PAWS on Wheels spins to success

More than 60 cyclists raised money for the Protection of Animal Welfare Society on Sunday.

The PAWS on Wheels fundraiser on Sunday, which drew more than 60 cyclists, raised money for the Protection of Animal Welfare Society, a not-for-profit organization.

Two of PAWS’s four founders, Susanna Gatta, left, and Alex Stewart.
Two of PAWS’s four founders, Susanna Gatta, left, and Alex Stewart.

Organizers said money raised would go to pet owners in need, the spay-and-neuter program, community dog washes, and boarding kennels built by inmates at Northward Prison.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities met at the Lighthouse restaurant for either a 10-mile route to North Side and back, or a 21-mile loop around East End. Much the same as last year, most cyclists chose to complete the East End loop, including a 9-year-old, who organizers said was the youngest person to complete the circuit.

After the ride, cyclists enjoyed a continental breakfast at the Lighthouse. Restaurant owners Giuseppe and Susanna Gatta are two of the founders of PAWS in 2010, along with Alex Stewart and Marleine Gagnon. This year’s participants also had the option to buy commemorative PAWS cycle jerseys designed by Michael Testori.

“The jerseys were hugely popular with the cyclists,” Mr. Gatta said.

The event ended with a raffle of gift certificates courtesy of local restaurants and businesses. The grand raffle prize was a bicycle donated by Vico Testori. The event was also sponsored by several local businesses and individuals.

“We are grateful for the continued financial support of the local community and for all of the volunteers who give of their time,” Mr. Gatta said.

To learn more about PAWS, visit the organization’s Facebook page or call Mr. Gatta at 916-1731.

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