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Think Tough Mudder but with a dog. That’s what Animal Aid’s Adventure Dog – A Cross Country Challenge is all about.

The event is taking place on 5 April at Wandin Park Equestrian Centre and will help raise funds for Animal Aid, to support homeless or unwanted animals.

Last year’s event raised over $59,000.

Canine and human participants will be challenged across the 4km course with 25 obstacles that involve mud, bubbles, inflatables and much more.

Animal Aid’s CEO Mark Menze said the event has been designed to ensure it’s a fun day out for dogs and families.

“You will venture over the hills, under the logs, through the mud, you will enter the bush and into the water. All while enjoying the views across the Yarra Valley towards Mt Donna Buang,” he said.

“Friends and family are welcome to come along on the day to give their support, there will be plenty of activities to keep them busy while you hit the course.

“After completing the challenge you and your four-legged friend will have a chance to re-join your supporters and refuel with plenty of food and drink on offer in the event village.”

Participants must register via Animal Aid’s Go Fundraise page before 22 March to participate.

Human entrants must be aged 12 or over (consent form signed by legal guardian for those under 18), and

dog entrants must be aged one year or over on event day. All humans and dogs must be fit to participate.

Animal aid is asking entrants to also rally family and friends to support individual fundraising.

Animal Aid has been helping animals in need for over 70 years. The organisation does not receive government funding and relies heavily on fundraising.

According to the organisation, every year over 6000 animals come through its doors.

For more information about Adventure Dog and to register, visit

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