RSPCA Qld is calling on all Gympie animal lovers to join in the fun of the 19th annual Million Paws Walk on Sunday, 20 May 2012.
Every year, rain or shine, thousands of animals head to parks all over Australia for the RSPCA’s annual Million Paws Walk. This is the one day of the year that owners and their pets get together to raise money for the work of the RSPCA, which cares for and protects thousands of sick, injured, lost and abandoned animals each year, prosecutes those who neglect and abuse them and plays an active role in educating the public on animal welfare issues. This year RSPCA Qld has a record 30 walk locations across Queensland - more walk venues than any other state.
“We need your help to raise vital funds to assist in caring for more than 18,000 dogs that our Animal Care Centres receive each year. These dogs are not as fortunate as your much loved family pet. They often need to be desexed and vaccinated before they can be put on the road to finding a new home,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty.
Yearly costs involved in caring for these dogs include:
• $360,000 for vaccination medication
• $270,000 to provide heartworm treatment
• $216,000 to provide food and shelter
The Million Paws Walk is designed to be a fun day for the whole family with plenty of activities and entertainment and offers animal lovers the opportunity to meet like-minded people while enjoying a walk. It is also a chance for the RSPCA to provide the community with information about animal welfare issues.
So whether you have a dog or not, you can walk on Sunday 20 May and fundraise to help make a real difference to the lives of these 18,000 dogs. Sign up to attend your local Million Paws Walk event and start fundraising today. Even if you can’t attend a walk, you can still fundraise! Simply create an online fundraising page and ask your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours & classmates to help you reach your target goal. Although people can register on the day, individual walkers and teams are encouraged to register early to receive a discount at www.millionpawswalk.com.au
RSPCA Million Paws Walk – Gympie
What: Fun family day including a 2km walk, barbecue and fun competitions for best dressed dog, dog-owner look-alike and more.
When: Sunday 20 May 2012 (Registration opens at 8.30am, walk starts at 9.00am)
Where: RSPCA Gympie Animal Care Centre, Laurenceson Rd, Gympie
More info: Evelyn Aldridge, 07 5482 9407 or firstname.lastname@example.org
But don’t forget, even if you don’t have a pet, you can still come along for the walk…and the fun!
The RSPCA Qld Million Paws Walk is sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition, Channel 9, FurReal Friends and Dogs Life Magazine.
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