VANCOUVER, August 24, 2001 – August...the weather is pleasant, children haven’t returned to school and many parents are on vacation. If you have been considering adding a feline friend or a canine companion to your family then this may be a good time to adopt a pet in need.


According to Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director and former Chief Executive of the BC SPCA, “Summer holidays can be a good time to adopt a pet if you are staying home and have time to help your new pet get adjusted to his/her new family, home and life. Patiently, consistently and humanely letting your pet know some of the rules and providing some basic training along with lots of support and love can do wonders in making the adoption go smoothly. And the more time that you can spend with your animal companion, especially right after he/she has been adopted, the better” advises Hickey.


Michael O’Sullivan, HSC Executive Director, knows that adopting a pet is a very exciting time but cautions that to also make the relationship a successful, long-term one, perspective adopters should “Make sure that they are prepared prior to entering into the special relationship. Adopting a dog or cat can result in a 15-20 year commitment.”

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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