DOGPAW Board and Volunteers have been very busy with dog park improvements and events this year.
Our membership base has grown substantially in these past several months. We are at nearly 800 members now. Some of this success is due to the monthly membership drives that our board and volunteers are conducting at our parks at varying days and times. With the costs of maintaining our parks continuing to rise, increasing our membership base is important to keep our parks maintained in top condition.
On April 16, 2015, we held an open house at our newly installed dog water feature at Ross Dog Park. DOGPAW partnered with the following six local companies to raise the funding necessary for this great new feature: Canine Utopia, Natural Pet NW, Beastie Boutique, Orchards Feed Mill, Family Pet Supplies, All Natural Pet Supplies. THANK YOU to our great local pet supply companies who made this happen.
Our DOGPAW Pack raised $2,325 at the May 2nd Walk for the Animals for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. We even had a parrot join our pack on the Walk this year. DOGPAW joined the vendor fair and we got a lot of attention and some new members at our booth.
Our 2015 Annual Membership Meeting was well attended this year. We sold some merchandise, renewed some memberships and presented our "state of DOGPAW". We're looking forward to a great new year.
DOGPAW's membership has grown considerably in the past few months after a concerted membership campaign. With this growth in membership we are hoping for an increase in the number of volunteers to help us expand our efforts in creating the best off-leash dog parks in Clark County, Washington.
Ryan Bittner, an Eagle Scout from Troop 320 completed his eagle scout project at our Ross Dog Park by furnishing and installing a real (non-working) fire hydrant for our dogs' enjoyment. He and his crew did an outstanding job on this project. Congratulations Ryan.
We are excited to report that we have finally brought water to our Ross Dog Park. Through generous sponsorship of a handful of local dog businesses and partners we have installed a dog water feature at the lower end of our Ross Dog Park. The water will be available seasonally from spring through fall as at our other parks.
Clark County has completed its expansion and upgrade to the parking lot at Lucky Dog Park but the park is not yet open for business until the newly planted grass has taken root. Stay tuned for notice of park opening sometime this spring.
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.
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.
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.
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