.:: Welcome ::.
DOGPAW does not receive city, county, state or federal funding. We do partner with Parks, BPA, and others for land so our community can have dog parks. These dog parks exist via DOGPAW, a volunteer non-profit entity that relies on donations and paid memberships to survive. Funds go to the dog parks in Clark County for waste mangement, mowing, fencing, etc...
.:: About DOGPAW (rated 3.5 paws) ::.
DOGPAW is an all volunteer non-profit (501c3) organization registered in the State of Washington.
Mission: To work with dog owners and the community at large to promote awareness and acceptance and to increase the availability for safe off-leash areas for dogs in Clark County.CLARK BARK PARK DOG OWNERS WORK TO CREATE OFF-LEASH PLACE FOR CANINES TO EXERCISE AND SOCIALIZE
"There's just nowhere in Vancouver to take your dogs," Patricia Weinkauf said...
Weinkauf is chairwoman of a small task force, tentatively called Clark Bark Park, working with the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department... The proposed dog park would allow canines, from a lumbering Saint Bernard to a spirited schipperke, to enjoy their own slice of green heaven.
- - The Columbian, June 21, 2001
By 2005, these volunteers had an official non-profit, called DOGPAW, and opened the first dog park!DOGPAW: it is more than just a walk in the (dog) park
With all that has been accomplished it is easy for people to believe that DOGPAW has funding from The County, The City or The Parks Departments, to get all of this done. The truth is that apart from the parks department helping them locate land for the dog parks and some help with the parking lots, most everything else has been accomplished by a few dedicated volunteers and some strong fundraising efforts.
- - The Examiner, March 8, 2012
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.:: Why DOGPAW? ::.
Because neither Clark County, nor the City of Vancouver can pay for it!
Vancouver-Clark County Parks and Recreation "does not meet the minimum national standard for park acres per capita."  Parks & Rec simply does not have enough money to pay the maintenance fees for new parks. For example, many of the sports leagues have contributed initial capital for field improvements to Parks & Rec and ongoing funds to help maintain those fields. Even with the Greater Clark Parks District impact on upcoming community parks, funding will still come from "other sources," like DOGPAW partnerships.
As a non-profit organization,DOGPAW is an entity that can cooperate with Vancouver-Clark County Parks and Recreations
and others like BPA to secure and develop land for off leash areas faster than Parks & Rec can do it on their own. It
is much easier to get businesses to donate money to a non-profit group.
.:: Why should I be a member? Where does the money go? ::.
All the money DOGPAW collects goes to develop and maintain off leash parks. We try to get as much assistance through volunteers and donations as we possibly can. In fact, the Board of Directors consists of volunteers from the DOGPAW membership at large.
The cost to set up a new park which includes fencing, kiosks, other internal furnishings runs approx $10K, and that is assuming all the labor comes from our volunteers. We are setting money aside because we hope to be developing 3 new sites in Clark County in the next couple years.
There are several expenses in the ongoing operation of the off leash parks:
We work to get as many services donated as possible. Yet you can see our income is quickly depleted, with development and maintenance of new and existing parks. We now have five dog parks and our expenses have gone up too!
Thanks to the support of our members, without whom there would be no Clark County off-leash dog parks!
.:: Membership ::.
Membership is open to any resident of Clark County or neighboring community that supports the DOGPAW mission statement. Continuing membership is contingent upon being up-to-date on membership dues and being in good standing with DOGPAW.
Our membership tolls entice community leaders to support Clark County dog parks! Want to become a member of DOGPAW or renew?
Note: If you can, please give more than the standard membership contribution. DOGPAW isentirely funded by your donations. Your donation funds regular pick up of dog waste, mowing, all maintenance and materials for new and existing parks, and other operating expenses.
Your donation is tax deductible! We will e-mail you a receipt for tax purposes.
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.:: Volunteer Committees, Board, Management, Etc ::.
Join DOGPAW and become involved in one of the commitees or contact us with your ideas.
Our committees include:
Send us a membership form from above or view our current "support us" opportunities to learn how you can help.