Thursday, May 17, 2012


Sambo got some wheels after his major spinal operation in April 2010.

Sambo has now regained 60% of movement in his hind legs and does 90% of what he used to do before his injury. He has a good quality of life despite his disabilities and enjoys being a normal energetic and happy dog – playing, swimming and running around with his cart.

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is this weekend on Sunday 20th May at Sydney Olympic Park. Western Sydney resident Debra Moodie and her Kelpie crossbreed Sambo (who suffered paralysis in his hind legs), worked hard to be the top fundraisers for NSW so far in 2012. Their passion for animal welfare has inspired others to help thousands of animals in need.

Sambo completed his first Million Paws Walk last year, just 12 months after vets said he would never walk again due to a spinal cord injury. Mrs Moodie and Sambo were top NSW fundraisers in 2011 and also won a Hyandai car as one of the fundraising prizes. Instead of keeping the car, Mrs Moodie sold it and donated $5000 from the proceeds to the RSPCA and $10,000 to her local animal shelter, where she fosters elderly and sick dogs.

“Many people don’t realise the costs of caring for animals and all the hard work that goes into animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA - every dollar counts,” said Mrs Moodie. “It’s inspiring to be able to turn a negative situation into a positive. Sambo has inspired me and I hope he inspires others too.”

In addition to running her own business, Mrs Moodie reached out to her community, local businesses, friends, family, colleagues, suppliers and customers to raise vital funds for the RSPCA. On top of online fundraising, her tactics include selling chocolates, organising raffles, coordinating collection tins and dropping letters in her local area.

“The key to fundraising is to remain committed to hitting your target and follow up with people. Aim for smaller amounts and do many different things in your community,” said Mrs Moodie. “I really appreciate all the support, kind words and donations people are giving us and I’m sure we will reach our target of $10,000 thanks to everyone’s generosity.”

It’s not too late to register for this weekend’s RSPCA Million Paws Walk. People can continue fundraising for 6 weeks after the event, at which time the top fundraisers for 2012 and raffle winners will be announced.

For more information and to register, visit:

To donate to Sambo’s Million Paws Walk fundraising page go to:

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