Dog owners invited to join Big Walkies event

RSPCA Big Walkies event to take place in Southwater SUS-151109-102214001

RSPCA Big Walkies event to take place in Southwater SUS-151109-102214001

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RSPCA in Horsham is hosting its first year of Big Walkies - for pooches and their owners to take part in a dog walk to show their support for the charity.

The walk will take place in Southwater Country Park on Sunday October 4 at 10am with a choice of a 3k or 5k walk.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome and will even get their own bandana to wear on the day.

The RSPCA held their flagship Big Walkies event at Alexandra Palace in London on May 31 and a second event in Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham on June 7. Almost 1,000 dogs took part over the two events.

Throughout September and October there are 21 local Big Walkies events all over the country for people to take part in.

RSPCA branch chair Anita Marsland said: “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together to get behind a good cause.

“We are a national of animal lovers and this is a great opportunity to make lots of new doggy friends - and human ones too.

“We hope that on Sunday the whole town will be filled with calls of ‘walkies’ and sights of wagging tails.”

Some of the RSPCA’s star rescue dogs are taking part in Big Walkies. One of the dogs taking part in Horsham will be Tim. He was found neglected but was rehabilitated by the RSPCA and now has new owners who will be joining the pack on Sunday.

Joining Tim will be Dolly, who is currently being cared for by RSPCA Sussex North branch. Dolly is hoping to raise the £500 that it cost the RSPCA for her life-saving operation.

Dolly can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/DollytheDog

To register please visit www.rspca.org.uk/bigwalkies and fill out a quick and simple form with a few details.

It costs £10 for one dog and £5 for any additional pooches - humans can come along free. Online ticket purchase closes 14 days before the event.

Once you’ve registered, you will receive a Big Walkies Participant Pack with everything you need to know about Big Walkies.

The RSPCA are hoping that dogs will get sponsored to do the walk to help raise vital funds for other animals less fortunate than them.

Report and picture contributed by RSPCA Sussex North.