How you can help...
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The Plight of Shelter Animals
California "Desert Training"
Canada "Snow Training"
J. Bradley's Story
Technical Outdoor Resume
Contact PCT for Pets
About the Pacific Crest Trail
Trail Segment Descriptions
Large PCT Map
Hello! My name is J. Bradley Materick and I first want to thank you for taking the time to read this information.
PCT for Pets is a not-for-profit organization that I created in order to complete a simple mission: starting in March, 2004, I will hike the entire length of the 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with my newly adopted dog, Banner, and we will use this adventure to raise awareness and support to benefit pets waiting for adoption in animal shelters nationwide. Of course, since PCT for Pets is composed of just myself and Banner, it will require a tremendous effort and the help of many people to fulfill this mission. We hope you are among those who are willing to support us on this charitable journey!
This web site is designed to answer the question, "WHY?" Why would I want to walk more than 2500 miles from Mexico to Canada? Why do I feel the need to help shelter animals? And why am I sitting here at my computer learning how to build a web site when I could be outside running in the sunshine with Banner?
Well, in fact, Banner is the answer. In September, 2003, I adopted this 3-year-old completely unidentifiable (but very cute!) mutt from the Adirondak Humane Society shelter in Plattsburgh, New York. This decision has radically altered my life in a number of ways, and I am extremely thankful for these positive changes. In searching for a way to express my gratitude that an animal shelter existed to care for Banner until I arrived to adopt him, I struck upon the PCT for Pets idea.
This site tells our story...mine and Banner's. If you find this story compelling...if you can connect with it in some way...perhaps you will consider a donation to PCT for Pets (Click Make a Donation to learn how your donation will benefit shelters and shelter animals). It will lighten our steps along the trail to know that we have the support of so many people behind us...
If you have any questions, click on our signatures (right) to send us an email.
Click here to read our Story...
Thank you for your time and attention!