Code Orange

At least 360 animals in the Valley were reported abused in 2008 — nearly one for each day of the year. For the animal lover, that’s a startling statistic deserving of an equally eye-catching call to action. So on Tuesday, April 7, the lights on the Mid-Hudson Bridge will glow orange to raise awareness for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. The Ulster-Dutchess span joins Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, and other landmarks nationwide in shining bright for the effort, which is sponsored by the ASPCA. The choice of color definitely matches the cause: Orange is the color of life vests, and life vests rescue those in need, explains ASPCA spokesperson Nicole Buckley. “A life vest represents prevention, safety, security, confidence, and hope — exactly what the ASPCA strives to provide for their animals every day,” she says. The Dutchess County SPCA is pitching in by offering discounted adoption fees throughout the month. Visit for more information.


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