Washington, DC

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And so it goes with the closing of the outdoor pools for humans – the pups get their turn before the pools are drained:

“Mayor Bowser’s administration and DC Department of Parks and Recreation will host the 10th Annual Doggie Day Swim on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Upshur Main & Kiddie Pool (4300 Arkansas Ave., NW); Francis Pool (25th & N St., NW); and Randall Pool (South Capitol and I Sts., SW).

The end of the outdoor swimming season signifies the District’s dog day of summer and this event gives our four-legged neighbors access to DPR pools for the day to enjoy a swim and play fun aquatics games.

Admission is free, however all dogs must have a valid and original DC Department of Health (DOH) issued dog license (no photocopies) and tag to enter the pool. If an application for a license is needed you must have the required documentation (i.e. proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations; and proof of spaying/neutering).   Dog licenses will be issued on site. 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. For more information on how to obtain a dog license, please visit the DOH Dog License web page.

Find out more or secure your spot at DPR.Events.

Attendance on 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 in terms of the number 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.

To volunteer for Doggie Day Swim, please contact [email protected]

Please note that Doggie Day Swim will take place rain or shine.”


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