On Sunday October 8th 2017, a fundraising walk to raise vital funds for animal charities will take place - so get your pens and diaries out and save the date! In addition to fundraising, another important goal of the event is to help raise awareness about the plight of animals looking for homes in local shelters. The walk kicks off at 8am sharp, to motivate you and your furbabies to get out of bed bright and early and make the most of your Sunday Funday!
After the walk, unwind and relax in peace, knowing that you've already completed your cardio quota for the week, and check out the many great stalls on site as part of the Pet Expo. Stalls will be open until 10:30am. There will be a large range of dog and cat catered stalls, including, of course, treats and accessories! Not only can your pooch enjoy a feast after all that exercise, they'll be feasting in style.
Now, being fashionable is very important - because there will be a competition for Best Dressed Dog on the day! Here's your chance to add to Fido's already extensive resume. Does your dog know any impressive tricks? Why not enter the Best Trick competition? Oh, and don't let your dog down by not dressing up - because there is also a competition for Best Owner/Dog Lookalike... it's time to get cracking on coordinating outfits for the day! If you don't feel like entering, fear not because you can still win prizes - because there are heaps of raffle prizes to be fun.
Eddy and Sam decked out in their fancy banana and hotdog costumes.
In addition to fun dog and cat market stalls, there will also be a wide range of food stalls for the humans - including, of course... coffee! Where would we be without caffeine, especially on a Sunday morning?! Wine and dine (okay, probably more like coffee and dine) with free entertainment provided, including live music and local celebrity MC-ing to keep patrons up to date with the going ons. Of course, being a dog event, there will also be doggy entertainment, with clever obedience demonstrations from local trainers and their dogs. How fun!
Don't worry, there will of course be coffee available!
Registration starts from 7:30am on the day, or save time (and have a bit of a sleep in!) by registering now online here. The walk is located on the East Bank Foreshore of Kawana Lake on the Sunshine Coast. For Brisbane-ites, Kawana Lake is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away by car, making for a nice day trip for the whole family. The walk costs $10 per dog, or $15 for a family of dogs.
A quick shout out to the proud sponsors of this doggy event:
The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge (SCARS) is managed by an unpaid, elected committee, and run by a small staffing compliment and a large dedicated group of volunteers. It operates from a 1.08 hectare site at Sippy Creek Road in Tanawha, opposite to the Council Pound. This area can house approximately 70 dogs and 50 cats. SCARS accepts dogs and cats from the Sunshine Coast Council Pound after owners cannot be traced, as well as from private surrenders.
All dogs and cats admitted to SCARS are vet checked, vaccinated, wormed, desexed, microchipped, and medically treated if necessary, before being made available to the public for adoption. Comprehensive terms and conditions of adoption are in place to ensure that all cats and dogs are adopted into an appropriately loving home. Of course, all this comes at a cost - SCARS relies on the Sunshine Coast Council Partnership Funding programme, bequests, local businesses, clubs, and the community in general, "for which we are very thankful and could not survive without". By registering for the upcoming walk, you will be playing an important role in this charity's mission to save as many animal lives as possible.
Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge (SCARS). Photo taken from SCARS' official Facebook page.
4Paws Animal Rescue is a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, and rely solely on donations. They provide refuge for homeless dogs and cats on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and beyond, many of which have been surrendered or abandoned due to lifestyle changes. There are also those who have been rescued from cruel living conditions where they unfortunately have been abused and/or neglected. All animals under the care of 4Paws are placed into the homes of wonderful foster carers until they find their furever home.
"As well as re-homing the animals, we also believe that education is the key to reducing the number of unwanted companion animals. To this end, we strive to teach members of the public about responsible pet ownership."
4Paws Animal Rescue. Photo taken from 4Paws' official Facebook page.