VANCOUVER, JAN. 11/2002 - "As we enter our fifth month of the war on terrorism, we need to renew our faith in humanity and remember that we are not in this struggle alone," says Al Hickey, Western Regional Director of The Humane Society of Canada.


"And in such terrible times of shock and grief, our pets only want our love, in turn they will provide us with comfort and solace. With their soulful eyes, and the warmth of their unconditional love, in the difficult days, and weeks that lie ahead, the human-animal bond will become stronger than ever before," said Hickey.


"If you have ever looked into the eyes of a shivering, frightened animal and through a simple act of kindness been rewarded by a gentle nuzzle, the sounds of a whimper or a contented purr, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. As you feel the gentle warmth of their heartbeat you know that you have truly made a difference for animal that has turned to you for help. They give us so much, and ask for so little in return," says Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada.

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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