Put your best paw forward at charity walk

Published 5:00am 6 May 2023

Put your best paw forward at charity walk
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Moreton Bay dog owners and their four-legged friends are being encouraged to grab the lead and enjoy a leisurely walk to help raise funds for the RSPCA as part of this year’s Million Paws Walk.

This year’s walk will be held at Sweeney Reserve in Petrie on Sunday, May 28, and is expected to draw a big crowd of animal lovers.

This will be the first year the event has returned in its entirety since the Coronavirus pandemic, with nine walks to be held across the state. In previous years, the event was either cancelled or virtual events were held.

How your donation helps

In 2022, close to 20,000 dogs needed help from the RSPCA. Many were victims of cruelty, bred to turn a profit, or abandoned by their owners.

Last year’s event raised more than $1.3 million, which meant the RSPCA were able to care for 5,174 pups in their shelters for a week.

Organisers are hoping to raise more this year.

As outlined on the Million Paws Walk website, this is how your donation helps:

  • $36 can help provide a dog with a warm bed, love and care for one day in a shelter.
  • $58 can help a shelter dog learn to trust again with specialised training and affection.
  • $90 can help transport injured and abused animals to get medical care.
  • $252 can help the RSPCA care for a dog at one of their shelters for a week.
  • $1008 can help the RSPCA care for a mistreated, abused or abandoned dog at one of their shelters for a month.

Event information

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk will be held on Sunday, May 28 at Sweeney Reserve, located at 1 Old Dayboro Rd, Petrie.

Registration opens at 8.30am and the 4km walk will kick off at 10am.

The day will also feature food vans, market stalls, competitions, games, family entertainment and raffles, all in support of a great cause.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for concession and $15 for children. A family ticket is $55.

For more information or to register, visit the RSPCA Million Paws Walk website.

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