August 15, 2002, VANCOUVER - August 17 is National Homeless Animals’ Day and the Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking people who are considering welcoming a pet into their lives to adopt one from an animal shelter or pound.


"There are currently thousands of pets waiting for good homes in adoption facilities across North America," says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. "Many others are lost or are homeless and trying to survive in a hostile world. These animals will make wonderful companions if given the chance and provided with love, care and patience."

National Homeless Animals’ Day began in 1992 with the objective of bringing public awareness to the thousands of dogs and cats who are killed because there are not enough good homes for them and to emphasize the need and importance of neutering (spaying/castrating) pets. This day occurs each year on the third Saturday of August.

According to HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan, the end of summer can be a good time to adopt an animal in need. "With a couple of weeks left before school starts, many families will be spending time at home together. This can be a good time to welcome a new dog or cat into the family as lots of time can be spent helping the animal adjust to his/her new family, home, surroundings and routine. Each one of our four dogs and two cats came from rescues and these ‘furchildren’ are all valued members of our family," he said.

The Humane Society of Canada has recently added important sections to their website that help lost and homeless animals. There are sections that list animals who are missing and those who are currently waiting for a new home. A "Lost Pet" poster, that can be downloaded, has even been added. By going to the Pets page of our website information on the following can be obtained:

  • pets in need of a good home
  • a lost pets page
  • a found pets page
  • "Lost Pet" poster template
  • information to help people prevent their pets from straying or being stolen

To help people select, adopt and raise a pet from an animal shelter or pound, several books (and other information) on adopting animal companions from these facilities will soon be featured on the HSC website. These books can be valuable resources in ensuring that pet adoptions go efficiently and smoothly. We also have added a new section on our website displaying animals that are currently up for adoption. People can view the animals here.

National Homeless Animals’ Day is important in that it emphasizes the problem of pet overpopulation and the needless suffering homeless animals endure. But O’Sullivan points out that this vital issue must remain a high priority throughout the year, not only because of the unimaginable pain experienced by homeless animals and the killing of thousands of healthy pets every year, but also because "pets in need make the best animal companions of all."

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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