Although you may be familiar with cycling photographer Jonathan Devich's Epic Images on the pages of CyclingNews.com and most other major cycling publications, you probably didn't know that he's a big-time dog lover who's devised a great plan to help the Missouri Humane Society.
And that means you have a chance to win some incredible cycling memorabilia, including the blood-stained, torn jersey from Levi Leipheimer's stage 11 Giro D'italia crash.
This past July, federal authorities broke up the largest dog-fighting ring in U.S. history. It ensnared people operating in five states, including Missouri, where the Humane Society of Missouri took in more than 400 dogs rescued from the ring. But with so many dogs coming into their care at once, the MHS sent out a plea for donations.
“I have three rescue dogs, two of which are pit bulls,” Devich told Lyne Lamoreux of Podium Insight. “I thought the breakup of this ring happening around the same time Michael Vick got signed to a new professional contract was auspicious. Knowing that I would be in Missouri for the Tour, I wanted to do what I could to help. This seemed like a great opportunity to mobilize the cycling community to help the Humane Society of Missouri care for these rescued dogs.”
This is where you come in! Devich's MODogs program will donate 100 percent of his Tour of Missouri print sales to the Missouri Animal Cruelty fund. Moreover, Devich has created a $5 "e-raffle" for some of the amazing donations he's received from the cycling community. Items include:
*Signed Italian National Cyclocross jersey from David Frattini.
*Signed cyclocross jersey from Tim Johnson.
*Signed OUCH-Maxxis jersey from Floyd Landis.
*Signed Jelly Belly jersey from Brad Huff.
*Signed jersey by Tibco's Brooke Miller.
*Signed Columbia-HTC jersey.
*Signed Garmin Slipstream jersey.
*Signed Tour of Missouri yellow jersey.
*Signed Team Type 1 jersey.
*Signed Tour de France KOM jersey from Franco Pellizotti
*Signed Astana team jersey worn by Levi Leipheimer in Giro D'italia crash.
To buy MODogs raffle tickets and purchase Devich’s Tour of Missouri prints, visit www.epicimages.us. For raffle tickets, simply click on the image of the raffle ticket and add as many as you want to your cart. You can purchase raffle tickets throughout the Tour of Missouri. Prizes will be awarded during the week following the Tour of Missouri.
These contributions are greatly needed for the care and rehab of hundreds of mistreated animals.