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Today, thousands of people and their canine companions will join forces and walk together in the fight against animal cruelty, with the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk celebrating its 30th year.

Continuing the theme of being a superhero for animals, the RSPCA will welcome supporters back to conquer the terrain with 30 in-person walks across the country. Human and doggy participants will be treated to a festive celebration to commemorate the occasion, with live entertainment, food, competitions and more. 

RSPCA Australia CEO Richard Mussell said this year’s event is a special one for Australia’s leading animal welfare charity. “The RSPCA Million Paws Walk has a proud history of bringing the community together to help animals in need, providing a fun day out, promoting responsible pet guardianship and raising vital funds for the animals cared for by the RSPCA,” said Mr Mussell. 

“Over the last 30 years, more than 750,000 people and 400,000 pooches have participated in the Million Paws Walk, raising a phenomenal $16 million. So it’s very fitting that the theme of our 30th year is ‘superheroes’, because every participant and person that welcomes a rescue animal into their family is a hero to these animals.

“It’s a great chance to get active with your beloved pooch while participating in a great cause and connecting with other locals and their dogs — and have a lot of fun while doing it!”

Mr Mussell said that the RSPCA Million Paws Walk continues to be one of the biggest events on the RSPCA calendar, and a tangible reminder of the life-saving role the RSPCA plays across the country.   

“With the support from our national sponsors Royan Canin, Antinol and Snapfitness, this event is one of the biggest events on our calendar, a reminder of the  work we do providing love, care and support to animals in need. And it’s a reminder that the  generosity and backing of the community is crucial in helping us continue that work.”

In the lead up to the event, participants are encouraged to fundraise online and through merchandise sales available on the RSPCA Million Paws Walk website.  

“All funds raised go directly to the RSPCA, which helps us care for and rehome around 87,000 animals that come through our doors each year. Last year we saw roughly 19,000 dogs turn up to our shelters — many were victims of cruelty, abandoned, or bred to turn a profit. So each step you take at Million Paws Walk helps in our fight to bring that number down,” said Mr Mussell. 

To find out details about your nearest walk and to register for the event, click here: Million Paws  Walk: Find A Walk. 

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