It's a Wrap, Part Two
October 24, 2016
BENEFITING: ALLIANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Since the Ironman 70.3 Muncie was so succesful I have decided to enter the 2016 Ironman Louisville race on October 9th. Crowdwise tells me the initial fundraiser doesn't go away so I have made a couple revisions to the title but the goal to raise money for ARPO remains the same. To those that donated previously thank you and please feel free to donate again!
The following is from the initial fundraiser:
Some of you may have heard, read or even watched coverage of the Ironman World Championships from Kona, Hawaii. I know that I enjoy watching NBC's yearly coverage of the race and I am amazed and inspired by athletes of all abilities, shapes and sizes (some even bigger than my brothers!!) completing a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run (140.6 total miles) in one day. Each year I would ask myself, "Can I do that?" Each year the question would go unanswered. This year I have taken the first step in answering that question. Realizing that I have limited swimming skills, coupled with the fact that I have never completed a single triathlon, let alone a full Ironman distance triathlon, I have substituted Kona, Hawaii for the comforts of Muncie, Indiana and will be joining 2,000 other athletes in competing in the Ironman 70.3 Muncie (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run = 70.3 miles a/k/a Half Ironman) on July 9, 2016. PLEASE READ ON. I have decided to give my race meaning, by using the opportunity to raise funds for the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership ("ARPO")(http://adoptarpo.org/). ARPO was conceived in 1998 by a group of Indianapolis citizens concerned about the continuing high rate of euthanasia in our city. ARPO seeks to unite animal-related businesses and organizations in central Indiana for the purpose of promoting responsible pet ownership and decreasing the number of companion animals surrendered to shelters. ARPO is funded solely by donations and is staffed entirely by volunteers. ARPO does not have a shelter, so all of its adoptable animals are housed in temporary foster homes until loving permanent homes are found. While there are many similar organizations out there, ARPO holds a special place in our heart as it was responsible for Kate and I becoming "Foster Failures." In 2012, Kate and I learned that an irresponsible owner of three dogs was planning on moving - without the dogs as they were to be surrendered to a shelter for what was likely a death sentence. Kate intervened, brought the dogs to Indianapolis and with the assistance of ARPO was able to find foster homes for two of the three dogs. The third dog ended up being fostered by Kate and I even though we already had two dogs at home. We nursed the pup back to health as she was infected with fleas, hook worms and she also had a cyst on her tummy that was eventually surgically removed. This pup quickly worked her way into our hearts and in less than a week we had filled out the adoption papers. We had officially become Foster Failures. We celebrate this time as our pup's "Rebirthday." Since 1998, ARPO has facilitated the adoption of 5,151 pets! Remember this is an organization that is funded solely by donations and staffed entirely by volunteers! I have set what I believe to be a modest goal of $1,000 in an effort to help further ARPO's efforts (see ARPO's Mission Statement below). I hope that you will find a way to help reach this goal! ARPO MISSION STATEMENT To encourage and assist existing and future pet owners in providing a good quality life for their pets. To temporarily shelter stray, abandoned, neglected, abused and surrendered cats and dogs in a clean, comfortable, and safe environment while providing the best quality of life and medical care possible. To facilitate the adoption of these companion animals into stable, loving homes. To promote pet ownership as a lifetime commitment. To cooperate with other animal-related organizations for the purpose of reducing the population of unwanted cats and dogs through adoption, spay/neuter and educational programs. To further educate the public regarding the important benefits of the human/companion animal bond. To promote respect for creatures of all species.