PetPoolooza kicked off on Saturday for it’s 14th year in Manhattan after a year hiatus, due to the pandemic. The event allows pets and their owners to go for a swim together at the City Park pool.

A mainstay of the Parks and Rec Dept., it acts as a season closer party before the pool shuts down for the fall. Animal Control Officer Brandon Sokol says he believes this event has done well in the many years and that it’s been held with no problems. Shelter Medicine Intern Dr. Hayley Barkoviak was onsite with her team to offer rabies vaccines for the animals, and explains how they treat the dogs while vaccinating them. You can hear audio from the organizers and see a slideshow of some of the pups in the pool at the KMAN 1350 AM website. 

There was a suggested donation of $10 for participation and owners were also able to get their pets licensed by the city for $6 if the animal has been altered, and $24 if unaltered. All proceeds from the event go directly to the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter.