Eric German of Lehigh Township is on a mission, inspired by his passion for dogs and motorcycles.

"Everybody goes through experiences in life and how you deal with it defines you I guess. I turn to motorcycles and dogs," said German.

They're the two things which got him through a tough time in his own life.

"My father died the day before my 19th birthday, he committed suicide and I don't look for sympathy for that but it's why I do what I do," said German.

He's in the running to win the Orange County Choppers "Dream Chopper" contest. The grand prize is a custom bike, and more importantly $10,000, which he's pledged to donate to a special animal shelter.

"I had a connection with dogs for years, since I got my first dog and they're pretty much the only ones I ever really opened up to until recently, that I let myself love and be loved so that's why I want to help them," said German.

That shelter is Logan's Heroes Animal Rescue in Montgomery County, who saved German's newest pup Lincoln after he was abandoned with a broken leg in Alabama. Like other shelters, Logan's Heroes has been hit hard by the pandemic.

"They count largely on donations and events where people show up and with the coronavirus going on people don't want to get together understandably and they just haven't seen any money really coming in to help these dogs," said German.

German is no stranger to helping animals. He's raised more than $60,000 for shelters in Monroe and Carbon Counties through his "Pipes 4 Paws" charity motorcycle rides. Now with your support, he's hoping to help a group that helped one of his best friends.

"It would mean the world. A lot of people are voting for me every day and I'm very grateful for that. I see hundreds of votes coming in every single day and Ineed more because now it's going to be down to the top 50 or so in the world," said German.

You can vote for Eric once a day by clicking the link on the Pipes 4 Paws Facebook page.