Pedaling4Paws participants cycling 500 miles to benefit animal shelters

Posted: 2:16 PM EDT Jun 18, 2013   Updated: 5:59 PM EDT Jun 18, 2013

A group of bicyclists has hit the road for a 500-mile trip to benefit select animal shelters.

One of the lucky shelters is the Animal Rescue League in Cumru Twp., Berks Co., where the group, Pedaling4Paws, took a break Tuesday morning on its way from West Chester to Ogdensburg, N.Y.

"This is called Pedaling4Paws. It's our fifth annual ride. It's a five-day, 500-mile bike ride. It benefits animal shelters along the way. It benefits 15, 16 and actually 17 shelters that we support," said Viktor Ohnjec, founder.

The group raised more than $17,000 last year. Organizers said they hope to top $25,000 this year.