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Published on 3 May 2022

Registrations lag after lockdowns

now for flagship event Million Paws Walk later this month (22nd May), with registrations lagging for events across the state compared to previous years.

With three weeks to go until the big day, registrations sit at less than 50% of RSPCA Victoria’s target of 10,000 attendees, with many people expected to be waiting to register on the day itself.

John Boyle, Head of Development at RSPCA Victoria, said the organisation is seeing a real hesitancy from people to register for events ahead of time following years of COVID-19 interruptions and snap lockdowns, but said that by registering early, it will be cheaper and will help ensure the best possible event on the day.

“We really understand the nervousness about popping something in the diary ahead of time. However, Million Paws Walk is now less than three weeks away and we are calling on all Victorian animal lovers to walk in solidarity with us on Sunday 22nd May.
“By registering early, you’ll not only save money on registration, but you’ll avoid the queues and have more time to spend with your dog, meet other furry friends, check out exhibitors and on-the-day entertainment.”

Mr Boyle said the organisation is looking forward to a community celebration at all nine events across the state, with a joyous atmosphere thanks to the activities, competitions and so much more.

“Anyone who has been to a Million Paws Walk event before can tell you about the absolute delight of having so many dogs, and dog lovers, together for a good cause. It’s a special event that isn’t to be missed – especially for any new dog owners who may have a new COVID companion ready to socialise and meet some new pooch pals!”

Mr Boyle said that all funds raised will go to the thousands of animals in need who come through RSPCA doors each year.
“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.”

Attendees at Melbourne’s flagship walk at Albert Park Lake will enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, veterinary advice, fun exhibits, along with dog competitions, such as best dog/owner look-a-like, and can win prizes on the day.

Register for an event now at www.millionpawswalk.com.au

Million Paws Walk events held on Sunday 22 May will be at:

  • 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

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 at www.millionpawswalk.com.au

Million Paws Walk events held on Sunday 22 May will be at:

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

Metro and Regional Walk Prices

ALBERT PARK LAKE
Ticket On the day Online
CHILD* $17.00 $15.00
CONCESSION $30.00 $25.00
ADULT $35.00 $30.00
FAMILY** $85.00 $70.00
Total $          167.00  $           140.00

 

REGIONAL
Ticket On the day Online
CHILD* $12.00 $10.00
CONCESSION $17.00 $15.00
ADULT $23.00 $20.00
FAMILY** $50.00 $45.00
Total $102.00 $90.00

 *Children up until age of 13 are considered a child. Children 3 years or under are free.

**Family = 2 adults/2 children.

 

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