November 15, 2001, TORONTO - It’s been one month since Toronto resident Gordon Gates went into a drug store at the corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. Knowing he would only be a couple of minutes, he left his family pet ‘Terry’ tied up outside the store. When he returned, ‘Terry’ was gone.
Despite sending out hundreds of flyers and e-mails, and making dozens of telephone calls, there is still no sign of 'Terry'. The Gates family has offered a $10 000 reward for the safe return of their pet. Today they received the welcome news that The Humane Society of Canada is willing to add another $1 000 to the reward fund and use its resources to try and help reunite ‘Terry’ with his family.
"We share our lives with a houseful of dogs and cats, and can understand the heartache and worry the Gates family are going through right now," said Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada. "The Gates family are doing all they can to find ‘Terry’ and we want to do everything in our power to help bring them back together again," he said.
O’Sullivan is posting a picture of ‘Terry’ along with his description on his organization’s website which receives thousands of hits every day (www.humanesociety.com) and urging people with any information to contact them by e-mail or through the group’s international toll-free number 1-800-641-KIND. ‘Terry’ is a small 5-year-old male dog who looks like a poodle. He is apricot in colour, is wearing a collar with tags, and weighs about 13 kg (28 lbs).
In his own words, Gordon Gates describes the heartbreak felt by his family as they search for their beloved family pet: "'Terry' is my best friend and the emotional centre of our family. I don’t care who stole him or why. I just want him back and I’m prepared to pay with no questions asked to anyone who helps me get him back. He’s been with us since he was 12-weeks old and we feel like we have lost a very special member of our family".
The Humane Society of Canada urges anyone with information about Terry’s whereabouts to contact Det. Carl Giedroyc of Toronto 53 Division Police at (416) 808-5300 or the Humane Society of Canada at its international toll free number 1-800-641-KIND (5463).
CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56132698753
[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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