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New York City's Largest Off-Leash Community
"Every day is a holiday for our dogs!" Tony Chiappelloni
NEXT Coffee Bark will be Sat, June 1st
Now taking 2014 FIDO Calendar Pictures - see details
FIDO's Off-Leash Picnic in the nethermead - Friday June 14th. 5 pm to Dusk
FIDO 2nd Thursday Seminar, June 13th - Canine Fear & Anxiety - w/panel of dog trainers
Yellowdogproject.com - if you see a yellow ribbon attached to the leash, it means this dog needs extra space. Give them time to move out of the way.
Fellowship 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.
ALL other Times & Areas, you MUST leash up!
Responsible Ownership Means Always Respect The Law
See videos - Sniffing Around Town - City Dog Rules & Tips
receive e-mail advisories: lost & found dogs, health notices and more...
NEXT Coffee Bark will be June 1st
What's Coffee Bark?
2014 FIDO Calendar Pictures
We will begin taking pictures for the calendar at the Coffee Bark on May 4.
As an alternative, you may submit a photo of your own dog and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make your photo 200 dpi, about 4 X 6 inches sizewise. Include your contact information and indicate how you will make payment. You may make payment at Coffee Bark or submit payment through our "Just Give" link at www.fidobrooklyn.org--bottom link that says "Join us". Cost for photos are $10, $20, $40 for small, medium, and large respectively - large being 1/4 page.
FIDO Lecture Series, Always the second Thursday of every month
June 13th - Canine Fear & Anxiety - w/panel of dog trainers
$10 for FIDO Members & BBarkers - Counts as a renewal for FIDO members or initial dues for those joining FIDO
2013 Seminar Schedule
Volunteer Program Helps Reunite Pet and People
File a lost pet report
Search their database: www.nycacc.org/LostSearch.htm
Now, thanks to a new collaborative program among Animal Care & Control of NYC, the ASPCA, and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, an innovative program helping return missing cats and dogs to their owners.
If your pet does run away, or if you find someone else's, you can now report it on AC&C’s website A staff person paid for by the ASPCA supervises trained volunteers, who monitor lost pet reports daily and attempt to match them to animals entering the shelters and on the database. They also proactively compare the animals at AC&C facilities with those listed on external websites.
For more information: www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org/yourpet/lostfound.htm
FIDO Contributes To Local Animal Rescue Groups
FIDO is pleased to announce the beginning of a program allocating donation grants to rescue groups that service the Prospect Park community and its surrounding area. These are groups sorely in need of funds to continue their work rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding forever homes for the abandoned, neglected, and abused animals in their care. These donations are indispensable as care of some of these animals can run into many thousands of dollars.
FIDO members should share in the pride that some of the money contributed to FIDO will be going to such worthy causes. We hope will be first of many more grant checks...
FIDO presents our first donation check to Sean Casey Animal Rescue (www.nyanimalrescue.org).
L to R: FIDO Steering Committee members, Patricia Mullins, Garry Osgood & Robert Herskovitz. Far right: Sean Casey, Founder of Sean Casey Animal rescue.
FIDO presenting a donation to Mighty Mutts (www.mightymutts.org/). Pictured (L-R) are Steering Committee member Patricia Mullins, Mighty Mutt “Pedro”, Mighty Mutts Executive Director Michelle Marlowe, and Steering Committee member Robert Herskovitz.
While grant funds are limited, the Rescue Committee of the FIDO Steering Committee will shortly began to formally solicit and accept further grant requests. In the meantime, please forward all initial inquiries for such to email@example.com. Please label you email “FIDO Rescue Donation Request”. Initial requirements are as follows:
-Requests can only be from established rescue groups. No individual requests for aid are currently being considered.
-Groups must service the local area.
-Groups must be 501c3 tax exempt organizations with the all the necessary documents.
-A formal grant request (format to be established soon) must be submitted.
Lost & Found...
Lose your dog?
We offer helpful information/postings on how to get your dog back as well as a free emergency lost/found dog notification service by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do include a cellphone number-often we pick these messages up while we're in the park.
Found in the Long Meadow - set of keys with a unique key ring. Contact email@example.com
Found at Coffee Bark - beaded change purse containing 50c - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Download FIDO Newsletters
going back to Spring 2003
Contact Prospect Park Officials
Injured Animal or Suspicious Raccoon Encounters
Injured anima/wildfowll 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 rehabilitatior.
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 rehabilitatior.
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. While the only other rabid Brooklyn raccoon, ever, was also found in earlier in 2010 (downtown Brooklyn) 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!
Garbage Update 2012
The Prospect Park Alliance continues to make a dramatic improvement, heavily used areas bordering the Long Meadow and the Peninsula almost always picked up by 8 a.m. Prospect Park Alliance President, Emily Lloyd has shown a determination to fine-tune the picking up process while juggling never before imagined budget cuts
Fish Line Recycling Bins - They work!
|Chris Hubbard shows off first collection
First proposed to FIDO In Prospect Park by dog owner & member, Chris Hubbard, we followed through by donating four fish line recycling bins to the Prospect Park Alliance with our promise to periodically empty and ship any fishing line off to a designated recycling center. They are located along the Lullwater and near the Well House by the lake. These fishline recycling bins are now maintained by W.I.L.D. For Prospect Park
Though each summer's collection amounts to a few pound of discarded line, there was always some line in the bins every few weeks. We feel good knowing that with its removal from the park, a few more waterfowl will be spared entanglement and needless death. If nothing else, the warning on these bins will heighten awareness of the danger fishing line poses to the birds who frequent our lake and waterways.
Dog Beach Video: NYC Parks Dept It's
|Does Your Dog Have a City Dog Tag/Rabies Tag?
New York City Health Department Dog Licence on-line registry - painless! An alternative is to download their PDF application and mail it in. Takes a few weeks! See your veterinarian for rabies tags. Know that a lost dog can be traced back to the veterinarian who issued the rabies tag. The fee to license your dog, including a service dog in New York City is $8.50 if your dog is altered (spayed or neutered) and you provide proof. The fee to license an unaltered (unspayed/unneutered) dog is $34.00.
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 on a parking meter! 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.
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...
Greenwoood 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)
Tennis Center Dog Run
This community group is pressing for a space on Cony Island Avenue next to the Bowling Green at the corner of Caton Avenue.
Contact Randy Lass email@example.com
Cadman Plaza forming off-leash group
Our Group is Cadman Plaza Dogs (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are starting to reach out to the community and could use all the help we can get.
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-mail
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. Join FIDO - make yourself count.
In Loving Memory of Diane Johnson
One of the original founders of FIDO In Prospect Park
She led by example
We will miss her dearly
since November 2009