By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Vanessa Irizarry is on a mission with the Friends of Brevard North Animal Care and Adoption Center, Inc.
"We want to bring awareness to the fact that (Brevard County) is not a no-kill area," she said. "We are trying to save as many animals as we can. That's why we want to build a no-kill shelter."
On Saturday, Sept. 28, Friends of NACC is sponsoring its first ever Poker Run for no-kill awareness.
The run begins at 9 a.m. at Titusville Chevron on Garden Street, west of I-95.
Ms. Irizarry said the run is designed to bring awareness that Brevard County is still killing animals, due to lack of space, as well as there being a need to educate about no-kill environments.
The run will eventually lead to an after-party at Crackerjack's, which is along the Max Brewer Bridge in Titusville.
The cost to ride is a $10 donation per bike, and a $5 donation per passenger.
Ms. Irizarry also encourages those without motorcycles to ride along in their vehicles.
Ms. Irizarry said the need for a no-kill sanctuary comes for animals that end up in Brevard, as well as those native to it.
"We recently got an animal that ended up at the shelter that was stolen from California," she said. "It was a 2,700-mile journey for 'Smoke,' the cat, who ended up in Florida."
Friends of Brevard NACC is a nonprofit designed to help animals, who have found themselves wards of the local, open-admission animal shelter and to provide as many animals as possible with a future through networking to potential adopters and rescuers.
Ms. Irizarry said the organization hopes to develop the sanctuary, as soon as enough land that is properly zoned is required.
A PayPal account is also set up at www.friendsofbrevardnacc.com for donations.
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