Call me crazy (as you no doubt often do), but I want you to help me use the simple power of a bicycle in making the following possible
- Fostering pets of domestic abuse victims while they find safety and a new life
- Teaming inmates with homeless dogs—the dogs are trained and socialized for greater chance of adoption; the inmates have the opportunity to give back to the community, find personal growth, learn dog-training skills, and gain compassion
- Saving homeless cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, chickens, horses (and more, more, more) from lives of abandonment and possibly death
- Rehabilitating injured wildlife
- Using less gasoline and improving the environment
This is my personal “pledge drive” (would that be a “pledge bike”?), and it is informal and casual—but it IS real. And it can make a difference in people’s and animals’ lives. Please join me in this cause, and let me know any amount you’re willing to pledge. Your donation is fully tax deductible—after Oct 31 I can collect your check made out to Dane County Humane Society or I can provide a link to the DCHS donation site.
In the meantime, I will be blogging about the experience right here at http://sweat4shelter.blogspot.com/, so you can follow the path of your pledge.
Please email me or call me (608-358-6427) if you have any questions about my Sweating for Shelter project. Thank you in advance for your support—I am most grateful.
*My two exceptions to making the 27-mile round trip to work via bicycle:
- I won’t bike if it’s not safe (e.g., lightning and flooding); but if it’s just rain without pyrotechnics, I’ll be two-wheelin’ it.
- On the mornings of my 5:45 am swim class, I will drive to the gym; then bike to work from the gym and back. That will be a 16-mile round trip by bike.