Riders take to the streets to fight pet overpopulation
Motorcycle enthusiasts will do what they do best on Saturday — jump on their hogs and hit the road.
The second annual Hogs for Dogs event will provide a way for riders to enjoy the outdoors for a cause. The money raised from the event will benefit Coalition HUMAnE, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Tacoma for dogs and cats to prevent euthanizing unwanted animals.
Coalition HUMAnE president Holly Bukes said the event is open to anyone in the state.
“We have people come from far away because they can’t afford their veterinarian’s fees,” Bukes said.
Last year’s event raised $5,000, and this year is expected to be more successful.
“There was a bit of (bad) weather in the morning, but we had a good turnout, and it was a lot of fun,” Bukes said. “We’re a non-profit, and the money we raise most often goes to provide even further discounts to people who can’t afford our already low fees.”
Bukes said the Coalition HUMAnE Spay and Neuter Clinic performed about 5,000 sterilization surgeries last year. The clinic recently expanded and added a second veterinarian part-time. It expects the number of operations to jump from 7,500 to 9,000 next year.
The ride begins and ends at the Floatation Device Pub and Grill in Purdy. The blues band Loose Gravel and Quarry will provide entertainment for returning riders from 3 to 6 p.m.
The ride’s route is the main draw for the event, because most of the course is along the water, event organizer Dave McCormick said. “They’ll ride along the Hood Canal to Belfair, through Gorst and out through Port Orchard to Manchester.
Harley-Davidson owner Tari Davis made the run last year and said she’s looking forward to this weekend.
“It was the most fun I have ever had,” she said. “The ride is beautiful. It goes all over Puget Sound, and the scenery was breathtaking. We met a lot a friends that we still hang out with.”
Davis said she recommends the ride not just for the fun, but because it’s for a good cause.
“Last year there was not a hitch and everything went smoothly,” she said. “It was put together very professionally.”
Hogs for Dogs
Hogs for Dogs will have motorcycle riders taking to the streets for the second annual charity event to raise funds for the Coalition HUMAnE, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.
The ride will start at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28. Riders will gather at the Floatation Device Pub & Grill, 14511 Sherman Drive NW in Purdy.
For more information or to pre-register, visit www.coalitionhumane.org.