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New York City's Largest Off-Leash Community

There was no winter....

ellowship For The Interests of Dogs & Their Owners

FIDO In Prospect Park's commitment is to ensure that Prospect Park is a safe and healthy place for dogs; that responsible supervision of dogs and charitable activities focusing on Prospect Park, will enhance public respect regarding the benefits and responsibilities of dog ownership. It's all about having control of your dog whether it be on the sidewalk or in the park itself.

PROSPECT PARK OFF-LEASH AREAS: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. -- 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Long Meadow; Nethermead & Peninsula...
See map

ALL other Times & Areas, you MUST leash up!

Dogs must be ON-Leash on ALL paths and woods between meadows.

Bulletin Board...


Covid—2nd Hand Contact

(While I'm not a doctor...)

Just a reminder that you should not let anyone pet your dog for the time being. They might have Covid--leave droplets on your dog; then you hug your dog...

Some postings about one or two dogs having Covid are up though it appears that the dog may have gotten it from their owners (human family) who had it first.


PICK Up after your dog while on the ball fields... this is why we lost that privilege twelve years ago.


Coffee Bark Coming Up...

Park's Department has closed all park events until further notice.... Stay tuned and stay well.

Usually the First Saturday of Every Month...

Rain, sleet, snow (sorry - snow can get the best of us sometime) or shine, FIDO in Prospect Park sets up a table full of goodies on the first Saturday of every month.  Look for coffee, pastries, dog biscuits as well as relevant information pertaining to off-leash activities and issues. And it's all FREE!

See you then.

First Saturday Coffee Barks

When: Always the first Saturday of every month (usually always)

What is Coffee Bark: Tables full of free coffee, bagels and ... DOG Biscuits

Where:  Just below the Picnic House in Prospect Park's Long Meadow.

How to Sponsor a Coffee Bark

For updates, see FIDO In Prospect Park Facebook for last minute cancelations.

Donate Meals To Covid-19 Medical Providers

To All FIDO members:

FIDO is donating $500.00 to Operation Feed to provide meal deliveries to local medical providers serving our FIDO community.  There are several FIDO members who are matching FIDO's contribution or donating what they can.  Please go directly to the website below and donate as you see fit.

Below is a summary of Operation Feed. 

Operation Feed organizes regular meal deliveries from local restaurants to local hospitals in Brooklyn, NY.  Currently, we’re supporting NYP/Methodist, Maimonides, & SUNY Downstate Hospitals in Brooklyn, New York, with weekly meal deliveries of 800+ meals, and the need is growing. Restaurants are also struggling: to stay in business and to support relieved or furloughed staff. Your help is greatly appreciated.
www.operationfeedbrooklyn.com // instagram: @operationfeedbrooklyn.com

Current Missions:
3x/week meals to SUNY Downstate Residents & Nurses at Covid-19 Clinic
3x/week (and expanding) meals to Maimonides ER
Regular meals and coffee & beverage support to NYP/Methodist ER

Operation Feed is working on creating support for
Brooklyn Hospital
SUNY Downstate ER
Increasing service to those above to daily support and potentially other mealtimes / greater portions.

If you’re aware of a healthcare team in need, please fill out this form. If you might be available for transportation volunteering, please fill out this form. And if you think you may be interested in volunteering to partake in our mission, email me at operationfeedbrooklyn@gmail.com



November 27, 2019

City Council Bill Would Ban Off-Leash

As of early January, 2020, FIDO has received unofficial word that this bill has been withdrawn by its sponsor. Thank you, everyone for the letters of support for responsible off-leash that were were sent to our City Council people. It made a difference.

Matt Greller <matt.greller@gmail.com>
Matt was part of the core group who saw off-leash through the courts & hearings back in 2006-7

The below legislation was just introduced today by City Councilwoman Koslowitz from Queens.  It is an existential threat to the 9pm to 9am offleash dog hours that we all fought so hard to save.  I imagine that Councilman Bob Holden - yes that Bob Holden - will likely co-sponsor as well.  Note that the text of the bill, which is pasted below, and includes this clause: "Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law or rule".  That's in there because the NYC DOHMH and NYC DOPR regulations were once in conflict, and after our (2007) lawsuit and efforts, new regulations were issued by both to allow the 9pm to 9am offleash hours.  This proposed legislation would seek to supersede the regulations and prevent dogs from being offleash anywhere outside of dog runs. 

Even though I live in Jersey, I still do some work in NYC.  What I imagine would be the best path forward would be organized opposition from the dog community groups, and seeking sponsors of a bill that would codify the DOMH and DOPR regulations via legislation.  Defeating INT-1807, and implementing a new bill that would give the 9pm-9am regulations greater force of law would be the best possible outcome.

Read The Bill

Sponsor's Justification For This Bill

What You Can Do As A Dog Owner

FIDO will also be organizing a formal response when we get more information about the hearing and whether this will make it out of committee. You’re welcome to go to FIDO In Prospect Park Facebook and view the comments and updates.

In the meantime…

Brad Lander, City Council for: Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington

Mathieu Eugene, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Park, and Prospect Lefferts GardensCiry Council for:

Laurie Cumbo's 35th city council district, which borders Prospect Park to the east and includes Prospect Heights - https://council.nyc.gov/district-35/

Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

On Background
The 2006-2007 Court/Hearings Battle to make City Wide Off-leash Legal
This site is so old it only works only on laptops


Who’s FIDO in Prospect Park?
FIDO in Prospect Park is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for off-leash activity as well as responsible supervision of dogs throughout our great City. To this end, FIDO sponsors lectures and events as well as donating funds to the Prospect Park Alliance for new trashcans and container, Doggie Beach, dog-friendly water fountains, and even a bench and tree in memory of dogs. Above all, FIDO's aim is to make sure that Prospect Park remains a safe, healthy place for dogs as well as other park user groups. Keeping our pets Safe is everyone’s responsibility.

Not to forget: Lose or find a dog? FIDO has the one email that will help within minutes: FIDOlostdog@gmail.com

FIDO Mailing Address

Mailing in your annual membership? We have a new mail box:

Snail Mail
FIDO In Prospect Park
348 Coney Island Avenue, #10
Brooklyn, NY 11218

FIDO Receives the Lovgren Award & "Volunteer Award" in recognition of their Commitment to the Park slope Community

"Each year since 1979, the Park Slope Civic Council has honored two people or organizations for their outstanding service to the community. The awards – one for a local volunteer, the other for professional service – are named for George Lovgren, the Park Slope activist who in the 1960s worked tirelessly to save the Union Street firehouse (today, Squad 1) from closure. The awards epitomize the Civic Council's philosophy – that it's the people who care about their community that have made Park Slope a great place to live.

We believe your work on behalf of dog owners, Prospect Park visitors and the community at large makes FIDO very well deserving of this award, and we would be honored to present this award in person at our June Trustees' Meeting taking place on Thursday, June 8th at the Old Stone House in Washington Park at 7pm."

(L to R) FIDO Steering Committee Members Betty Schwartz-Dowling, Deborah Siner, Lynn Radov and Gary Osgood, FIDO President.


July 2019
It's Official - Kensington Dog Run Under construction

It's happening, folks.

Any questions?
Contact Lynn Radov

Want to be part of this? Contact Lynn Radov, L.C.S.W. at: lpradov@mindspring.com

Does Your Dog Have a City Dog Tag/Rabies Tag?

New York City Health Department Dog License on-line registry - painless! Dog owners may apply and make payment online for a new dog license or renew an existing one.

go to: https://a816-healthpsi.nyc.gov/DogLicense/doglicense/founddog?

The annual fee to license your dog is $8.50 if your dog is spayed or neutered. The fee is $34 if your dog is not spayed or neutered

See your veterinarian for rabies tags. Know that a lost dog can be traced back to the veterinarian who issued the rabies tag.

Download FIDO NEWSLETTERS going back to Spring 2003!

Lost & Found...

Lost or found something? e-mail: bipcar@gmail.com

Lose/find a pet? email fidolostdog@gmail.com

In to FIDO

I was out with my dog yesterday morning at around 8:30 am in the park and someone found a very nice big iPhone. We were in between the picnic house and the big sledding hill. He brought it to the staff at the picnic house who hopefully were able to keep it. I have attached a pic of the photo of the screen. L


Injured Wildlife....

Injured wildlife will be picked up.
Call the Park Supervisor's office at 718-965-6606 – ext. 307

Injured anima/wildfowl encounters...

Call the Park Supervisor's office at 718-965-6606 – ext. 307. If it's during work hours (8am-4pm) they have will investigate. In case of injury, they will seek a certified wildlife rehabilitator.

For dead or suspicious raccoons (see below)...

Call the Park Supervisor's office at 718-965-6606 – ext. 307. If it's during work hours (8am-4pm) they have expressed a willingness to investigate. Between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm. you can also call Park Enforcement Police (the green police vehicles) at 718-437-1350. Both offices will look for the animal and make arrangements with the Urban Rangers to have it tested or in case of injury, seek a certified wildlife rehabilitation.

If no response, contact 311and ask to talk with the Urban Park Rangers for Brooklyn. Again, if you or your dog is bitten by an animal, call 911! Or you might try them directly: 718-421-6767 or Ranger dispatch: 718-482-4885

* Raccoon Encounters...
On December 3rd. 2010, a dead raccoon found in the vicinity of a Prospect Park entrance tested positive for rabies. In 2014, a few rabid raccoons were found deeper into Brooklyn. A vaccine program was established which consists of feeding tube-like devices only accessible to raccoons. As of yet there has been no further spread. People should nonetheless report serious encounter with raccoons who are either openly aggressive or unusually friendly, especially during daylight hours. If you or your dog is bitten, call 911! If your dog is bitten and you do not have a documented rabies shot, your pet will be quarantined by the Health Department. In all likelihood, your dog will require a booster shot.

According to the Department of Health, there hasn't been a case of humans contracting rabies from raccoons since the 1940's. While most raccoons present absolutely no danger, exercise prudence when letting your pet out in the backyards at night!.


Cold Weather Tips

Leptospirosis! critical that you vaccinate your dog!

See FIDO Newsletter Summer 2009 - Lepto interview (pdf)
Lyme Disease summery

Note: FIDO has a great "Health" section with all kinds of tips & links for canine park users.


Stand By Your Dog!
While someone else does the shopping...

Never leave your dog tied up in front of a store. Even though you may be able to see your dog through the shop window, a moment's distraction is all it takes! Stolen dogs have been held for ransom or reward right here in Park Slope. Size doesn't matter - there are people out there who will roll your dog through the doorway of a minivan without a moment's hesitation. Worse still, you dog may end up in a research laboratory or sold to an out of state pet store. Patronize dog friendly stores; have a friend watch your dog or better still, leave your dog home when you're shopping.

Dog Runs

Can't get up in the morning?




Official Dog Runs (extended hours)
Park Slope: Washington Park - 3rd Street btw 4th & 5th Aves; South Slope Run at 18th Street btw 7th & 6th Ave's
Brooklyn Heights: Hillside Park - near Old Fulton Ferry; Pier One; Palmetto Dog Run at beginning of State Street

See complete Borough list: NYC Off-Leash Areas & Dog Runs

Want to establish a dog run?
New York Council of Dog Owner Groups has the information you need to get started:

A Success Story - How they did it...

Greenwood Hts-South Slope Dog Owners
18th Street, just below 7th ave toward 6th Ave (by Prospect Expressway).

5/20/10 Victory! .... Proposal has passed the Community Board by an overwhelming vote!
Tireless efforts by this committed group pays off at last! It takes people who show up time and time again - stand by their group. Details are being worked out with the City Parks Department as to how this will all happen. For a full report, contact Pamela Brown .

Local Groups Wanting to Establish a Dog Run... (FIDO will promote your efforts any way we can)

Kensington Dog Run
This community group has a space under construction near the Coney Island Avenue Circle. Contact Lyn: lpradov@mindspring.com

Cadman Plaza forming off-leash group
Our Group is Cadman Plaza Dogs (cadmanplazadogs@gmail.com). We are starting to reach out to the community and could use all the help we can get.


Please Remember...
What made FIDO in Prospect Park viable twelve years ago was that a committed bunch of dog owners gathered together with Park administration to work out the basic off-leash rules that were essentially the rules we know today. The trick was to live by them.  By becoming a MEMBER of FIDO, dog owners felt empowered to apply peer pressure to those who still "didn't get it"!  Having control of your dog at all times is basic; it's still our number one priority today.

FIDO In Prospect Park provided the city-wide role model that inspired some twenty thousand plus New York City dog owners to make their voices known through petitions and letters when the City beat back the lawsuit by the Juniper HillCivic association to end all off-leash privileges. Instead off-leash privileges became off-leash law! Let's double our membership. Membership means you have a say in all manner of things "off-leash". Membership is a commitment to your fellow dog-owners as well as other park users. Membership is for one year. The  amount? Simply whatever you can afford from a few dollars on up. You can even join on-line.

What's in it for me?
You will be a part of a LARGE group committed to the responsible off-leash rules that make this park such a haven for dogs and their owners.

Group Notifications Via E-mai
You will be on an e-mail list of over 700 people who receive advisories concerning lost & found dogs (it might be yours); health tips; safety alerts and more.  J
oin FIDO - make yourself count.

Dog Beach Video: NYC Parks Dept It's Your Park