Triangle, VA - Labor Day weekend may be just around the corner, but the summer festivities are far from cooling down at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. “Dog Days of Summer” unleashes free fun for all ages on Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum in Triangle, Va. This year’s event features furry, feathered and scaly creatures. The military police working dogs from Marine Corps Base Quantico will, of course, be showing off their skills at noon.
Even though that performance is a crowd favorite,” Dog Days of Summer” is not just about our four-legged friends trained to sniff out explosives or attack on command. Those searching for a new furry family member can find information about adoption at the Stafford SPCA and Virginia German Shepherd Rescue booths, as well as visit with a few of their fuzzy companions. Animal lovers of all types will be pleased with this year’s diversity. For the first time, cold-blooded critters join the adoption lineup with the addition of Virginia Reptile Rescue Inc.
Hero Dogs is also joining Dog Days this summer. A nonprofit organization based out of Maryland, Hero Dogs strives to improve the quality of life for wounded heroes by providing free service dogs to veterans in need.
Visitors can cool off inside the Museum while seeing birds of prey perched alongside the wings of the retired aircraft suspended in Leatherneck Gallery. The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia’s falcons, hawks and owls always prove to be a crowd favorite at Dog Days. RCV specializes in the rehabilitation and release of Virginia birds of prey, and also emphasizes conservation, education, and its “Adopt-A-Raptor Program.”
The Museum will be open regular hours from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for visitors to enjoy before and after this special event. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, VA and is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except December 25. Admission and parking are free. For more information contact the Museum at 877-645-1775 or visit their website at www.usmcmuseum.org