Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ask 10 people, and chances are good nine of them will say they love animals.
But loving your own animals - sharing your home with them, making sure they have the best food and cuddling up with them at night - is a bit different than biking 3,000 miles for cats and dogs you never have (and probably never will) meet.
That's what Armen Abalian, a native Californian currently living in Europe, plans to do beginning Oct. 1. He'll be visiting 48 states and bike for 60 miles through each to raise awareness about the numbers of euthanized pets in this country. He'll also be attempting to raise money for many local no-kill shelters in the states he visits. Find out more in the video below and at bikingforanimals.org.
Abalian's ride in Maine happens on Thursday, Oct. 3. and follows the route below:
He visits New Hampshire Oct. 2 and Massachusetts Oct. 4.
Local organizations he's hoping to bring attention to in Maine include the Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Maine in Cumberland, Safe Haven Humane Society in Wells and Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County in Rockland. For more generalized donations check out Best Friends Animal Society, another organization Abalian supports.
According to Abalian's website four million healthy pets are kileld in American shelters each year. If you're one of those nine out of 10 pet lovers catch him along his route through Maine and think about supporting his ride and all those animals who can use your help. maybe you can even give a four-legged BFF a new home.