Atlanta Humane Society Revs Up for the 5th Annual "Leader of the Pack" Motorcycle Benefit Ride to Boost Support for the Animal Charity

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Georgia bikers shift into high gear to save the lives of Atlanta's furriest friends with raffle-supported pet donations.

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We hope to celebrate the ride's fifth year as our most successful to date, with hundreds of riders hitting the road to help raise pet donations and funds for the many AHS homeless pets in need.

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The Atlanta Humane Society, a reputable animal charity and educational organization, is proud to host its 5th Annual "Leader of the Pack" Benefit Ride on September 14, 2008, as motorcycle riders from Georgia and across the southeast go "hog wild" to save the lives of Atlanta's most deserving orphaned pets. The ride is one of the largest fundraising efforts of the AHS, which relies solely on pet donations from the community and large events - like "Leader of the Pack" - to help source the year-round placements of homeless animals into safe, loving, forever homes.

"Over the past four years, the 'Leader of the Pack' motorcycle ride has generated significant amounts of support and donations for the Atlanta Humane Society shelter programs and services," said Atlanta Humane Society President, Carl Leveridge. "We hope to celebrate the ride's fifth year as our most successful to date, with hundreds of riders hitting the road to help raise pet donations and funds for the many AHS homeless pets in need."

The annual "Leader of the Pack" animal charity event will begin with a pre-party celebration - featuring rock group, The Hotrods Band, at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta in Lithia Springs, GA - and wind through 40 scenic miles of Douglas County. All riders and riding enthusiasts are invited to participate in the animal rescue fundraiser, and all motorcycle models are welcome. Post-ride event activities will include contests, raffle drawings, adoptable animals, and music from the Billboard singles chart topping group, State of Man. Day-of registration begins at 1:00 p.m., and the ride takes place at 3:00 p.m. A minimum $35 ride entry fee is required (plus optional $5 passenger fee) - which includes an event T-shirt and goodie bag - but participants are encouraged to put their best paw forward and collect additional pet donations for the animal charity from family, friends, and co-workers.

By visiting the Atlanta Humane Society Web site at, riders can design a personalized online pledge page as a creative and easy way to maximize pet donations. They can also pre-register on the site for a discounted entry fee rate of $25. Pre-registration ends Friday, Sept. 12, at 12:00 p.m.

This year's animal charity ride also follows on the heels of the Harley-Davidson V-ROD Raffle Tour, which has visited "Bike Nights" across metro Atlanta. A raffle drawing will take place at the Taco Mac After-Party in Douglasville, GA between 4:00-7:00 p.m., where one lucky winner will receive a brand new 2008 Harley-Davidson V-ROD motorcycle. Raffle tickets are available on the AHS Web site or at the shelter between now and Sept. 14 for $20 a pop, or six for $100. Tickets to this annual animal charity event will no longer be available to purchase once 2,000 are sold.

The AHS is greatly depending on the Atlanta community to make its 5th Annual "Leader of the Pack" a huge success and encourages everyone - riders and non-riders alike - to start their engines in leading the pack to help animals and support the animal charity! One hundred percent of all proceeds and contributions generated from this year's ride and raffle will benefit the adoptable homeless pets at the Atlanta Humane Society. For more information about "Leader of the Pack," the Atlanta Humane Society, or contributing to the pet donations fund online, please visit, or call 404-875-5331.

About the Atlanta Humane Society:
Founded in 1873, the Atlanta Humane Society and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc. is the oldest private non-profit animal welfare organization in Atlanta and one of the oldest humane agencies in America. Services such as Canine Play Yard, spay/neuter, pet adoption, a regional food bank program, dog training, pet facilitated therapy, animal behavior hot-line, and charitable veterinary clinic are made possible by generous contributions of time and money from the public. The organization's mission is to prevent neglect, abuse, cruelty, and exploitation of animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely protected by an aware and caring society. For more information about the Atlanta Humane Society, visit, or call 404-875-5331.


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