Furry friends to be given run of No. 1 Oval

DOGS’ DAY OUT: Tamworth RSPCA president Brian Pierce with his long-haired German shepherd, Bruin, ready to walk for charity next weekend. Photo: Barry Smith 060514BSB03

DOGS’ DAY OUT: Tamworth RSPCA president Brian Pierce with his long-haired German shepherd, Bruin, ready to walk for charity next weekend. Photo: Barry Smith 060514BSB03

TAMWORTH’S No. 1 Oval is about to go to the dogs.

The RSPCA’s major annual fundraiser, the Million Paws Walk, will again take over the sporting ground with furry athletes on Saturday from 9am.

After raising about $1500 last year, members of the Tamworth RSPCA branch are keen to continue the good work and promote the aims of the organisation.

“We want to get as many people as possible,” secretary Alison Richmond said.

“The money goes back to the animals locally, to the desexing and vaccination programs.”

Registrations open on the day from 9am and the walks begin at 10am, with short (1.5km) and long (3.5km) walks to choose from.

RSPCA members said it was a fun day, with everyone welcome to get involved with their furry friends.

Although the day is about fundraising, it’s also a chance for the group to showcase what they do for local animals.

“It’s great for public relations and it’s good to get the message out there about responsible pet ownership,” treasurer Mark Richmond said.

Publicity officer Colleen Bannister said it was also a great chance to walk your dog with like-minded people.

Mrs Bannister said everyone who registered on the day would get a paw-shaped collar tag.

Animal lover and singer-songwriter Sally-Anne Whitten will cut the ribbon to start the event, and she and her husband, Alwyn Aurisch, along with fellow animal lovers Two Gals, will provide the entertainment on the day.

As well as the walk, there will be competitions for the best-dressed dog, best child handler, best-trained dog and agility as well as spot prizes.

Best Mates Dog Training will give demonstrations and BackTrack will run an agility display.

The Leader will also run a photo competition for the dogs, with photos taken on the day.

For family photos, Furdography will be at the event, and TAFE, in conjunction with Sophie Blue Dog Treats, will run health checks and nail clipping for the cost of a donation to the RSPCA. All dogs must be on a lead.

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