P.A.W.S. to open dog park Dec. 8

Nov 30, 2012

Rockport — P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center will open its new community dog park adjacent to the shelter on Camden Street Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.

The dog park is comprised of two areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs and will be open daily from sunrise to sunset. There is a parking lot adjacent to the park.

The name of the park will be revealed during the opening celebration at which cookies and hot drinks will be served.

“We are so excited that we can now welcome dog owners and their four-foot friends to this community dog park,” said Jean Freedman-White president of the P.A.W.S. Board of Trustees, in a news release. “We are thankful to those who have donated to our capital campaign, thus making the park a reality, especially our major donor to the project who will be revealed at the opening on Saturday. I also want to thank one of our vice president’s John Scholz who has spent many hours overseeing the dog park project.”

“In order to ensure that everyone using the park has a fun and safe time we encourage users of the park to familiarize themselves with the rules governing the use of the park,” Freedman-White said. “Dog owners enter and use the park at their own risk and are legally responsible for their dog’s behavior, and are responsible for their dog’s well-being. Dogs must be properly inoculated, licensed, wearing a collar with ID and rabies tags and free of viral infections, she said. For safety reasons, “children age five and younger are not allowed inside the dog park. Children under the age of 12 must be with a supervising adult. No female dogs in heat or puppies under 4-months old are allowed in the park,” Freedman-White added.

She said that to ensure the safety of the animals “all dogs must be leashed until they are inside the first gate of the double-gated entrance to each section of the park. Please remove choke or pinch collars and head halters before opening the second gate of the double-gated area. Inside the fenced play area, owners should watch their dog and have the leash with them at all times. The dynamics of dog play can change quickly and you need to be prepared to intervene quickly,” Freedman-White added.

“No aggressive dogs are allowed in the park. If your dog seems timid, stressed, overly aroused or aggressive please take him or her out of the park immediately. No more than two dogs per person may enter the group play area. You must pick up your dog’s waste promptly everywhere in the dog park and parking lot and please fill in all holes that your dog digs,” Freedman-White said.

“We ask that dog owners do not eat, smoke or run inside the dog park and do not give treats to anyone else’s dog. Leave your dog’s favorite toy and all rawhide chews at home,” she added, “some dogs don’t like sharing.”

“People with dogs that are not spayed or neutered please be aware of the risk of interaction with other dogs and be extra-vigilant about your dog’s behavior,” she added, noting that “any dog park user may ask someone who is not abiding by the rules to leave. In case of an emergency call 911.”

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