Paws to the floor in cause

Dominique BayensGeraldton Guardian
Kelsie Patience, 13 and Khazia Baskuyfield, 13 with Coco and Zuki.
Camera IconKelsie Patience, 13 and Khazia Baskuyfield, 13 with Coco and Zuki. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian

It may have been raining cats and dogs, but “ruff” weather conditions weren’t going to stop punters and their canine companions from turning out in droves last Sunday for the annual Geraldton RSPCA Million Paws Walk.

It was a “who’s who” of the Geraldton canine scene, with some pups looking fetching in their Sunday finest for the pet parade.

Numbers were only slightly down on last year, with about 100 walkers and 77 dogs participating in the fundraiser.

There was no question of who let the dogs out, as Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney opened the event with a fur-ocious speech.

Taking off from Apex Pioneer Memorial park, the walk got off to a shaky start with a small car prang at the starting point, but dogged determination let the show go on.

A Friends of RSPCA spokeswoman said $1825 was raised on the day.

Funds go towards RSPCA programs, adoption, veterinary services, campaigns and the RSPCA inspectorate.

Nick Austin and Zara Kniveton with their poodles Blazer and Thai.
Camera IconNick Austin and Zara Kniveton with their poodles Blazer and Thai. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Sixteen-year-old Alice Lawson, Tom Lawson, Keeley Spears, and Kiarra Ryan with Leo, Prim, Dexter and Marley.
Camera IconSixteen-year-old Alice Lawson, Tom Lawson, Keeley Spears, and Kiarra Ryan with Leo, Prim, Dexter and Marley. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Tracking Dogs Geraldton volunteers Jessica and Samantha Muller with Alshanee and Khan.
Camera IconTracking Dogs Geraldton volunteers Jessica and Samantha Muller with Alshanee and Khan. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Greenough Wildlife and Bird Park volunteers Bronte Volkerts, 13, and Harry Adamson, 16, with Anjelica the snake and rescue joey Phoebe.
Camera IconGreenough Wildlife and Bird Park volunteers Bronte Volkerts, 13, and Harry Adamson, 16, with Anjelica the snake and rescue joey Phoebe. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Dan Thomson and Shannah Smith with Charlie, Ruby and Pippa.
Camera IconDan Thomson and Shannah Smith with Charlie, Ruby and Pippa. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Rae and Kevin Collier with their five-month-old rescue dog Arnie.
Camera IconRae and Kevin Collier with their five-month-old rescue dog Arnie. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Sian Cornish and 10-year-old Stella Johnson with their dog Buddy.
Camera IconSian Cornish and 10-year-old Stella Johnson with their dog Buddy. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Amber Bestlry, 12, Georgia Burrows, 12, and Scarlett Singleton, 12, were walking their dogs Archie and Momo.
Camera IconAmber Bestlry, 12, Georgia Burrows, 12, and Scarlett Singleton, 12, were walking their dogs Archie and Momo. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Ray and Susan Hancock with Shirley Kanny and their playful pups Marty, Murphy and Bo.
Camera IconRay and Susan Hancock with Shirley Kanny and their playful pups Marty, Murphy and Bo. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Tiffany Holt and Shimmer.
Camera IconTiffany Holt and Shimmer. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian
Bronte Smith and Clancy Holt brought Bolton, Elvis and Sayla out for the day.
Camera IconBronte Smith and Clancy Holt brought Bolton, Elvis and Sayla out for the day. Credit: Dominique Bayens, The Geraldton Guardian

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