In what can only be described as a scene of overwhelming cuteness, dog lovers from across Gauteng descended on The Big Red Barn Farm Venue in Pretoria, for the Doggy Day out with Guinness World Records and dotsure.co.za, raising funds in aid of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League-Johannesburg.
It was recently confirmed that South Africa holds the new record The World’s Largest Gathering of Dogs Wearing Bandanas.
The world’s largest gathering of dogs wearing bandanas – previously benchmarked at an intimidating 764 by the RSPCA ACT in Canberra, Australia in May 2015.
“Naturally, one of the causes closest to dotsure.co.za’s heart is being able to provide South Africa’s animals with the loving care they deserve. We help pet owners do this every day by making sure that they have the support to cover their pets’ medical needs, no matter what life throws at them. As a pet insurer, we feel it is our responsibility to help combat animal abuse. We want to cement our support for caring for pets, by taking a bold stance to break a world record, to raise awareness with the South African public and at the same time help raise much-needed funds to assist the Animal Anti-Cruelty League in the amazing work they do in this field,” said David Roche, dotsure.co.za’s Managing Director
And it wasn’t just the dogs who received royal treatment on the day. Children and families were also spoiled for choice with an array of artisanal food and craft stands, and entertainment at the Irene Village Market.
“The success of the record attempt was balanced on a knife-edge leading up to the deadline,” says Guinness World Records™ adjudicator, Pravin Patel. “But I’m happy to report that the final count of bandana-wearing dogs came in at , representing an improvement of 764 on the last attempt on this record. We congratulate dotsure.co.za for organising this attempt and for the raising awareness for the care and protection of animals.”
Funds raised through the participants’ entry donations totalled a whopping R24 500, which was doubled by dotsure.co.za; resulting in a much-needed total donation of R50 000 for the Animal Anti-Cruelty League.