DOGPAW

To work with dog owners and the community at large to promote awareness and acceptance and to increase the availability for safe off-leash areas for dogs in Clark County.
Sep 15, 2014

Ninth Project Report September 13, 2014

Happy Vendors at Bark in the Park event
Happy Vendors at Bark in the Park event

DOGPAW has had a very busy summer with monthly membership drives and lure course runs at our parks.  We have signed up another 60 members this summer.  

Our big fundraising event this summer was Bark in the Park K9 Carnival at Ross Dog Park.  The event included over 40 vendors, many showcasing carnival games in their spaces, food, live music by Mother Joseph Academy Players, a doggy pool area, our 2nd annual K9 Pageant, Police K9 demonstrations, doggie bowling and relay races, and more.  A great time was had by all.  Our attendees also donated over two 55 gallon drums of food to Second Chance Companions.  

DOGPAW was recipient of a Doggie Wash fundraising event by New Seasons Market (partnered with Mud Bay).  New Seasons' employees and DOGPAW volunteers washed over 40 dogs and two guinea pigs.  New Seasons' employees also made plaster paw prints for a small donation.  The proceeds donated to DOGPAW from this event equalled approximately $400.

DOGPAW seized another opportunity to assist our Police K9 by raising $5,732 from the community for Retired K9 Officer Dash's medical expenses.  Dash underwent major emergency surgery to save his life. Upon retirement, K9 Officers' living and medical expenses are at the expense of their handlers and their families.  Clark County residents stepped up big time in support of Dash.   

Pool Party at Bark in Park event
Pool Party at Bark in Park event
HAPPY DOG
HAPPY DOG
K9 Pageant Winner
K9 Pageant Winner
Doggie Wash Event at New Seasons Market
Doggie Wash Event at New Seasons Market
K9 Officer Dash and his Family
K9 Officer Dash and his Family
Jun 9, 2014

Eighth Project Report June 7, 2014

Some of the Pack in the Hazel Dell Parade
Some of the Pack in the Hazel Dell Parade

DOGPAW has been busy preparing for another great dog park year.  We had a great turnout out our annual general membership meeting at the Heathman Hotel in April.  Special guests included Paul Scarpelli, Animal Control Manager and Kyle Day with his newly retired K9 Officer Dingo.  

DOGPAW Board Members and a few volunteers have already participated in the 50th Annual Hazel Dell Parade; the Walk for the Animals in support of the Humane Society of Southwest Washington for which we raised over $1,400; some membership drives and lure courses at our local dog parks; we've participated in the Hike on the Dike fundraiser for the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society; supported a Canines for Clean Water Pledge campaign at Dakota dog park; and are busy working on the planning of our new and improved annual fundraiser "Bark in the Park Canine Carnival" slated for August 2, 2014 at Ross Dog Park.  

Our webpage has been revamped and is so much more user-friendly and easier to navigate.  Check it out at:  www.clarkdogpaw.org.  

We are still looking for interested persons to volunteer to work with our group on maintaining and improving our organization and our community dog parks.  Please consider donating some of your time to helping us.  You can learn about opportunities for volunteering and complete our volunteer signup form on the webpage.   

Preparing for our "Walk for the Animals"
Preparing for our "Walk for the Animals"
Feb 3, 2014

Seventh Project Report February 1, 2014

Spreading Bark at Lucky dog park
Spreading Bark at Lucky dog park

The DOGPAW board has been busy in strategic planning sessions to help build a bigger and better organization. High priority items include: building volunteer base, building membership base, complete transition to new, improved website, development of ad hoc committees to address: park rules review, incident reporting, media, fundraising, advertising, events, community networking, etc.

 Schedules have been set for 2014 events:
       ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
             April 26          Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA
       DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: (9:00-2:00)
             August 2         Ross
       MEMBERSHIP DRIVES at dog parks (10:00-2:00)
             March 22       Stevenson
             April 19          Lucky
             June 7           Dakota
             July 12           Kane
       LURE COURSE RUNS at dog parks (8:30-11:00)
             May 31           Stevenson
             June 28          Ross
             July 19           Lucky
             Sept 20           Dakota

We had a nice group of volunteers turn out at Lucky dog park (Brush Prairie) for our last work party.  Up to fifteen volunteers helped spread bark and fill holes in the dog park.  Thank you to ALL hard working volunteers who gave time on their Saturday to make our parks safer and more beautiful. 

Tony and Arleen working on trail
Tony and Arleen working on trail
Elliot earning community service credit
Elliot earning community service credit

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