Pedal for Paws is the most important annual fundraiser for Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic located in Gallatin, TN. Participants will enjoy a beautiful bike ride together while raising money for SSNA. Last year this event was voted the most popular animal rescue fundraiser in the greater Nashville area by readers of Nashville PAW magazine. On Saturday, April 12th the event will run from 8 am to 8 pm.
How it Works
Participants must register ahead of time through Active.com for either the 12 mile, 30 mile or 62 mile course. All courses travel through beautiful local scenery. The donation fee required for all courses is $30 per person. This is a great event for the whole family to participate in. Registration includes a free Pedal for Paws T-shirt. Pedal for Paws biking jerseys will also be on sale the day of the event for $70 each.
Courtesy of KrankNashville, a local indoor fitness center, spin bikes with accompanying music will be available to help riders warm up or cool down. Local restaurant Moe's Southwest Grill will be providing an end-of-race lunch for all participants. At the end of the event, there will be prizes for King and Queen of the Mountain such as the green racing bike from Regions Bank in the attached pictures. The three fastest riders in both the male and female categories will receive gift certificates from Biker's Choice totaling $500.
Who Can Participate
Everyone from children to senior adults can participate. For younger riders, shorter courses are available. Throughout each course frequent rest stops are available with refreshments. People who train professionally can enjoy the 62 mile course. Those who are less active can enjoy a leisurely ride on one of the smaller courses.
How Your Donations Make a Difference
Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance has been helping low income families and local animal rescue groups to spay and neuter their pets since 2011. In that time period, SSNA has performed more than 18,000 surgeries. The clinic spays and neuters house cats, feral cats, and dogs of all sizes. Donations to SSNA help keep the cost of surgery as low as possible. The clinic also raises money for their Community Fund, which pays for spays and neuters on stray or community animals. This fund also helps pay for spay and neuter surgery for those who cannot afford even a lowered fee. Last year's Pedal for Paws event raised enough money to cover 350 surgeries for the community.
If you are not able to attend the Pedal for Paws event, you can still help. Donations of any size may be made securely online through PayPal in the Donations section of the SSNA website. The clinic also has a wish list of items that are always needed to keep the program running. Donations of bleach, paper towels, old sheets, blankets or towels, trash bags, pet crates, and copy paper may be dropped off at the clinic during the day or when you bring animals in for services.