Annual ‘pawty’ end of season dog pool at Cape May Resort

Now that humans are done swimming in the pools for the summer, it’s time for the dogs to take center stage in one of Cape May’s most beloved fall traditions.

Montreal Beach Resort, 1025 Beach Avenue will host its Doggie Day Pool Pawty on Sunday, October 30, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

The tri-state area’s first all-dog pool, ‘pawty’, will have dozens of four-legged friends swimming (dog paddle, of course) in the resort pool for the last day of the season shutdown. .

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

How did the tradition start?

Years ago, after they had their pool closed every season without incident, the owners of the resort decided it would be fun to let the pups dive and swim one day a year.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

This fun way to end the season has turned into a larger community tradition that now raises money for Animal Outreach of Cape May.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Madison Resorts and new owner Dan Alicea are bringing the event back to continue the tradition.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

“As new owners of the Montreal Beach Resort, we feel it is important to bring back certain events that benefit the community. I’ve always been a dog lover myself and can’t think of a better way to close our pool every year. It should be fun,” Alicea said.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

What’s going on at the “pawty”?

Doggie Day Pool Pawty will take over the entire pool area for the day, the last day of the Montreal Beach Resort summer season.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Each participating pup can join in the fun for $10 cash, with all proceeds going to Animal Outreach of Cape May County to help rescue and find “furever” homes for homeless animals.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Humans are free to attend. A derogation is requested on arrival. All dogs should be well behaved and friendly with other dogs. Guess are encouraged to bring their own towels.

For four hours, the splash party will include the pool, dog vendors, a special prize basket and other festivities.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Each dog will be entered into a draw for a basket worth over $100 donated by Hounds Town South Jersey.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille will be offering a special dog menu for the day, including ground beef bowls, chicken bowls, puppacinos, plus special dog-themed cocktails for humans!

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Salty Paws, New Jersey’s first doggie ice cream bar will be at your fingertips. Salty Paws offers dairy-free, dog-friendly ice cream, cookies and treats. Some dog favorites include maple bacon, vanilla, pumpkin, blueberry, and peanut butter flavors.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

The mobile Black Sheep “barkery” dog will also join the party. These dog treats are grain-free and handmade with all fresh, natural ingredients.

The rooftop and downstairs patio can accommodate all humans and dogs for the day.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

What is Cape May County Animal Awareness?

All money raised through the Doggie Day Pool Pawty will go to this wonderful local non-profit organization that provides shelter, care and love to unwanted, abused, abandoned and homeless animals in Cape May County.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

The shelter’s no-kill adoption program and neuter clinic have helped to significantly reduce the number of homeless animals in the area.

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Doggie Day Pool Pawty (Photo credit: Aversa PR)

Happy swimming, puppies!

Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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