Dogs don’t usually make it past the gate at Adelaide’s much-loved Botanic Gardens, but on Sunday May 28 they can enjoy privileged, one-day only access if their owners buy tickets to RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk – the well-known charity’s main fundraising event for the year.
A successful “mini” Million Paws Walk in the Botanic Garden last year prompted the Garden authority to allow the main event to be staged inside the walled oasis this year. The date coincides with Botanic Gardens Day, an annual celebration in Australia and New Zealand of the work done within botanical gardens to conserve plants for future generations.
RSPCA SA’s CEO Marcus Gehrig praised last year’s participants for paving the way for the much-loved annual fundraiser to return.
“Everyone seemed to understand the privileged access they were enjoying, and did the right thing in terms of sticking to the paths, keeping their dogs under control….and, of-course, having poo bags at the ready,” says Marcus.
“We think this is now the best Million Paws Walk in the country – what better way to spend a Sunday morning than strolling through this greenery with others who share a passion for animals and their welfare.”
RSPCA South Australia relies on donations from the community to support animals residing in its three shelters and with volunteer foster carers. Currently, the organisation has almost one thousand animals in care.
“We definitely need a funding boost ahead of the high-demand winter months,” says Marcus.
“We encourage every participant to share their fundraising page with family and friends so they, too, can contribute to care costs for our state’s most vulnerable animals.”
RSPCA South Australia relies on donations from the community to support animals residing in its three shelters and with volunteer foster carers.
Participants can choose between two sign-posted 1.8km or 3.1km walks, both starting from the Garden’s Conservatory Gate located off Plane Tree Drive. Participants can join in anytime between 9am to 12pm. A Million Paws Walk Village in Botanic Park (opposite the Garden, on Plane Tree Drive) will have food and festivities to enjoy before and after doing the walk.
Million Paws Walk
Sunday 28 May 2023
Adelaide Botanic Gardens