An­i­mal lovers walk out

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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