DOGPAW's Happy Dog Campaign

by DOGPAW
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DOGPAW is currently rebranding our organization with new mission, vision, values, Executive Board, volunteers, and direction.  To begin this endeavor we are having a volunteer recruiting event on March 18th from 1:00-4:00PM at The Providence Academy in downtown Vancouver.  Come join us for us for food and drinks, pet vendors and, of course, to discover how you can help off-leash dog parks in Clark County.  Volunteer opportunities are a great way to give back to the community and to give your dog the gift of off-leash parks.  Come by and see us!

Meanwhile, our parks are still holding their own, though somewhat muddy from our record-breaking weather year.  Stay tuned for future developments and fun events for our great off-leash dogo parks in Clark County, WA.  

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DOGPAW's new board president has been working to help rebrand the DOGPAW name and image.  We've contracted with a professional service for a series of workshops for our board, site managers, and other volunteers to recreate our Mission, Values, and Vision.  Stayed tuned for updates on our progress on this front.  

Meanwhile, we are starting an aggressive campaign to attract volunteers to the organization.  We cannot accomplish the wonderful things we'd like to accomplish in marketing, park user education, increase in donations and members, etc. without the support of many new and energetic volunteers.  We will be hosting a volunteer rodeo at the end of January, 2017 to help solicit those volunteers.  Stay tuned for more information on this event.  

We have been working tirelessly with local officials and business owners in the Camas/Washougal area for property to put in a replacement dog park for the Stevenson Dog Park which closed on November 1st.  Unfortunately, extremely high City and County permit fees are some of our biggest hurdles we currently face in this endeavor.  

DOGPAW is lucky to have a couple of professionals volunteering their time to create a new webpage for us.  The new webpage should be rolling out very soon.  Check out the webpage and check us out on Facebook.  

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DOGPAW is undergoing many important changes.  We are in the process of changing board members and are working to get our new board members up to speed.  We will be reinvigorating and rebranding DOGPAW to become bigger and better than ever.  

We are still working diligently on trying to find a location for a replacement dog park for the Stevenson Dog Park which will be closing on November 1, 2016.  County/City permitting processes are fiscally debilitating to our organization as our operating income is barely covering our operating expenses.  

The DOGPAW website is up and running and we are attending to any remaining issues.  If you have trouble with any aspect of our website please contact us at:  800-899-0025 ext 0 to report the issue.  

Stay tuned for further developments on our webpage, Stevenson Dog Park replacement, and new course for DOGPAW. 

Membership Table at Dakota Dog Park
Membership Table at Dakota Dog Park

DOGPAW is proud to welcome new volunteer Board members to our team.  Mark Fruechtel will be coming on as President, Andy Ladick is our new Vice-President, and we have three other new board members to bring new life to our group.  We are excited to work with these energetic new teammates.  

We held our first membership drive of 2016 on March 19th at Dakota Dog Park.  A big thank you to Andy Ladick and his wife Kimberly and Debra DeLong for their great work.  We netted $700 through ten new memberships and many donations.  We even put Sadie to work.  We will be having several membership drives scattered through the parks at different days and times throughout the summer.  Check our website for our event schedule. 

Due to the sale of the land under our Stevenson Dog Park in Washougal, WA the DOGPAW board is actively working with county officials to locate usable land for a replacement dog park.  The new land owners in Washougal have been very generous in allowing us to keep the dog park open as we locate land and resite our dog park.  However, the Stevenson Dog Park will be closing its gates on November 1, 2016.  We're hopeful to have a new park ready to open by then. In the meantime, we will be conducting some intensive fundraising campaigns to raise money for the construction of our new park.  

Thank you for your continued support.  

Sadie Approaching New Members
Sadie Approaching New Members
Canine Help at Work Party
Canine Help at Work Party

The DOGPAW Board is excited to be reviewing applications for several potential new board members.  We are happy to have some new blood on the board.  We are also canvassing for additional park managers to help cover different shifts at each of the parks. 

DOGPAW had a very busy year making improvements to our five local off-leash dog parks.  Lucky Dog Park in Brush Prairie has a beautiful new parking lot and enhanced trails.  We are working on getting some new environmentally friendly kiosks at all of our parks.  The upgrade of our waste receptacles has been completed at all of the parks and they should last for many more years than the old wood ones.  We have also been fortunate to be recipients of much free bark and mulch this year from the County and local landscapers, etc.  

Our lure course runs and membership drives brought in many new members this year and our Bark in the Park event was very successful, though wet.  We will be developing and publishing our activities schedule after the first of the year.  

Many thanks to our hard-working board members and park managers who have given many hours of their time to the benefit of our dog parks.  And a huge thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who give daily of their time to keeping our parks clean, safe, and attractive to our community.  

Volunteers at Membership Table
Volunteers at Membership Table
Rigel and Gracie Taking a Play Break at Ross Park
Rigel and Gracie Taking a Play Break at Ross Park
 

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DOGPAW

Location: Vancouver, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.clarkDOGPAW.org
Project Leader:
Cindy Franke
President
Vancouver, WA United States

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