Coffs Harbour pet step out out against animal cruelty

Community members gathered at Park Beach Reserve for the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk.

PET LOVERS stepped out to support the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk at Park Beach Reserve on Sunday 26 May.

The nationwide event raises awareness and funds to fight against animal cruelty.

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“It was incredibly heartwarming to see the Coffs community come together to support the RSPCA and walk to fight animal cruelty on such a beautiful and sunny day,” Coffs Harbour Million Paws Walk coordinator Emma Van Gerven told News Of The Area.

“It was a wonderful turnout in Coffs Harbour for the 30th anniversary of the event.

“To see all the happy faces and wagging tails during the event makes our job worthwhile.”

RSPCA staff and volunteers were also able to reunite with dogs who had been adopted from the local RSPCA shelter, producing many tears of joy.

One very special dog led Sunday’s walk, with RSPCA representatives overjoyed to see ‘Magenta’ and her owners Cheryl and Bill, who raised over $1850 for this year’s event.

“Magenta was adopted from the RSPCA after being in our care for 843 days,” said Emma.

“Magenta had a rough start to life and has a sad background story but has since found the most loving home and is living her best life in ‘paradise’.

“Her story is a reminder of why we do what we do, helping animals in need and fighting against animal cruelty.

“The positive stories touch our hearts and remind us there is good in the world and we can make a difference.

Local businesses who donated prizes for the raffle included P.S Pet treats, Maggie’s Pet Co, Coramba Hotel, The Book Warehouse, The Happy Frog, and Nesting Needles.

Also supporting the event were City of Coffs Harbour, P.S Pet Treats, The Lane Way Events, Adams Wildlife Encounters and Pacific Vet Care.

Cutty Cakes, Woolgoolga’s Finest Butcher and Top Town Meats Woolgoolga supplied food for the BBQ.

Coffs Kennards Hire supplied the BBQ equipment along with a generator, and Inspired Audio Visual supplied the PA system.

The Coffs Harbour Dog Training Club also got involved, offering demonstrations of scent work and tricks.

“The support from local businesses and the community was overwhelming and very much appreciated.”

Emma gave a big shout out to all RSPCA staff and volunteers who assisted with the event, with event MC Lisa getting a special mention.

“It is heart-warming to have so much support for a cause so close to so many hearts.

“I cannot wait to see how next year’s event turns out.”


The community steps out with their pets on the Million Paws Walk.

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