Million Paws Walk participation not hindered by lack of dog ownership for South Perth youngsters


Hannah and Adam Stanley with Gus. Picture: John Hewson d452353
Hannah and Adam Stanley with Gus. Picture: John Hewson d452353

THEY might not have their own dog, but that will not stop two young South Perth residents from participating in the Million Paws Walk.

Brother and sister duo Hannah and Adam Stanley plan to borrow their friends’ dogs Charlie and Lulu to take part in the animal welfare charity fundraiser.

“We’re huge animal lovers and we have two rescue cats at home, which is why we don’t have a dog, but that isn’t stopping us taking part because we’re taking our friends pups on the Million Paws Walk,” Hannah (10) said.

“This will be our fourth year taking part in the event, we love the RSPCA and how it goes about saving animals in need and we really want to help, so this year we have a target of around $800.

“My brother and I are really excited about taking part, we love seeing all the dogs, really we just love animals and this is a great way to help them.”

Hannah and Adam (12) will walk in the fundraiser on May 15.

RSPCA WA executive manager of community engagement Maree Daniels said the Million Paws Walk event attracted tens of thousands of dog lovers and RSPCA supporters over the past 20 years.

“It’s record breaking that almost 3000 people have registered within the first couple of weeks of launching our 20th anniversary Million Paws Walk,” she said.

“More than half of them have participated in our walk before, but as the buzz spreads far and wide, there are more than 1000 newbies who are going to be combining fun with a good cause.”

Taking place at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth, gates for the event open at 8.30am.

Participants can choose a 1km, 2km or 5km course with all funds going towards helping the RSPCA fight animal cruelty.

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