Pooches pound the pave­ment

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY -

THE weather may have gone to the dogs, but dozens of lo­cals and their four-legged friends braved the con­di­tions to sup­port an­i­mals in need on Sun­day morn­ing.

Mil­lion Paws Walk event or­gan­iser Suzanne Crab­tree said the event was ex­actly what she had hoped for – al­most.

“We were so happy with the turnout,” she said.

“We can only hope for a sunny day for the next one.”

The event raised a whop­ping $5370 for the RSPCA, much to the de­light of all in­volved.

It wasn’t just those in the care of the RSPCA that ben­e­fited how­ever.

“Cafe One 3, An­drew (Watts), baked a whole lot of doggy treats for us to give out on the day for ev­ery­one,” Ms Crab­tree said.

Luck­ily, all were putting their best foot for­ward and de­serv­ing of their treats.

“All the dogs were re­ally well be­haved, no in­ci­dents or any­thing,” Ms Crab­tree said.

The walk had lo­cals putting up their hands to help out un­for­tu­nate an­i­mals in other ways as well.

“We had an in­for­ma­tion sec­tion where peo­ple could vol­un­teer if they wanted to,” Ms Crab­tree said.

“(And) a few peo­ple filled out vol­un­teer forms.”

Ms Crab­tree thanked all those who had al­ready do­nated their money and time.

“I want to thank all the girls who vol­un­teered on the day, and I re­ally want to make a big thank you to our spon­sors be­cause if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have the event,” she said.

The vol­un­teers of the Whit­sun­day Friends of the RSPCA aren’t done yet with the Whit­sun­day’s first an­i­mal adop­tion drive to be held this Sun­day from 10am.

Twenty-two adorable an­i­mals will be look­ing for new homes.

There will be dogs in all shapes and sizes from a small fluffy mal­tese to a great dane, a bea­gle, a rot­tweiler-kelpie cross and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

If you’re a fe­line fan there are long and short-haired do­mes­tic mog­gies also up for sale.

PAWS TIME: The Mil­lion Paws Walk gets un­der way at Can­non­vale Beach on Sun­day morn­ing.

Photo: Rory Sheav­ils

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