PET SAFETY WEEK 2013 - October 20-26
TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - If you're a pet owner, you likely do everything you can to ensure that your four-legged friends are free from harm. From getting their noses into poisonous plants, to catching their paws on dangling electric cords, animals easily find ways to get into trouble. That's why Toronto Hydro-Electric System ("Toronto Hydro") and the Toronto Humane Society have teamed up for the second annual Pet Safety Week. This year, Pet Safety Week takes place from October 20 - 26. Pet owners will be armed with simple strategies to keep animals safe, all year-round.
To prevent pets from becoming "sick as a dog," pet owners should:
- Pet proof the home (similar to baby proofing,) in order to keep animals out of harm's way.
- Be mindful of electrical equipment like street lighting fixtures, metal covers on the sidewalk, street signs, and other energized utility structures.
It's unknown just how many animals ingest substances that cause illness or death. However, the Toronto Humane Society says that many day-to-day items inside and outside the home can be potential risks and warns owners to:
- Be diligent in making sure that toxic items are out of reach. Simple foods such as chocolate can be dangerously toxic, and can even be fatal to some pets.
- And with Halloween just around the corner, a lot of potentially dangerous treats will be left outside and in the home.
For more facts and tips throughout the week, watch for daily advisories or visit the website at torontohydro.com/safety. Tips and photos will be posted on Twitter (@torontohydro or @THS_tweet), Flickr (flickr.com/torontohydro), and Facebook. Customers are also encouraged to send in photos of their family pet in costume via Twitter or Facebook to be added to our 'Howloween' picture galleries.
About Toronto Hydro
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 723,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the Province of Ontario.
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About The Toronto Humane Society:
The mission of the Toronto Humane Society is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Toronto Humane Society provides high quality care to the animals who are surrendered to the shelter and finds them forever homes as quickly as possible. The Toronto Humane Society receives no government funding.
SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System
Barbara Steinhoff, Toronto Humane Society
T: 416-392 2273 Ext. 2149