Hundreds of paws pattered around Victoria Park Lake’s pathway yesterday as community members celebrated the 25th annual RSPCA Million Paws Walk.
The event saw more than 150 pet owners and their furry friends take to the lake for a time of socialising and exercising while fighting animal cruelty.
The team from Shepparton Veterinary Clinic coordinated the event with a number of animal well-being organisations also on site to give the day a boost.
Event coordinator Katrina Kim-Worley said she was thrilled to see so many locals who got on board and attended the event.
‘‘It’s good to see such a great turnout here today.’’
Following a successful fundraiser last year, Ms Kim-Worley said the goal was to raise the bar even higher in support of the work the RSPCA do.
‘‘Last year we raised over $3000 and we’re hoping to top that this year.’’
She said as a way of raising further funds, participants had the opportunity to take a photo in the doggy-booth with their pet, or to enter the raffle.
Attendees Liam and Kelly Murdock who are new to Shepparton, said they were delighted to take part in the event that they had previously attended in their home town.
‘‘It was a fantastic morning out here - it was a really nice walk,’’ Mr Murdock said.
Having attended the annual event for the last six years he said it was always a great chance to meet other dog owners and trade stories along the way.
Ms Murdock said the walk was the perfect way to bring people together and support a worthy cause.
‘‘It raises awareness of what the RSPCA do which is really important work and it’s a good chance for them to raise money.’’
Shepparton was one of 15 towns to host a Million Paws Walk across Victoria.