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20 May 2012

South Australians and their pampered pooches have given paws to a vital cause – raising money

for animals in need.

It’s estimated more than 6000 people and at least 4000 dogs gathered at Elder Park today, to

take part in the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk.

RSPCA (SA) Chief Executive Officer Neale Sutton said the event continues to be popular.

“This is the 16

th Million Paws Walk and once again we have had a great turnout,” he said.

“It is a very social event for both the two and four legged participants.

“But it’s much more than that. The Million Paws Walk is an opportunity to stand up for animal

welfare, to help creatures that are less fortunate.

“Funds raised will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of abandoned, sick and injured

animals in South Australia.

“The RSPCA sincerely thanks everyone for their support.”

Taking pride of place at today’s event was Pixie, a Chihuahua abandoned last year.

She weighed just 900 grams when she was seized by an RSPCA inspector. Within two weeks she

had gained more than two kilograms and is now thriving in a loving new home.

Event participants could walk either two or five kilometres around the Torrens.

Mr Sutton walked Cozi, a German Coolie stray taken in by the RSPCA earlier this month.

Cozi was one of a number of shelter dogs that took part, in the hope of finding their “pawfect”

match amongst the crowd of dog lovers.

Many participants chose to stick around at Elder Park for live entertainment, stalls and

competitions.Last year’s event raised more than $120,000 for animals in need. The RSPCA is on track for

another good result this year, but the final figure won’t be known until the fundraising

component ends next month.

In 2010-11, the RSPCA cared for more than 9300 animals in SA shelters.

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