BELIZE, Nov. 27 1998 - Toxic spills, earthquakes, floods and fires are all cruel facts of life. And in times of natural and manmade disasters, animals are often the forgotten victims, according to The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). "This is sad but true. Over the past 25 years, I have witnessed this over and over again here in Canada and in more than 70 countries where I have worked around the world," said HSC Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan.

That's why his organization sent relief aid to Belize, one of the nations hit hard by Hurricane Mitch. Included in the aid was a shipment of specially designed first aid kits for use in the field to help animals.
"When your animal is hurt, time is critical. In order to give people a way of providing their animals with immediate help to try and relieve their pain and injury, for the very first time The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is now offering for sale a special HSC Animal First Aid Kit which has been field tested in disaster zones around the world," said O'Sullivan.
In thanking his group, the Government of Belize said: "...We sustained losses to crops, cattle, and to wildlife. But with time, hard work and the support of organizations such as The Humane Society of Canada we will recover..."
"These animals often pay with their lives. But we can help. We need to stop this tragic loss of life. By planning ahead. Right now," he said.


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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