Dogged determination to aid RSPCA

BRITISH bulldogs Jax and Fergie were their usual well-behaved selves when participating in the Million Paws Walk in Launceston yesterday.

The RSPCA's major fund-raiser saw more than 300 pets and their owners brave the rain and pound the pavement in support of the animal welfare organisation.

Although participation numbers were lower than in  previous years, pooches of all shapes and sizes were impeccably behaved for the event which started at Inveresk.

Launceston family Craig, Sandra, Arwen, Myfanwi and Rosie took their dog Jelly along for the walk.

Arwen raised more than $245 alone by writing to family members with an earnest request for donations.

She conceded Granny and Poppy were most generous.

A busy RSPCA Launceston animal care centre manager Lorraine Hamilton was forced to leave her dogs, Crumpet and Sparky, at home for the day.

She said that while numbers and funds raised were down, the organisation was grateful for the support.

``We're actually very pleased with the number of people here,'' she said.

``Dogs don't mind having wet, muddy paws, and their owners are used to it too.''

Ms Hamilton reminded people that donations were always welcome at the Launceston centre.

She said it was in particular need of laundry detergent and cat litter.

RSPCA Million Paws Walk was held at venues in Hobart, Launceston, Stanley, St Helens, Ulverstone and King Island.

Jarrad, Kylie and Jago Cirkel, 1, of Legana, with Jax and Fergie. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Jarrad, Kylie and Jago Cirkel, 1, of Legana, with Jax and Fergie. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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