Calling all costumed canines, spooky spots, haunted howls, and festive friends – it’s Howl-o-ween time again!

Join us Saturday, October 22 from 11 AM – 1 PM for a not-so-spooky celebration and costume contest for all friends of Shaw Dog Park. Compete for Best Small Dog, Best Big Dog, and Best Couple (human & pup) Costumes.

If you’re feeling lucky, purchase tickets for the raffle, featuring great prizes from local organizations and friends, including:
– Prints by branddave
– Herschel Little America Backpack from Avenue Jack
– Surprise item from West Elm
– Wellness Gift Certificate from CityPaws Animal Hospital
– Gift Certificate from Old City Farm & Guild
– Gift Cards from Commodore Public House & Kitchen
– Gift Certificate from EatWell DC
– Gift Certificate from Luke’s Lobster
– Shaw Dogs tee-shirts
– Shaw Dog Park poop-bag holders
– Tee-shirts and hats from Nellie’s
– A special dog-themed Gift Bag from Whole Foods

Also enjoy complimentary refreshments and treats (for both pups and humans), buy Shaw Dog Park t-shirts, and more.

All proceeds will benefit Shaw Dog Park.

We’ll see you there!



This year’s Howl-O-Ween party was a howling success!  We raised over $500 and celebrated the Park’s 7th anniversary. Lots of pups got into the spirit this year during our doggy costume contest. A special thanks goes out to all of the local businesses who donated to the event including: The Pig, Vinoteca, BakeHouse, City Paws, Nellie’s, Avenue Jacks, Wagtime, Brand Dave, Trader Joe’s, National Geographic Museum, Chaplin’s, Anytime K9, Veranda, & Petco Unleashed.

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Photos by The Usual Shibas, Clarissa Villondo, Armando Gallardo, featured in Brightest Young Things article. Click here to view the full article on BYT (with tons of photos)!

Continue reading below to see all of the costume contest winners.

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Thanks to all of you who have contributed to our fix the fence campaign thus far! We’re excited to update everyone on our current progress as of October 22. We’re halfway there! Remember, every donation made to the park will go directly to fixing our fences and gates until we’ve reached the amount required for the project (approx. $3,000). If you haven’t donated yet and would like to help support your park, please click here to make a secure, tax-deductible donation now.SDP_FixTheFence_102215Web



There’s been a lot of recent buzz about our upcoming Howl-O-Ween celebration, and we couldn’t be more excited that the festivities are now just a couple days away! As if the image of a park full of costumed dogs isn’t enough to get you out this Saturday, we’ll also have an amazing assortment of drool-worthy raffle items up for grabs. Items have been graciously donated by area supporters including The Pig, Vinoteca, BakeHouse, City Paws, Nellie’s, Avenue Jacks, Wagtime, Brand Dave, Trader Joe’s, National Geographic Museum, Chaplin’s, Anytime K9, Verandah, & more!! Don’t miss out on the most fun event of the year at SDP!

Howl-O-Ween – Saturday, Oct. 24th from 11am-1pm

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Fix the Fence

The Shaw Dog Park Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, needs to raise $3,000 to repair the fence and entrance gates that keep the park secure for the pups to run off-leash.

Help by making a secure, tax-deductible donation here!


Shaw Dog Park Turns Six

Shaw Dog Park celebrates its sixth anniversary on Saturday, November 15, from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Come join the fun and show your support DC’s first official public dog park!


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Join us for a not-so-spooky celebration and costume contest. We’ll be joined by local celebrity judges as your pups compete for: Best Small Dog Costume, Best Big Dog Costume, and best Couple Costume (human/dog).

Judging will take place at approximately 11:30a.m. NOON

October 25 – start working on your costume now!