South African pet owners break a WORLD RECORD!


Saturday 28 October 2017 will go down in history as the day that South African pet owners united behind a cause that really mattered. Oh… and they broke a Guinness World Record while doing it.

On a Freezing Saturday morning, a horde of enthusiastic, slobbering, panting patrons descended upon the Big Red Barn, adjacent to the Irene Village Market, dragging behind them their cautious canines. Their aim? To break a two year old record held by the RSPCA ACT (Australia) for the largest gathering of dogs wearing bandanas. The record set was a staggering 764, but with national pride at stake, and a burning desire to fight animal cruelty fuelling them, South Africans did not disappoint!

A grand total of 765 dogs congregated peacefully (mostly) in an unprecedented showing of support for the cause. The event was adjudicated by a representative from Guinness World Records™ in the UK, and took place under the watchful eye of Doctor Thulani Mthimunye. Dr T made sure that all the canine participants were in good health and fell within the required criteria to form part of the World Record beating pack.

Some tense moments followed the official count, but the announcement came swiftly enough and was met by rapturous applause, and some immense relief from the dedicated team.

A staggering R 24 500 was raised by the generous animal lovers committed to combatting animal abuse. As the official sponsors of the event, matched the collection and rounded it off to a grand total of R 50 000  which was raised and donated to the Animal Anti Cruelty League.

We at are exceptionally proud to have been able to organise and facilitate an event like this and are so grateful to all those that participated so enthusiastically. You did it South Africa! You are effectively Guinness World Record™ holders for being the most caring community of pet owners on the planet. Congratulations!

Faith in humanity restored.