The community comes together walking their dogs off-leash over the beautiful 35+ fenced acres. Membership is annual and runs from March 1st to the last day of February the following year.
Membership is a requirement of dogwalking privileges in Congressional Cemetery. Dogwalkers play a vital role in the running of Congressional Cemetery:
- Currently, about 1/4 of our operating income derives from donations by our dogwalking members. That’s about equal to the cost of the grounds maintenance contracts.
- Our dogwalking community makes up a major portion of our volunteer efforts. From spring clean-ups to tree removals to archiving, we count on the dogwalkers to wade in and help make things happen.
- The presence of dogwalkers at almost every hour of the day constitutes a de facto on site patrol all day long. With watch dog eyes and ears on duty, Congressional is mostly free and clear of riff raff and vandals.
And the dogwalkers enjoy activities with their pups like “Yappy Hours” in the spring, photos with Santa at Christmas, and the Blessing of the Animals in October.