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Before you visit the zoo with your four-legged companion, it is important that you read over the following document. We welcome friendly dogs of all breeds and their responsible owners. For the safety of your dog(s) and others, please read this document in its entirety, complete as directed, and sign where indicated.

- PLEASE NOTE, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE NOTFICATION THAT YOUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN ACCEPTED. WE WILL ONLY CONTACT YOU IF YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. AFTER SUBMITTING THIS APPLICATION YOU WILL BE SENT TO A SEPARATE PAGE TO UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS: 

1) A health certificate showing the dog has been evaluated by a licensed veterinarian at a minimum of once per year

2) Proof of monthly heartworm prevention and an annual heartworm test

3) Proof of vaccination against Rabies, Canine Distemper Virus and Canine Parvovirus

4) One photo to verify your dog's appearance

APPLICATIONS WITHOUT THESE DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 
 

- ELMWOOD PARK ZOO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISMISS A DOG AND ITS HANDLER AT ANY TIME IN THE EVENT THAT THE HANDLER DOES NOT ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:

1) The dog must be on a leash and the handler must be in control of the dog at all times. This includes dogs that arrive in carriers, bags or strollers. Leashes must be shorter than 6'. Retractable leashes are not permitted.

2) Owners/handlers are limited to one (1) dog per person at any time.  All dogs must be registered to the owner/handler walking them through the zoo.  Handlers must be over the age of 18 and also not responsible for managing children. 

3) The dog and/or handler may not cross the boundaries of any exhibit

4) The handler must clean up after the dog and deposit any waste in an appropriate trash receptacle

5) If the dog is out of control and/or disruptive and the handler does not take action to correct the behavior, you will be asked to leave. Harassment will not be tolerated and guests will be asked to leave the zoo immediately

6) If the dog animal is creating undue stress or unhealthy conditions for any of the Zoo’s animals you will be asked to leave the zoo immediately. At no time may your dog be left unattended

7) For the safety of your dog and others, female dogs should not be in heat 

8) We DO NOT allow puppies under 4 months or sick dogs and dogs with active injuries (ie. stitches, bandages, etc)

9) Digging is not permitted while on zoo grounds. If your dog digs, please make best efforts to fill any holes and notify zoo staff immediately

10) Balls and other toys that can be thrown are not allowed in the zoo.

11) Dog food is permitted to be brought into the zoo for your dog but it is never permitted to be fed to zoo animals
 

- IDENTIFICATION:

All dogs should arrive at the zoo with a well-fitting harness (preferred) or collar, with one tag that indicates contact information for owners. Proof of rabies vaccination status must be available either via tag or printed record. Collars must be worn at all times. The following collars are NOT permitted: 

1) Prong
2) Choke
3) Heavy Chain
4) Shock
5) Spike
 

- SEVERAL AREAS IN THE ZOO ARE CURRENTLY RESTRICTED TO DOGS DUE TO THE CLOSE PROXIMITY OF OUR ANIMALS:

1) Barn/Contact Yard 
2) Giraffe/Bison Feeding Deck
3) Bird Exhibit
4) Wetlands Boardwalk
5) Trail of the Jaguar
6) Other areas may be not be available as programs or animals dictate

- THIS APPLICATION IS FOR DOGS ONLY. NO OTHER PET ANIMALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

First Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*

Phone*
First Dog Handler Date of Birth*
First Dog Handler Signature*
Second Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*
Second Dog Handler Date of Birth*
Third Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*
Third Dog Handler Date of Birth*
Fourth Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*
Fourth Dog Handler Date of Birth*
Fifth Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*
Fifth Dog Handler Date of Birth*
Sixth Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*
Sixth Dog Handler Date of Birth*
Seventh Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*
Seventh Dog Handler Date of Birth*
Eighth Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*
Eighth Dog Handler Date of Birth*
Ninth Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*
Ninth Dog Handler Date of Birth*
Tenth Dog Handler Name

First Name*

Last Name*
Tenth Dog Handler Date of Birth*
Parent or Guardian's Email Address

Email*

Confirm Email*
Additional Information

Zoo Membership Number (if applicable)
Dog Information

Dog Name *

Dog Breed *

Dog Age *

Description of Dog's Appearance/ Identifying Features (ex: white spot on chest, blue left eye) *

List of Flea/Tick Preventative *

Select the last date of Flea/Tick Preventative application *

List of any other vaccinations below *
Please note, once you complete this portion of the application, you will be automatically linked to zoo's website where you will be required to upload your documents. Your application is not complete without these documents.
Parent(s) or court-appointed legal guardian(s) must sign for any participating minor (those under 18 years of age) and agree that they and the minor are subject to all the terms of this document, as set forth above.
Parent or Guardian's Name

First Name*

Last Name*

Phone*
Parent or Guardian's Date of Birth*
Parent or Guardian's Signature*
Electronic Signature Consent*
Elmwood Park Zoo does not assume responsibility, directly or indirectly, for any loss, damage, or injury to your dog or person. I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold Elmwood Park Zoo from any and all claims, demands, or causes of actions, which are in any way connected with my participation in this event or my use of Elmwood Park Zoo’s equipment or facilities. By checking the box on the left and clicking the button below, I understand that I am at my own risk (and the risk of my dog). The agreement reflects the understanding of and agreement to all of the above conditions.


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