VANCOUVER, 8 FEBRUARY 2001 – “There are millions of them; they’ve invaded our homes and stolen our hearts,” according to Al Hickey, Western Regional Director for The Humane Society of Canada.


This Valentine’s Day, The Humane Society of Canada is asking everyone to: ‘find a warm spot in your heart’ for the fuzz faces in your family. You may not be sure what to get your furry friend. The one who stole your heart the first time you met. Heck, you don’t even know if giving pets gifts on Valentine’s Day is normal human behaviour! Well, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) wants you to know that giving pets gifts is not only acceptable, it is a wonderful thing to do.


“If you give your pet a present on Valentine’s Day you’re likely in good company” says Michael O’Sullivan, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada. “According to a survey conducted last year by the American Animal Hospital Association, 93% of pet owners said they buy gifts for their animal companions” explains O’Sullivan. He and his family share their own home with 3 dogs and 2 cats.

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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