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Virtual Big Dog Walk to raise money for dog charities set for September

July 29, 2020

Dog owners are invited to take part in the 2020 Virtual Dog Walk – the World Big Dog Walk Challenge – in September 2020 to raise thousands of pounds for dog-related charities.

Dog walkers from all over the world will complete their walks independently, getting involved via the World Big Dog Walk website. It is free to get involved and all money raised will go directly to charities that support dogs in need. Dog walkers can make pledges to walk a certain distance or raise a target amount for one of the canine charities featured on the website, or a charity of their choice, examples include Pets as Therapy, Mayhew or Streetvet. 

Nicole Cooper, Managing Director of the Big Dog Walk series says: 

“2020 has been a tough year for humans and dogs. Dog charities have been suffering throughout this world heath crisis and so we are asking our pawsome dog walking community to get out and about in their own environment – should that be in a field near your house or even around the block on your regular walkies – and pledge a distance you and your pup will walk during the month of September to raise money for the dogs we all love.

“According to The Institute of fundraising, charities are expecting a 24% reduction in total income for the year, which equates to a £12.4 billion loss, in total (between 23rd March and the 12th May). This loss of income could potentially devastate many animal charities, where lives are often, quite literally, hanging in the balance. The World Big Dog Walk aims to make a difference, by calling upon the dog walking community to come together to raise valuable funds for man’s best friend”. 

Organisers are aiming to hit a total of 40,075km – the circumference of the Earth and are encouraging dog walkers to let their dogs take the lead, get out into the fresh air and clock the miles up!

Once the miles start clocking up, Pip, the walk’s Virtual Dog, will start his journey around the world map which is updated in real time on the website depicting the miles walked by fundraisers. His aim is to lap the entire world (at least once). 

Following months of lockdown and continued social distancing, the next Big Dog Walk series will take place across several sites in the UK, including Hylands House, Loseley Park and Belvoir Castle, in spring 2021 but in the meantime, organisers are delighted to be able to raise money and get dog walkers involved in their own virtual dog walk challenge. 

For more information and to sign up visit: http://bigdogwalk.co.uk/world-walk