Ten States in Ten Days -- A Motorcyclist Rides into Town in Support of Needy Animals

Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a haven for 12 species of abused and neglected farm animals in upstate New York, has support that comes in many forms. Today, The Strong in Spirit cross-country motorcycle trip will be added to the list as David DiNicola, of Middlefield, NY, rides his motorcycle across the U.S. to honor the memory of his rescued German Shepherd Kadee and to raise money for Catskill Animal Sanctuary and the Berkshire Humane Society.

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Seeing the trust and strong spirit displayed by rescued animals at Catskill Animal Sanctuary reminded DiNicola of his own rescued dog. “What these folks do to turn broken lives around is amazing,” he said. “I had to help.”

Saugerties, NY (PRWEB) August 13, 2011

Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a haven for 12 species of abused and neglected farm animals in upstate New York, has support that comes in many forms. Today, The Strong in Spirit cross-country motorcycle trip will be added to the list as David DiNicola, of Middlefield, NY, rides his motorcycle across the U.S. to honor the memory of his rescued German Shepherd Kadee and to raise money for Catskill Animal Sanctuary and the Berkshire Humane Society.

DiNicola departs Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and will follow historic Route 50 (“the backbone of America”) through 10 states in 10 days. His stops include: Shippensburg, PA (Aug. 13); Bridgeport, WV (Aug. 14); Lawrenceburg, IN (Aug. 15); Jefferson City, MO (Aug. 16); Newton, KS (Aug. 17); Pueblo, CO (Aug. 18); Clifton, CO (Aug. 19); Ely, NV (Aug. 20); Reno, NV (Aug. 21); and Eureka, CA (Aug. 22). In Eureka, he will spread KaDee's ashes.

DiNicola first became involved with Catskill Animal Sanctuary after reading “Where the Blind Horse Sings,” the acclaimed book by the organization's director and founder, Kathy Stevens. The book compelled him to visit the sanctuary where he met Atlas, a goat who walks with the assistance of wheels, much like his dog KaDee who used wheels to walk after a disease left her partially paralyzed. Seeing the trust and strong spirit displayed by rescued animals at Catskill Animal Sanctuary reminded DiNicola of his own rescued dog. “What these folks do to turn broken lives around is amazing,” he said. “I had to help.”

An avid biker, DiNicola decided that a marathon motorcycle trip was the obvious way for him to commemorate the life of his long-time companion and to raise funds to help other rescued animals. All funds raised will be split between Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Berkshire Humane Society, the shelter from which DiNicola adopted KaDee. DiNicola hopes to raise $100,000.

“David's commitment to doing this grueling cross-country trip to support our rescued animals is inspiring,” says Stevens. “He shows us that each of us can truly make a difference. The animals are lucky to have a man like him on their side.”

Check out David, KaDee, and Atlas tooling around on their respective wheels at http://ow.ly/6217B, and to learn more please visit casanctuary.org/events/strong-in-spirit/.

Located in New York’s Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a 100-acre haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS offers innovative programs that educate the public about the devastating impacts of factory farming and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people, and the planet we share. Since 2001, CAS has rescued over 2,000 desperately needy animals, and has worked with law enforcement to bring animal abusers to justice. Founder and Director Kathy Stevens, is the author of Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary and Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope From Rescued Farm Animals. She also blogs for The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com/kathy-stevens). To learn more, go to CASanctuary.org.

CONTACT:
Michelle Alvarez
Director of Communications & Outreach
Catskill Animal Sanctuary
917.414.9428
michelle(at)casanctuary(dot)org
casanctuary.org

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