Frequently Asked Questions

What is PAWGUST?

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PAWGUST is a fitness and fundraising challenge in August that encourages people to brave the cold and walk or run at least 60km in August to raise funds for Guide Dogs.

What are the dates?

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The PAWGUST challenge starts on 1 August and finishes on 31 August. Registration opens in May and fundraising pages close in 30 September.

Can I still get involved if I don’t have a dog?

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Yes, absolutely! We’d love you to!

You can sign up to take part in PAWGUST if you don’t have a dog. Just be prepared to receive lots of dog puns!

How can I register?

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Registrations for PAWGUST open in May and will stay open over August. You can register via the PAWGUST page.

Does it cost to register?

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Nope! It is free to participate.

I'm under 18, can I still register?

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Yes, absolutely! We love to see under 18s getting involved in this event and we welcome your involvement. We do, however, need a parent/guardian to complete the registration form on your behalf.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns -

How much do I have to walk or run?

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We suggest walking or running a minimum of 60km across the month of August (which is roughly 30 mins a day!). You can, however, choose to walk or run less or more!

Please note: all dogs are different, so if you are moving with a dog it’s important to keep in mind the fitness, age and size of your dog when walking or running during PAWGUST. If you are unsure about your dog’s capacity to walk or run for this amount of time each day, please consult your local vet.

How can I fundraise?

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Online via your PAWGUST fundraising page which is set up for you when you register. You will be sent a free PAWGUST pack which will have some great tips and hints to assist you. There are also downloads available online which will greatly assist you on your PAWGUST journey. You can check out our Fundraising Top Tips page or contact us directly

How do I update my fundraising goal?

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Simply login and edit your fundraising target on your profile page.

Do I have to wait until August to start fundraising?

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Definitely not! You can start fundraising as soon as you register. Check out our Fundraising Top Tips and get started now (the sooner, the better!).

Where does the money I raise go?

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Money raised during PAWGUST supports Guide Dogs organisations across Australia and New Zealand. The funds you raise will go to your local state.

The money raised during PAWGUST will go towards providing orientation and mobility training, Guide Dogs, adaptive aids, counselling, case management and other vital services to people living with vision loss or blindness. All these services are provided at no cost to our clients. 

If someone donates to my page online, will they get a tax receipt?

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Yes. If they donate more than $2 they will receive a tax receipt which will be sent to the email address they put into the online donation form. It's sometimes a good idea to also check your junk mail in case it has gone in there for some reason. 

How do I input my steps, distance and minutes walked online?

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Login to your PAWGUST dashboard, click on 'Log My Walk/Run'. There are 4 fields that you can complete. 'Date', 'Duration (mins)', 'Steps' and 'Distance (km)'. Then click 'Log Activity'. These will now display on your PAWGUST fundraising page and in your dashboard.

How long does registration and fundraising stay open?

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Registration stays open until Friday, 9 August. Fundraising stays open until Monday, 30 September.

Is the registration form accessible by a screen reader?

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Yes. However if you're having any difficulties please contact us on 1300 00 PAWS (7297) and we are more than happy to help.

I’ve participated before, do I have to sign up again?

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Yes, we require all repeat participants to sign up again. Please remember to use the same email address, contact  if you need assistance. And welcome back by the way! We are SO excited to have you back on board! 

Can I still participate if I don’t live in Australia?

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Yes, absolutely! And Hello from wherever you are joining us from! We welcome your participation and you are in good company. We have participants walking and running from all parts of the world – from the UK, Japan, New Zealand and beyond! 

I haven’t received a donation receipt.

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That’s not good at all and we have our tail firmly between our legs. Have a look through your junk folder and if it still hasn't shown up, please email us straight away at and we will resend it to you asap! 

What if I have more than one dog?

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You can register more than one dog during the registration process.

What is the Broncos Giveaway?

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Participants who live in Queensland and register for PAWGUST between 3 June and 20 July 2024 will go in the draw to WIN 1 of 9 prizes below.

1x Money Can’t Buy Broncos Game Day Experience includes: 4 tickets to a 2025 Broncos home game at Suncorp Stadium.

1x Broncos Player Video Message (Short video message from your favourite player)

1x Merchandise Pack which includes: One Broncos football, one scarf and one cap.

1x tickets to the Broncos v Eels NRL game which includes: 2x double passes to the Broncos v Eels NRL game on Friday 23 August 2024

5x Guide Dogs Merchandise Packs
Each pack includes a towel, socks, a beanie, plush pup, eco cup, bag, collapsible bowl and dog bandana.

T&Cs Apply.

Still have a question?

Contact the PAWGUST team

Call us on 1300 00 PAWS (7297) 

Email us at 

We will be glad to help you!