News Night Walkies raised over R100 000 for the Animal Anti-Cruelty League and we’re in tears

At the end of February 4000 doggies and their humans came together for the first ever Night Walkies, an inaugural event created by to raise much needed money for The Animal Anti-Cruelty League and the imperitive work that they do. 

Despite the wet weather nothing could put a damper on the warm spirit at the event. Dressed up as spiders, lions, superheroes and so much more, thousands of happy tail-wagging dogs gathered at Roosevelt High School for this one-of-a-kind event.

Designed specifically for them, the pooches were treated to obstacle courses, a doggy focused photo-booth, health station, fashion show and even paw-shaped doggie flavoured icies from Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream!

The main event was of course the #NightWalkies! Those who bought their tickets in good time, received light-up LED dog collars. Once strapped and turned on they were finally ready to light up the night for a fantastic cause. Along the 3 km route the dogs enjoyed obstacles, waterpoints, doggy bathrooms in the form of fire hydrants, and the company of their human pets and furry friends. To their delight, every dog that finished #NightWalkies received a delicious edible dog medal.

After their long walk they had time to enjoy some delicious dog and human food from the food stalls at the main event area, while indie favourites Shortstraw entertained the lit up crowd. The band performed their entire set, with their little pug Sheniqua on stage who clearly stole the show! As the night drew to a close, MC Martin Bester from Jacaranda had the very difficult job of choosing the Best Dressed Doggy.

There were so many colourful and imaginatively dressed pooches and the winning place was awarded to Roxy, a one-eyed pirate Chihuahua. “One of the causes closest to our hearts is the well-being of all animals. That’s why we decided to host this event. A long-running partner of ours, The Animal Anti-Cruelty League, are solely reliant on funding from corporates like us and good people like you! Despite the wet weather, we were blown away by the number of pet-lovers and their fur-kids who braved the rain and came out to support this event. We’re ecstatic to announce that together we managed to raise over R100 000 for the AACL – all thanks to you! We cannot thank you enough! Thank you for supporting the event and a special thank you to our loyal family members for joining us – we loved meeting you all,” says David Roache, MD.

With the help of all the pups and animal lovers, the event raised over R100,000 for the Animal Anti-Cruelty League and the important work that they do for shelter dogs in Johannesburg.

“A huge thank you to from us all at the AACL-JHB for a fantastic Night Walkies event on 29th February 2020. A great time was had by all, and it was amazing to see dogs and their humans from all over Johannesburg step up in the true spirit of community and do their part by walking to support the Animal Anti-Cruelty League Johannesburg. Funds raised through the walk will enable us to continue our vital work with the animals in our care!” declares Carren Nickloes, AACL JHB Marketing Manager.

Check out the #NightWalkies photo album for pics of your pets and tag your friends.

Keep an eye (and paws) out for news on the next Night Walkies event coming to a city near you!