A patter of a million paws will hit pavements this Sunday 19 May which marks the 25th anniversary of Australia’s biggest doggy day out—RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk.
The animal welfare charity’s largest annual fundraiser will take place in 75 locations across Australia to raise funds to help end animal cruelty.
In Sydney alone, 8000 dogs and their 6000 owners are expected to show their support on the day.
“The Million Paws Walk brings people and pups together to raise money to help end animal cruelty,” RSPCA NSW acting community fundraising manager Danielle Cameron said.
“It’s also a fantastic day out filled with colour, dogs of every shape, breed and size imaginable, plenty of fun activities and prizes, and wonderful people who are all there to support an incredibly worthy mission—saving the lives of injured, sick and neglected animals.”
The money raised will keep RSPCA rescue shelters operating and inspectors on the road investigating cruelty cases. It will provide for community education programs and services to break cycles of abuse and neglect.
Last financial year, RSPCA NSW helped care for over 32,000 animals, investigated over 15,000 cases of cruelty and successfully prosecuted 43 cases.