Walk­ing to the moon

Bay News - - YOUR PETS - By Mar­garet Rawiri Tau­ranga SPCA area man­ager

This Satur­day you can be a part of the new fundraiser for the SPCA— Walk your dog to the moon!

This ex­cit­ing new fundraiser will run for the month of Novem­ber all over New Zealand with your lo­cal of­fi­cial launch event of a group dog walk at Fer­gu­son Park this Satur­day.

For walk your dog to the moon, Ki­wis and their pups unite to walk the dis­tance to the moon— an im­pres­sive 385,500km— in a bid to raise money for an­i­mals in need.

A reg­is­tra­tion fee for each ap­pli­cant ap­plies of $12. This in­cludes your doggy pe­dome­ter, doggy ba­nana for your pup to wear and a wel­come pack. Sign-ups on the day are more than wel­come, oth­er­wise get on­line prior and reg­is­ter at www.walk­tothe­moon.co.nz

We will be­gin our walk at 10am, de­part­ing from Fer­gu­son park en­joy­ing the walk along the board­walk to Kulim Park and then re­turn­ing to the start/ fin­ish line. There will be a bar­be­cue and cold drinks on sale. Of course there’s plenty of wa­ter for your dogs at a cou­ple of points along the walk and at the fin­ish line. Dogs are to be kept strictly on leads at all time to en­sure the safety and en­joy­ment of ev­ery­one at­tend­ing, and please re­mem­ber to be a tidy kiwi and pick up af­ter your dog.

Each year the de­mand for SPCA sup­port grows, with more an­i­mals be­ing brought to the Tau­ranga shel­ter for care.

“Walk Your Dog to the Moon is a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive which en­cour­ages a healthy life­style for both hu­mans and their dogs while rais­ing much needed money for SPCA,” Tau­ranga SPCA In­spec­tors Ja­son and Anna say. With lo­cal events tak­ing place across the coun­try and com­pe­ti­tions, SPCA aims to raise at least $150,000 na­tion­wide through Walk Your Dog to the Moon.

All funds do­nated will be used to di­rectly help res­cue, re­ha­bil­i­tate and re­home an­i­mals. So Moon­walk­ers, get your pooches ready, and join us for a group dog walk this Satur­day.

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A new SPCA fundraiser Walk your Dog to the Moon is on this Satur­day.

Mar­garet Rawiri

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