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A reader writes:

“My cat somehow escaped from my house last night while I was sleeping. We live on Quincy Place NW (1st and Florida). She is an average sized tabby with a clipped ear. She can sometimes be shy, but is a total sweetheart. We are devastated and her litter mate especially misses her very much. I can be reached at 240.421.6636. Reward offered if returned!”

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dog swim
Photo by PoPville flickr user Chabelamarie

Been getting a lot of inquiries lately:

“Do you have any inside knowledge of when doggie swim day is this year in the DMV?”

Good news! A full press release will be coming later this week but I’ve confirmed with DPR by phone that the 7th Annual Doggie Day Swim will be the Saturday after labor day – Sept. 12th from 12-4pm likely at Upshur, Francis and Randall Pools. I’ll be sure to update with more info when the release is issued but based on previous years:

“Admission is free, however all dogs must have a valid, DOH-issued DC dog license, to enter the pool. DPR and DOH encourage dog owners to obtain dog licenses prior to Doggie Day Swim. For more information on how to obtain a dog license, call DOH at (202) 535-2323 or visit the DOH Dog License website. Licenses will be issued on site, however dog owners must have all the required documentation (proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations; and proof of spaying/neutering) and fee payment. Only money orders or personal checks are accepted (no credit cards nor cash), made payable to “DC Treasurer.” The cost of the license is $15 for dogs that are spayed/neutered and $50 for non-spayed/neutered dogs.

Attendance the day of the event will be based on capacity at the time of arrival. During Doggie Day Swim, there will be a capacity limit on the numbers of dogs allowed in the pool at one time: 75 dogs at Upshur Pool, 75 dogs at Randall 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:

All dogs MUST have and wear a valid DC dog license.
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 be current on vaccinations including rabies and distemper.
All dogs must be spayed/neutered.”


Thanks to all who passed on from (as of 11am 243 signatures):

“Dear Councilman Allen,

We need your help in securing a dog park in our neighborhood! Each day, several dozen residents congregate at an empty grassy lot (adjacent to the Loree Grand Apartments) with their four-legged loved ones. This plot of land has become the definition of “community” — it’s how countless neighbors have met each other, building important and lasting bonds within the community. Given that this makeshift dog park will be developed into something else some day, we need your help in securing a permanent dog park for our community.

In 2013, the D.C. Council voted to designate $50 million in public money to deal with a parks deficit in the NoMa area, after hundreds of residents wrote letters and more than 1,000 signed petitions. Key to this designation was a recognition that residents in the neighborhood were facing an onslaught of development with a bevy of new large commercial buildings — and with that, less parking, more traffic, and fewer open spaces.

At a public NoMa Parks Foundation Community Meeting in June, several calls for a dog park in the immediate area were voiced. Aspirational plans for a minuscule “dog park” (approx 1,000 sq ft) at First & New York Avenue were met with disbelief. The park amenity should be created near the 20,000 residents in the broader NoMa neighborhood that were central to the BID’s “Case for Parks,” not at the northern border of the BID far removed from houses. Furthermore, the notion that pet owners would cross a busy/dangerous New York Avenue with their loved ones is illogical and calls into question the true commitment to address this need.

We need your help to make sure that the $50 million in public money that we fought so hard for is used for the benefit of the neighborhood and the community, not merely as a tool to attract commercial and corporate interests. NoMa BID should work to leverage this initial public investment with additional private dollars to enhance the ability to purchase land IN our community.

Please work with NoMa BID to find a solution that provides a dog park that meets the needs of our community.


Neighbors for a NoMa Dog Park”

OP’s dog, Oscar, doing much better today

“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to send one final follow-up which is that the judge ruled in our favor and Arbor the Sheepdog is now officially a “Potentially Dangerous Dog” – which means that if he bites again, he will be designated a “Dangerous Dog” and is also under certain restrictions now as a “Potentially Dangerous Dog” as detailed below:

§ 8-1905. Dangerous dog and potentially dangerous dog owner responsibilities.

It shall be unlawful to:
(1) Keep a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog without a valid certificate of registration issued under § 8-1904;
(2) Permit a potentially dangerous dog to be outside a proper enclosure unless the potentially dangerous dog is under the control of a responsible person and restrained by a chain or leash, not exceeding 4 feet in length;
(3) Fail to maintain a dangerous dog exclusively on the owner’s property except for medical treatment or examination. When removed from the owner’s property for medical treatment or examination, the dangerous dog shall be caged or under the control of a responsible person and muzzled and restrained with a chain or leash, not exceeding 4 feet in length. The muzzle shall be made in a manner that will not cause injury to the dangerous dog or interfere with its vision or respiration, but shall prevent it from biting any human being or animal;
(4) Fail to notify the Mayor within 24 hours if a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog is on the loose, is unconfined, has attacked another domestic animal, has attacked a human being, has died, has been sold, or has been given away. If the potentially dangerous or dangerous dog has been sold or given away, the owner shall also provide the Mayor with the name, address, and telephone number of the new owner of the potentially dangerous or dangerous dog;
(5) Fail to surrender a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog to the Mayor for safe confinement pending disposition of the case when there is a reason to believe that the potentially dangerous or dangerous dog poses a threat to public safety;
(6) Fail to comply with any special security or care requirements for a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog the Mayor may establish pursuant to § 8-1903; or
(7) Remove a dangerous dog from the District without written permission from the Mayor.


(Oct. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-176, § 6, 35 DCR 4787; Dec. 5, 2008, D.C. Law 17-281, § 105(e), 55 DCR 9186.)

It’s not much, but it’s something! Hopefully Capitol Hill neighbors can keep an eye out and report to Animal Control if anything else happens.”


A reader writes:

“We’ve just moved today — and our indoor-only cat seems to have escaped and is on the run.

Elroy was last seen at 11 am Tuesday in the vicinity of 17th Street near Newton Street, Mt. Pleasant. Since we just moved, he doesn’t know the neighborhood. And since he’s an indoor cat, he has no survival skills whatsoever.

He’s a big grey cat, weighing 15 pounds, but is afraid of his own shadow. Elroy is timid, but often motivated by food and is a real sweetheart. We’ll be your best friends if you find him!”



“The owner of the little stray was found! Her name is Cupcake. Thank you for all your help!”

“This little dog was found this morning at 12th and T NW. She has a microchip but it has not been updated since she was adopted in Ohio about 5 years ago.

We have contacted other hospitals in the area and no one has her microchip on file. Can you please post her photo so we can try to reunite her with her owner?

Thank you!

– CityPaws
1823 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-7297″

via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

My neighbors have three dogs, two of which are very aggressive. The two aggressive dogs were able to escape from under their back fence last night and attacked another dog. The dog that was attacked was being walked by his/her owners. I didn’t see the attack, but apparently some other neighbors came over to help. My neighbor was able to round up his two aggressive dogs and brought them inside his house.

Police responded to the attack immediately; however, when the police came and tried to talk to my neighbors, they refused to answer their door. They keep their curtains drawn at all times and never answer the door to police. Animal Control showed up as well, but my neighbors still refused to open the door.

I am nervous living so close because I have small children and I don’t want them attacked by these aggressive dogs if they get out again. I also don’t want to be attacked. Nothing is stopping them from escaping again.

What can be done in this situation? I have contacted the police and Brandon Todd’s office and am hoping for help. Are there laws requiring secure fences?”