Five-year-old retriever Barlow may be a dog with a disability, but that won’t stop him putting his best paw forward for this year’s RSPCA WA Million Paws Walk - even if he’ll be doing so with the help of four wheels. 

A much-loved three-legged member of Mount Pleasant’s Zylstra family, Barlow will be completing his third Million Paws Walk fundraiser on Sunday 15 May, in a bid to help raise funds for all creatures great and small. 

Barlow - who is named after Dockers footballer Michael Barlow - was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, and had his front leg amputated to save his life. 

Owner Robyn Zylstra explains that although Barlow is now cancer free, he gets tired easily, which is why he has his own trolley to get around. 

“As a family, we are still determined to take part in this year’s Million Paws Walk, and of course Barlow will be with us, so he’ll be participating in his very own trolley,” she said. 

“Barlow is incredibly loved by all of our family, including our children and his grandparents, and we’re all keen supporters of the RSPCA because of the work they do in rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs, and other animals who aren’t as fortunate as Barlow.” 

RSPCA WA’s Million Paws Walk will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Anyone who would like to participate can register by going to: Early bird rates are available from now until April 8, 2016. 

RSPCA WA Executive Manager, Community Engagement Maree Daniels said the Million Paws Walk event had attracted tens of thousands of dog lovers and RSPCA supporters over the past 20 years. 

“It is record breaking to see almost 3000 who will be participating in the walk within the first two weeks of launching our 20th anniversary Million Paws Walk. More than half of them have participated in our walk before but as the buzz spreads far and wide, there are more than a thousand newbies who are just waiting to combine fun with a good cause,” said Ms Daniels. 

“Each year we have all sizes and shapes of dogs take part, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes, it’s just a fantastic event and it’s a time when all dog lovers can come together to fight animal cruelty; we are so grateful to have so much support in the community.” 

RSPCA WA relies on donations and community support to generate more than 90% of the funds required to sustain its animal protection work, as only six percent is covered by a grant from the State Government. 


  • A walk to raise funds to fight animal cruelty 

  • 2016 will be the 20th anniversary for Million Paws Walk in Western Australia 

  • Get involved by Registering for the walk; Fundraising for the welfare of animals; and Spreading the news on social media 

  • Held on Sunday 15 May 2016, the flagship WA Million Paws Walk event will be held at Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth with a number of regional walks across regional WA 

  • For more information visit or email or call 9209 9343 

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