Mascots to be named at Million Paws Walk!


Cairns Regional Council’s furry mascots will join their four-legged friends at this weekend’s RSPCA Million Paws Walk. 

The dog and cat mascots – whose objective is to spread the message of responsible pet ownership – will not only get some good (on-leash) exercise, but will be officially named on Sunday morning.

Division 5 Councillor Richie Bates will announce the winners of a competition that invited local children to name the mascots.

“We received some wonderfully quirky and creative entries and we want to congratulate everyone who contributed,” Cr Bates said.

“While this competition has been a bit of fun, the mascots will actually be taking an important message to families throughout the region.

“Owning a pet can bring great joy, but it needs to be understood from day one that a pet is for life and they do have some special needs.

“It’s important that we all understand how to care for our furry family members, to keep them safe and secure in our yards at home, to feed them well and exercise them regularly.

“And, of course, we need to ensure our pets are registered and microchipped, as this makes it possible for Council to reunite our pets if they ever got lost.”

The new mascots will visit schools, community groups and public events and Cr Bates said the Million Paws Walk was the perfect place to start.

“This event encourages responsible pet ownership and raises awareness of the work of the RSPCA and its volunteers,” he said.

The competition winners will be announced as part of the Million Paws Walk at 11.30am on Sunday, May 20, near Muddy’s Playground on the Cairns Esplanade.

(NOT FOR PUBLICATION PRIOR TO 11.30am SUNDAY, MAY 20)

The winning names are “Reggie” the dog and “Boots” the cat. “Reggie” was entered by 3-year-old Jordan Walsh and is short for “Registration”. “Boots” was the entry of 2-year-old Lachlan Christopher.

Both winners are expected to be present at the announcement. They will receive a prize pack from Cairns Regional Council

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