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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine invites you and your faithful canine companion to help preserve and protect the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner. Join the Fort McHenry Paw Patrol to assist in patrolling the park grounds, modeling good dog-owner behavior, and educating visitors about the park and its history. By regularly walking the grounds with their furry friends, Paw Patrollers can assist rangers in keeping the park beautiful and safe, and have the opportunity to welcome new visitors to enjoy the outdoors and to learn more about the “home of the brave” and the other stories of Fort McHenry.
Work is performed outdoors. Volunteers should be prepared for wide extremes in weather - in the summer it can get very hot and humid, averaging between 90 and 98 degrees, and in the winter it can be very cold and blustery, averaging between 38 degrees and freezing. Bending and light lifting may be required.
Dogs participating in the Paw Patrol program must provide documentation of current vaccinations and boosters. They must also demonstrate behavior consistent with the AKC Canine Good Citizen standards. All applicants will be interviewed on site by the program coordinator.
The service requirement for Paw Patrollers is a minimum of 8 hours per month. Scheduled patrol times will be arranged with the Volunteer Program Coordinator.