Starting this month, Diana Clemente, President of the Black Car Assistance Corporation (BCAC) and Big Apple Car, will be teaming up with the North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) to help pets find homes through an ongoing ad campaign that will run in Black Car News.
(Please see above ad, featuring photos of adorable pets in need of a loving home!)
“I’ve always been a passionate animal lover, and nothing gives me greater joy than helping find homes for those in need,” explains Ms. Clemente, a longtime pet owner and advocate for animals. “I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a remarkable woman and passionate animal lover, Lois Zarka, at a charity event. Lois, who has become a dear friend, is a big supporter of the North Shore Animal League. Through her relationship with them, I had the great pleasure of meeting Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President of Operations at Animal League America, who has been a huge help in getting this off the ground.”
Animal League America is the world’s largest, most comprehensive no-kill rescue and adoption organization. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the organization has saved the lives of over one million defenseless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since its inception. Each year, Animal League America’s efforts result in nearly 18,000 animals being adopted into loving homes.
“We are so thankful to have the opportunity to increase the visibility of our homeless animals,” notes Ms. Yohannan. “We are dedicated to our mission to Rescue, Nurture, Adopt, and Educate. Our innovative programs reduce animal cruelty and advance the highest standards in animal welfare.”
Although most of Ms. Clemente’s time is spent running her business and working as BCAC President – most recently, to advocate for a “restricted license” to allow traditional Black Car bases to add drivers during the city’s FHV cap – she knows how much of an impact a pet can have on a household, bringing joy and reducing stress.
“This month marks the beginning of what I expect to be a rewarding partnership between the Black Car Industry, Black Car News and the North Shore Animal League, as we collectively work on helping our industry’s amazing drivers add a loving four-legged member to their families,” adds Ms. Clemente. “Pets bring tremendous joy and happiness to people, which is particularly important during these times of stress and anxiety for all of us in the transportation industry.”
In the coming weeks and months, Black Car News invites anyone who adopts a new pet to send a photo of the new addition to the family to [email protected], so we can include it in the next available issue.