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ANIMAL SANCTUARIES HIGHLIGHTED ON WPBS: “More to The Story” Shines a Light on Abused and Neglected Animals

WATERTOWN, NY; March 12, 2020

WPBS, in conjunction with the Watertown Daily Times, is pleased to announce the release of a powerful half hour documentary called “More to the Story: Animal Sanctuaries,” that focuses on three livestock and domestic animal sanctuaries throughout the North Country and Eastern Ontario.

The “More to the Story” franchise episode will premiere on WPBS on Sunday, March 22 at 6:30PM EST.

Animal Sanctuaries are facilities where animals that have been abused or neglected are relocated to live out their lives with great care. These animals include horses, sheep, pigs, alpacas, and domestic cats and dogs, that stay at the sanctuaries until the end of their natural lives. Sanctuaries are non-profit organizations that rely on grants and public funding to protect, house, and feed the animals. Volunteers are an essential element to the overall operation, sustainability, and success of the sanctuaries, and keep the animals company with plenty of love and playtime.

Watertown Daily Times reporter Marcus Wolf worked closely with WPBS Producer Ryan Proven and Executive Director of Production, Tracy Duflo to create this highly anticipated episode. The sanctuaries highlighted are:

Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary in Harrowsmith, ON. (Carla Reilly Moore, Executive Director)
Spring Farm Cares in Utica, NY. (Dawn Hayman, Co-founder/Director)
Gracious Friends Animal Sanctuary in Heuvelton, NY. (Candice Brown, Founder/Executive Director)

Some of their stories are difficult to understand and hear, but are incredibly heartfelt and inspiring to see. The documentary probes the backstory and rehab process of these special animals. WPBS and the Watertown Daily Times believes it is important to disseminate these stories and highlight the sanctuaries so that the public can gain a greater appreciation for the need and relevance of animal sanctuaries not just in the North Country and Eastern Ontario, but all over the world as well.

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Joleene DesRosiers
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