New Challenge for Million Paws Walk

New Challenge for Million Paws Walk

RSPCA Tasmania has issued a challenge to the dog owners of the state to walk a million paws with their pets in just one month in the lead up to this year’s 22nd annual Million Paws Walk held nationally on Sunday 21st May 2017.

The new Million Paws Walk Challenge launched yesterday allows participants to set their own fitness and fundraising goals over the next four weeks and is ideal for those who wish to fundraise for RSPCA Tasmania but are possibly unable to participate in the official walks on 21st May.

RSPCA Tasmania CEO Peter West says the Challenge is a novel way to introduce a slightly competitive element to this popular annual event and is a wonderful way for people who can’t attend the physical walks on the day to get involved.

CEO Peter West

He says RSPCA Tasmania hopes to attract a record number of walkers around the state to the six Million Paws Walks at Stanley, Ulverstone, Launceston, St Helens, Hobart and Huonville.

"With the weather hopefully on our side this year, our Million Paws Walks look set to be the biggest yet in Tassie. With luck we will see around 3,500 people and 14,000 paws pounding the pavements around the state,” Mr West said.

An army of more than 100 volunteers will help run the State-wide events.

Million Paws Walk is the Tasmanian animal charity’s biggest annual fundraising event, raising funds critical to the continued operation of their three animal care centres, community engagement activities, advocacy work and the vital Animal Inspectorate Team that deal with around 3,000 call to the Animal Cruelty Hotline each year.

"We are calling on the community to join us in celebrating the health benefits of having a dog by taking the challenge or registering for the walks either online or on the day,” Mr West said.

Southern dog owners considering participation in a Million Paws Walk on Sunday 21st May will again be spoiled for choice, with events in Hobart and Huonville.

The Hobart event will again have a seaside flavour, being held at the Long Beach Reserve in Lower Sandy Bay. This venue was very popular with Million Paws Walk participants for the past two years, and will again feature two official walks with beach components, the popular family-friendly Green adjacent to the playground and beaches.

The third Huonville Million Paws Walk is again a collaboration between RSPCA Tasmania and Huon Valley Council and features two walks from event HQ at the Huonville Oval. This event is expected to attract large numbers of dog owners in the Huon Valley who’ve never before tried a Million Paws Walk.

The Walk in the seaside town of St Helens will use the new venue successfully trialled last year at Stieglitz Beach. It will feature a seaside walk, games, entertainment and catering.

The Inveresk precinct in Launceston has proven to be an ideal venue over the past several years for the Launceston Walk, which traditionally attracts the largest turnout of enthusiastic dogs and their walkers for a Tasmanian Million Paws Walk event.

Along the North West Coast there will be events at Shropshire Park, Ulverstone and at the Stanley Recreation Ground, both events featuring seaside environments, games, entertainment and catering.

All walks around the state start at 11am with on-site registration commencing from 10am.

Register online to fundraise and to take up the Million Paws Walk Challenge, visit