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Hog Heaven to host Save a Dog, Ride a Hog fundraiser

Hooch is just one of the dogs in the care of the Tuscarawas County Humane Society. He seeks an active home where he can run and play.


Motorcycles, barbecue and animals in need come together for the Save a Dog, Ride a Hog fundraiser for the Tuscarawas County Humane Society Saturday, June 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is held outdoors at Hog Heaven restaurant in New Philadelphia.
Save a Dog, Ride a Hog is organized this year by Sarah Keplinger of the TCHS. “This is about the fifth year for this event,” she said. “There will be a lot going on to make sure everyone has a good time while raising money for a great cause.”
A special pulled pork barbecue menu will be featured, with proceeds from the event menu benefitting TCHS.
“We’ll have live music with the Kodachrome Babies onstage,” Keplinger said.
Items to be raffled include 15 baskets filled with goodies. “There are lottery tickets to be raffled, a tent, Victoria’s Secret gift cards and quite a few things like that, and then of course there are the cash raffles,” said Keplinger.
Winning raffle ticket holders have a chance at winning a $500 prize, or one of two $250 prizes. “You have to be present to win the full cash amount,” said Keplinger. “If you aren’t present for the drawing, we’ll mail out half the amount after the event.” Raffle tickets are $10 each.
T-shirts marking the event will be available at $15. Save a Dog, Ride a Hog will be held rain or shine, with tents available for shelter in case of bad weather.
“Of course,” Keplinger said, “bikers of every kind are very welcome to attend and help out animals in need.”
The Tuscarawas County Humane Society has constant and expensive needs to be met every day. From veterinary bills to food and bedding, maintaining funding is a key, ongoing task for the society. Keplinger said funds raised from Save a Dog, Ride a Hog will be used for emergency or unexpected expenses.
“For example,” she said, “we’ve just had one of our large exhaust fans fail, and that will be an unexpected expense for sure.” Keplinger said a dog also recently arrived at the shelter with a serious bone fracture, which represented a larger than expected veterinary bill.
Keplinger said the shelter is currently providing safe temporary housing for 20-25 dogs, approximately 70 cats, a horse and two Vietnamese pot bellied pigs. “We take any domesticated animal at the Humane Society,” she said.
Volunteers are also always needed. “We have a fantastic volunteer base of active, caring people,” said Keplinger. “But we can always use more help.”
Cash donations may be made to the shelter at any time.
The Tuscarawas County Humane Society is at 1432 Tall Timber Road Northeast in New Philadelphia. Hours are Tuesday 1-7 p.m., closed Thursday, and open all other days 1-4 p.m. Call 330-343-6060 for more information. The website is at www.tuschumanesociety.com. Hog Heaven is at at 1290 W. High Ave., New Philadelphia

Published: June 15, 2017
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