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‘Pedal for Paws’ to Steer Cyclist around Perimeter of U.S.

Posted April 08, 2013, at 7:39 a.m.

Floyd Lampart, NY cyclist and animal lover will be riding through Maine over the next few days, visiting Augusta this evening and visiting Lubec Tuesday night and Wednesday morning on his 12,000 mile bike ride Pedal for Paws. Please let us know if you would like to speak with him by phone, or meet with him if he passes through your area.

Thanks so Much

Kirsten Stuart

IMMEDIATE USE April 5, 2013

‘Pedal for Paws’ to Steer Cyclist around Perimeter of U.S.

Best Friends Animal Society Supporter Passes

through Maine on 12,000-Mile Bike Ride to Benefit Pets

Floyd Lampart is no stranger to long bike rides. He’s covered more than 7,000 miles in two trips across the country and now he’s now begun his longest ride yet.

After six years of planning, the 67-year-old cyclist and animal lover hit the road April 4 from his home in Lake Clear, N.Y. and began a six-month, 12,000-mile ride around the perimeter of the continental United States. Lampart is taking on the challenge hoping to raise more than $100,000 to support two pet projects; make improvements to a local humane society and benefit the new veterinary clinic, which includes a laboratory at Best Friends Animal Society’s animal sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Lampart will arrive in Lubec, Maine, the evening of Tuesday, April 9 and visit the post office Wednesday morning when they open to get the first of four postmarks from the most geographically distant points in the U.S. Wednesday will be day seven of his six-month journey, and the most easternmost stop of the trip.

From there he’ll head south, eventually reaching the post office at Key West, Fla. His intent is to pedal to the four most distant geographical locations in the continental U.S., including La Push, Wash. in the West and Angle Inlet, Minn. in the North.

Lampart chose Best Friends Animal Society because he wanted to “enable the clinic to diagnose and investigate illness more quickly so that all the animals in the Society’s care are healthy, happy and ready for their forever homes.”

Lampart and his wife, Martha, are long-time, loyal donors to the Utah organization and usually visit the Society’s sanctuary in Kanab at least once a year. They have adopted five dogs from Best Friends over the past seven years. His wife jokes that she tries to keep him away from the “Old Friends” area of the sanctuary because he usually finds another dog who “needs him.”

The trip, Lampart admits, is a monster. He plans to cover 75 to 100 miles a day, depending on weather, traffic and other issues such as hills. He’ll stop for the night in places where it is convenient to camp or stay at reasonable motels. He will travel alone and unsupported, carrying all his personal items on his bike, including his tent, sleeping bag and clothes.

His three dogs and two cats are home keeping his wife company while he’s on the road.

Follow Lampart’s progress on Facebook and support him by making a donation to Best Friends: https://www.facebook.com/PedalForPawsBikeRideBestFriends

Answers to FAQs about Best Friends Animal Society are available here: http://bestfriends.org/Who-We-Are/Frequently-Asked-Questions/

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society®, is a national animal welfare organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. The society’s leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.

To “like” Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to:

http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BFAS

Contact for more information:

Martha Lampart

Pedal for Paws

518-524-5762

woglebug@roadrunner.com

Temma Martin

Best Friends Animal Society

801-953-8876

temmam@bestfriends.org

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