Hoggs for Dogs to benefit Etowah Valley Humane Society on Aug. 28
by Marie Nesmith
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Tina Brush volunteers at last year’s Hoggs for Dogs benefit that generated $7,500 for the Etowah Valley Humane Society. SPECIAL
Tina Brush volunteers at last year’s Hoggs for Dogs benefit that generated $7,500 for the Etowah Valley Humane Society. SPECIAL
At Hoggs for Dogs, area residents will be able to combine their love of poker and motorcycles to support the Etowah Valley Humane Society Aug. 28.

The fifth annual ride, which raised $7,500 in 2009, will start at Harley-Davidson of Cartersville, 2281 Highway 411 N.E. and end at The City Cellar. Beginning at 11 a.m., riders will be able to pay a registration fee of $25 for each hand of poker, and the last bike will depart at 12:30 p.m.

"It is a motorcycle poker ride," said EVHS Board Co-chair Carrie Thomas. "They'll start out at Harley and then they'll make stops along the way and draw a poker card and at the end of the ride they'll come back with their cards stamped."

After all motorcyclists arrive at The City Cellar -- 110 S. Museum Drive in Cartersville -- by 4:30 p.m., prizes will be distributed to the top three and the worst poker hands. Following the ride, the festivities will continue with a corn hole toss, live music by Missy Flapjack and the Butterworth Blues Band, and a raffle drawing that will close out the evening at 9.

"[The proceeds go] toward the shelter in our general fund to help sustain the viability of the shelter itself, meaning supplies, animal food, animal medication, utilities, things of that nature," EVHS Director Bryan Canty said. "So it's a general fundraiser for us.

"Our funding primarily comes from the adoption fees themselves and through private donations. We do have several fundraisers that people have been so generous in making us the beneficiaries of but at the moment we get no type of government subsidies."

Open since 2006, the 4,928-square-foot shelter at 36 Ladd's Mountain Road in Cartersville costs about $120,000 per year to manage. The shelter consists of two staff offices, a quarantine room, two visitation rooms, 14 temperature-controlled kennel runs, a cat room with 24 cages and two condos, and a puppy room with 10 cages.

"With the economy the way it is we have so many animals in Bartow County that have been surrendered due to people losing their homes, losing their jobs," Thomas said. "We are overwhelmed with our animal population right now.

"The Humane Society is the only society here in Bartow County that takes in the animals from [Bartow County] Animal Control. We need funds to stay open and to be able to adopt out these animals, and they're wonderful animals. We have a few events per year and this is one of the few that we have."

Along with Hoggs for Dogs, the EVHS' upcoming fundraisers include a boot drive and Dining to Donate coupons at Applebee's, both on Sept. 15; the fashion show Rescues & Runways Sept. 25; and Casino Night Oct. 2.

While the nonprofit's needs are ongoing to maintain its facility, Canty said they are making several positive strides.

"Our capacity is the same but our intake is up simply because our adoptions have been up. In fact for the month of July of 2010 we were up double digits over July 2009, so that's a good sign. Overall donations have been up and the response from the community in terms of what our needs have been have been met with an overwhelming response and for that I'm truly appreciative," Canty said, referring to needs ranging from money and newspapers to pet food and volunteers.

For more information about the Humane Society or its upcoming fundraiser, call 770-383-3338 or visit www.etowahvalleyhumane.org.