Pets

Park visitor and four-legged friend on nature trail
Park visitor and four-legged friend on the park Nature Trail

NPS/Elizabeth Ottarson

Pets are an important part of our lives, providing companionship, love, and joy. While park regulations do not allow pets in the Historic Area, Washington Family Burial Ground, or in park buildings, there are many other areas to explore on a pet-friendly visit to George Washington Birthplace National Monument.


Pets are Permitted in the Following Areas

Pet Regulations

  • Pets must remain on a leash and under physical control of the owner at all times. Leashes may be no longer than 6 feet (1.8 m).

  • Owners must clean up after their pets.
  • In summer, water is available at the Visitor Center, and at the Picnic Area.
  • Leaving pets in unattended vehicles is strongly discouraged – especially on warm days.

Service Animals

The 2010 revision to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as, "an animal that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability."

Animals that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effects of a disability, including animals that are used to provide comfort or emotional support (e.g. therapy animals), are considered pets and not service animals.

Falsely portraying a pet as a service animal is considered fraud and is subject to federal prosecution under 36 CFR. 2.32(a)(3)(ii).
 

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    Service Animals


    The 2010 revision to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as, "an animal that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability."

    Animals that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effects of a disability, including animals that are used to provide comfort or emotional support (e.g. therapy animals), are considered pets and not service animals.

    Falsely portraying a pet as a service animal is considered fraud and is subject to federal prosecution under 36 CFR. 2.32(a)(3)(ii).

    Last updated: June 22, 2021

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