The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch are inviting the local community to take on their Best Paw Forward Challenge, a unique virtual fitness challenge where participants choose their own distance, method and sponsorship target to support local animals in need.

The Duke family (below) raised over £260 with a combination of walking, jogging and cycling and included their dog Annie to reach a total of 67 miles in March 2022’s Best Paw Forward Challenge. The family encouraged donations through a Just Giving page and more than doubled their original target of 30 miles!

Community fundraiser Michelle King says, “There are lots of virtual fitness challenges to get involved with, but the Best Paw Forward is unique, as it allows challengers to set their own goals. Whether you want to walk five miles around your garden, tackle a mile a day on the treadmill, or cycle from one end of Yorkshire to the other – this challenge is for everyone of all abilities, ages and fitness levels!”

Those who would like to take on the challenge just need to complete their personalised target during the month of March. All participants who raise over £20 in sponsorship will receive a medal for their achievement and can set up a digital fundraising page of their choice or collect funds through a traditional paper sponsor form.

Dottie the hamster helped her owner, Lynne, to complete the length of an entire marathon during the 2021 Best Paw Forward challenge – raising over £70 with offline sponsorship.

“Our team are here to support you through the challenge and provide you with any help, advice or motivation needed. Previous challengers have come up with some really unique ways to smash their targets – from Dottie the hamster running in her wheel to the Duke family collectively covering over 60 miles through a mixture of walking, cycling and jogging! We want our challengers to have fun, involve family, friends (or pets) and receive their medals with a sense of pride at their achievement, and for making a difference to the lives of local animals in need. It’s easy to sign up and we really hope the local community will get involved.”

All sponsorship raised will go to the local Wade Street Animal Centre in Halifax. The charity has seen a sharp increase in demand for their services due to the current cost of living crisis. From a rise in pet hand overs to soaring energy prices, the centre’s running costs are constantly climbing, so events such as this are a brilliant way to ensure they can continue to rehabilitate and rehome over 500 animals in need every year.

The challenge will raise funds for animals like Reggie (above) in the care of the local RSPCA.

For more information about the Best Paw Forward Challenge and how to get involved visit You can also email or call Michelle King on 07908 478956.


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