About the K9 Corps Program
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. K9 Corps memberships are our largest ongoing fundraiser here at the cemetery.
Dog walking at the cemetery is a privilege permitted by membership only to active members in good standing who respect the space and its residents.
The purpose of the K9 Corps is to support the ongoing conservation work and public programming at Historic Congressional Cemetery. This is accomplished by each member’s ongoing volunteer work and annual membership fee. Non-member dog walking is only permitted with the purchase of a one-day pass ($15 per dog), and pass holders must follow K9 Corps rules.
Membership is a requirement of dog walking privileges in Congressional Cemetery. Dog Walkers play a vital role in the running of Congressional Cemetery:
- Currently, about 1/4 of our operating income derives from donations by our dog walking members. That’s about equal to the cost of the maintenance contracts for the grounds.
- Our dog walking community makes up a major portion of our volunteer efforts. From spring clean-ups to tree removals to archiving, we count on the dog walkers to wade in and help make things happen.
- The presence of dog walkers 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.
Members also enjoy activities with their pups like “Yappy Hours” in the spring, photos with Santa at Christmas, and the Blessing of the Animals in October. These events are open to both members and non-members, unless stated otherwise.
Report all incidents that take place on the grounds, no matter how small or insignificant you may think the incident is. Staff will follow up with your incident report and it will be sent to the K9 committee, a part of the cemetery’s Board of Directors, for review.
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