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Animal adopters rev up their hogs to head to the pig roast in Manchester. Courtesy photo.




Cruisin’ For Critters

When: Saturday, Aug. 2. Ride registration starts at 8 a.m.; pig roast starts at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Ride start: Manchester Harley, 115 John E. Devine Drive, Manchester; pig roast: The Alpine Club, 175 Putnam St., Manchester.
Cost: $25 per rider, $15 per passenger; pig roast is $15 per person
Call: 628-3544
Email: manchesteranimalshelter.org

 





Eat, play, love
Manchester Animal Shelter revs up adoption event

07/31/14



 Hogs (as in motorcycles), pig (on a plate) and dogs (to play with) — they’re all part of Cruisin’ 4 Critters, a motorcycle run and pig roast hosted by the Manchester Animal Shelter Saturday, Aug. 2.

“There are lots of motorcycle riders that are big supporters of the animal shelter, so [the event] was a way to include them too,” said Martha Frechette, a volunteer at the animal shelter. “We have a wine and chocolate event which is very upscale [and a] silent auction event which is not necessarily what a biker would go to. [Bikers] want to help out too.”
The shelter has teamed up once again with Manchester Harley Davidson for the motorcycle run, which starts at 10 a.m. Riders will follow a police escort for 60 miles of summertime cruising across nine different towns.
But it’s not just about the bikers — the event also offers something for families who are looking for some backyard-style fun. At the Alpine Club on the West Side of Manchester, the ending location of the motorcycle run, the animal shelter will be hosting its annual pig roast starting at 12:30 p.m. Frechette said that since pig roasts are pretty occasional around New Hampshire, the meal is suppose to signify that the event is more than just a basic “burgers and ‘dogs” afternoon.
“It’s a big draw for people. Not many people get to attend a pig roast every day,” said Frechette. “If we had hamburgers and hot dogs, it doesn’t seem as important. We have volunteers that do the catering and cook for us, and we also have vegetarian options because some of our staff are vegetarians. Pappy’s Pizza is helping out, and lots of volunteers are making salad and baked goods.”
Frechette says the Alpine is also hosting a series of backyard sports tournaments, including games like horseshoes and cornhole. The tournaments cost $5 per participant, and the winner will receive half the total winnings while the other half goes toward the shelter.
The stars of the event, though, are some of the dogs from the shelter.
“The dogs are the reason people really come,” said Frechette. “[In the past] people have come to the event to meet and play with the dogs and fall in love with them. Some have come to the shelter later that same day to adopt. Even if one dog gets adopted that day, that’s great.” 
 
As seen in the July 31, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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