Million Paws Walk is the RSPCA’s flagship fundraiser and was originally conceived by veterinarian, Dr Cam Day 25 years ago. Today, there are 19 walk locations across Queensland and the RSPCA is encouraging everyone to register and start fundraising today.
Over 50,000 animals pass through RSPCA Qld Animal Care Centres every year and well over 14,000 are dogs that have been surrendered, abandoned or seized by inspectors. These dogs are not as fortunate as your much-loved family pet. They often need special veterinary and behavioural treatment and they all need to be de-sexed and vaccinated before they have the chance to find a new home.
The money raised through the RSPCA Million Paws Walk enables these dogs to receive daily care, veterinary treatment and funds rehoming programs. The cost to our community for these animals in need is in the millions.
This year RSPCA Qld is hoping to raise over $640 000, money that is absolutely vital.
Our nearest Million Paws Walk is at Lake Alford Recreation Area, Bruce Hwy Monkland, Gympie on Sunday May 20. Registrations open 8am and the walk begins 9.30am – 12.30pm.
RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty said, “Our annual operating costs are over $48 million in Queensland and we receive less than two percent of that figure in Government funding. So every cent raised helps.”