Pooch Plunge


Saturday, September 7, 2024

Nelson Pool (4235 New Street, Burlington)




Join us for the Pool Party of the summer at this year’s splashtastic Pooch Plunge!

Held on Saturday, September 7, a week after Nelson Pool closes to the public, the chlorine levels are dropped to make the pool dog-friendly and it becomes available for a dog-only swim before the pool closes down and is cleaned for the winter.

The pool has a beach-style shallow entry to allow dogs to walk into the water gradually, though dogs are also welcome to jump in off the deeper sides! Pawrents – sorry – this event is for the pooches only – due to the lowered chlorine levels, no humans are allowed into the water.

The inner pool area is fully fenced in, allowing for it to be designated as off-leash for the day. Our trusted volunteers will manage the gate entry to ensure no escapees!

In the outer pool area, please visit our local vendors, and check out our Info Booth to learn about all that we do at Burlington Humane while you wait for your timed slot.



Date: Saturday, September 7, 2024


Time Slots: 

1 p.m.  – 1:45 p.m.:  Small Dogs (Under 25 lbs)

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – All Dogs

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – All Dogs

4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. –  All Dogs   

Location: Nelson Pool (4235 New Street, Burlington)

Cost: $25 for first dog, $10 for each additional dog in the same booking



  • Handlers are responsible for their dogs at all times. Please ensure you are watching your dog(s) at all times. We will have volunteers on site to help you if your dog needs assistance, but you are responsible for their well-being and safety.
  • Lifeguards on duty are responsible for the humans on the pool deck.
  • Only dogs are permitted in the water; no humans.
  • Handler must be inside the pool enclosure at all times with their dogs.
  • Dogs must be accompanied by a person of at least 16 years of age or older.
  • Each handler can be responsible for a maximum of 3 dogs.
  • Children under the age of 12 years must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • If a dog begins acting aggressively towards others (both people and other dogs), it must be leashed immediately and removed from the pool enclosure.
  • Please stoop and scoop if necessary and dispose of any excrement.
  • Only fully vaccinated dogs are permitted (no puppies under 4 months old permitted for this reason). You must provide valid vaccination records in advance of the event date.
  • When you arrive on the day, you will need to check-in and collect your wristband. Please allow extra time for check-in.
  • You will only be able to enter the fenced-in pool area at the start of your timeslot. Once your timeslot ends, you will be prompted to exit the pool area. You are welcome to watch other dogs enjoy the pool from the other side of the fence!
  • The splashpad area will be open from 1pm to 5pm, regardless of your allocated slot. The splashpad area is strictly on-leash.
  • A variety of vendors will be set up around the splashpad area – so please allow a bit of extra time to look around those!
  • There is ample free parking in the pool parking lot.
  • The event will run rain or shine – so come prepared! In case of thunderstorms/ lightning, the event will be cancelled by the City pool. Unfortunately there will not be a postponed event as the pool will close for the season.