Walk your doggie and join a million paws for a cause
FIFTY years ago the Rolling Stones extolled the virtues of "Walking the dog" in song and every year since millions of people worldwide have walked their dogs in an effort to keep themselves and their pooches healthy.
On Sunday 15th May over 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. It's always a great day out with entertainment, food, competitions and prizes.
Million Paws Walk is RSPCA Queensland's biggest and most important fundraising event of the year. There are 22 walk locations in Queensland this year so simply visit www.millionpawswalk.com.au and find the walk location closest to you.
Over 45,000 animals pass through RSPCA Qld Animal Care Centres every year and over 16,000 are dogs that have been surrendered, abandoned or seized by Inspectors. These dogs are not as fortunate as your much loved 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.
You are encouraged to register for your local walk location and start fundraising today 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.
Taking part in the RSPCA Million Paws Walk is a great way to help animals in need. All animal lovers are encouraged to brush off their walking shoes, pull out their pet's leash and bring along their 'best friend' to Australia's leading pet event.
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 one percent of that figure in Government funding. So every cent raised helps," said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty.
How to get involved;
1. Register online
2. Create your online fundraising page
3. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you
Simply follow the links to 'START FUNDRAISING' once you have registered online for your local walk.
But don't forget, even if you don't have a pet, you can still come along for the walk…and the fun!
Walk location: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands
On the day registration opens: 8.30am
Free-range BBQ's, Competitions, Loads of exhibitors, Food stalls & coffee cart, On-stage entertainment, RSPCA stalls, Special 500 Club activities