says O’Sullivan. "One thing to do is prepare a relief kit that will be invaluable for your pets’ comfort and even survival. The Humane Society of Canada has created a detailed Disaster Relief Checklist/Special Disaster Relief Kit that will help people put together a relief kit for their pets. We can also offer information pertaining to steps that can be taken to keep pets safe during disasters."

Three other items that the Humane Society of Canada offers to help protect pets are a Special Wallet Card, an Animal Emergency Alert Decal and an Animal First Aid Kit. All of these are available by contacting the Humane Society of Canada, toll free, at 1-800-641-KIND (5463) or at the HSC Online Adventure Store.

"Our wallet card allows people to write down some instructions about who should be notified to care for your pet in case the animal’s guardian becomes ill or injured," says O’Sullivan. "The HSC Animal Emergency Alert Decal alerts rescue workers that animals are inside and may need help. These decals should be put on all of the entrances to your home."

The HSC Animal First Aid Kit can also be a vital item when emergency situations arise. The HSC kit is compact and well stocked.

"The contents of the kit have been used in war zones and disaster areas around the world," says O’Sullivan. "And an internationally renowned team of veterinarians and experts has contributed their expertise to a comprehensive first aid manual. Not only will pets be safer with this kit and manual nearby, but all of the money from the sale of these kits goes toward our animal protection programs."

The important information pertaining to how people can care for their pets in times of trouble and other information about the war on terrorism can be found here.

The HSC Online Adventure Store can be visited here.

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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