In response to COVID-19, RSPCA will no longer be able to hold our most successful public event, The Million Paws Walk, on Sunday 17 May.
RSPCA teams around the country have put heads together to find an alternative way for us to still celebrate our mutual love for pooches this May. After all, it is a favourite day of the year and so very important for animal welfare!
This year’s event has evolved into Million Paws Walk: Walk This May.
Participants are encouraged to don their workout gear for the month of May, grab the leash and fundraise while walking with purpose in their own backyards (or neighbourhoods) knowing their contribution is helping RSPCA continue to do their vital work in animal welfare.
While social distancing is a national priority, our dogs still need enrichment and exercise. The average length of a standard dog lead is 1.8 metres – which is a pretty good indication of a safe distance between you and other people!
RSPCA ACT CEO Michelle Robertson hopes that animal lovers across Canberra and the surrounds will continue to support and raise funds to keep shelter operations going.
“It has been a very tough year for so many reasons, and now more than ever, we need the support of the community to be able to continue our vital work in the ACT.”
Participants can make a donation, or fundraise in the lead up to and during May. Money raised from online fundraising and merchandise sales will be used to support RSPCA’s work within the community, including caring for more than 124,000 animals nationally that come through its shelters each year.
Million Paws Walk: Walk This May will be tied together using the hashtag #MillionPawsWalk and #MPWDOGSQUAD so all walkers can connect and share photos of their dogs and walk routes on social media.
Those who have already purchased tickets are being given an opportunity to have their ticket cost transferred to a tax-deductable donation, however for those requesting a refund can contact RSPCA directly to arrange this.
Individuals can go online to keep up-to-date with the latest information, sign-up for Million Paws Walk: Walk This May, purchase merchandise and start fundraising today.
Details on the website at www.millionpawswalk.com.au.