RSPCA Million Paws Walk set to attract thousands to Albert Park against animal cruelty

RSPCA Million Paws Walk set to attract thousands to Albert Park against animal cruelty

Million Paws Walk
Words by Talia Rinaldo

RSPCA’s flagship Million Paws Walk event finally makes its return to Albert Park, raising much-needed funds to help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs in need.

Australia’s premier event on the canine calendar is back, with around 10,000 people and their dogs set to walk together for RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk next month on Sunday 22 May. Events will return to towns across the state, including Albert Park Lake, Bendigo, Eildon, Geelong, Hamilton, Mansfield, Mornington Peninsula, Traralgon and Wangaratta raising vital funds for the thousands of animals in need who come through RSPCA doors each year.

Victorians keen to hit the pavement with their besties (aka pooches) can currently take advantage of an early bird special, with 20% off the registration fee for those who sign up to a Million Paws Walk event before 26 April.

Million Paws Walk events across the state

Albert Park Lake – Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake, Albert Park
Bendigo – Lake Weeroona, Napier Street, Bendigo
Eildon – Riverside Drive, Eildon Pondage, Eildon
Geelong – Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong Botanic Gardens
Hamilton – Lake Hamilton Adventure Park, Hamilton
Mansfield – Mansfield Botanic Park, Corner High Street and Whitfield Road, Mansfield
Mornington Peninsula – Fred Smith Reserve, Marine Parade, Hastings
Traralgon – Agnes Brereton Reserve, Breed St, Traralgon
Wangaratta – Kennel & Obedience Dog Club, Wangaratta Showgrounds

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

RSPCA Victoria CEO, Dr Liz Walker, said the organisation is excited to be welcoming people back to Albert Park Lake, as well as to events across the state, with all funds raised going to animals in need.

“We know people love their pets and that they make people’s lives better. There is nothing better for people or their dogs than getting out for a walk. At Million Paws Walk, people are not only doing something good for themselves and their dogs, but they are also helping to make life better for other animals,” Dr Walker said.

“Our fundraising target in Victoria is $360,000, with every single dollar raised through Million Paws Walk, including entry fees, merchandise sales and online fundraising, helping fund RSPCA’s critical work for vulnerable animals.”

So far $154,345 has been raised to fight animal cruelty. Attendees at Melbourne’s flagship walk at Albert Park Lake will enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, veterinary advice, dog washes and fun exhibits, along with dog competitions, such as Best Rescue Story, and can win prizes on the day.

Alongside the traditional Million Paws Walk at Albert Park Lake and regional locations, RSPCA will be running the virtual challenge, Walk This May, for anyone who cannot attend a physical event. Walk This May encourages participants to walk with their furry friend everyday throughout the month of May, while raising funds from their community.

“There’s no better feeling than seeing your dog’s tail wagging ready for a walk and you’ll love taking your best friend out to raise funds for an important cause. Plus, you’ll be increasing your step count and getting active at the same time!” said Dr Walker.

Buy tickets to a Million Paws Walk event or sign up for Walk This May here.