Numbers may have been down about 40 per cent in dog registrations for this year's Million Paws Walk at Taree Showground, but that didn't stop the fun had by those in attendance.
"It was a huge dip in registrations but we still had a great day," said co-ordinator Jan Swift.
Hosted by the Taree and District branch of the RSPCA, the event raised $3500 for the organisation.
"It's a wonderful result that's only made possible by the support of local businesses in Taree, Wingham, Harrington and Old Bar. A lot sponsored or made donations so we didn't have to pay for things," she said.
The SES as well as the Taree North Rotary Club also contributed to the success of the day.
The walk took place in "glorious" weather conditions and there were seven prize categories (with four or five prizes in each) up for grabs, including best dressed pet, waggiest tail, best trick, and a dog and owner lookalike.
"Really, everyone who came got something," said Jan.
The giveaways and vouchers were possible with generous support of local businesses.
All proceeds assist the RSPCA to operate animal shelters, support its inspectors and provide education to the community on animal welfare issues.
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