Dogs love to be active, and most like to get out and play with other dogs. While the dog park may not be for everyone, the majority of canines would love to have a social romp in the park and make new friends. Another advantage of visiting a dog park is to increase good behaviors, since bad behaviors are often caused by boredom.
A visit to the dog park is great physical and mental exercise for dogs and promotes good social skills as it fosters a positive attitude toward other dogs and people. It offers a safe environment where pet owners do not have to worry about traffic and can allow off-leash play.
Dog parks are great for people, too. It is a chance to meet new friends and socialize with other dog lovers. For senior citizens or people who may have a hard time walking long distances, the dog park is the perfect place to exercise their pets without a lot of strenuous effort on their part.
One of the great dog parks in our area is NOLA City Bark, located in City Park. It boasts 4.6 landscaped acres and features separate areas for small and big dogs, Howdy entrance gates, water fountains for dogs and humans, shade pavilions, a .25 mile walking trail, dog-washing stations, agility equipment, mutt mitts for cleanup and on-site restrooms.
NOLA City Bark will hold its fourth biannual fundraiser, 101 Donations, on Friday to raise money for structural improvements not covered by annual permit fees. The festivities, for people only, will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at City Park’s Arbor Room, located next to Popp Fountain, which is across from the dog park.The event will feature music by The Fleas and The Prescriptions; a silent auction and raffle; food from City Park Catering; a special libation, “The Blue Mongrel,” blueberry mojitos provided by The Velvet Cactus; and a variety of delectable desserts, including ice creams from New Orleans Ice Cream Company, specialty cookies by Alyssa Gelé and Chantilly cakes from Whole Foods. Western attire is preferred and dressy casual is accepted.
“Our goal is to raise $50,000 for creation of a bone-shaped sand pit in the center of the large dog area, an automatic gate closure for the small dog area, annual hill repair and resodding and additional security improvements,” said Jackie Shreves, co-chairwoman of the event.
For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.nolacitybark.org, or call (504) 483-9377.
Friday-Sunday: Grand Opening Festivities will be held at the newly expanded Louisiana SPCA Campus at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in Algiers. Join the team as it celebrates and benefits the animals in the community. Each day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature tours, giveaways, trainings, goodies and more. Of course, all the adoptables will be waiting for you to help them find their forever homes, or visit www.la- spca.org/collar to see how you can help an animal in need.
Saturday: Off-site Pet Adoption and Bake Sale, sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA at Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Louisiana SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family. A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends eager to find a new home will be available for adoption. Call (504) 368-5191, or visit www.la-spca.org.
Sunday: Animal Rescue New Orleans will be at Lakeside Shopping Center inside Macy’s at the garage entrance from noon to 3 p.m. for the Macy’s Pre-sale for “Shop For A Cause.” Purchase your discount Shop for a Cause coupons and meet ARNO adoptable dogs. For more information, email adopt@animal rescueneworleans.org.
- LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, you can send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact information to lostand email@example.com.
Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at animal firstname.lastname@example.org, www.animalrescueneworleans.org or call its recorded information line at (504) 571-1900.