YOU can’t help but smile when you’re surrounded by hundreds of wagging tails.
More than 500 people and their pooches attended the Million Paws Walk on Sunday morning in the name of quashing animal cruelty.
Shea Bruce and daughter Zoe have attended the event for six years in a row.
“We like to give back to the RSPCA and it’s just a nice event for the dogs,” Shea said.
Shea said their dog Bella, a pointer cross, was a much-loved member of the family.
“She’s everything. She does dog training, agility training. We’ve always had dogs.”
RSPCA Pets Place assistant manger Lyn Zboril said the event at Victoria Park had grown considerably.
“We’ve got a better than expected turnout,” Ms Zboril said.
“People have a much higher awareness of animals and that’s thanks to organisations like the RSPCA.”
Ms Zboril said the growing popularity of the event could be attributed to Australia having a pet-orientated culture.
“Dogs are so much a part of the family. They prevent a lot of things – loneliness, isolation and raise self-awareness,” she said.
“They force you to get out, be active and make friends.”