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RSPCA Auxiliary calls for volunteers for Million Paws Walk: animals lives return to normal post COVID

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
RSPCA WA Million Paws Walk in 2010.
Camera IconRSPCA WA Million Paws Walk in 2010. Credit: RSPCA WA

Your pet’s most cherished event of the year has returned after restrictions kept paws indoors and the RSPCA WA Geraldton Auxiliary is seeking volunteers to make the month of May a real weiner.

The auxiliary hopes to bring back the Million Paws walk event in 2023 and is calling for volunteers to help arrange and run the event.

The Million Paws Walk is a national day held in May that aims to get about 250,000 dog owners and their pets walking on designated routes across the nation.

Run by the Australian Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the walk was inaugurated in Queensland in 1994 after RSPCA Queensland operations manager and veterinarian Dr Cam Day considered ways to raise $1 million and community awareness for disadvantaged animals.

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Since 2000, Geraldton RSPCA Auxiliary has organised the Million Paws walk, which was left on hold for three years due to COVID restrictions.

Geraldton auxiliary RSPCA WA president Stephen Duda said the day involved a pet parade and prizes and aside from a month of fun and fitness, the fundraising went towards improving services of the RSPCA.

“The local auxiliary provides subsidies to health care card recipients for sterilisation of their pets and provides some needed support for the continued activities of the local RSPCA inspector,” he said.

“The local auxiliary is need of rustling up some more volunteers to assist with the planning and conducting the event,” he said.

Anyone interested in helping the group organise the Million Paws walk next year can contact Mr Duda on 0427 983 703 or the auxiliary secretary Maureen Rogers on 0407 381 743.

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