IT was dogs’ day out on Sunday for hundreds of Orange’s canine residents, as their owners turned out in force to show concerns about animal cruelty.
In the 20th year of the Million Paws Walk Orange residents gathered at Endeavour Oval and the dogs were on their best behaviour without a fight in sight.
Many of the dogs that took part yesterday were pets adopted from the Orange RSPCA animal shelter.
“It’s great that we have all these people turning out today to support us,” said RSPCA support group treasurer Gisela Deasey.
“But sadly there are still a lot of people out there in Orange who just dump their animals and just don’t care about them,” she said.
Ms Deasey said the money raised from the registrations for yesterday’s walk will go towards education programs and subsidised desexing programs.
“It’s important that we just keep trying to get the message across,” she said.
On the day the RSPCA also hosted a fundraising stall, along with other animal lovers who offer a range of support services.
This year 170 people and 160 dogs took part in the walk which left from Endeavour Oval and travelled round through Elephant Park and back to Endeavour.
Dog lovers paid from between $7 for an early bird registration before March 23 up to $15 for entry on the day yesterday.
“We are still tallying up how much we have made and should know the result later on in the week,” Ms Deasey said.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes from tiny chiuauaus to a great Dane took part yesterday with the RSPCA hailing the event as a great success and an important tool in raising community awareness.