Rio Grande Doggy Paddle

The City of Albuquerque Aquatics Division is teaming up with the Department of Animal Welfare to host a dog swim day at the Rio Grande Outdoor pool along with an adoption event.


This event has already happened.
Oct 06, 2019
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM


Rio Grande Outdoor Pool
1410 Iron Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102


General Event Rules:

Click here for liability waiver for the event

Pool closed to all public not attending the event

Owner must present valid vaccination records upon check in. All dogs must have current vaccination records (to include rabies, distemper, parvo virus, and bordatella)

No humans without dog

1 dog/1 adult, Children must be attended by an adult, no children in the water

Dogs allowed in the water with people

People not permitted in the pool unless accompanying their dog

Dogs permitted in pool without their accompanying adult

50 people + 50 dogs maximum in pool at any one time

Leashes required at all times when not in water

Dogs that have been ill with vomiting or diarrhea will not be permitted in the pool area.  Any dog with a known infectious illness, such as Salmonella, is also prohibited from swimming

All dogs must be micro chipped or have tags on collar with owner info

Admission will be charged at a rate of 5.00/dog.

All dogs must be shampooed and rinsed on site before pool entry to remove excess dirt, hair, etc (dogs with fecal matter on their coat will not be allowed to swim)

Wading Pool will be available for non-swimming dogs

Dogs must be under voice control and in sight of owners/handlers at all times

Any dog exhibiting aggressive behavior must be leashed and removed immediately

Owners must clean up and properly dispose of waste left by their dog

Puppies using the pool must be older than six months

Owners must cover any holes their dogs dig

Un-neutered male dogs and female dogs in heat shall not be permitted

 Main Pool Water Conditions:

Chlorine levels @ 5PPM starting 8 hours prior to event

Pool heated at 83 degrees

Water Tests performed every hour

The pool has built in steps for canine egress, in addition to the normal ladders provided

Event will last total of 4 hours

Lifeguards up on stand, but only responsible for responding to humans, not dogs.



$5.00 per dog.


Josh Herbert