By Noah Alatza
The Humane Society of Hamilton County will present the sixth annual Ruff & Ride fundraiser benefiting the Pets Healing Vets program from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 23.
The motorcycle ride is a police-escorted, 90-minute route through Hamilton County.
“This is one of the many programs we created, facilitate and fund among others we provide the community,” said Rebecca Stevens, president and CEO of the Humane Society for Hamilton County. “Our mission is also focused not just on animals but on trying to improve lives of the people we serve.”
Stevens said people at greater health risk, such as seniors, benefit from the initiative.
“We try to create programs that will offer opportunities,” she said. “Out of all of our programs, this is one of our major events designed to build and raise awareness.”
Stevens said the program is unique.
The fundraiser benefits the Pets Healing Vets Program, which pairs emotional support animals with veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health problems.
“There are other similar programs that pair veterans with pets, but we have designed ours to remove the barriers,” Stevens said.
Stevens said barriers include everything from the cost of an adoption to vaccinations.
This year’s event also kicks off the inaugural VIP night from 6 to 9 p.m. June 22. Both events will be at the new Harley Davidson of Indianapolis dealership in Fishers, 12400 Reynolds Dr. The band Electric Amish will perform.
“We really encourage many people to come and support this great cause,” she said.
Tickets are discounted if purchased in advance. For more, visit hamiltonhumane.com.