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Take your pooch for a doggy dip to end the summer season


Waikato District Council is closing its pools for winter so we’re inviting people to bring their dogs along for a swim on the final day. 

Our Waikato Pound Pups pool party will be held at Tuakau Centennial Pool on Sunday 24 March and at Ngaruwahaia Pool on Sunday 31 March. Both events will be held from 11am to 2pm and the cost is $5 per dog. (Please note that the event is cash only. We will not have eftpos facilities available.)
“The first half an hour is for small dogs (under 20kgs) and dogs that are a bit more nervous in the water,” says Animal Control Education and Engagement Officer, Zoey Jackson. “All dogs are welcome to get in the water at 11.30am.” 
“This is a chance for us to give something back to our furry friends,” says Zoey. “It’s a fun day for dogs and their owners and we love getting to meet the dogs in our communities. It’s also an opportunity for people to meet our Animal Control Officers and Pound staff, and ask any questions they may have about dogs and dog ownership.”
There are approximately 14,800 dogs in the Waikato district. Waikato District Council’s Animal Control team work hard to educate the public about dogs and how to be a good dog owner. As well as speaking at schools as part of the Dog Smart programme, they also have a Dogs in Libraries programme where people can go and read to one of our friendly dogs. 
This is the second year the Pound Pups Pool Party event has been held. This year all the money will be donated to 3 great charities that support Waikato Pound Pups: Humane Society of New Zealand, DC Rescue Dogs and Tokoroa Animal Rescue. 
“These charities help us to re-home dogs from the Pound and without their help we wouldn’t be able to re-home as many as we do.”
There will also be a bbq and a raffle.
All dogs must be fully vaccinated, well socialised with people and other dogs and in good health. All dogs must be on a lead when not in water and all owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.
Event Details:
Tuakau Pound Pups Pool Party
When: Sunday 24 March 2019
Where: Tuakau Centennial Pool, Escotts Road, Tuakau
Time: 11am – 2pm
$5 entry fee (cash only) – all money will go to Humane Society of New Zealand
Ngaruawahia Pound Pups Pool Party
When: Sunday 31 March 2019
Where: Ngaruawahia Pool, Market Street, Ngaruawahia
Time: 11am – 2pm
$5 entry fee (cash only) – all money will go to Tokoroa Animal Rescue and DC Rescue