Get ready, set, walk!

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In the lead-up to next month’s Million Paws Walk to fight animal cruelty, RSPCA is issuing a challenge to dog owners (and their pooches) to walk a ‘million paws’ in just one month.

The Million Paws Challenge kicks off on Thursday 20 April where participants can set their own fitness and fundraising goals before taking part in the main event on Sunday 21 May.

“The challenge introduces an element of competition to help motivate people to reach their fundraising goals, as well as important exercise goals for them and their four-legged friends,” said Josie Sullivan, RSPCA South Australia Million Paws Walk coordinator.

“It’s also a great way for people and their dogs who aren’t able to make the physical walk on the day to get involved.”

RSPCA has teamed up with FitBark for this year’s challenge. The new technology enables owners to track their dogs’ activity by attaching a small sensor to their collar which sends data on their behaviour, activity and sleeping patterns to a mobile app.

“We know Australians love their dogs, but we’re not exactly leading the pack when it comes to exercising our dogs,” said Fitbark’s senior veterinary advisor, Dr Patricia Santos-Smith.

“Data from Fitbark shows that of the countries sampled, Australian dogs were the 10th most active in the world—ahead of the United States, but behind Switzerland, Great Britain and Germany (with the top three most active dogs respectively).”

To take part in the challenge, participants should register here and set a fitness and fundraising goal.

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