Bikes and BBQ fundraiser held for dog rescue

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The first time around, the Bikes, Barks and Bar-B-Q fundraiser was a last-minute thing.

"We planned the whole thing in three weeks," Gwinnett County Judge Carla Brown said. "And it was amazing."

This time the planning was a little more involved, and the second annual motorcycle ride and barbecue event to raise money for Brown's Canine Pet Rescue hopes to draw an even bigger crowd.

The motorcycle ride will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Gwinnett County Detention Center and end at Big Sky Farm in Dacula, where the rescue is based. Open to anybody, the barbecue will begin at noon and include food for $10 a plate, dog demonstrations, raffles, a silent auction and adoptions.

Focused primarily on German shepherd rescue around the metro Atlanta area, Canine Pet Rescue adopted 85 dogs out in 2011 and saved many more via transfer to other rescues. CPR built a new kennel in November, but there's still construction to be done and medical bills alone are expected to approach $40,000 this year, Brown said.

Last year about 70 bikers participated in the ride, and organizers are hoping for even more Saturday.

"If the weather cooperates, we anticipate having at least that many," said CPR volunteer Wanda Johnson.

Big Sky Farm is located at 2625 Jones Phillips Road in Dacula. For more information, visit caninepetrescue.com.