Furry Friends feature: Take a Drool dip in the pool

The scorching days of summer pass, which means one thing – it’s time for the annual Drool in the Pool event hosted by the Heritage Humane Society.

The Greater Williamsburg Animal Sanctuary has partnered with James City Parks & Recreation for this valuable annual event. On Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents and their four-legged friends are invited to hang out at the pool at Chickahominy Riverfront Park located at 1350 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg. The Heritage Humane Society is asking for a donation of $10 per dog, with all proceeds helping the homeless animals they serve at the shelter.

Take a deep dip or relax on the pool deck

In this 2021 video, 150 dogs came out for splashy weather, raising $2,000 for homeless animals. Dogs have free rein in the pool to swim and perfect their tummies while bidding farewell to summer. Puppies less keen on bathing are just as welcome to enjoy the festivities. Refreshments, treats and vendors will be featured at the event. 92.3 The Tide will broadcast tunes from the event on local airwaves. The event is still accepting vendors. Those interested can email the shelter at [email protected]

Dog Wash Muddy Marley will host a bubble bath station. For a donation of $10 per dog, your pooch can be lathered, rinsed, and toweled dry, a welcome treat for all on the way home. Proceeds are generously donated to help the Heritage Humane Society’s homeless pets.

Rebecca Mulvain, owner of Muddy Marley’s Dog Wash, said, “We’re thrilled to help support a great cause for the fifth year in a row and can’t wait to see all the adorable pups!

Muddy Marley’s Dog Wash at Drool in the Pool 2021

The pool at Chickahominy Riverfront Park is fenced, so dogs have the ability to jump and play off-leash. The swimming pool will be available to dogs. Although owners are not allowed in the pool, Heritage Humane Society volunteers will be there to help and keep each pup safe and having fun in the summer. There will also be a paddling pool, baby pools and toys for the dogs to use.

Sign up for splatter fun

To save time, people can register online or find out more on the Drool in the Pool event Facebook page. Dogs must be up to date on their vaccines to attend. The $10 donation per dog can be paid at the event by cash, check or credit card. The event is weather permitting and if inclement weather is forecast, the Heritage Humane Society will update its website with any changes.

Drool in the Pool takes place on the Saturday following Labor Day, the day the pool closes to the public. James City County Parks & Recreation is giving Heritage Humane Society full pool access. They don’t care how much fur fills the pool because they end up emptying the pool after this late summer event.

James City County Parks and Recreation staff note that the department has had a strong working partnership with the Heritage Humane Society for many years.

“We believe in their vital mission to educate the public about animal care and to help transition stray or abandoned animals in search of their forever homes,” says Laurie Williams, Special Events Coordinator at James City. County Parks & Recreation. “James City Country Parks & Recreation has supported the tireless efforts of the Heritage Humane Society through fun, family-friendly and dog-friendly events such as Drool in the Pool and we can’t think of a better way to end the season. only to see our companion dogs “take a swim” in this one-of-a-kind event that supports an incredible organization.

You don’t have a dog? Join to.

Area residents are invited to come watch this fun show. If you want to open your home in time for Drool the Pool, there is a wide range of homeless dogs to adopt. The Heritage Humane Society participates in the annual national pet adoption movement, Clear the Shelters. Until August 31, adopters can play Plinko, the game made popular by millions on The Price is Right TV.

Some of the most avid refuges for puppies looking for furry homes include:

Meet Murtagh. This social and cheerful boy gets along with everyone. He is everything you have ever dreamed of in a companion and wants nothing more than to be as close to you as possible. He loves being a pet. Already 2 years old, Murtagh is not going to wear you down with endless puppy moves, rather he prefers to snuggle up to you or take a nice walk.


Meet Deacon. This handsome boy loves toys and even bigger hugs. It lights up when surrounded by people. Deacon is also quite smart and already knows how to “sit” and “paw”, and would like to learn more. Deacon is 3 years old and a big fan of the great outdoors. He had a great time playing with the shelter volunteers and staff to burn off some of his dog energy. He is excellent on a leash and loves car rides with his people.


Meet Clay. At only seven months old, this puppy is adorable par excellence. Clay has beautiful chocolate and caramel fur that shines in the sun. He loves chasing balls (and sometimes even bringing them back!), treats, naps, and perhaps most importantly, people. He’s also all puppy and working hard (and making good progress) learning some dog manners. He’s smart, food-driven and, above all, thrilled to be reunited with his forever family.


Those who adopt puppies or dogs from the Heritage Humane Society also receive a special $40 voucher for dog training classes. Dog Training Instructor Adam Claar offers free dog training classes and workshops at the Heritage Humane Society. His classes are also open to all dogs in the region.

To learn more and to register your dog for training, visit HeritageHumane.org or call 757-221-0150. Heritage Humane Society is located at 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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