Animal lovers walk out
PUT your best foot forward for your beloved pets.
This Sunday, all Whitsunday dog owners are encouraged to join the Million Paws Walk and bring along their furry friends.
Walk organiser and Friends of the RSPCA volunteer Suzanne Crabtree said so far more than 50 people had pre-registered for the annual event.
It will kick off at Cannonvale Beach at 9am.
“(And) we’re hoping for another 50 to 100 (to register) on the day,” she said.
Ms Crabtree said last year about 170 people registered, but only 120 actually joined the walk on the day because it was “a complete wash out” due to the weather.
“We want a nice sunny day this year,” she said.
Ms Crabtree is one of the many who has taken part in the event over the past few years.
She has a 10-year-old purebred staffy named Bruiser and an eight-year-old staffy cross smithfield named Mika.
This however, is the first year she has taken on the challenge of organising the Whitsunday event.
“It’s one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the RSCPA,” she said.
Last year, the Whitsunday event raised $3512 and the aim is to push that figure even higher this year.
Money raised goes towards the care, treatments and rehoming of animals that have been abandoned or handed over to the RSPCA.
Airlie Beach is one of 20 walk locations across the state and each participant is encouraged to try and raise $500.
“Our annual operating costs are just under $39 million in Queensland and we receive less than 1% of that figure in government funding. So every cent raised helps,” RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said.
Ms Crabtree said the Whitsunday RSPCA had just taken in a litter of puppies from Collinsville, that needed to be treated for worms.
She said money was also needed for micro chipping and desexing.
“There are that many animals in need,” Ms Crabtree said.