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April 14, 2015

HSI/Canada Partners with LUSH Cosmetics to Celebrate Animal Rescue Team During National Volunteer Week

Humane Society International/Canada

  • Christine Vaillancourt

As National Volunteer Week gets underway, Humane Society International/Canada is working with LUSH Cosmetics in celebrating the many hard-working, dedicated volunteers who help rescue neglected and abused animals on a daily basis.

Since 2008, HSI/Canada has worked with hundreds of volunteers to save nearly 2,000 dogs, cats and other animals from extreme neglect and abuse. In 2014 alone, more than 350 volunteers performed almost 10,000 hours of service at our emergency shelter. LUSH Cosmetics has generously donated 150 gifts to reward HSI/Canada volunteers for their tremendous service.

Ewa Demianowicz, campaign manager for HSI/Canada, said: “Volunteers are the backbone of our Animal Rescue Team and we would not be able to continue our work without their help. Every day, I am inspired by their generosity, devotion and unconditional love of animals, as well as their skills and knowledge. At our emergency shelter for rescued animals, volunteers often respond to the needs of hundreds of recovering animals at once. We thank these selfless individuals for all the life-saving work they do and are also grateful to LUSH Cosmetics for their generosity and commitment to animal welfare.”

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Jennifer Rose, one of HSI/Canada’s top volunteers, stated: “My favourite part of working at the emergency shelter is watching the animals recover and to begin to see people as a source of comfort rather than something to be feared. I love it when we get to take some of the dogs outside to the play area. Many of them have never seen grass, or even been outside. At first they are scared, but when they start to relax and enjoy the feel of the sun and the smell of the warm grass it’s truly amazing! The terrific people at the shelter are like a big, compassionate family and I look forward to seeing them each time I go.”   To learn more about Jennifer and her work at the shelter, read this Q&A.

Charitable Giving Manager, Tricia Stevens, for LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, said, “For years, hundreds of individuals have assisted Humane Society International/Canada in rescuing deserving dogs and cats from horrific situations. It is always nice to give back to those who give to others and we are pleased to offer a cruelty free LUSH product for their compassionate efforts.”

HSI/Canada volunteers are currently caring for 32 animals seized from a hoarding situation at the beginning of April. The seizure consisted of 17 dogs, 13 cats, one rabbit and one rooster.

A slideshow of pictures of HSI/Canada volunteers is also available here, viewable by Canadians logged into Facebook.

Follow HSI/Canada on Twitter for updates during National Volunteer Week.

To volunteer for HSI/Canada, visit hsicanada.ca/volunteer.

Media Contact: Christopher Paré, 514 395-2914, cpare@hsi.org

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