Brevard Humane Society welcomes motorcyclists for poker run
By Brittany Ó Ruacháinn For Hometown News
BREVARD COUNTY — Looking for something to do this weekend? The Brevard Humane Society is bringing back its 26th annual Critter Run, a motorcycle poker run that raises funds for a good cause.
For $10 per hand, participants can win cash prizes for holding the best or worst hand. Plus, the nonprofit is offering prizes for mystery hands.
Riders who donate an item from the shelter’s wish list (found at its website), will receive an extra playing card.
The poker run will begin at 10 a.m. and the last bike out will be at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Brevard Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa.
The final stop on the run will be at H&D Roadhouse, 1811 E. Merritt Island Causeway. The restaurant will have food, a live band, vendors and door prizes in a family-friendly setting.
Although advertised as a motorcycle run, other vehicles are welcome to participate.
“It’s such a fun event to get on your motorcycle and take a nice ride through the countryside,” said Theresa Clifton, executive director of the Brevard Humane Society. “It raises a little money for the animals as well, and everybody has a good time.”
Proceeds raised will go directly to helping new intakes at the shelter, covering the cost of heartworm medications and any medical issue that gets discovered on arrival.
As a no-kill-for-space shelter, the Brevard Humane Society is dedicated to providing shelter, food, veterinary care, and love to the animals it brings in. The shelter has been around for more than 50 years, serving the animals of Brevard County and other areas.
That also means the building being used for the care of its animals could use a few upgrades, too.
Clifton shared that the nonprofit is closer to its fundraising goal of $3 million to rebuild the facility. Thanks to the generosity from its most recent Tuxes and Tails Gala, the humane society has so far raised $2.2 million.
“This has been a labor of love,” Clifton said. “It’s taken us three or four years now and I’m super happy that it’s coming together. We’re close enough now that I’m starting on the detailed stuff so we can start drawing for permits.”
Clifton is hopeful that the shelter can break ground by January 2025.
To learn more about this event, visit https://brevardhumanesociety.org or call (321) 302-4828.