APS Adopt-a-Thon a barking success

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The Animal Protection Society of Person County held a successful Muttercycle ride, Paw Parade and Adopt-a-Thon Saturday to raise money for its “Handy Fix-It” spay and neuter program.

The Paw Parade and Muttercycle Ride began at noon and ended in Uptown Roxboro for a day of pets, live music and entertainment, contests and visiting with vendors.

Jim Montoya of the Brotherhood Motorcycle Club announced the ride was attended by not only members of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood, but other motorcycle and riding clubs. Together, the ride raised $1,208 for the APS.

APS Treasurer Beth Townsend said there were around 60 riders and around 40 walkers.

Townsend said the event raised over $3,800.

Uptown, vendors sold pet-themed goods and the Kona Ice and Queso Monster trucks kept the crowds fed and happy.

The day was also highlighted by entertainment from Mike and Lisa Autry, the cast of the Lion King Jr. from the Summer Youth Theater, Roxboro Gymnastics and Essence of Movement Dance Studio.

The event showcased APS dogs available for adoption and was an opportunity for others to bring their dogs out for the day, like Rhonda Ray of Danville and her dog Falcor.

Ray said she and her husband brought their camper down to Person County for the weekend and came out after they had heard about the event.

APS pets Buddy, Lucy, Patti, Popeye, Pop Tart and Glory were at the event hoping to be adopted.

Patti was adopted by a pre-approved adopter and joins former APS rescue Bindi. Pop Tart and Glory also had adoption applications filed at the event, according to Townsend.

The event also held contests for largest, smallest and best dressed pets.

Ciroq, a Doberman owned by Kim Morgan, took home the largest pet competition. Peanut, a 10-week old Chihuahua, took home smallest pet and Bilbo Baggins owned by Paula Hindman won best dressed for his dragon costume.

Townsend was thrilled with the event’s success.

“I am beyond thrilled with the turnout for today, being our first event of this kind,” Townsend said. “I’ve had three people come to me and say ‘Thank you for doing this event. We needed this here in Person County,’ and I was so excited that we could provide that.”

She said the possibility of the event was up in the air before City Council approved it.

“I would like to thank City Council too because they took a chance to approve this happening,” Townsend said. “Initially, I had heard they were concerned about having dogs Uptown. So I appreciate them going out on a limb and approving it

Townsend credited the members of the APS for their work.

“Our members really came together -- this takes a lot of work,” Townsend said. “Some of them handled the walk, some of them handled the ride and some of them handled the festival and that really helped us to be able to split it up between everybody. We all just worked so well together and it came together perfectly today.”

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