There was no stopping the furry friends on a beautiful autumn Sunday in Ballarat with the RSPCA's million paws walk proving as popular as ever
The canine-friendly event is the RSPCA's biggest fundraiser with more than 15,000 people attending events across 16 Victorian sites from Albert Park Lake in Melbourne to Portland. Ballarat's version was held in Victoria Park on Sunday morning.
"It was a really great turn-out, and we had good weather, which also helped," said event co-ordinator Amanda Tornel.
Around 500 people are thought to have showed up at the Ballarat event, organisers estimate - and they were very happy with how it went.
"Most of our merchandise was virtually gone, and we also had a lot of donations and a huge participation in the raffle," Ms Tornel said.
"It was quite jovial," she said. "The atmosphere was lively, we had some music playing in the background as well, there was an MC it was really cool."
There was also a range of exhibitors, from dog-obedience trainers to vegan food outlets, and they were all happy with how the day unfolded, Ms Tornel told The Courier.
"Typically when [participants] complete the walk, which is five kilometres, people usually don't stay around too long. But this year they did. It was quite a nice way to raise awareness."
Money raised through ticket sales, merchandise and online fundraising goes towards the RSPCA's work in the community.
This includes facilitating the care of more than 20,000 animals entering in shelters each year.