1600 Walkers to Participate in Million Paws Walk

The RSPCA is expecting to break its record of 1600 people taking part in the Million Paws Walk on Sunday.

The organization anticipates to raise over $16,000 from the annual incident, the RSPCA's main fund-raiser for the year.

The funds are used up on maintenance of facilities and looking after the animals at the shelter.

Launceston Shelter Manager, Lorraine Hamilton said that the event would go ahead rain, hail or shine.

She said that the walk begins on the old bike pathway between Aurora Stadium and Cafe Blue and goes through Heritage Park.

She added that participants can opt for a two- kilometer or five-kilometer walk depending on how healthy they and their dogs are.

Ms. Hamilton said that she had noticed the annual walk develop over the years to attain a record number of 1600 walkers and 900 dogs last year.

She said that it's nice to have an event where citizens can get their dogs to have a great deal of fun.

Lorraine commented, "These days, so often dogs aren't allowed to go places, so I think it's nice to have something where you can get the dog out there and they just have a wonderful time".

The walk will take place on Sunday, with registrations at 10am and the walk beginning at 11am.