Billy Joel is known as the ‘piano man’ but to animal rescuers he’s ‘Saint Billy.’
The singer recently gave all the proceeds from a concert to Bianca’s Furry Friends, a campaign from the animal rescue organization North Shore Animal League America. And it wasn’t a small concert either. The proceeds donated were from the singer’s birthday show in May at the Madison Square Garden.
”Billy is my hero,” said Beth Stern, wife of shock jock Howard Stern, who is involved with the organization, in a recent interview. “Howard and I call him ‘Saint Billy.’ Because of his huge donation, we are on target to break ground next spring!’’
Bianca’s Furry Friends will provide a cage-free home for stray cats and dogs once construction is over and thanks to Joel, they’re one step closer to that goal.
Joel is a great animal lover. Earlier this year, Joel showed his love for animals by saying no piano is worth the life of an elephant to make its ivory keys and by supporting the law that banned all ivory product sales in the state of New York. He also rescued a four year old Pug, Rosie, to keep company to his eight year old Pug, Sabrina, back in 2012.
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