Dog owners will be out in force for the Million Paws Walk this weekend.
Dog owners will be out in force for the Million Paws Walk this weekend. John McCutcheon

A million paws set to walk on Sunday

FIFTY years ago the Rolling Stones sang about the virtues of "walking the dog".

Every year since, millions of people worldwide have walked their dogs in an effort to keep themselves and their pooches healthy.

This Sunday more than 25,000 Queenslanders and their dogs will be doing just that by joining the RSPCA's 21st Million Paws Walk to show their support and raise money for animals in need.

Million Paws Walk is RSPCA Queensland's biggest and most important fundraising event of the year and the Sunshine Coast will bet onboard with a walk in Noosaville.

More than 45,000 animals pass through RSPCA Qld Animal Care Centres every year and more than 16,000 are dogs that have been surrendered, abandoned or seized by inspectors.

These dogs are not as fortunate as your family pet.

They often need to be de-sexed and vaccinated before they have the chance to find a new home.

The money raised through the RSPCA Million Paws Walk enables these dogs to receive daily care, veterinary treatment and funds rehoming programs.

The cost to our community for these animals in need is in the millions.

Even if you don't have a dog, you can still join a walk and raise vital funds. Money raised through online fundraising, the sale of merchandise and activities on the day will help to fund our critical work.

This year the RSPCA Queensland is encouraging Million Paws Walk participants to try and raise $500 each.

"Our annual operating costs are just under $45 million in Queensland and we receive less than 1% percent of that figure in government funding. So every cent raised helps," RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty said.

The Million Paws Walk will be held at Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville at 10am Sunday, with registrations from 8am.

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