Dapto is known for its dogs but this Saturday that will take on a different meaning when Friends For Ever Rescue Illawarra and Jim's Dog Wash Figtree attempt a Guinness World Record for the most dogs washed in one day.
And every pooch washed for a $10 fee at The Groundz "Dapto Showground" between 8am and 4pm will help find a new home for a rescued dog.
Jim's Dog Wash franchisee volunteers will have 12 trailers operating to try and set a new record by washing more than 1037 dogs.
The Groundz chief executive Katrina Novak said entry is free to watch the pooch pampering world record attempt and there will food stalls and activities for children.
Sharon Connell, of Jim's Dog Wash, said each pet will also receive a doggy cologne to keep them smelling fresh and clean for longer.
"We will also be providing nail clipping for $10."
Ms Connell said Petway Petcare is supplying the grooming products.
"We haven't done this before and we are learning as we go. We will have 12 people washing dogs. We have franchisees from Queensland, the Central Coast and Sydney coming to help."
Ms Connell said Jim's Dog Wash has operated in the Illawarra for five years and each franchisee cares about the health and wellbeing of all animals.
She said they also feel strongly about ensuring organisations that support the rescue and rehoming of unwanted and neglected animals are supported.
Around 700 people have already responded to social media posts about Saturday's dog wash.
Since starting as an independent rescue service in 2018 Best Friends For Ever Rescue Illawarra has successfully rehomed more than 200 dogs.
Directors Katie McCarroll and Tay Ljilak said finding safe and suitable homes was the primary focus.
She said the support and endorsement of Jim's Group was helping to spread the message further.
"We are hoping to use these funds to set up a bigger facility and work with bigger pounds across the region to take in as many dogs as we can, rehabilitate them and adopt them out, " Ms Ljilak said.
"We have about 30 volunteers joining us on Saturday. We will have a registration table where anyone can come up and ask us questions. We will also have our dogs who are up for adoption."
Ms Ljilak said Jim's Dog Wash has previously helped by washing dogs up for adoption for free.
"It is great to be working together again and working towards this common goal of saving dogs and finding them great homes," she said.
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