Pedal for Pets: Want to bike from Senoia to Savannah?
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Last year, Wendy Maguire and her son Robbie bicycled to Savannah in order to raise money to help spay and neuter animals. They called it Pedal for Pets.
This year they’ll be doing it again — and taking some friends along for the ride.
The event is being done in conjunction with Southside Cycling and numerous sponsors.
Riders will leave on June 7 from Maguire’s Family and Friends Pub in downtown Senoia. They’re expected to arrive in downtown Savannah on June 9.
“This year, we are working in conjunction with restaurants and hotels along the way who believe in the cause and want to see the same efforts duplicated in their communities,” Maguire said.
If you’re interested in making the trip, the cost is $395. That amount includes hotel rooms, all meals, and a fully SAG’d ride.
Donations are tax-deductible and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to spay and neuter programs.
The tag line for this year’s event is “Turn the awww into Action.”
Since last year’s inaugural ride, Pedal for Pets also received a $50,000 grant, and has been able to help spay or neuter more than 560 dogs and cats.
“And that number increases daily,” Maguire said.
Pedal for Pets is working with local humane society volunteer Jane Reed, who goes into low-income neighborhoods and contacts pet owners to offer them the free spay and neuter services. They’ll even come pick up the pets and take them to get their surgeries, and return them home afterward.
The focus is to “interface with and bring information, education and availability into these neighborhoods, thus preventing hundreds of animals from being born into eventual abandonment,” Maguire said.
“The program and our approach, through the efforts of Jane Reed, have been so successful that many other shelters and animal advocacy groups want to duplicate our efforts, not only in surrounding communities but in other states,” Maguire said.
“We’re looking into making this an actual foundation,” Maguire said, since so many groups want to “duplicate Jane’s results through her unique approach, and they need seed money to get it all started.”
Pet overpopulation is “a silent epidemic that has reached the point of disaster,” Maguire said. “Over 9 million animals are euthanized each year, or, every 10 seconds, 11 animals are killed,” she said.
“Please help us end this silent epidemic and save the souls with no voice!”
For those who can’t make the trip to Savannah, there will be a local ride in July. The Senoia Century ride will be July 14.
The fully SAG’d ride will have options of 33, 66, and 99 miles.
For more information, visit www.pedalforpets.org .
Donations can also be mailed to Pedal for Pets, 125 Highgrove Drive, Fayetteville, GA 30276.