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H.O.G.s & Hot Rods to benefit Humane Society

Some people like motorcycles. Some people prefer hot rods. But almost everybody loves pets.

That’s what the Pulaski County Humane Society is banking on with its second annual H.O.G.s and Hot Rods Fur Hounds Poker Run Saturday, May 18. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with kickstands up at 10. Gather at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter and visit with the hounds in the pound and the cats in the condo during that hour.

The Society has teamed with local motorcycle enthusiasts at Volvo Trucks North America to carve out a 60-mile scenic route that crosses Draper Mountain, winds through Barren Springs and Snowville, and ends at Dublin Moose Lodge. Entry fee is $10 per bike and $5 for extra riders.

The Poker Run went great last year, according to Humane Society Executive Director, Candice Simmons. She said proceeds went far towards purchasing day-to-day supplies such as food, kitty litter, vaccines, tick and flea treatment and other necessities for basic care of shelter animals.

The group is hoping for an even better turnout this year. “We’ve taken suggestions from last year’s participants to improve the event. Paws crossed that will work!” Simmons added.

Like last year, the winning poker hand wins a cash prize. For $1 per chance or less, depending on the number of tickets purchased, participants have the opportunity to win prizes like green fees from Draper Valley Golf; dinners at local restaurants including Applebees, River City Cafe and B.Ts; gift certificates for lawn mowing and weed eating up to two acres by Mountain Top Mowing; oil changes; Pulaski Mariners tickets, and much more. Attendants can take a chance on the 50/50 drawing, as well.

This year’s event will include live music following the ride. Once prizes have been awarded, drivers and riders can sit back and relax to southern rock and country music by local favorite, Riding Shotgun. The band will perform until 5.

Pulaski County Humane Society is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing the welfare of animals in our community. The group has rescued and adopted out 151 dogs and cats so far this year. It offers low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinics each Thursday by appointment only.

The Humane Society would like to thank event sponsors Mil-tek USA Recycling & Waste and Harvey Chrevrolet. Also, special thanks to all the businesses that donated products and services for the raffle.

For questions or more information on the H.O.G.s and Hot Rods Fur Hounds Poker Run, call 674-0089, email  HYPERLINK “mailto:pchsva@gmail.com” \t “_blank” pchsva@gmail.com, or visit the office located in the Pulaski County Animal Shelter, 80 Dublin Park Road, just past the post office and police station, off Route 100 in Dublin.