GERMAN shepherds will brush shoulders with chihuahuas and everything in between at the Million Paws Walk this weekend.
More than 400 people are expected to attend the Ballarat event of RSPCA’s largest fundraiser at Victoria Park to raise awareness for animal cruelty and funds for more than 28,000 animals entering shelters each year.
Proud owner of Dozer, Bethany Bajada will take part in the five kilometre walk with family and friends.
Ms Bajada picked up the samoyed cross border collie three years ago as a puppy at the RSPCA shelter on Gillies street.
“I picked up Dozer from the RSPCA three years ago, so it’s my way of giving it back to them. It’s nice to do it,” she said.
“He’s like my life, a big part of the family and important boy.”
Ballarat Million Paws Walk organiser Samantha Hicks said the event would contribute to the fight against animal cruelty.
“It gets people out in the community. It raises awareness for animal cruelty and the animals in the shelters,” Ms Hicks said.
“People enjoy getting out and doing things with their animals. You will get a wide variety of dog breeds there and people enjoy it.”
To pre-register for the walk, visit www.millionpawswalk.com.au/Victoria.htm