Singer Peter Andre has joined forces with the RSPCA to encourage animal-lovers to walk 10,000 steps every day in October to raise money for the charity.

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The dog-loving celebrity took part in a photo shoot at Stanmer Park, in Brighton, with rescue dogs William and Woody, to promote the charity’s My Big Walkies.

He said: “It’s important to remember how much happiness dogs bring to our lives. Sadly there are many dogs which are ill-treated every day and the RSPCA works incredibly hard to combat animal cruelty.

“I encourage dog-owners to sign up for My Big Walkies. Taking part will help raise money which will enable the RSPCA to carry out this vital work.

“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to get out and about with your dog, while helping less fortunate dogs at the same time. It’ll be fun, great for your health and fitness, great for your dog and it’s all for a fantastic cause – the RSPCA.”

Peter’s involvement with the fundraising campaign comes as a survey by the RSPCA showed that 91% of dog-owners polled by the RSPCA* didn’t like to walk in silence while exercising their pooch. While 75% like to talk, 16% go one step further and sing to their dog.

The survey also showed that:

  • 9% of dog-owners only talk to their pooch to say “come on!” while 1% don’t talk at all;
  • 33% of dog-owners take photos of their dog on every walk, and 11% put the photos on social media.

The RSPCA’s My Big Walkies challenge will take place throughout October.

Animal-lovers who sign up to My Big Walkies will pledge to take 10,000 steps a day throughout the month with or without your dog while being sponsored to do so.

Money raised will go towards helping the RSPCA rescue animals from cruelty.

To find out more and to sign up for My Big Walkies, visit https://loveanimals.rspca.org.uk/mybigwalkies

Those who are unable to take part in My Big Walkies but want to support the RSPCA can text LOVE to 87023 to give £3. (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message.)