"So far, I've paid a visit to no-kill shelters in every other state that I've been to," he said. "It's important for me to see the work they do firsthand."
Abalian is using Firstgiving.com for his campaign. Firstgiving delivers the money directly to the organizations so donors know where their donation is going.
On his website, bikingforanimals.org, there is a state tab, and visitors to the site can click on a specific state and will have the opportunity to donate to an organization within that state.
He is supporting three West Virginia no-kill shelters, including Cause for Paws in Harper's Ferry, Little Victories Animal Rescue Group in Barboursville and Briggs Animal Adoption Center in Charles Town.
Abalian is a Los Angeles native but moved to Poland to be closer to his girlfriend. He has four cats and said his girlfriend shares similar passions.
"She thinks my campaign is great," he said. "She had to stay there because of work obligations, and since I am a self-employed web designer, I just told my clients I was unavailable for three months so I could come to America and do this."
Abalian is jumping between states, living out of his car and oftentimes checking himself into motels.
"I make sure I get eight hours of sleep a night so I am well rested for the rides, he said. "I am staying healthy and making sure I'm drinking plenty of water. It does get tiresome and my body aches a little after each ride, but if I can raise money for a worthy cause, the pain is worth it."
Abalian is a vegan, meaning he doesn't eat meat or other animal products like dairy and eggs. He said he trained for the journey and is beginning to bike with much less pain.
"It was hard at first, but it's a lot easier now," he said. "When I was in New England, I biked up many hills. It's tough to avoid hills up there. My rides in Rhode Island and Connecticut definitely posed great challenges."
Abalian invites people to ride with him. He is tackling Lexington, Ky., today and is slowly working his way westward.
For more information or to contribute to Abalian's campaign, you can visit his website, message Abalian on Facebook or email him at ar...@bikingforanimals.org.
Contact writer John Gibb at john.g...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.