SPCA Fundraiser Walk Your Dog to the Moon

For the month of NOVEM­BER

Whanganui Midweek - - LOCAL TRADES AND SERVICES -

SPCA an­nounces brand new fundraiser as the num­ber of an­i­mal wel­fare com­plaints hits a record high.

SPCA is re­cruit­ing Ki­wis to walk the dis­tance from the Earth to the Moon with their four-legged 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 8,000 an­i­mal wel­fare com­plaints re­lat­ing di­rectly to dogs were made in 2017 - nearly 5,000 more com­plaints than any other an­i­mal.

Each year the de­mand for SPCA sup­port 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 CEO, An­drea Mid­gen says, “See­ing a rise in the num­ber of an­i­mal wel­fare com­plaints year on year, shows we con­tinue to have a sig­nif­i­cant an­i­mal cru­elty is­sues in New Zealand.

Cre­at­ing en­gag­ing fundrais­ers for the pub­lic is vi­tal to en­sure that we con­tinue to help more than 45,000 an­i­mals that come through our doors each year.”

“The de­mand for our ser­vices has never been greater. We wanted to bring our sup­port­ers a fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive that is rel­e­vant to them and in this case pro­vides a healthy ac­tiv­ity for them and their dog to do while rais­ing much needed money for SPCA. We have high hopes for Walk Your Dog to the Moon and hope the pub­lic get be­hind it.” Mid­gen adds.

For the first time, SPCA will be in­tro­duc­ing their very own Fur­bas­sadors, cre­ated to en­cour­age those who don’t have a dog of their own to get in­volved The Fur­bas­sadors are car­toon cre­ations of SPCA res­cue dogs who have now been re­homed. Track your kms for an­i­mals in need With lo­cal events, com­pe­ti­tions and the in­tro­duc­tion of Fur­bas­sadors, SPCA aims to raise at least $150,000 na­tion­wide through Walk Your Dog to the Moon. All funds do­nated will be used di­rectly to help res­cue, re­ha­bil­i­tate and re­home an­i­mals.

A $12 reg­is­tra­tion fee ap­plies to each par­tic­i­pant which in­cludes a doggy pe­dome­ter, doggy ban­dana and a wel­come pack. You can reg­is­ter for Walk Your Dog to the Moon at www.walk­tothe­moon.co.nz

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