Stop by to get some of our newest merchandise, or to just say hello. We will also have coupons for Dog Park Night at the Falmouth 99. See below.
Blessing of the Animals - Saturday, Sept 30, 2017
We will have a table at the annual Blessing of the Animals at the Waquoit Congregational Church om Saturday, Sept 30 from 11 - noon.
Dog Park Night at the Falmouth 99 - November 9, 2017 - 5-9PM
Come to the Falmouth 99 for dinner on Thursday, November 9, 2017 during the 5-9 time period. The 99 will donate 15% of your bill to the Dog Park. Great fun and an easy way to support the park. Note: you will need to bring a coupon before you get there. We are not allowed to hand them out at the event, so be sure you have one with you. You can download one here:
Art in the Park - June 4, 2017
Brick Kiln Farm Day - June 17, 2017
2017 Annual Appeal
The 2017 Annual Appeal is over, and the final results are in. We raised $3730 from our generous donors. Although we didn't make our goal of $5,000, the money raised will cover park expenses for just about 1/3 of the year. And although the official appeal is over, you can donate any time. Visit our donate page (http://www.falmouthdogpark.com/donate.html) where you can donate by credit card, PayPal, or set up a recurring donation.
Annual Appeal Update
We are just about a third of the way into our annual appeal and have raised just over $1600 toward our goal of $5000. Note that our goal of $5000 is just one-half of what we need to run the park for one year, and our only source of money is your donations and support for our fundraising activities. If you have already donated, thank you! If you are a frequent user of the park and appreciate what a great place it is, please consider a donation.
Summer Camp Volunteers
Today, the group of summer camp volunteers were awarded certificates for their service. The group, shown here with Falmouth Dog Park President Barb Schneider, were also given gift certificates from Smitty's Homemade Ice Cream for ice cream sundaes. Thanks so much to these young people for their hard work helping to keep the park clean and safe this summer, and to their leader Denise Jones for putting this together.
We just received a bunch of new products with the Falmouth Dog Park Logo. Check them out here.
Annual Appeal 2017
Our 2017 Annual Appeal begins tomorrow (8/1) and runs through 10/31. Our goal is to raise $5000 through donations, which is roughly one-half of our annual operating expenses. If you are a visitor to the park, or if you appreciate having such a clean and well maintained park in Falmouth, please consider a donation. The Falmouth Dog Park is operated by volunteers and relies on donations, so please do what you can to contribute. Thanks.
Congratulations to Sergeant Michael Simoneau
Falmouth police Sergeant Michael Simoneau was named the department's "Officer of the Month" for June. Falmouth police Chief Edward Dunne recently presented Simoneau with the award.
Sergeant Simoneau serves on the Board of Trustees of the Falmouth Dog Park and serves as our liason with the Falmouth Police Dept. Photo: Falmouth police Chief Edward Dunne and Falmouth police Sergeant Michael Simoneau. (Credit: Falmouth Police Department)
Help at The Park
These four girls, under the leadership of mom Denise Jones, are volunteering one morning a week at the park as part of their summer commitment. Today they washed the tiles on the wall, raked all the sand play areas, and picked up trash and cigarette butts in the parking area and along the walkways. These young ladies are also volunteering at the Mashpee Dog Park.
Be Our Valentine
Be FDP’s Valentine - 10 ways 1. Buy your valentine a tile for the wall. Orders are being taken now to be ready to put up right after the spring thaw! See the website or the order form at the park. 2. How about a long-sleeve or short-sleeve teeshirt for your valentine? We have a variety of colors, sizes (including children’s and 2X) and will even mail them. Information on Facebook, the website or call 508-331-2929 to select one at the park. 3. Give a donation to the park in honor of a favorite pet or person. We will gladly send a card to that person telling them you have recognized them in that lasting way. 4. If you smoke while at the dog park, please make sure to put your cigarette butts into the gray holder just outside the fence at the park. We have had an increase of butts on the ground and it only takes a few to make a small dog very sick. 5. Pick up a broom and give a section of the sidewalk a good sweep. We need help keeping the stones off the walkways. 6. Buy your next item on Smile.Amazon.com and tell Amazon you want it to benefit the Dog Park. Amazon will donate a percentage to us without charging you a penny! 7. Sign up to become part of the steward team. Give just 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a month on the day(s) of your choosing and help maintain the park. A short 15-minute training available by calling Barb at 508-331-2929. It is simple and flexible and it MAKES A DIFFERENCE! 8.Support those businesses that help the park each year. A list is on the back of this newsletter and we couldn’t survive without their help. Make sure to tell them thank you when you stop in and use their services. 9. If you notice the solar light isn’t on once it is dark and it is before 9 p.m., please call or text Barb at 508-331-2929 to let us know. We are tracking how often the stretch of cloudy weather impacts our ability to have light at the park. 10. Offer to serve on the dog park Board of Trustees. We need a wide range of talents and dedicated people to make the park work. We meet on the third Wednesday every other month at 4 p.m. Call Barb Schneider at 508-331-2929 if you are interested. We need people willing to help with publicity, steward communication, newsletter development, event planning, fund raising, film-making, photography and many other areas. Please consider this as we enter a new year.
Please READ - Dog Park Board acts to address safety, health concerns; adjusts Rules
The Falmouth Board of Trustees met on Nov. 15, 2017 and discussed the concerns that several dog park visitors have raised about dog aggression at the park. As you know, we recently conducted a survey, and heard from about 100 dog park users. Reading the survey responses, it was clear that reports of aggression and inappropriate behavior were not limited to un-neutered dogs and that most incidents were mainly due to dog owners not being respectful of other people and other people's dogs. It was also noted that reports indicated visitors were not always civil.
As a result, the Board decided that, at this time, it would be unfair to institute any restrictions on un-neutered dogs, male or female.
Your attention is drawn to two current rules of the park:
Dogs exhibiting aggressive, intimidating or dangerous behavior must be removed from the park immediately
Female dogs in heat shall not use the park
We discussed other issues that were related to the safety of those using the park, including the escalation of smoking in the park, and the use of prong collars. Research indicates that both of these practices are very dangerous for the dogs, and have voted to instate two new rules.
No use of prong collars within the play areas.
No smoking on the Dog Park property. This includes the parking areas and outside the fence.
Both of these rules are for the health and safety of all, dog and human, and are in effect immediately.
Finally, we encourage you to speak up if you see anything. We depend on the visitors to ensure that others at the park follow the rules. But that happens only when you speak up!
We appreciate the support that the Trustees have received as we all strive to have the cleanest, safest, and best dog park on Cape Cod and in Southeastern New England.
Grant from Falmouth Road Race
Falmouth Dog Parks, inc. was one of eight fortunate recipients of a grant from the Falmouth Road Race organization yesterday! The money will be added to two grants received from the Hamilton Foundation of Boston to help the dog park add its second solar light. Dog park president Barb Schneider attended the ceremony where each recipient was able to explain how the money will benefit each organization and the community. “The diversity of the eight organizations is amazing,” Schneider said. These grants range from helping train emergency medicine personnel to providing the first water bottle refilling stations in Falmouth. To hear about each organization and how hard they work to make this part of the Cape a better place to live and learn is impressive. The Falmouth Dog Park is honored to be part of this group.”