Man's best friend walks for the RSPCA
IT'S the walk to fight against animal cruelty and they came in droves from backyards and kennels right across the Rocky region to make their voices heard.
From chihuahuas to irish wolfhounds and just about everything in between, these were the loved and cared-for pooches, standing in solidarity with those who weren't so lucky and the RSPCA, the organisation that fights for their cause.
Hundreds of dogs and their owners gathered at Rigarlsford Park this morning. Some were stately and dignified, some wanted to make friends with every pup in sight and some wore their grey muzzles with pride, nearing the end of a life well lived.
There were pedigrees, lotsadoodles and some who took the term "mixed- breed" to a whole new level. Other than a lot of waggy tails, these fur-babies all had one thing in common - owners who love them and accept the responsibility a pet entails.
Some clearly had a hefty price-tag at birth, but others were lucky, rescued by a human with a heart after being abandoned.
Not necessarily pretty, and often a bit battered and bruised with the unfairness of life, it's these pups that fill RSPCA animal shelters around the country.
And it's the annual Million Paws Walk that raises much-needed funds to help give these and other abandoned animals a chance for a healthy life with a loving family.
It costs about $48 million in Queensland alone with less than 1% of that received in government funding.
Yesterday, it was the people's turn to join with 85 other centres around Australia and show their best friends that we are also there to help.