By SHELLEY TOPP
Rangiora dog owners and their canine companions will take part Christchurch’s SPCA Great NZ Paws Walk fundraiser this Saturday. (November 9).
Two of the dog owners, Karen Davis and her young border collie Finn, and Keagan Brown and her eight-month border collie pup Seuss, will join the Christchurch fundraiser which will be held at the Halswell Quarry on Saturday, November 9, starting at 1pm.
Karen and Finn belong to the Canterbury Canine Obedience Club. She says taking part in the walk with Finn is a good opportunity for him to socialise with other dogs in a controlled environment and raise money for a good cause.
Keagan, who is a member of the North Canterbury Dog Training Club, agrees.
“It is a great way to support a good cause.”
The Christchurch Paws Walk is one of many which have been organised by the SPCA around New Zealand on Saturday, with others in Auckland, Wellington Hamilton, Tauranga, Renwick, Whakatane, Gisborne and Whanganui.
The SPCA is hoping thousands of New Zealanders and their canine friends will join the walks as it aims to raise $150,000 on the day.
“Without the help of the public, our SPCA team wouldn’t be able to help the 41,000 animals that come through our doors each year,” SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen says.
” Donations from New Zealanders help rescue and rehome sick, injured and abused animals.”
Registration for the Paws Walk event costs $10 for one dog, $15 for two dogs, or $20 for three dogs and can be done on the SPCA website. Each dog registered for the event will receive an SPCA bandanna to wear during the Paws walk.
Online registration is preferred by the SPCA so it can send participants out their welcome pack, but dog owners who have left it too late to do that will be able to register at the event on the day of the walk. “We won’t be turning people away,” SPCA events and community fundraising manager Lucie (Lucie correct) Fowler says.