A Win for the Dogs of Orange County!
A public hearing on the subject of wether or not the unofficial dog beach located where the Santa Ana river meets the ocean should remain an off-leash area for dogs to play took place on Tuesday night. The Parks, Beach, and Recreation Commission rejected the proposal to enforce the leash laws and have allowed that area of the beach to remain an off-leash dog playground for our furry friends! To read the full story, click on the link below:
Unfortunately this is just a test program in Canada right now, but hopefully if it succeeds, which I can’t see why it wouldn’t, more hospitals will follow. One more reason to move to Canada right now I guess. Check out out the full article here:
If you live near the Lake Forest area, and are home next Tuesday, check out the grand opening of a brand new dog park in the Baker Ranch Area. Click on the photos for directions and more info.
A new dog park is slated to open in Olive Hills Park in Anaheim Hills next summer, construction begins next month. Check out this OC Register article for more details:
Construction contracts awarded for parks
The city’s second dog park is scheduled to open in Anaheim Hills by next summer, boasting an open space for canines to run and mingle.
Construction is expected to begin next month on the dog park at Olive Hills Park, featuring water stations, trees, a walking trail and separate play areas for large and small dogs. Earlier this month, the City Council awarded a $1.13 million contract to Horizons Construction Co. of Orange to complete the work.
“I do think it really is good for socializing the dogs and having the dogs’ owners go out and actually get to meet other people,” said Councilwoman Lucille Kring, who added that she has asked for dog parks to be built in Anaheim since 1999.
Kring also suggested a dog park be built at Maxwell or Twila Reid parks in west Anaheim as a way to deter homeless people from gathering – some residents living near Twila Reid Park has raised concerns at the council meeting. City officials said homeless people have largely stopped gathering at La Palma Park after Anaheim’s first dog park opened there in March.
The dog park at Olive Hills, just off East Nohl Ranch Road, was originally scheduled to open this year, but city officials said the site required additional review before construction could begin.
Separately, a new gazebo, benches, tables and play equipment will be built at a new pocket park in the 900 block of Circle Park, just north of Ball Road and Gilbert High School in west Anaheim. The City Council awarded a $383,465 contract to Micon Construction Inc. of Placentia to build the park by February.
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If you live in Costa Mesa, or the surrounding area, and take your dog/s to the Costa Mesa Bark Park read on…
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There is still hope for sheltered dogs and cats in Orange County. Over the last 5 years, the death rates in Orange County shelters has dropped 17%, and is still trending to drop further. One of the biggest contributors to its decline is a larger percentage of the pet population being spayed or neutered. However, even with the good news, we can be doing better. For the last 5 years, LA has enforced a law requiring all pet parents to spay or neuter their pets. This has resulted in a dramatic decrease in kill rates at the shelters throughout LA. In fact, in 2014, there were a little over 13,500 less dogs and cats killed in LA shelters than in 2010. Orange County has yet to pass legislation to require you, if you aren’t a responsible breeder, to have your dog spayed or neutered. It has already gone to a vote once but didn’t pass. I’m hoping with the evidence of it’s ability to not only reduces the city’s spendings, but more importantly, to save dog’s lives, it will pass when it goes up for a vote again, hopefully that day comes soon. To read the full article, which goes into further detail, click below.