Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Furry Friends Feature: 355 Dogs, One Pool, Countless Cannonballs

Where were 355 dogs in Greater Williamsburg this past weekend? Perfecting their cannonballs at Drool in the Pool in support of their homeless counterparts at The Heritage Humane Society.

Record breaking pool party

The record-breaking attendance of 355 dogs soared over last year’s 250 pups, which also set a record. Held for the first time on a Sunday, this past Sept. 17, 2023, the event supporting the nonprofit brought together hundreds of people with their dogs for a fun-filled day at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park Pool. For a donation of $10 per dog, Drool in the Pool provided one day a year access for area pups to swim at the pool made possible by the generosity of the dedicated staff of the James City County Parks & Recreation.

From the shallow end to the deep end, dogs made the most of this annual end-of-summer pool tradition. They doggie paddled, dove in, chased water toys, and mingled. Their human companions watched all the fun and quickly learned to move fast out of the splash zone before their dogs started shaking themselves dry.

Along with the sounds of belly flops and laughter, music filled the air and attendees could enjoy pool snacks. After fun in the pool, pups were able to get tidied up as Muddy Marley’s Dog Wash was a part of the event again this year. They provided 81 dog baths and 54 nail trims and generously donated 100% of the proceeds to the shelter.

Shelter staff were joined by 25 shelter volunteers including 10 volunteers from William and Mary to “lifeguard” the excitement had by all at Drool in the Pool.

Capture the moment

Wendy Nelson Photography came to the event taking professional photos of all the splish splashing joy. The public is welcome to view the full photo album from the day. For those who purchase photos, those proceeds will benefit the more than 200 homeless pets currently under the care of The Heritage Humane Society.


Stay tuned for the 2024 Drool in the Pool date to be announced in coming months.

Did you meet Drool in the Pool’s featured adoptable pet?

Meet Cuden! This lovable, loyal pup was at Drool in the Pool joining in on the fun. Next year, he hopes to be returning with his forever family. Currently at the shelter and up for adoption, Cuden reflects the meaning of his name, the qualities of loyalty and strength. With his expressive brown eyes and alert ears, Cuden is always ready for a good time. He is a playful and energetic dog who loves to run and play with his toys. Despite his boundless energy, Cuden is also a very affectionate dog who loves to snuggle up with his humans. He is a quick learner and is always eager to please, making him an ideal candidate for training. Cuden gets along well with people of all ages and would make a great companion for a loving family.

The Heritage Humane Society has over 230 dogs, cats and small pets currently in their care. Adoptable pets are available to meet during The Heritage Humane Society’s visiting and adopting hours from 12 to 4:30 p.m., Tues. through Sun.

To learn more, visit HeritageHumane.org, call 757-221-0150, or visit The Heritage Humane Society located at 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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