VANCOUVER, 30 JANUARY 2001 – With Groundhog Day just around the corner (2 February for those of you still in hibernation), The Humane Society of Canada offers you Groundhogs 101, a primer to make this day even more fun and popular. "People hold their breath, waiting in anticipation to see whether or not their favourite local groundhog sees his/her shadow," according to Al Hickey, Western Regional Director of The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow then we can expect six more weeks of winter, and it he does not then spring is just around the corner.


"However, once spring arrives, not everyone wants to cuddle up with groundhogs. We're asking farmers, gardeners, stable owners, groundskeepers and golf course owners to give these critters a break," explains HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan.


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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