The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is attempting to break the world record for the most dogs in one photograph. Owners should bring their pooches to La Encantada tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. to appear in the shot.
HSSAZ needs a minimum of 200 dogs to show up for the
Although world records have previously been set for categories like ‘most dogs attending a
ing event’ and ‘most dogs wearing a bandana in one place,’ the Humane Society’s goal for this photo is a bit simpler. It doesn’t require dogs to belong to a certain breed or don a costume.
“We wanted to make sure our event was inclusive of all dogs,” said Andrea Mitchell, Humane Society of Southern Arizona public relations coordinator.
While the event is free to the public, participants are encouraged to donate at least $10. Proceeds will count toward the Humane Society’s fundraising goal for the Arizona Gives Day campaign on April 4. Arizona Gives Day helps nonprofit charitable organizations obtain financial support and bring awareness to their respective causes. The Humane Society aims to raise $80,000 this year.
“It seems pretty lofty, but Tucson is full of pet lovers who will rally behind us to reach that goal,” Mitchell said. “This is really the community’s animal welfare organization because we couldn’t be here without every donation.”
In addition to providing vaccinations, shelter and adoption services, the Humane Society educates the public on fighting problems associated with pet homelessness. Mitchell explained that the Humane Society spreads the message about the importance of spaying, neutering and properly caring for animals in southern Arizona.
“We are here for pets and the people who love them,” Mitchell said of the Humane Society's mission. “We want to make sure that our pet-loving community always has the opportunity to bond together.”
And whether you or your dog is the family’s publicity hound, be sure to arrive early to secure a good spot for the photo. Registration opens at 9 a.m. in the dirt lot adjacent to Firebirds Wood Fired Grill.
Dogs must remain on their leashes at all times. Mitchell mentioned there will be plenty of water stations set up, and owners can also bring treats, toys and "whatever else will get their dogs to 'stay' and smile."