Promoting a Safe and Happy Dog Community in the Town of Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase, Maryland

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Who We Are

We are a group of residents forming a nonprofit organization in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Our aim is to create a happy dog and resident community in our town while keeping our canine companions safe and secure.

For the dogs in the Town of Chevy Chase and for those who care for them, we hope you find this information useful.

 

Contents

Town of Chevy Chase "TownDOGs" directory

Form for adding a resident dog to TownDOGs

Dog legal requirements and procedures in our town

Listings of Montgomery County and DC operated dog parks

Town map of dog waste stations

Help lost or loose dogs in the Town of Chevy Chase

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TownDOGs Directory

TownDOGs is a directory of dogs living in the Town of Chevy Chase.  It is a multipurpose tool for all Town residents. Dogs can go missing when least expected. The directory can be used to identify dogs to help reunite them with their families quickly, and to connect Town of Chevy Chase dogs for socialization and exercise.

Looking for playdates for your dog? Scroll to the TownDOGs directory and click on a dog’s photo to view its profile. Profiles will indicate if there’s a desire to meet other dogs in town. Use the profile’s street address to find the family email address in the Town of Chevy Chase Resident Directory. You can log in to the Resident Directory from the Town of Chevy Chase website.  In the interest of privacy, parent names and contact information are not included in the TownDOGs directory.

We hope to rapidly grow this directory as more residents choose to enter their dog profiles on this site. Profile details about your dog and its unique personality are optional, though dog sitters and walkers--anyone caring for your dog can find this information helpful. To add your dog to the TownDOGs directory, scroll past the directory and use the form.

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 An estimated 600 dogs live in the Town of Chevy Chase. One of them is Lewis, a Boston Terrier and my companion. I'm Bren Lizzio, your site administrator and a local real estate agent. Please add your dog's profile so that we can all share in protecting our precious family pets.

Socialization and exercise are necessary for dogs, but busy schedules and a lack of leash-free areas nearby can limit opportunities. TownDOG supports the convenience of dogs meeting other dogs within blocks of home, with new backyards to sniff and endless opportunities for socialization and exercise, all within walking distance of home.

Happy dogs make happy homes, and happy neighbors - that's our goal!

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Add Your Dog Today

All information sharing is voluntary. You don’t have to fill out every field to put your pup’s profile in the directory. Fill out the information you wish and submit. It will go to the site administrator who will complete and add your new profile. Your neighbors will be able to cross-reference your dog's photo and street address with the Town of Chevy Chase Resident Directory.

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  • No phone numbers please (ex. call number on tags, rabies vac is current, be aware of a medical condition, etc)
  • 25 word limit
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  • Now, all we need is a great photo of your dog emailed to us at info@town-dog.org. Profile photos get cropped square, so please don't crop yours too closely.

Dog Legal Requirements and Procedures in the Town of Chevy Chase

As responsible dog owners, we assume everyone is familiar with the legal requirements and procedures in our town. We’ve listed these to share with new residents, dog sitters and walkers, along with a few safety tips and information for everyone’s convenience.

Check that your dog’s rabies vaccination is current. This Maryland legal requirement applies to all dogs over four months of age.

Have your dog licensed with Montgomery County. The County's licensing law applies to dogs living in the Town of Chevy Chase, four months of age and up. https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/animalservices/asd/licensing.html

Keep a good photo of your dog. Should you ever get separated from your dog, we have developed a protocol to help lost or stray dogs in the Town of the Town of Chevy Chase reunite with their family.

Link your dog’s microchip code to your new address and contact information. Update your dog’s tags.

Keep an updated vaccination record and rabies vaccination certificate. These documents are often required when traveling with your dog, visiting daycare, boarding, grooming and training facilities, and are helpful in some emergency situations.

Town Crier is the official notification system for Town of Chevy Chase residents. The Town office can issue an alert for a lost or found dog.  Contact them at 301-654-7144 M-F 9-5pm, or townoffice@townofchevychase.org. To receive Town Crier information or alerts and the method you wish to receive them, sign up on the Town of Chevy Chase website, townofchevychase.org

Improper disposal of dog poop is a huge issue for most Town residents. The Town’s regulation states: “Dogs are not allowed to defecate on private property other than your own. They can defecate on public property as long as their waste is picked up and disposed of properly.” Dog waste bags cannot be tossed in private recycle bins or trash cans near the street, they need to be put in a dog waste station receptacle or in your home trash.  Many residents are repeatedly angered about finding bags of waste tossed into their recycle bins and trash cans, so please be careful about complying with this rule.  Scroll down to see a map of the Dog Waste Stations.

When disposing bags of dog poop in your own trash, be sure they get placed in a larger sealed trash bag. If not, trash collectors may reject your trash for pick up.

The leash law in Montgomery County has been in place since 2005. Dogs are not allowed to be off-leash or “at large" unless they are on private property, in a municipality’s designated off-leash area, or in any of the fenced dog parks that are owned and operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission. The six M-NCPPC dog parks in Montgomery County are listed below.  More information can be found on Montgomery Parks.org.

Washington DC's leash law allows dogs without leash on private property and in the 13 dog parks managed and maintained by the DC Dept of Parks & Recreation.  The DC dog parks are listed below.  Chevy Chase Dog Park is closest to the Town of Chevy Chase and is one of the smaller of the bunch at 5,000 square feet.

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Maryland-NCPPC Dog Parks in Montgomery County

  • Black Hill Regional Park Dog Park
    Boyds, MD
  • Cabin John Regional Park Dog Park
    Bethesda, MD
  • Ellsworth Urban Dog Park
    Downtown Silver Spring, MD
  • Olney Manor Recreational Park Dog Park
    Olney, MD
  • Ridge Road Recreational Park Dog Park
    Germantown, MD
  • Wheaton Regional Park Dog Park
    Wheaton, MD

DC Department of Parks & Recreation Dog Parks

  • Chevy Chase Dog Park l 41st & Livingston St NW
  • Francis Dog Park l 25th & M Street NW
  • Guy Mason Dog Park l 3100 Calvert Street NW
  • Kingsman Dog Park l 14th & Kingsman Street NE
  • Langdon Dog Park l 2901 20th Street NE
  • Lansburgh Dog Park l M St & Delaware Ave SW
  • Newark Dog Park l 39th & Newark Street NW
  • S Street Dog Park l 17th & S Street NW
  • Shaw Dog Park l 11th & Rhode Island Avenue NW
  • Swampoodle Dog Park | 3rd & L Street NE
  • The Park at LeDroit l 286 V Street NW
  • Upshur Dog Park l 4300 Arkansas Avenue NW
  • Walter Pierce Dog Park l 20th & Calvert Street NW
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Map of Dog Waste Stations in the Town of Chevy Chase

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Helping Dogs in the Town of Chevy Chase Find their Family

Since pets getting lost or separated from their guardians is inevitable, we hope our town will be a safe and comfortable haven for them.  Sending our lost furry friends to shelter just increases their stress.  That’s why TownDOG has developed a protocol to reunite stray canine companions with their guardians as soon as possible.

If You See a Roaming Dog Who is Clearly Without a Guardian:

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Never attempt to chase or follow a dog that is off-leash. When dogs are on the loose, anxious from being away from home or family, their normal reaction is to back off from human giants. The best intentions to help can put a dog farther from home or into danger. East-West Hwy, Bradley Lane, Connecticut, and Wisconsin Avenues – four dangerous streets surround us.

Try to take a photo of the dog.

Post a Dog Sighting with a description of the dog, nearest intersection the dog was seen and the direction it was headed.   TownNeighbors listserv and NextDoor.com are two sites you can use if you don't have the dog (more on these below).

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If You are Safely Taking Possession of a Stray Dog:

Be patient as you try to gather information. Approach the dog slowly so that the dog sees you first. Make yourself less threatening by squatting low to the ground and to the dog’s side, and by not looking into the dog’s eyes. Let the dog smell your hands, and gain the dog’s trust.

Copy or take a photo of all the information on the dog’s tags. Take photos in mute mode to avoid spooking the dog. Random numbers on the tags can sometimes link to the dog’s family.

If you are not comfortable helping the dog or cannot invest the time, call a neighbor for help.

Find someone to help bring treats and a leash. Most dog families keep a spare leash and treats in their cars and homes for emergency. Hopefully the dog tag information is enough to notify the family, and you’ve done a great deed!

What, no tags? Take the dog to get scanned for a microchip code that will identify the dog’s guardian. Veterinarians and animal hospitals keep the microchip scanner tool for this purpose. Banfield Pet Hospital, inside of PetSmart at 6800 Wisconsin Avenue (240) 497-0027 is convenient to our town. If Banfield is closed, bring the dog to the 24-hour Friendship Animal Hospital, 4105 Brandywine St NW (202) 363-7300, ten minutes south, just off Wisconsin Avenue.

Unable to reach the family through tag or microchip information? Get the word out fast. Below are the most effective places to publicize a dog found within the Town of Chevy Chase.

Have the Town of Chevy Chase Office issue a lost or found dog alert by text or email to residents who subscribe to Town Crier Alerts, the Town’s official notification system. Email townoffice@townofchevychase.org or call (301) 654-7144 M-F 9AM-5PM.

Post a message to TownNeighbors, the Town's unofficial listserv. Subscribers are limited to residents of the Town of Chevy Chase. To join TownNeighbors, send your full name, home address, phone number, and preferred e-mail address where you want to receive Town Neighbors messages to townneighbors+owner@groups.io and the moderator will send you an invitation to join.

Post a message on nextdoor.com, a local social network. Users can choose to send and receive messages with others in the Town of Chevy Chase, or include several surrounding neighborhoods in Maryland and in the District of Columbia.

Post onto the Town of Chevy Chase’s unofficial Facebook page.

Post a Found Report on PetHarbor.com. This is where the Montgomery County animal shelter posts all dogs entering its facility daily.

Post a notice on Craigslist.org, under Community Lost & Found. Photos of all found dogs entering both Montgomery County and DC shelters are posted on Craigslist daily.

Complete a Lost/Found Form on the DC animal shelter’s website, HumaneRescueAlliance.org, and email them a photo of the dog separately. HRA posts Found Dogs photos and information daily for each dog entering the shelter facility and they will do same for anyone who finds a stray dog that is not in their shelter.

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Lost or stray dogs that are picked up in Montgomery County or in the District of Columbia are received by two animal shelters. Both intake facilities (listed below) scan for a microchip and try to locate owners as quickly as possible. Dogs found without identification in the County are typically vaccinated against Rabies, Bordetella and Distemper, and implanted with a microchip. Reclaiming a dog at the County shelter during its hours of operation can involve showing proof of ownership and vaccination records, a waiting period for processing, and fees for boarding, microchip implantation, medical treatment, and pet licensing. Both the County and DC facilities have a five-day holding period before a dog becomes available for adoption:

Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center
7315 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD 20855, (240) 773-5900 closed Wednesday

Humane Rescue Alliance
1201 New York Ave NE, Washington DC 20002, (202) 576-6664 open 24 hours

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If you have any questions regarding the TownDOGs Directory or other information on this website, please write to  info@town-dog.org