Animal Lovers 'Walk the Walk' to Fight Against Animal Cruelty
On Sunday 19 May, thousands of animal lovers across Australia will attend their local RSPCA Million Paws Walk event to take a stand against animal cruelty.
WA’s main event – now in its 23rd year – will take place at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth from 8.30am, with plenty of stalls, entertainment, delicious food, competitions, and, of course, doggy cuddles on offer.
Those outside Perth won’t miss out on the fun, with walks organised in Busselton, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Mundaring, Pingelly, Port Denison, Rockingham, Shark Bay, and, for the first time, Esperance.
RSPCA WA relies on donations and community support to generate more than 90% of the funds required to sustain its animal protection work.
The much-loved annual walk is the charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Money raised through online fundraising, merchandise sales and activities on the day will be used to provide essential care for the thousands of animals that RSPCA WA cares for ever year.
WA’s superstar fundraisers have already banked more than $12,000 to help rescue and rehabilitate animals in need.
Registration for Million Paws Walk 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.
The Perth walk will start at 10.30am and participants 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 Nova 93.7 breakfast presenter Nat Locke.
Comments attributed to RSPCA WA CEO Iain Torrance:
“Million Paws Walk is a fun-filled day out for the whole family, but it means so much more than that to abused, abandoned and neglected animals across WA.
“Last financial year, donations received from events like this helped RSPCA WA investigate over 6,000 cases of cruelty, and impact the lives of more than 10,000 animals.
“This work simply couldn’t continue without the community’s generous support for events like Million Paws Walk. Money raised through fundraising and on the day really will change the lives of animals suffering cruelty and neglect.
“I look forward to standing together with thousands of animal lovers on the day and giving a voice to the victims of cruelty. We are particularly looking forward to all those animals we temporarily cared for to come along with their new owners and celebrate lifesaving work that is only possible with community support.”