Alexandra Palace in London was overrun on May 31 as 500 dogs took part in the RSPCA’s Big Walkies.

Putting their best paw forward for charity at Big Walkies.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes dodged the rain as they walked around “Ally Pally” to raise vital funds for the UK’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity.

There were staggered start times from 10am to give the dogs plenty of room and lots of water stations for the thirsty pups on the 3k or 5k walk.

Members of the public were joined by talent show contestants and reality TV participants for the event – helping raise more than £10,000.

Ray Quinn
, who attended with his dog Percy, said: “I love animals and dogs especially.

“Dogs don’t have a voice and, unfortunately, people do mistreat them way too often, and that is why we need the RSPCA. There are some fantastic dogs here today; it’s been great to meet them and to hear all their stories.”

RSPCA chief veterinary officer James Yeates added: “It is fantastic to see so many people out walking with their dogs.

“Dogs need their exercise and love spending time with their owners, and it is great to see so many people enjoying the company of their dogs too.

“Dog walking has many lifestyle benefits including socialisation, exercising to keep trim and, for busy modern lives, many people find it a form of stress relief.”

RSPCA Big Walkies kicked off RSPCA Week – the charity’s largest annual awareness raising event running from May 31 to June 7. The theme for this year is looking at the core areas of RSPCA’s work in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals.

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