If your idea of poker and dogs is black-light posters of a cigar-chomping bull dog and his buddies playing cards, then it's time to think again.
PAWS, an organization started in 1976 to help animals, is on its fifth annual motorcycle poker run. This "animal lovin'-poker playin'" event is for two- and four-footed bikers who want to raise money to benefit animals fostered through PAWS, while having some fun riding through scenic roads in the area.
Several Hillcrest residents regularly participate in PAWS events, including more traditional adoption programs through PetSmart in Golden Gate and events at the Polo Fields.
The aims of PAWS are straightforward: "Our group is dedicated to the rescue of pets in Northeastern Ohio. Our mission is to rescue stray and/or abused cats and dogs and place them in good homes. It is a PAWS policy to adopt animals to responsible homes only in the greater Cleveland area. We provide medical care to rescued animals and foster them in our own homes. We also make sure that they are spayed or neutered so that they do not continue the cycle of births that result in more pets than homes.
The advantage of adopting a fostered animal is that we know all about our adoptable pets! They have lived with us and we know their personalities, habits, likes and dislikes. We can help you find the perfect companion for your home and lifestyle! We are a no-kill organization (the only time we euthanize is on the advice of a vet in order to end suffering where no hope of recovery exists). Everything we do is out of love for the animals."
So even if your house is full as a forever home, or a foster home, there are still things you can do. Bring your dog, or bring a friend and head out on the highway.
COMING NEXT WEEK: photos of Canine Fun Days held at the polo fields.