OUT of the gate and off for a walk went...400 people and their dogs.
Hairy Maclary may not have been among them, but dogs of all shapes and sizes took their owners along to the annual 4Paws and Sippy Creek Animal Refuge Walk for Awareness.
The group walked around Lake Kawana to raise awareness of the benefits of choosing to adopt pets from refuges rather than being lured by backyard breeders.
Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge manager Penny Brischke said they were also promoting responsible pet ownership, which involved desexing and micro-chipping.
Ms Brischke said despite the large volume of four-legged friends, there were "no doggy misdemeanours".
"The atmosphere was really good and the pets were well behaved," she said.
Every pooch that came along was rewarded with a doggy treat bag from Pet Stock while their owner's $10 registration fees will be used to help 4Paws and SCARS.