SPCA Bike Run Set for June 22

By Jasmine Brooks | jbrooks@pahomepage.com, Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 06/17 2014 12:05PM

Updated 06/17 2014 12:19PM

    Dr. Mark Bohn's leather vest is decorated with colorful pins that he's collected over the last few years.
    Each one represents a different excursion he took with his friends from the Wyoming Valley Motorcycle club, a group motorcycle enthusiasts who help give back to the community.
    Their biggest fundraiser is their annual SPCA Bike Run, which helps the animals in Luzerne County.

"It takes us months to set this up because it's such a big event, but it's worth it. It's always worth it."  noted Dr. Bohn
    The event will kick off its' 18th year this weekend.
    The proceeds couldn't come at a better time according Peggy Nork, the Director of Development at the SPCA of Luzerne County.

"From May to September we have kitten season where lots of cats are reproducing, and we're getting a lot of animals in take . This is a great time because it's going to help us support these animals that are coming in."
    Nork says, the shelter packed, and more animals come in daily.
"In May we had over five-hundred cats, five-hundred animals come in. Three-hundred and sixty of them were cats. That was just the month of May!"

It takes a tremendous amount of donations to take care of the animals here at the SPCA of Luzerne County. In addition to donations they go though six-thousand dollars worth of cat litter each and every year.
"We have dog food, cat food. I can't even tell you the amount in numbers we go through. We mix the food up in these huge fifty-five gallon drums and we go through that in a day or so." said Nork
    For these bikers, leather and fur are the perfect match.
"We think actually it's a good combination. We think everything balances out. We're bikers, but we all have a soft side too." added Dr. Bohn.
    The 18th annual SPCA Bike Run kicks off this Sunday at 1pm.
    Registration is at 11am.
    The ride through the Pocono Mountains begins at the SPCA of Luzerne County in Plains Township.

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