MILLION PAWS WALK: RSPCA Kingaroy shelter manager Sally Charles with her son Nicholas and the shelter’s pet collie-cross, Jodie.
MILLION PAWS WALK: RSPCA Kingaroy shelter manager Sally Charles with her son Nicholas and the shelter’s pet collie-cross, Jodie. Rhiannon Tuffield

Animal lovers and their dogs walk for a cause

SOUTH Burnett dog owners will take part in the RSPCA's 21st Million Paws Walk to show their support and raise money for animals in need.

Kingaroy RSPCA shelter manager Sally Charles said anyone could get involved even if they didn't have a furry friend to take along.

"If you're wanting to be involved in the walk and you don't have a dog, let us know and you can walk a shelter dog because we like to get them out for the day," she said.

More than 50 people have registered for the Kingaroy event this year including Michaela Graaf, who is the top fundraiser so far.

Ms Graaf will take her dog Comet, who was adopted from the RSPCA five years ago.

"Every dog deserves a home and Comet's been the best companion. It's important to raise awareness for animal cruelty, not just for dogs, for all animals," she said.

Mrs Charles said the walk was a great way to help animals in need.

"Animals give so much and ask for so little," she said.

"They make you happy and I think it's only fair we did something for them."

This year's 4km walk in Kingaroy will start at the Kingaroy Memorial Park and go up Haly St, Windsor Circle and through to Alford St.

The RSPCA will be doing $25 microchipping and health checks on the day as well as awarding prizes for best handlers and best-dressed dogs.

Registration is at 8am on May 17. The walk starts at 9am at Memorial Park, corner Haly and William Sts.

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