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Homeless Pets Benefit from 11,500-mile Bike Ride
September 19, 2013 -
Best Friends Animal Society Supporter, Floyd Lampart, completed an 11,500-mile bike ride, Pedal For Paws, raising more than $50,000 to aid homeless pets.
Six years ago, the 67-year-old cyclist and animal lover began planning for what most would characterize as not your typical bike ride. This one was a 32-state odyssey that took him around the entire perimeter of the continental United States and into two Canadian provinces.
Lampart hit the road on April 4, from his home in Lake Clear, N.Y., and returned Sept. 2, from a trip that he thought would take six months, but which he completed in just under five months. Milestones included visiting the four most distant geographical points in the continental U.S., including the northernmost point at Angle Inlet, MN, the westernmost point at La Push, WA, Key West, FL, in the south, and Lubec, ME, in the east.
The $50,000 goes to Best Friends Animal Society for its new veterinary clinic at its sanctuary near Kanab, UT, to help enable the clinic to diagnose and investigate illness more quickly so that all the animals in the Societys care are healthy, happy and ready for their forever homes," said Lampart. He and his wife, Martha, are long-time, loyal supporters of Best Friends and usually visit the Societys sanctuary in Kanab at least once a year.
They have adopted five dogs from Best Friends in the past seven years, and Martha says she tries to keep Floyd away from the Old Friends area of the sanctuary because he always finds another dog that needs him.
That is exactly what happened on the ride. Lampart now has a new family member named Fuzzy, a dog he rescued in July from the side of the road in El Centro, CA. After weeks in the shelter without being adopted (and with Floyd unable to get Fuzzy out of his mind) Martha adopted Fuzzy and had him flown across the country to New York.
Lampart predicted the ride would be a monster, and it turned out he was right. Averaging 60-80 miles a day, depending on weather and road conditions, he spent more than half of his time camping at state parks. Traveling alone and unsupported, he carried everything on his bike, including his tent, sleeping bag and clothes.
Although the ride is complete, animal lovers can still donate to Best Friends as part of Floyds ride by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/PedalForPawsBikeRideBestFriends.
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All