VANCOUVER, August 23, 2001 – For many people Labour Day means the end of summer, for others the start of school. Unfortunately for many pets it means a terrifying time. Many dogs, cats and other pets will suffer from the loud noises and lights from fireworks displays. These animals will shake, tremble, and try to escape from the loud noises, run off or “deal” with these fireworks displays in a variety of other ways. “Unfortunately, for animals who are affected by these artistic explosions Labour Day is definitely a ‘long weekend’” says Michael O’Sullivan, executive director of The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). “Animals who are affected by these displays suffer in a variety of ways” explains O’Sullivan who has three dogs and two cats. “Some of the more fortunate animals anxiously await the end of the fireworks displays while others injure themselves in their panic stricken state. Others run off, with many of these animals becoming lost, injured or worse.”


When it comes to helping our pets cope, fireworks displays offer something that thunderstorms often don’t and that is you have a good idea when they will occur. “Take advantage of this knowledge” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “If your animal companions are frightened of, or become agitated by, fireworks displays find out when these activities are occurring in your area and prepare ahead of time for your pets’ comfort and safety” advises Hickey.


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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