The Animal Protection Society of Person County is hosting a motorcycle ride and a dog walk followed by an adopt-a-thon Saturday, Sept. 14 in Uptown Roxboro.
Beth Townsend, President of the Animal Protection Society, said the APS had been looking at doing a walk for a while and then was contacted about a potential benefit motorcycle ride by the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Motorcycle Club. The APS decided to combine the two and the event has become The Brotherhood & Big Dog Muttercycle Ride, One Mile Paw Parade and Adopt-a-Thon Festival.
Registration for the ride begins at 10 a.m. in the Furniture Mart parking lot at 740 N. Madison Blvd. Registration is $20 per bike and $5 per additional rider. Classic cars are invited and have the same registration fee as motorcycles. Registration for the ride includes a $5 food voucher per person. The ride will begin at noon.
The Paw Parade for people, their pets and those without pets will begin registration at 10:30 a.m. near the Person County Courthouse. Registration is $30 per walker and $15 per walker under 15 years old. Registration for the walk includes a T-shirt. The walk will begin at noon and make a one mile loop.
The walk and ride will end Uptown where Main Street will be closed from the intersection at Depot Street to the intersection at Abbitt Street. Traffic will still be able to cross Main Street at Depot Street.
The Adopt-a-Thon will feature rescue pets available for adoption, vendors, food trucks and entertainment from Mike and Lisa Autry, the cast of the Lion King Jr. from the Summer Youth Theater and Roxboro Gymnastics. The APS will have contests for biggest, smallest and best dressed pets with gift certificate prizes for the winners. Walk and ride shirts will be available for purchase while supplies last.
All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the APS “Handy Fix-It” fund which offers a tiered system of financial assistance for spaying and neutering pets based on financial need.
The “Handy Fix-It” program is a partnership between the APS and the Roxboro Animal Hospital which began in 2017. In its first year, Townsend said the program helped fund spay and neuter operations for 12 cats and 23 dogs. In 2018, the numbers jumped to 65 cats and 41 dogs.
“Our goal for that is to reduce the pet population,” Townsend said. “We work with local shelters, the Person County Animal Services and the Granville shelter and we’re always pulling dogs. Then last day comes and it’s so sad to see how crowded the shelters are and unfortunately, we can’t help them all. The next step for us is to eliminate that overpopulation.”
Townsend noted that spaying and neutering pets is not only helpful to control overpopulation, but is also beneficial for the animals.
“It’s also healthier to have your pet spayed or neutered,” Townsend said. “They have a longer life expectancy when they are spayed or neutered.”
Townsend thanked the Roxboro Animal Hospital for its partnership with APS on the spay and neuter program.
“In addition to being a sponsor for this event, they are just an outstanding partner for APS,” Townsend said. “We could not do everything we do without their support. They allow us to have rescue rates so all of our dogs and cats are up to date on all of their shots, spayed and neutered and they all are microchipped – even the cats. We would not be able to do that without Roxboro Animal Hospital’s support.”