WA ANIMAL LOVERS UNITE IN CHALLENGE TO END ANIMAL CRUELTY
On Sunday 21 May, thousands of animal lovers across Australia will attend their local RSPCA Million Paws Walk event in a display of unity in the fight against cruelty to animals.
WA’s flagship event – now in its 21st year – will take place at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth, with eight regional walks organised at various locations between Geraldton, Albany, and Kalgoorlie.
RSPCA WA relies on fundraising and community support to generate more than 90% of the funds required to sustain its animal protection work.
A new concept for the walk “The Million Paws Challenge” has been introduced inviting pet owners to step up and walk one million paws – or 250,000 steps – in the month leading up to the event.
“The new challenge element is a fun and healthy way for animal lovers to get active, set a personal challenge and seek support from friends and family to sponsor them and fundraise for animals desperately in need across our state.” said Maree Daniels, Executive Manager Community Engagement RSPCA WA.
“Walking one million paws in thirty days might be a little ambitious for some but that is the point. It’s certainly not unachievable, so we’re hoping people will really get behind the challenge, enjoy doing it, encourage their friends to support them and ultimately help more animals in need,” Ms Daniels added.
Truman is just one example of an animal that RSPCA WA was able to rescue, rehabilitate and recently rehome thanks to community support.
He was found by an RSPCA Inspector abandoned in a littered Kalgoorlie backyard, curled up in a corner on a freezing drizzly night. He was blind and overweight, suffering from muscle wastage and barely able to move.
Under the care of RSPCA WA, Truman received treatment for cataracts, arthritis and dental issues; and was placed on a healthy diet and exercise plan to shed some weight while building up his strength.
Truman needed to spend almost a year recovering in a foster care home until being adopted by a new loving family in March this year.
“Truman is just one heartwarming example of the many animals we help each and every day because of people in the community who donate and fundraise,” Ms Daniels said.
“Without events such as Million Paws Walk and the generous support of the WA community, dogs like Truman would not get the second chance in life that they so desperately deserve,” Ms Daniels added.
Registration for Million Paws Walk, including the Million Paws Challenge, is available online at www.millionpawswalk.com.au. There’s an option to register individually or as a group, with rewards for reaching fundraising milestones to remind everyone why their support is so important.
Participants at the Perth walk can choose between a 1km, 2.5km or 5km course. On the day there will be a fun doggy obstacle course to navigate as well as a range of other activities to enjoy, including the Vetwest Pet Parade, which will be judged by Network Ten news presenter – Narelda Jacobs.
Food and drinks will be provided by a selection of food vendors, and dogs can enjoy a doggy bath before heading home for a nap.
NOTES FOR THE EDITOR:
- Million Paws Walk is in its 21st year
- Registration fee is $30. Registration fees help towards the cost of running the event. Surplus funds from registration fees, merchandise sales on the day, and online fundraising will go towards RSPCA WA programs, adoption, veterinary services, campaigns and our Inspectorate.
- The Million Paws Challenge is calculated estimating approximately 8300 steps walked over an hour, multiplied by 4 (paws), over 30 days. It is an estimate only and results will vary for each dog and owner.
Nine Million Paws Walk events will be held in Western Australia this year:
- At each event, there are a variety of activities arranged, including dog washes, an obstacle course, free vet health checks, and a range of sponsors’ stalls promoting responsible pet ownership. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase on site.
- For the safety and pleasure of everyone on the day, all dogs must be on a leash at all times. Dogs should be up to date with all their flea and worm treatments and vaccinations. All dogs must be sociable, friendly and non-aggressive. All dogs that are required to wear a muzzle by law must do so. RSPCA WA does not condone the use of choker chains, retractable or multi-dog leads.
- We encourage pet owners to follow “RSPCA WA” on Facebook, and join the “RSPCA WA Million Paws Walk 2017” Facebook event page for regular updates, fundraising tips and news.