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Foundation for TJO Animals Hosts Annual ‘Ride Like an Animal’ Event

SPRINGFIELD — The Foundation for TJO Animals will host the eighth annual “Ride Like an Animal” motorcycle ride and poker run to benefit the animals at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center. All proceeds from this event, slated for Satursday, Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., will provide much-needed medical care and training to the many animals that call the adoption center their temporary home.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. at Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center, 627 Cottage St., Springfield. Pre-registration festivities including Pat Kelly from Lazer 99.3 and special guest Jonathan Hall and Toto the Tornado Kitten.

An expected 300 bikes will leave the shelter at 10:30 a.m. for a scenic ride through Western Mass. that ends at the Polish American Club, 139 Southwick St., Feeding Hills. Riders and guests will enjoy a post-ride party featuring food, live music by Tough Customer, raffles, and — new this year — a classic car show. Car enthusiasts are invited to come out and show off their vehicles.

Registration is $25 per adult rider and free for children under age 7. For those individuals who would like to attend the after party, tickets are available for $15 per person.

“Ride Like an Animal” is sponsored by Chicopee Charitable Foundation, Colonial Tire and Brake Center, Florence Bank, Freedom Credit Union, Southampton Harley Davidson of Southampton, Teddy Bears Pools & Spas, and Wizard Auto Body. Special thanks to the members of the Iron Order International Motorcycle Club for their help organizing this event.

The Foundation for TJO Animals is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports and enhances the medical services and enrichment programs for the animals at Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center. For more information, contact the Foundation for TJO Animals at (413) 306-5161 or [email protected].

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