By Charlene Dean
West Star Animal Rescue is calling all animal lovers to participate in a first-ever scavenger hunt and bike and car show to benefit its shelter on Manse Road.
The event is one of the only fundraisers West Star sponsors to help raise money for vet and food bills.
Organizer Teri Zeitler said the event is set up to include as many participants as possible.
Bikes and cars from both Pahrump and Las Vegas will register for the scavenger hunt at 8 a.m.
Pahrump participants will register at Enck’s Auto Repair on Mesquite Avenue. Those in Las Vegas will register at Red Rock Harley-Davidson on South Rainbow Boulevard. Registration is $25 per vehicle and passengers are free.
The hunt begins at registration, and goes like this:
Winning scores will be determined on points accumulation for each item found. Zeitler said the items are small and meant not to encumber those on bikes.
Participants will be given a clue sheet when they register. On it are specific instructions for the scavenger item and a clue where to find it. The clues lead to the next location.
Riders/drivers will also get a cheat sheet, which will be stapled shut. The cheat sheet gives a list of locations for the scavenger hunt and must be turned in at the end of the run. If it has been opened, 50 points will come off of the “cheater’s” total score.
The ride will end at the Last Chance Saloon on Loop Road, where scores will be tabulated, and plaques for first-, second- and third-place will be awarded.
A car and bike show will begin at 12:30 p.m. Registration and the show will be at the Last Chance.
Zeitler said categories for both bikes and cars have been established. For bikes are: stock, modified, full custom, vintage (1947 or older), trikes and choppers. Cars can enter categories for: rat rods and rock-a-billy, hot rods (1948 or older), street rods (1949 and newer) and trucks.
The entry fee for the show is $10 and judging will begin around 1:30 p.m. Plaques will be awarded for each category.
West Star, a no-kill shelter, was established in 1995 and received its nonprofit status in 2002.
The rescue feeds about 400 pounds of dry dog food per week; 10 cases of canned cat food and about 40 pounds of dry cat food. The bills are getting higher.
Despite the cost of adoption being $100 per animal, the cost of getting an animal ready for adoption is higher and those costs are absorbed by the shelter.
Most dogs and cats come to the rescue with no history and each one must be checked for spay/neuter and/or have the surgery before it leaves the shelter. Vet bills are inevitable.
The non-profit also has a thrift store at 780 E. Manse Road. Donations of good, clean, useable items are welcome as are thin blankets and food. The hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.