Organisers of the Honour and Privilege Walk are hoping to break a world record with the help of over 800 German Shepherds around Australia this weekend.
At least 786 dogs are needed to break the record for the most German Shepherds walking at the same time, in the same country, this Sunday 15 November.
The scenic group walk will go for approximately 1 kilometre, with a shorter 300 metre walk for dogs who are seniors or who have disabilities.
The Walk attempt has been designed to educate the public about German Shepherds, the third largest breed of dog in Australia, and raise awareness about the abuse and neglect of this loyal breed.
Funds raised via Walk Sponsorship, Walk Registration Fees and Walk Merchandise Sales will be used to fund veterinary care for the abused and neglected dogs that come into GSDs (German Shepherd Dogs) In Need’s care from other rescue groups, council pounds, animal welfare groups and individual surrenders. The funds will also be used to pay for physical and behavioural rehabilitation and transportation.
After the race, dogs and their human pals will hang out and relax in the GSD Headquarter’s Village and enjoy shopping, food and drink areas and obedience and agility displays.
“Sadly we depend on donations,” says Sam Hardy Edwards from GSDs In Need. “We do our best to ensure every German Shepherd in the rescue receives the necessary veterinary care, and the very best rehabilitation. Some dogs, particularly the seniors, are ‘forever foster’ dogs and we continue to pay for their veterinary care to ensure they have a good quality of life while living with their devoted foster care family.”
GSDs In Need believes over 95 per cent of the dogs entering the rescue are from back yard breeding, and that if puppies could only be purchased from responsible, registered breeders, it would almost eliminate the need for a rescue organisation.
Dogs around the nation will be taking part in the walk this Sunday 15 November; the Brisbane leg will kick off at 9:30am at Durack Showgrounds. Register at gsdsinneed.com.au.