Paws walk for pups

Walkies: Judy Loudon, Diana Oakley, Stephanie Bishop and Diana Pugh of Fleurieu Education for Dogs and Owners gearing up for the annual RSPCA Million Paws Walk.
Walkies: Judy Loudon, Diana Oakley, Stephanie Bishop and Diana Pugh of Fleurieu Education for Dogs and Owners gearing up for the annual RSPCA Million Paws Walk.

RSPCA's annual Million Paws Walk will return to Victor Harbor once again, with hundreds set to gather at Soldiers' Memorial Gardens from 9:30am this Sunday, as part of the national event.

Tahni Robertson, who has volunteered to coordinate RSPCA Million Paws Walk in Victor Harbor for the fourth year, said a major change this year is the venue.

"For the last four years we have been in Warland Reserve, however this year we will be in the Soldiers' Memorial Gardens on Flinders Parade across from the Anchorage Hotel," Ms Robertson said.

"We will have a beautiful walk along the esplanade, starting from the Soldier's Memorial Gardens, following the esplanade all the way to Kent Reserve, doing a loop of Kent Reserve and then rejoining the trail back to our paws village."

Attendees who would like to know about the charity's cruelty investigation role will have the opportunity to talk with RSPCA SA Chief Inspector Andrea Lewis, who has been part of the inspectorate for more than 15 years.

Attractions to enjoy before and after the walk include opportunities to have your dog professionally groomed by local business Herbal Hound and to learn about positive reinforcement training from Fleurieu Education for Dogs and Owners.

Diana Oakley from Fleurieu Education for Dogs and Owners said the march offers a great opportunity to spread awareness on issues facing pets and educate dog owners on training and care techniques for their four legged companions.

"Through the event we're able to promote positive reinforcement training and kind and friendly ways to train dogs that are pain free and force free and that are scientifically proven," she said.

"The dogs can have fun while being taught to be calm, amicable pet dogs for people and the march is a great way to promote this and socialsie with other dogs."

Local businesses will also have a range of stalls selling pet-care items, including Murphy's Paw (selling bandanas and custom accessories), Bruiser's Winter Warmers (selling homemade custom winter coats for dogs and other custom accessories), and Victor Harbor local Maggie, who makes car slings to cover the backseat of cars when transporting dogs.

Food stalls operating on the day will include The Old School Bus Catering Truck with their famous jaffles and there will be competitions with pet-related prizes to win including a five-day doggy day care pass from Pooch Palace at Seaford, valued at $200. "We really hope to see everyone out with their dogs in support of RSPCA SA and all the animals in need that they care for, because all that work is 100 percent dependent on our community to fund," Ms Robertson said.

For more info visit: millionpawswalk.com.au