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The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will partner with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) to host the 4th Annual DPR Doggie Day Swim on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 12 pm to 4 pm at DPR’s Upshur Pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW) and Francis Pool (25th & N Street, NW). With the end of the outdoor swimming season, this annual event provides dogs with a one day opportunity to partake in the pools, enjoy a swim and play fun aquatics games. DOH will be on location to monitor the health and safety of the pets and their owners; and to provide outreach and education regarding pet vaccinations, dog licenses and dog park licenses. The Washington Humane Society will provide information tables and DC Water will participate in the day by giving away doggie water bowls (one per owner, while supplies last) during this year’s Doggie Day Swim.
Admission is free to DC residents and their dogs. Attendance the day of the event will be based on capacity at the time of arrival. During the Doggie Day Swim, there will be a capacity limit in terms of the number of dogs allowed in the pool at one time; 75 dogs at Upshur Pool and 150 dogs at Francis Pool.
To maintain order and to ensure a safe and fun event, dog owners are asked to follow these rules:
Dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older.
Dog handlers cannot swim or enter the pool with their dogs.
Dogs must be sociable and remain leashed while on the pool deck.
All dogs must wear current DC dog license.
All dogs must be current on vaccinations including rabies and distemper.
Doggie Day Swim will take place rain or shine. For more information, contact the DPR Aquatics Office at (202) 671-1289.