Walk your dog to the moon for SPCA

Bay News - - YOUR PETS / ADOPT ME - Mar­garet Rawiri

Have you all heard about SPCA’s brand new event. Our ex­cit­ing new event will trans­fer peo­ple and dogs acrossNew Zealand into real life as­tro­nauts for the month of Novem­ber.

SPCA is re­cruit­ing Ki­wis to walk the dis­tance from the Earth to the Moon with their four­legged friends to raise funds for the char­ity as an­i­mal wel­fare com­plaints con­tinue to in­crease.

The newly cre­ated event ti­tled Walk Your Dog to the Moon will see Ki­wis and their pups unit­ing to walk an im­pres­sive 385,500 kilo­me­tres to raise money for an­i­mals in need. More than 8000 an­i­mal­wel­fare com­plaints re­lat­ing di­rectly to dogs were made in 2017— nearly 5000 more com­plaints than any other an­i­mal.

Each year the de­mand for SPCA sup­port across the coun­try grows, with more an­i­mals be­ing brought to lo­cal shel­ters for care. Ear­lier this year, SPCA com­piled their an­nual sta­tis­tics and in 2017 alone, SPCA re­ceived more than 15,500 an­i­mal wel­fare com­plaints— the high­est recorded to date.

SPCA aims to raise at least $150,000 na­tion­wide through Walk Your Dog to the Moon, all funds do­nat­ed­will be used to di­rectly help res­cue, re­ha­bil­i­tate and re­home an­i­mals.

Walk your Dog to theMoon is the per­fect way to bump up your fit­ness level com­ing into sum­mer and get out and about with your fam­ily and friends.

Here’s how it works: cre­ate your pro­file, col­lect pledges from friends and fam­ily to spon­sor you, Take your dog for a walk dur­ing the month of Novem­ber. Or, even if you don’t have a dog, just get out­doors and get track­ing your kilo­me­tres, add them to the na­tional to­tal dur­ing Novem­ber and join us in the first week of Novem­ber for a spe­cial event where you can meet fel­low Moon­walk­ers.

A$12 reg­is­tra­tion fee ap­plies to each par­tic­i­pant which in­cludes a doggy pe­dome­ter, doggy ban­danna, awel­come pack and an in­vi­ta­tion to our spe­cial event. You can reg­is­ter for Walk Your Dog to the Moon and find out lots more in­for­ma­tion at www.walk­tothe­moon.co.nz.

■ Tau­ranga SPCA, visit 43 Alach St. Phone 578 0245. PO Box 2087 Tau­ranga. www.tau­ran­gaspca.co.nz Face­book www.face­book.com/SPCATau­ranga

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