Bikers Take Up the Cause for Dogs
You just gotta love it!! Too often the stereotypical picture of bikers are big, coarse, greasy men, often with criminal backgrounds that people tend to move pretty quickly to get out of their way. Sure, they’re still out there but in recent years, bikers have gone mainstream too. You have doctors, lawyers and bankers out there, men and women, on their big ole Harleys, transforming the image. Well, here’s another transformation to the image; bikers taking up the cause for dogs, raising money and helping dogs to get adopted into forever homes!
This is from Best Friends Network, an organization that I absolutely love and respect!!!
Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country teamed with Harley-Davidson dealers in four states Sept. 22 to raise more than $11,000 for local shelters and help place 16 (and counting) pets in new homes.
About 300 riders participated in the Second Annual Bikers for Best Friends Pet Adoption and Poker Run, which expanded this year from one to four locations – New Rochelle, N.Y., Scottsdale, Ariz., Frederick, Colo., and Washington City, Utah.
Dogs and cats from local rescue groups and shelters were available for adoption at the dealerships.
Some bikers created their own online pledge page in order to encourage sponsor donations from family and friends.
The ride included a “poker run” where at each of five stops along the way, riders drew a card, with the best hand winning a prize.
“Bikers in our area have adopted Best Friends as one of their favorite charities,” said Alan Blackburn, owner of the Zion Harley-Davidson Shop in Washington, Utah, which hosted the inaugural Bikers for Best Friends ride in 2006.
This year’s event also included lunch for the participants, as well as entertainment at each of the Harley-Davidson dealers.
“We’re very excited about our first Bikers for Best Friends event in Colorado,” said Mark Stefanowski, who helped organize the event in conjunction with High Country Harley-Davidson/Buell in Frederick, Colo., near Boulder. “I’ve been lucky enough to observe the work being done by Best Friends. This is my way of contributing something to the animals and my community, as well as having a great time for a good cause.”
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