Pets

PETS AT THE FESTIVAL

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THE FESTIVAL IS PET READY

IS YOUR PET FESTIVAL READY?

For the second year in a row, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has teamed up with Mars Petcare and the Better Cities For Pets™ program to ensure attending dogs are healthy, happy and safe. As part of the partnership with Mars Petcare, the Festival provides pet comfort services throughout the event at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and during events such as the Blossom Kite Festival and Petalpalooza.

Amenities for dogs and their owners include waste bag distribution, treats, shade, and water stations to keep pets hydrated and out of the sun. We’ll also have educational resources on responsible pet ownership and the importance of creating more pet-friendly spaces. Our goal is to create a positive experience for all four-legged attendees throughout the event.

FESTIVAL TIPS

GETTING YOUR PET FESTIVAL READY

We want everyone to feel comfortable bringing their dogs to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Below are a few things to keep in mind before you enjoy the blossoms with your furry friend.

Prepare for your pet

We will have hydration stations, treats, waste bags and relief areas available at the Festival, but please come prepared with anything specific your dog may need outside of your home.

Keep your furry friend leashed

To protect your dog, it’s important to keep your dog on a leash to ensure they are secure in the crowd and other attendees don’t get any unwanted attention.

Keep it clean

Please be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your pet.

Weather 101

Keep in mind any impending inclement weather and plan accordingly for your pet.

Be your dog’s best advocate

Know your dog, including what they like and do not like, so you can know if the festival environment will be appropriate for them. If you have a nervous pup, or if your pet doesn’t like being around large groups of people, keep that in mind as the Festival draws thousands of people per day.

Fireworks frights

While we all love the visual spectacle of fireworks, the sounds may frighten dogs, so please plan to depart with your pet before the Petalpalooza fireworks begin.

LEARN MORE

JOIN MARS PETCARE AT SELECT FESTIVAL EVENTS

Join Mars Petcare and their Better Cities For Pets™ program at the following events. They’re celebrating pets and pet owners, and how pet-friendly places make life better for everyone. Plus, you can grab some essentials for your dog while you’re on the go!

Blossom Kite Festival

Be sure to check out the Pet Comfort Station and learn more about responsible pet ownership from the Better Cities For Pets™ team!

 

Tidal Basin Welcome Area

The Tidal Basin Welcome Area will feature a Pet Comfort Station, complete with water bowls and waste bags for dogs on the go! You can also learn more about the Better Cities For Pets™ program directly from the team.

Petalpalooza

During the Petalpalooza event at The Wharf, this year the Better Cities For Pets™ team will offer a pet comfort station and activities celebrating pets and pet-friendly places. Plus, pick up some pet swag and share your thoughts on how cities can make life happier and healthier for pets and pet owners.

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