RSPCA fundraiser pays off

TWEED'S RSPCA branch has turned funds collected at the popular Million Paws Walk into a much-needed horse float.

The money collected at last year's Tweed leg of the walk, a popular event for dog lovers held at RSPCA branches around Australia, as well as additional funds raised at local opportunity shops, has paid for the purpose-built $10,000 float.

It will enable the RSPCA local inspector to transport injured and at-risk animals.

RSPCA Tweed honorary administrator Lesley Haggart said: “Up until now our northern NSW inspector had to borrow a horse trailer or hire one if he needed to transport livestock.”

And sometimes a trailer could not be found.

“The nearest RSPCA horse float was in Sydney, which is a bit far to go,” Ms Haggart said.

“The new trailer will service the whole of the North Coast [from Coffs to Tweed].”

The double horse float is likely to transport all types of livestock and all creatures great rather than small.

The new float is also expected to be of assistance during floods and fires and in individual emergencies.

Ms Haggart said the fundraising was a credit to the Tweed volunteers.

After identifying the need for a horse float, volunteer staff at the op shops in Boyd and Florence streets worked hard to make it happen.

“And of course, thanks to all those people who took part in the Tweed's first Million Paws Walk in Kingscliff last year,” Ms Haggart said.

She said money raised at this year's Million Paws Walk had been earmarked for a program to help the pets of the elderly.

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