By Tamas Mondovics

hawgs for dawgsharleylogoHarley Davidson of Brandon was pleased to join forces with Animal Based Charities, Inc. (ABC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in order to host Hawgs for Dawgs, a pet-friendly pet adoption party to benefit homeless pets throughout Tampa Bay.

“We are glad to be able to participate and give Animal Based Charities our support,” said Brandon Harley-Davidson Marketing Director, Meri Beth Dudich. “Many of our riders are animal lovers and many of them take their animals along when they ride their bikes. Supporting this event is just another way for us to support ABC for all they have done and are doing on behalf of homeless pets.”

Hawgs for Dawgs is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Harley Davidson Riding Academy lot located adjacent to the dealership on 9841 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa.

Animal Based Charities co-founder, Rick Medina, was pleased to have the dealership’s immediate support of the free event, which he said will see 40-50 animal rescue groups from locations near and far presenting 200 to 250 animals hawgs for dawgsABClogoready for adoption.

“The dealership fell in love with the idea of bringing the event to Brandon and we are very thankful for their support and generosity,” Medina said, adding that the event will allow visitors to enjoy food, vendors, raffles and prizes, a local DJ as well as line dancing lessons.

Medina also emphasized that ABC’s mission is to support animal rescue groups with their fund-raising efforts, media awareness and adoption-event exposure.

“We provide the groups with these tools so they can concentrate on what they do best, which is rescue and adoption,” he said. “Animal Based Charities was founded in 2009 and was created so we could personally keep our commitment to save the lives of so many loving pets.”

Since its inception five years ago, ABC, which covers all the expenses of each event it hosts, has given close to 100,000 pounds of food to rescue groups and have helped find permanent homes for more than 4,500 animals.

For more information about Animal Based Charities and the upcoming event, visit


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