Paws hit the road to raise funds for RSPCA programs

THERE will be no pawsing on Sunday when hundreds of Gladstone dogs and their owners take part in the RSPCA Queensland's biggest fundraiser.

The Million Paws Walk at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands starts at 8.30am.

As well as stepping out for a good cause, pooches and their companions can take part in games, win prizes and enjoy a sausage sizzle.

Registration fees are $20 adults, $10 child under 16/concession, and $45 for a family of two adults and two children.

This year the RSPCA is hoping to raise $250,000 for dogs in need.

Nearly 45,000 animals pass through RSPCA Queensland Animal Care Centres every year, and more than 18,000 are dogs that have been surrendered, abandoned or seized.

The money raised through The Million Paws Walk means the dogs receive daily care and veterinary treatment, and funds rehoming programs.

Friends of the RSPCA volunteer Jan Bairnes said the event was a great opportunity to celebrate and raise funds with your four-legged pal.

"Everyone comes out to have a fun day for a great cause," she said.

"It is a lot of fun with competitions, prizes, novelty events, a barbecue and raffles."

This year, particpants are encouraged to dress up with their pooches to be in the running to win the coveted Best Dressed prize.

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