A 42-mile motorcycle ride through Pinal County will benefit the county’s spay-andneuter program.
The first-ever “Shelter Run,” which is expected to draw 75 to 100 riders, begins at 9 a.m. May 12 at the Queen Creek Cafe and Sports Bar at Ellsworth and Ocotillo roads in downtown Queen Creek.
The ride will continue for 42 miles and end at the Pinal County Animal Shelter, 764 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande.
Pinal County Animal Care and Control Officer Brandon Caldwell came up with the idea for the ride. Though he doesn’t ride a motorcycle himself, he thought this would be a fun event to benefit a good cause.
“This is to try and help control the number of unwanted pets in our area,” Caldwell said. “We have a large number of unwanted animals, and even nationwide it’s a huge problem.”
Caldwell said visits to the shelter are low because of its location on the outskirts of Casa Grande.
“It’s a way to promote public awareness and bring in some foot traffic,” Caldwell said. “We’re hoping to have 200 to 250 people come.”
The cost to ride is $25, and includes a raffle ticket, barbecue lunch and a T-shirt. People just coming to the shelter for activities can participate for free but lunch will cost them $3.
The event is being sponsored by Superstition Harley-Davidson, PETCO and Rising Star Karaoke.
“Everything but the T-shirt was donated, so the remaining money will go to our spay-and-neuter program,” Caldwell said.
Animal Care and Control will be open the day of the event for adoptions.
The county’s spay-andneuter voucher program offers little or no cost surgeries to low-income county families with pets.
The grant that makes the program available requires the county to help find additional funding for the program.
The Shelter Ride will make this happen, Caldwell said.
Registration at the day of the event opens at 7:30 a.m.
Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by calling (602)402-4390.
For more information, call Pinal County Animal Care and Control at (520) 866-7600.