Maddi Russell and Olivia Dickson with Spud take a quick rest during the RSPCA Million Paws Walk.
Maddi Russell and Olivia Dickson with Spud take a quick rest during the RSPCA Million Paws Walk. David Crossley

Pets take to the streets

IT HAD stopped raining cats and dogs in Gympie by Sunday, but it was a different story at the RSPCA Animal Care Centre in Laurenceson Rd where about 70 enthusiastic pet owners took their significant fluffy and hairy others to the Gympie RSPCA Million Paws walk.

Now in its 20th year, the walk is arguably the biggest doggy day out in Queensland, not to mention the nation's canine calendar, and was aiming to raise a total of $250,000 this year for dogs in need.

Gympie's walk raised about $1200. Nearly 45,000 animals pass through RSPCA Queensland Animal Care Centres every year and more than 18,000 of these are dogs that have been surrendered, abandoned or rescued by RSPCA inspectors.

These dogs are not as fortunate as your much-loved family pet.

They often need several hundred dollars' worth of vet care before they can be adopted, and yet nearly 100% of RSPCA Queensland's work is funded by caring people in the community.

The cost to our community for these animals in need is in the millions.

Gympie was one of 28 walk locations throughout Queensland on Sunday.

"Each year, RSPCA Queensland must find $39 million to help animals, and we receive less than 1% of that figure in government funding," said RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Amanda Appel yesterday.

"Just $150 will provide an animal with a second chance at a long and happy life, so we hope to see lots of fundraisers participate."

The RSPCA acknowledged the major sponsor of this year's event, Hill's Pet Nutrition.

Hill's Pet Nutrition has been providing Hill's Science Diet to all shelter animals awaiting adoption since 1997.

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