40 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 17th May tens of thousands of Australians 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.
There are 87 walk locations in Australia this year so simply visit www.millionpawswalk.com.auand find the walk location closest to you. This year RSPCA Qld is hoping to raise $550,000 for animals in need. Nearly 45,000 animals pass through RSPCA Qld Animal Care Centres every year and over 18,000 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 desexed 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.
This year the RSPCA Queensland is encouraging Million Paws Walk participants to try and raise $500 each. “Our annual operating costs are just under $39 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.