Saturday, October 21st
San Antonio Zoo was thrilled to announce its very first Dog Day, a one-of-a-kind event where you and your furry companions can embark on an unforgettable zoo adventure together. To participate, guests must purchase a $27.99 Dog Day Ticket for each dog, in addition to either purchasing zoo admission or presenting their Membership for entry. Guests joined us on Saturday, October 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a day filled with excitement and enrichment for all!
Dog Day at the zoo is an exclusive opportunity for dog lovers to experience the wonders of the animal kingdom alongside their four-legged friends. From the captivating sights to the intriguing scents, your pup will be in for a treat as they explore a whole new world of adventure! On the enchanting Dog Day at San Antonio Zoo, dogs and their owners will have a blast and play a vital role in providing enrichment to the animal residents. The presence of our furry friends adds a touch of excitement and curiosity to the atmosphere, stimulating the senses of the zoo residents in unique ways.
In addition to exploring the zoo, there will be special activities like a dog costume contest and trick-or-treating for humans and pups alike. If you want to expand your furry family, the Animal Defense League will also be joining, providing opportunities for adoption. Enjoy exciting Zoo Boo!, presented by PNC Bank, activations on a specially-themed Star Wars Day! Meet the Mandalorian & Princess Leia from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. while enjoying live music and delicious Oktoberfest food!
Whether you’re a kid or an adult without kids, Dog Day at San Antonio Zoo promises endless enjoyment. With the beautiful weather as your backdrop, witness the wonder in your dog’s eyes as they encounter fascinating creatures and explore new surroundings.
To ensure the safety and comfort of all attendees, there are a few guidelines to follow. Dogs must have up-to-date rabies vaccinations and be kept on a no longer than 6-foot, non-retractable leash. A designated adult with zoo admission must accompany each dog, and the purchase of a $27.99 Dog Day ticket is required for each furry friend. While most zoo areas are accessible to guests with dogs, Discovery PLAYce, Riverbank, Education Center, aviaries, indoor restaurants, attractions and animal encounters are excluded. A Dog Days Guide & Map will be provided to help navigate the event and locate relief areas.
Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity to celebrate our furry friends while contributing to the enrichment of the zoo’s residents. Join us for a day filled with magic, excitement, and unforgettable moments.
Schedule of Events
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 21st
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Hype Squad Welcome Party | Blue Gate
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Docent Station | Great Lawn
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | AAT Presentation | Ambassador Plaza
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Mage Character | Roaming Zoo
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Fri – Sun DJ Mayhem | Great Lawn
12:00 pm. – 1:00 p.m. | Dog Trick-or-Treating | Locations on Dog Day Guide & Map
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. | Creature Feature | Great Lawn
12:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Fri – Sun Scarecrow Sing-A-Longs | Train Depot
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Animal Defense League | Great Lawn
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. | Mini Monster Mash | Great Lawn
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. | Sat – Sun ACS Chat | Fruit Bat Habitat
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Dog Costume Parade | Great Lawn
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Costume Contest | Great Lawn
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Costume Contest | Great Lawn
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Trick or Treating | Zoo
Dog Day Map
Dog Day FAQ
Can I bring more than one dog to the event?
You may bring one dog per 18+ person from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on October 21, 2023. To participate, guests must purchase a $27.99 Dog Day Ticket for each dog, in addition to either purchasing zoo admission or presenting their Membership for entry.
Is there an age requirement for handlers?
Handlers should be over the age of 18 and not responsible for managing children.
Are there any health requirements for dogs attending the event?
Yes, dogs attending the zoo should receive regular veterinary care and vaccinations. Dogs must be vaccinated against Rabies, heartworm prevention, Canine Distemper Virus, and Canine Parvovirus, and you will need to provide proof of vaccination.
What should my dog wear and carry for identification?
We require that all dogs arrive at the zoo with a well-fitting collar or harness.
Are retractable leashes allowed?
Please use non-retractable leashes that are no longer than 6 feet.
Are there any restrictions on the types of dogs that can attend?
Puppies under 4 months, sick dogs, dogs with active injuries (e.g., stitches, bandages), and female dogs in heat are not suitable for the event. During your visit, dogs that are not under the owner’s control, excessive barking or are displaying adverse reactions to animals may be asked to leave the zoo without a refund.
Do dogs need to be on a leash at all times?
Yes, dogs are required to be on a leash at all times during the event. Leashes should be no longer than 6 feet and non-retractable. Leashes should be attached at all times, even if the dog is in a carrier or stroller.
Do I need to purchase a separate ticket for my dog?
Yes, to participate, guests must purchase a $27.99 Dog Day Ticket for each dog, in addition to either purchasing zoo admission or presenting their Membership for entry.
Can I access all areas of the zoo with my dog?
While most zoo areas are accessible to guests with dogs, aviaries, indoor restaurants and animal encounters are excluded.
What are the rules for my dog's behavior during the event?
Dogs should remain under their human’s control and exhibit well-behaved and non-aggressive behavior. Excessive agitation of animal residents at the zoo or guests because of barking or other behavior may lead to the party being asked to leave the zoo without a refund.
Can I bring other pets besides dogs?
This opportunity is available for dogs only; unfortunately, no other pets are allowed.
Can I take my dog inside restaurants at the zoo?
Dogs are not allowed inside indoor restaurants. Outdoor pet friendly eating areas, like Longnecks Bar & Grill will be activated throughout the zoo.
Where are the relief areas for my dog?
Please reference the Dog Days Guide & Map to locate relief area.
When can I bring my dog to the zoo?
You may bring one dog per 18+ person from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on October 21, 2023.
Will water and relief bags be provided?
Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bowls and relief bags. Water will be available at zoo snack stands.