FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Do I have to register?
A: Yes, Its FREE!  Everyone can PLAY…you just have to register! Go to LINK to register.

Q: Do I have to register separately for each dog that I bring with me?
A: Only register the humans.  One registration per human.  And then the human can bring their dogs!

Q: Are only rescue dogs invited?
A: ALL DOGS & THEIR HUMANS ARE WELCOME! Rescue Dog Games is a festival to celebrate rescue dogs and their forever families and to shine a light on pet adoption!  We also celebrate dogs by encouraging all dogs and their humans to get outside and PLAY!

Q: What happens if it rains?
A:  It wont!!!!  But....Your dog won't mind....and this is all about the DOGS!  We will see you out there at our rain or shine event and festivities.   Let's all vision a sunny beautiful day to help SHINE a light on pet adoption!

Q: What Health Precautions will be taken?                                    A: Per City of Atlanta, festival goers are required to wear masks when attending city-permitted outdoor events and remain socially distanced for the safety of themselves and others. In addition we:

  • Ask that attendees cover coughs and sneezes and wash hands at the available hand washing/sanitizing stations
  • Ask attendees to stay home if they are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19 , and to get tested for COVID-19.

Q: Once I pre-register online/ do I have to check in once I arrive?
A: Yes, please go to the Registration Tent in the Piedmont Park--off of Charles Allen Drive that runs through the park off of 10th street NE. You will then be given an entry bracelet and entered into the drawings!

Q: Does my dog have to be on a leash?
A: Yes, please have your dog on a leash at all times.

Q: Does my dog have to be up on his/her vaccinations?
A: Yes, you are required, for the safety of your dog and others, to be up-to-date on all of your vaccinations.

Q: Will all the dogs get along?
A: That is our plan; after all it is a day to celebrate dogs… and they can feel that! If there is a dog that is not being friendly or does not share this positive point of view, they may be asked to leave. Bring your friendly dogs that enjoy being around a crowd.

Q: Can I attend without a dog?
A: Of course, but we really hope that you will leave with a new best friend, or at least the start of your adoption plans through one of our Pet Rescues. There will be many onsite with lots of adoptable, sweet lovin’ dogs that need homes. Adoption is certainly not limited to those without a dog…we are all about a many dog family… so everyone can come ready to meet your next best friend.

Q: How can I get to know which dogs are available for adoption?
A: Plan to hang out with some adoptable dogs at each of the adoptable organizaitons' booths and meet your next best friend.    You can also meet all of the Pet organizations and rescues that are on site to get to know ways that you can help throughout the year!

Q: Are the Dog Game Stations difficult?
A: NO, they are fun! All dogs can PLAY (you just have to register) LINK for registering here

Q: Are there Dog Game Station WINNERS?
A: Yes, We will announce the Game Station winners each hour from the Piedmont Park stage--so listen up for your name!  There are some booths that you can participate just for the fun of it and some are competitive.

Q: Where do I park?
A: You may find free parking on the streets. Please be aware and avoid parking in the Midtown Residential permit parking zones.  There are paid parking in the Piedmont Park parking garage and lots all around the park.  Take MARTA/ or Ride share if possible.

Q: What is the schedule for the day?
A: The activities go throughout the day--so you can join in any time from 11 am - 5 pm.  But, be prepared for the Dog Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest starts at noon!

Q: Should I wear a costume?
A: Well you don’t have to, but your dog should wear a costume in order to enter our Dog Howl-O-Ween costume contest !  And it is always a big hit to have matching outfits with your dog!

Q: Do you need volunteers?
A: YES! Please contact us at RescueDogGames@gmail.com so we can coordinate your volunteer work with us. Thank you for asking!

Q: Will there be food and drink?
A: Yes, there will be food trucks and beer for sale!