December 14, 2001, VANCOUVER - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking people to pet-proof their homes to ensure that their animal companions are not exposed to any holiday hazards.

"Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a dangerous time for pets as many potentially dangerous items are introduced into homes during the festive season," states Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. "Numerous holiday items can pose a threat to our pets’ safety - everything from turkey bones to toxic plants to glass decorations."


HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan recommends that people who do not have pets, but who may have pets visiting them over the holidays should also pet-proof their homes. “In order to protect our pets we must be aware of the seasonal hazards and take the appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of our ‘best friends,’” says O’Sullivan. “But even this isn’t enough. We must also take the time to educate others about the holiday dangers our animal companions are exposed to. To promote pet safety during the Christmas season the Humane Society of Canada has put together the following list of festive hazards that pets are routinely exposed to.”


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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