Gympie dog lovers take up Million Paws Walk for RSPCA

FIFTY years ago the Rolling Stones extolled the virtues of Walking the dog in song and every year since millions of people worldwide have walked their dogs in an effort to keep themselves and their pooches healthy.

This Sunday, Gympie dog lovers will join more than 25,000 Queenslanders and their pooches doing just that by joining the RSPCA's 21st Million Paws Walk to show their support and raise money for animals in need.

More than 45,000 animals pass through RSPCA Qld Animal Care Centres every year and over 16,000 are dogs that have been surrendered, abandoned or seized by inspectors.

Money raised through the RSPCA Million Paws Walk enables these dogs to receive daily care, veterinary treatment and funds re-homing programs.

This year the RSPCA Queensland is encouraging Million Paws Walk participants to try and raise $500 each.

"Our annual operating costs are just under $45 million in Queensland and we receive less than one percent of that figure in Government funding. So every cent raised helps," said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty.

To get involved, register online at millionpawswalk.com.au. The Gympie Million Paws Walk takes place at the RSPCA Animal Care Centre, Laurenceson Rd on Sunday. Registration is from 9.15am with the walk starting at 10am.

The day's events include a Dogue Fashion Show, doggie competitions, treasure hunt, best costume competition and raffle.

Call Evelyn Aldridge 54866339 or email ealdridge@rspcaqld.org.au.