September 27, 2011
HSI Canada Thanks Public and Corporate Supporters for Donations in Historic Dog Rescue
MONTREAL—HSI Canada extends its gratitude to supporters for their kind donations in the historic rescue and emergency sheltering operations of more than 500 neglected dogs and puppies from a large-scale commercial breeding operation in Quebec. HSI Canada, in partnership with the Ministere de l'Agriculture, des Pecheries et de l'Alimentation du Quebec and local law enforcement, rescued the animals after multiple investigations indicated dogs were not receiving proper care.
"In an urgent time of need, the public and these companies gave from their hearts and supported HSI Canada in ensuring these dogs have a better life," said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director for HSI Canada. "We cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity in helping support one of the largest emergency dog sheltering and rescue operations in Canadian history."
"It is our responsibility as pet experts and advocates to support organizations that provide front-line care for rescued animals," said Tom McNeely, chief executive officer, Pet Valu® Inc. "We are committed to partnering with HSI to provide these animals with a second chance, and we are proud to donate funds, food and toys to the operation. By supporting the HSI’s initiative, we hope to raise awareness about the important issue of pet abuse while promoting responsible pet ownership. We’re honoured to be a part of this effort and participate in helping to improve the quality of life of the animals."
"Humane Society International/Canada is dedicated to improving the lives of animal victims like these," said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director at PetSmart Charities, Inc. "We were so happy to be able to help these dogs with a grant that will provide them with the supplies needed to make them healthy and comfortable while they await their lifelong, loving homes."
"When our team learned of this heartbreaking situation, we knew we had to be part of the solution," said Eric Margolis, Chairman of Jamieson Laboratories. "Jamieson has always been at the forefront of animal rights, a cause we are passionate about. We’re all shocked at these revelations, and our first goal is to provide emergency assistance. But we also want to play a role in increasing public awareness about the threats to the well-being of animals all over the country."
"Nutrience (Rolf C. Hagen Inc.), have donated more than a million dollars in food and supplies to rescue groups and shelters across Canada for many years. In continuing with this tradition, a sheltering operation of this magnitude warranted an equally substantial donation, for which we were happy and fortunate to offer," said Mark Hagen, director of research for Rolf C. Hagen Inc. "After visiting the emergency shelter personally this past week, I can say without hesitation that I am very impressed with the high level of professionalism and care exemplified by the HSI Canada staff. We are proud to play a part in their efforts as they continue to care for these beautiful animals, and know that our resources are being put to good use."
The dog sheltering operation and rescue is made possible in part from funding, much-needed sheltering supplies, and pet food by PetSmart Charities®, Pet Valu, Jamieson Laboratories, Nutrience (Rolf C. Hagen Inc.), Iams, Nestle Purina Pet Care, Royal Canine Kane Vet Supplies, Hunter Brand Inc., Fido, Global Pet Foods Quebec, Walmart, Bag and Go and Messageries Dynamiques.
HSI Canada is calling on the public and private companies to visit hsicanada.ca/savedogs to find out how they can help give these dogs and puppies the second chance they deserve. The rescued dogs and puppies may require care and feeding for several weeks until the pending custody case occurs.
Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International, one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally—On the Web at hsicanada.ca.