In 2010, close to 150,000 homeless pets were admitted to shelters. Thanks to the efforts of caring workers and volunteers, a good number of these animals were either returned to their owners or placed in new homes; unfortunately, far too many were not. The stamp design not only called attention to the plight of homeless pets in Canada and the work of organizations under the CFHS – but also educated the public about shelter animals and encouraged their adoption.The animal models for the stamps were actual shelter animals and names and individual experiences are included in the stamp booklet and on the Official First Day Cover story.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) represents humane societies and SPCAs that shelter animals in need. In addition to providing physical care of animals who pass through their doors – and undertaking gargantuan efforts to find them new homes – the CFHS works to promote respect for and humane treatment of all animals and is Canada’s national voice on animal-welfare issues.
Date of Issue: April 22, 2013
Design: Subplot Design Inc.
Dimensions: Small dog – 24 mm x 39.5 mm
Large dog – 40 mm x 39.5 mm
Black cat – 24 mm x 32 mm
Gray cat – 24 mm x 32 mm
Parrot – 24 mm x 24 mm
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Illustration: Monika Melnychuk
Paper Type: Tullis Russell
Perforations: Simulated perforation
Photography: Raef Miles (cages) Raina + Wilson (animals)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours plus varnish
Tagging: 3 sides