JoyRide Wilton, the town’s new indoor cycling studio, has scheduled its first “spin raiser” in support of Wilton’s cat shelter Animals in Distress. The fun and energetic indoor cycling class led by instructor Stacia Howard will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.. The minimum donation to book a bike is $35 and all funds raised will go to the shelter. Registration has opened now.

Animals in Distress is purely volunteer run and relies exclusively on donations. It is strictly a “no kill” shelter and their mission is to find forever homes for cats that have been displaced. There are many cats looking for good homes that have been with the shelter for more than 2two years. Many of the kittens come to the shelter with heartbreaking circumstances and require costly medical care.

Two local businesses are partnering with JoyRide to help sponsor the event:  JoyRide’s next-door neighbor, Pet Pantry, which is donating a gift basket of raffle items and gift certificates for all riders; and Blue Buffalo, which is headquartered in Wilton Center, is donating a pet products raffle prize, as well as some Buff wearables and PCA ( wrist bands.

“Being a family owned, local, community-based business we are always looking for new and exciting ways to take part in giving back to the community,” said Adam Jacobson, executive vice president of the Pet Pantry Warehouse. “We were thrilled that JoyRide Wilton reached out to us for inclusion in this wonderful event in support of Animals In Distress.”

A spinraiser is an indoor cycling class fundraiser. Riders donate a minimum amount to ride and all funds collected go to the charity that organized the ride. Typically there is a post party or talk after the ride, and JoyRide Wilton has a downstairs lounge designed for this purpose. JoyRide Wilton donates the studio for these events so that charities keep all the funds raised.

“An important part of our mission is community involvement and charity work,” said Amy Pal, owner of JoyRide Wilton and co-owner of JoyRide Ridgefield. “In the Ridgefield studio we raised over $85,000 for local charities in just over a year in business and we want to do the same in Wilton.”

Mindy Feldscher, a volunteer at the shelter and an avid JoyRider is spearheading the event. “I approached JoyRide Wilton to put together the first spinraiser as soon as I heard they were coming to town! I have been riding at JoyRide Ridgefield and have seen the success that organizations have had raising money through spinraisers and thought it would be a great fit for Animals in Distress,” said Feldscher. “We are thrilled to collaborate on this event with JoyRide Wilton and grateful to have other local businesses such as Pet Pantry and Blue Buffalo supporting our cause.”

JoyRide Wilton is located at 3 Godfrey Pl. in the center of Wilton, next door to Pet Pantry Warehouse. JoyRide offers high-energy, calorie-torching, full-body indoor cycling workout led by talented, highly trained and motivating instructors with one goal in mind–to coach riders through an intense workout while having fun. Each 50 minute class is held in a dimly lit studio, with top of the line bikes and a premium sound system. Rides are choreographed to a range of music designed to keep riders focused and entertained.

For more information and to register for the spinraiser visit their website at or call 203.529.5091.