Geraldton besties Kip & Heather walk for RSPCA this May

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Heather Beswick and her furbaby Kip the kelpie.
Camera IconHeather Beswick and her furbaby Kip the kelpie. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

One pet parent and her four-legged son have spent nearly a decade walking for less fortunate pups, raising money for animals without “a happy place to live”.

Heather Beswick said she had participated in the RSPCA Million Paws walk “on and off” for 20 years, with this month marking her and kelpie Kip’s ninth year walking together for the cause. This year, the pair will do the virtual Walk This May alternative, walking at least 30 minutes a day every day in May.

Ms Beswick admitted she and Kip did plenty of walking all year round but said she always pushed it a little further during the event.

“We try to walk about 8km a day, and a little bit more on the weekend,” she said. Adventurous Kip, who she adopted from a pound in Esperance after a farm surrendered him at four months, loves the extra exploring.

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“You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it,” said Ms Beswick, borrowing from a dog-themed calendar she has at home.

Last year, they raised more than $1000 for the RSPCA. “They do an amazing job and dogs make your life whole. Anybody that has never had a dog has a big gap in their lives,” she said. RSPCA WA executive manager fundraising and programs Ken Doran said the not-for-profit’s donations and fundraising drives made up 90 per cent of its income.

“Million Paws Walk is our biggest fundraising event ... and we rely on that income to continue fighting cruelty and saving lives across WA,” he said.

Support the cause at www.millionpawswalk.com.au/fund raisers/heatherbeswick.

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