Northamptonshire dog-owners are being urged to sign up to the Big Walkies event in October to raise money for dogs who have had a tough start in life – like Rocky.

With a fractured leg and shoulder, Rocky looked a sorry sight when he arrived at the RSPCA’s Northamptonshire branch.

The Border Terrier-cross had been involved in a road traffic accident and was found by a member of the public, who took him to a local vet.

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But despite a public appeal, no owner ever came forward for 18-month-old Rocky.

And with vet bills mounting up to hundreds of pounds, Rocky’s situation was looking problematic.

Thankfully, Rocky’s story started doing the rounds on Facebook – and donations started coming in to pay for his treatment. Soon, £900 had been donated towards his medical costs.

Jaymi Wilmin, fundraising manager at the branch, said: “During the initial stages of Rocky’s treatment, it was a possibility that he would either need surgery to fix his fractures or face amputation of his leg.

“Luckily for Rocky he did not need any surgery as the team worked closely with Northlands Veterinary Hospital, carrying out x-rays and cast changes to ensure his wounds were healing in the correct position.”

It was a long six months before he was able to start looking for a new home. During that time, he lived with one of the branch’s foster carers and was a frequent visitor at the branch, where he was nicknamed Rocky the Rockstar.

Rocky’s fosterer, Michelle, said: “Rocky is such a loving dog, he was great with my children and was best friends with my own dog. He loved going on long walks and visiting the office, probably because of the amount of fuss he’d get!

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“He was such a character and it was really surprising that he was in our care for so long. When he finally found his ‘furever’ home, my family missed him dearly, as did all of the team in the office. He was so well loved, but we are all very happy that he finally found the right home.”

The RSPCA’s Northamptonshire branch is holding a sponsored dog walk to help raise funds for dogs like Rocky, who haven’t had the best start in life.

The Big Walkies event is taking place on Sunday 20 October from 10am to 1pm at Brixworth Country Park. It costs £10 per dog to take part and £5 per additional dog.

All dogs will receive and bandana to wear on the day, while their owners will get a matching t-shirt.

Walkies is a sponsored event so every person and dog taking part is encouraged to raise as much money as they can, which will help more animals who have been abandoned, neglected and mistreated in Northamptonshire. A sponsorship total of £80 will pay for food and shelter for one of the Branch’s dogs for one week.

For more information and to sign up visit www.rspca.org.uk/bigwalkies