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The RSPCA's much-loved Million Paws Walk dog walking event is back in 2021 with a virtual alternative: Walk This May – and sign-ups are now open.

Because of COVID-19 developments, the RSPCA will hold Million Paws Walk as both a physical and a virtual event, where dog lovers will walk their pet for 30, 45 or 60 minutes a day throughout the month of May to raise money for the RSPCA and be a hero for dogs in need.

There will also be a handful of local events taking place in South Australia and one community walk in Darwin; however people from across the country can sign up for the virtual walk on the Million Paws Walk: Walk This May website.

Million Paws Walk: Walk This May celebrates a mutual love of animals while keeping owners and pets healthy and safe as they hit the pavement in their own backyards and neighbourhoods.

“Much like last year, COVID-19 restrictions have affected our ability to hold physical walks”, said RSPCA Australia CEO Richard Mussell.

“Even whilst actively practicing social distancing and maintaining good hygiene, it is still so important to actively entertain and exercise not only ourselves, but our pets.

“Events like Million Paws Walk are even more crucial in such challenging times, as we depend on fundraising and donations to continue the life saving work that we do.

“I encourage everybody to make the best of and cherish the companionship of your beloved pets during this tough time, and to please continue supporting the work of the RSPCA where you can. Some 30,000 precious pups 

that are homeless or victims of cruelty or neglect come through our shelter doors every year, which is why events like this, and the heroes that make it possible, are so important.”

In the lead up to the event, participants are encouraged to fundraise online and through merchandise sales available on the Million Paws Walk: Walk This May website. This will contribute to supporting the RSPCA’S work within the community, including caring for and re-homing some 112,000 animals that depend on us each year.

#MillionPawsWalk and #MPWDOGSQUAD will be used across social media to allow walkers to share images and routes.

Detailed information, registration forms, fundraising progress and merchandise are available for individuals to view and purchase at www.millionpawswalk.com.au.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is the National Nutrition Sponsor of the RSPCA and the Million Paws Walk - providing dog and cat food for animals in our shelters nationwide for over 23 years.

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