Dog Friendly

Elmwood Park Zoo is throwing dog lovers a bone with the inclusion of special days and events where owners can bring their pooches on their very own zoo excursion! Presented by Metropolitan Veterinary Associates, our Dog Days invite zoo fans and their four-legged family members to enjoy the zoo together! Dog admission is limited and rules are in place to help ensure the comfort and safety of you, your dog, other guests, and the zoo’s animals.

All guests visiting the zoo with a furry friend must complete an online application and submit required documents before purchasing their tickets. Along with the application, you must upload a copy/record of your most recent veterinary visit, as well as proof of vaccinations and heartworm test. Your completed application, successfully uploaded documents, and your purchased admission tickets are all required in order for you to attend our Dog Days. Please note, dogs are currently not permitted to enter Trail of the Jaguar, Habitat HQ, Barn, Wetlands Boardwalk , Feeding Decks and Harmony Hideaway.

Families often consider their pets as members, and many enjoy sharing adventures with their dogs! Now one of those adventures can be to the Elmwood Park Zoo, for select “Dog Days” through the year!

Dog Days

April 5 – June 30
Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

September 3 – December 29
Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM



Yearly Members: $10.95 per dog

NON-Members: $12.95 per dog**

**Regular zoo admission must be purchased for all human companions.

***Already submitted an application?

Yappy Hours are like Happy Hours except they cater to canines as well as their owners! You and your pooch can join us after regular zoo hours on select nights, from 5:30PM – 7:30PM (last admission at 6:30PM). Each dog will receive one free pup whipped cream treat cup.

*Since this is an after-hours event, our indoor buildings will be closed and many animals will be sleeping or inside for the night.


Friday, May 26
Thursday, June 1
Friday, June 30
Thursday, September 14


Free to attend

Dogs — Must submit a Yappy Hours application at the link below

We’re extending memberships to the doggos! Yearly zoo members can now opt to purchase a special dog membership for their furry friends! Dog memberships are valid for the full calendar year in which they were purchased. 


Yearly Members*: $50.00 per dog
*You must be a yearly EPZ member to purchase a dog Membership. YOU MUST complete a dog visit application before VISITING.

Fine Print

Owners/handlers are limited to one (1) dog per person at any time.  All dogs must be registered to the owner/handler walking them through the zoo.  Handlers must be over the age of 18 and also not responsible for managing children. All dogs attending the zoo must be evaluated by a licensed veterinarian at a minimum of once per year. Dogs must receive monthly heart worm prevention and receive an annual heartworm test. Vaccinated against Rabies, Canine Distemper Virus and Canine Parvovirus (proof required). All dogs should arrive at the zoo with a well-fitting collar or harness with one tag that indicates contact information for owners and one tag that confirms rabies vaccination status. Collars must be worn at all times. Retractable leashes are not permitted.  For the safety of your dog and others, we do not allow puppies under 4 months, sick dogs, dogs with active injuries (ie. stitches, bandages, etc) or female dogs in heat. If the temperature on the day of your Dog Day or Yappy Hour exceeds 85 degrees fahrenheit the event will be cancelled. To reschedule your event date due to the high temperatures please email