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New Bus shelter ad will drive message of action for animals


December 6, 2016

Kiley Blackman
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New Bus shelter ad will drive message of action for animals
'If you see something, say something' campaign urges riding public to intervene against cruelty, neglect

Westchester County, NY Building Hope for the New Yonkers Animal Shelter is proud to unveil its new ads that will appear on various bus shelters, which will promote taking action to prevent animal suffering. In conjunction with Signal Outdoor advertising, the first ad will be unveiled on December 6, 2016 at the following Yonkers bus stops:

  • Central Park Avenue s/o Fort Hill Rd
  • Nepperhan Avenue n/o Ashburton Avenue
  • Riverdale Avenue s/o Main Street

This campaign began after President Dr. Kathleen Pistone Carucci realized recent cases of neglect and cruelty went unreported; it mirrors ads that raise public awareness about terrorism indicators, and the need for reporting suspicious activity: "If you see something, say something” also applies to incidents involving animals. Members of Building Hope will be on hand for the unveiling and the press is invited to attend.

Julie Serenson is the Executive Board member of Building Hope who arranged the contract with the bus company. "Animal abuse is not only literally beating an animal," said Serenson. "Neglect is also abuse. Addressing this problem and speaking up is the right thing to do and everyone's moral obligation since the animals are voiceless victims, as helpless as children. Be their hero and help prevent animal abuse and neglect."

Kiley Blackman, founder of Animal Defenders of Westchester, joined in this campaign.

"I was in the middle of other projects, but this was too exciting to not be involved with," Blackman stated.

"The concept is so simple - yet so incredibly vital and necessary. The SPCA recently made an arrest in a horrific neglect case in Yonkers, that left an abandoned dog dead of starvation in the street when no tips came in. The SPCA reiterated the fact that this animal's needless, sad death could have been avoided, had the cruelty had been reported. This is why Building Hope's campaign is so important: It's likely that someone knew this animal was abandoned by her caretaker - but didn't know there was something they could - and should - do about it, or that a call could be made anonymously. Hopefully the idea for this campaign will spread all over - and save lives."

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