The sound of paws pattering on the pavement will echo across Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton next month at the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk.
Registrations are now open for the 18 Million Paws Walks being held across the state on Sunday, May 21.
More than 25000 dog lovers and their four-legged friends are expected to partake in the event, now in its 22nd year.
The walk remains RSPCA’s biggest annual fundraising event and, as well as having a fun day out, participants will be taking steps to help in the fight to end cruelty to all animals.
Registered walkers can also extend their support for the cause by setting up their own fundraising page.
Funds raised through registrations, merchandise sales and online fundraising will go towards RSPCA programs, adoptions, veterinary services, campaigns and rehabilitating animals that have been seized.
RSPCA Victoria chief executive officer Dr Liz Walker said every dollar raised would make a big difference.
‘‘Money raised through entry fees, the sale of merchandise and online fundraising will help fund RSPCA’s animal welfare work in the community, and care for the 23000-plus animals that come into our Animal Care Centres each year,’’ Dr Walker said.
Million Paws Walk events are open to everyone, and their furry friends. All dogs are welcome, whatever the age, size, breed or ability.
Animal lovers without a dog can also join in the walk and enjoy the day’s festivities.
At each of the 18 Million Paws Walks across Victoria there will be entertainment, food and plenty of fun for humans and their canine companions.
To register for the Shepparton Million Paws Walk go to millionpawswalk.com.au/VIC