AC Pup: CARES Homeless Pet Club on bike tour

Central Georgia CARES has such an exciting one-of-a-kind event happening this week! I can’t wait to tell you about it, but first, here’s my infomercial about animal events happening around our area.

Today at Macon Dog Park from noon until 3 p.m. is the Howl-O-Ween Festival. I hope you come out to join the fun and see the costume contests. It’s so much fun seeing the Halloween costumes and always fun to visit Macon Dog Park.

Then at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, animal rescue group Save a Pet will host the 2nd annual Day of Hope 5K and Fun Run at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Save A Pet is working hard raising money for a new shelter, so please support the group if you can.

Now I’m just about to burst to tell you about what CARES has planned for next Thursday! Remember CARES Homeless Pet Club I told you about a couple of weeks ago?

It’s the way CARES is combining the efforts of businesses, schools, churches and community groups to help promote orphaned animals. It’s a fabulous and very easy way an entire community can take part in finding homes for homeless dogs and cats.

The Homeless Pet Club is the brilliant plan designed by Dr. Michael Good, a veterinarian from Atlanta. And now CARES and Dr. Good work together to help homeless animals in our region. What a fabulous partnership and such a worthy cause.

This Thursday, CARES will officially kick off the Homeless Pet Club with a Macon bike tour. Jeff Battcher, who is a CARES board member and veteran cyclist, will pedal around Macon to visit some of the businesses and schools that have already signed up with CARES.

I’ll be riding along too, but in a car behind Mr. Jeff with my regular entourage of folks who go with me everywhere. So I’ll get to visit my friends at Geico, The Telegraph, Lawrence Mayer, National Criminal Defense College and some of the schools who’ve signed up already, too!

It’s incredible to realize all of these organizations are helping us find homes for orphaned pets! And more groups are signing up every day.

We’ll finish up the Macon bike tour at Stratford Academy where Mr. Jeff will cycle into his alma mater. This will be a touching time for Mr. Jeff as he was named Alumni of the Year at Stratford. How fitting for him to address the students at his own school to thank them for helping to find homes for helpless animals.

I’m so proud of these businesses and schools in Macon who care enough about animals to take an active role in making sure these animals have a chance at life. They and CARES realize each animal matters.

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