St. Patty’s Poker Run returns to support the Humane Society of Sarasota County

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – More than 100 motorcycles hit the streets of Sarasota and Manatee County over the weekend.

Racers here rev their engines in the 23rd Annual St. Patty’s Poker Race to help dogs and cats find new homes.

Motorcycle clubs across the region return year after year to support human society because they understand the importance of giving animals the help they need.

Fundraising typically earns around $4,000 a year. It’s a modest sum, but it still provides more medicine and other necessities that animals need to stay healthy.

It brings them a little closer to finding a new home.

“I’ve been an animal person all my life,” said Rory MacConnell, international vice president of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. “What they do with the animals and to help keep them healthy too. A lot of them are off the streets and we need them.

On four legs and two wheels. You might call it a perfect pair for motorcycle clubs looking to do some good.

“We give motorcycles a good name because we actually volunteer and ride,” said David Ragland, Manasota HOG chapter secretary. “That’s our whole mission, it’s to ride and help.”

The Humane Society of Sarasota also wants to remind people that you don’t need a special event to help.

If you would like to adopt an animal, you can find out how to do so by clicking here.

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