Max and James
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On July 24, James and Sharon Pierce will begin a 500 mile, 7-day journey across the state of Iowa in memory of their dog Max.

The RAGBRAI Journey

RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 41st year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. Learn more at

In 2014, James and Sharon raised $5,000 for Friends of Animal Care and Control in honor of Max. They want to beat that goal for 2015! They've designated an amount for each stop along the way. Help make sure James and Sharon make it to Davenport and donate today!

Raised: $0 Sioux City
Next Stop: $1600 Storm Lake

Hover over each city for more information.

Sioux City | Goal: $800
Storm Lake | Goal: $1600
Fort Dodge | Goal: $2400
Eldora | Goal: $3200
Cedar Falls | Goal: $4000
Hiawatha | Goal: $4800
Davenport | Goal: $5600
James and Sharon celebrate
Cedar Falls
Miles for Max hits the road again

James and Sharon Pierce are getting their tandem bike tuned up and ready to ride across Iowa again. This is the third year they will be joining the thousands of cyclists participating in RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa)—and the third year they will be encouraging people to sponsor them with a donation to Friends in memory of their late cocker spaniel, Max.

Last year, their 471-mile cross-country adventure brought in nearly $5,000 to help Chicago’s neediest animals. We can’t thank them enough for the passion and drive they bring to our organization. Hundreds of adoptable animals from Chicago Animal Care and Control are getting out of the city shelter and into the foster homes they need, thanks to “Miles for Max.” James and Sharon, you have our heartfelt thanks.

FCACC Miles for Max benefits:Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control

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Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (FCACC) is the nonprofit group committed exclusively to helping CACC save the lives of over 23,000 animals that come into custody of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) each year. Founded in 2001, FCACC provides monetary and volunteer services to support special needs not provided by a city agency. FCACC sponsors specialized medical care, manages the volunteer base, grants funding for staff education, works on socialization of court-case and long-term dogs, markets the shelter as a great place to adopt a pet, and most importantly provides a foster program - working closely with the shelter to save those most vulnerable.

FCACC provides help for as many of those unfortunate animals as we possibly by:

  • Gifting the city shelter with monetary resources the city budget doesn’t cover.
  • Providing medical equipment and supplementary care, volunteers and adoption opportunities for CACC animals and those in our foster program.
  • Spreading awareness about Chicago Animal Care and Control and promoting the great animals who are available for adoption there.
  • Fostering the most vulnerable and hard to place.
  • Providing training opportunities.
  • Partnering with other organizations and community partners to advocate for the compassionate treatment of all animals.