Even the dogs are barking Sunday's Million Paws Walk

WOOF: Orange RSPCA staff member Matthew Morrison and Hunter Dillon with Jerald the wolfhound cross are looking forward to the Million Paws Walk on Sunday.  Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0512sgpaws3

WOOF: Orange RSPCA staff member Matthew Morrison and Hunter Dillon with Jerald the wolfhound cross are looking forward to the Million Paws Walk on Sunday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0512sgpaws3

STAFF at Orange RSPCA are inviting everyone and their four-legged friends to join them in a walk against animal cruelty through Pilcher and Elephant parks on Sunday.

Even if you don’t have a dog, you are still welcome to attend the Million Paws Walk, the RSPCA’s largest annual fundraiser, which will raise money for the Orange shelter. 

Preparations are well underway for the event, which has been dubbed the biggest event on the canine calendar, and Orange branch fundraising committee member Debi Egli said the day will be a fun day for everyone and their pets.

“Your dog is part of your family,” Mrs Egli said. “It’s important to come along to the walk because there are so many dogs at the shelter who don’t have forever homes.”

Funds raised from the walk will go towards the regular upkeep costs of the shelter and towards responsible pet ownership programs in the community, and Mrs Egli said last year over 200 dogs took part in the walk.

The walk will begin at Endeavour Oval, with registrations at 10am and the walk beginning at 11am. Dogs and their owners will make their way through Pilcher Park and then onto adjoining Elephant Park. 

A market place will also be set up, showcasing veterinarians, pet groomers, dog trainers and staff from the shelter will be on hand to answer any questions about the RSPCA and adoptions. Mrs Egli said the RSPCA will also have an information stand, barbecue and merchandise tent.

“All dogs must be on a lead. We don’t want any of them to cause any trouble or get into fights,” Mrs Egli said. “Its important people register at 10am, because the walk starts at 11 and we don’t want people turning up five minutes before we’re supposed to take off. It’s just chaos.”

Registration costs will be $15 for adults, $10 for children under 16 and concessions, and $30 for families. Competitions for the best-dressed dog, look-alikes and waggiest tail will be held after the walk. For more information, visit www.millionpawswalk.com.au or call the Orange shelter on 6362 6171.

alexandra.king@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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