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.
Dogs must be ON-Leash on ALL paths and woods between meadows.
FIDO’s Spring Pot Luck Picnic for Pooches & Their People
When: Friday May 15th, 2015 - rain date May 29th
Where: Prospect Park’s Nethermead
Time: 5 p.m. until dusk
Pupnic 2013 pictures
Please bring Some Food
While we will have a few restaurant donations on hand, we ask that dog owners help out by bringing something as well. Those whose dogs have names beginning with the letters A through G might bring an appetizer, salad or bread. If your dog’s name begins with an H through P, bring a small entrée. For letters Q through Z, a dessert would be welcome. FIDO will provide beverages, paper goods, plastic ware, trash bags, water and biscuits for the dogs.
Our pot-luck affair will also feature the FIDO Spring Games in which canine contestants vie to see who can catch the most dog biscuits; who gives the most licks per minute; biggest/smallest foot/ears; plus stupid dog tricks. Agility equipment should be on hand for additional fun.
We will have a permit designated off-leash area
Next Coffee Bark
Saturday May 2nd, 7 to 9AM - By the Picnic House in the Long Meadow
What's Coffee Bark
FIDO In Memoriam Gathering
We will be holding a gathering in memory of our departed dogs, right after the May 2nd, Coffee Bark. Look for Betty and her little table just across the meadow; a bit toward the dog beach. She will set up by the FIDO tree and you're welcome to come share memories about the dogs who meant so much to you. We will read from the names of dogs who have passed away since January 2014. If you're unable to attend, do send your dog's name and a brief eulogy if you like to the email address below.
We have an In Memoriam page linked from fidobrooklyn.org where you may have your dog posted. Send a short memory and a pix to firstname.lastname@example.org
Next meeting of Kensington Dog Run Assoc...
Check with Lynn below for the next meeting Hear from the various people who volunteered to speak with funding sources, and also those who offered to build a website.
Want to be part of this? Contact Lynn Radov, L.C.S.W. at: email@example.com
The Anthony Chiappelloni Prospect Park Peninsula Fund
Download FIDO NEWSLETTERS going back to Spring 2003!
Lost or found something? e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lose/find a pet? email email@example.com
An e-collar remote in the middle of the park. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Found a bracelet in the peninsula this morning. It’s gold (just plated, I think), thin, flat chain, wound around a bar in the middle with 3 decorations. It’s small, so maybe a child’s. I’ll take it to the Lost & Found at Litchfield Manor on the weekend.
Dog transmitter for an eCollar? Would have been lost on March 17th...
Ben - email@example.com
FIDO Contributes to Animal Rescue Groups.
FIDO In Prospect Park is pleased to announce that we are actively soliciting rescue groups to be donation recipients for FIDO’s next fiscal year.
In order to qualify, groups must be/ submit the following:
- Proof of 501c3 tax exempt status
- Must serve Brooklyn’s animal community to some degree (group does not necessarily have to be based in Brooklyn)
- Must submit a letter requesting donation funds. Said letter must include a mission statement or description of what the group is trying to accomplish.
- Any other supporting documents the group thinks useful to the submission
All decisions on whom and how much is given will be made by the FIDO Rescue Committee.
Please email all submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
FIDO welcomes your suggestions for other rescue groups deserving of support in the coming fiscal year.
Last summer, Robert Herskovitz, chair of the Fido Rescue Committee presented donation checks from Fido to three deserving local rescue groups.
Sean Casey Animal Rescue (www.nyanimalrescue.org)
Kodi's Club (www.kodisclub.org)
Mighty Mutts (www.mightymutts.org)
Visit their websites and please think about helping out these groups in any way you can and show how the FIDO community contributes to our furry friends in need! FIDO welcomes your support…
Learn more about Rescue
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...
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/your pet/lostfound.htm
Contact Prospect Park Officials
Injured wildlife will be picked up.
Call the Park Supervisor's office at 718-965-6606 – ext. 307
Injured anima/wildfowl 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 rehabilitator.
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 rehabilitation.
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. In 2014, a few rabid raccoons were found deeper into Brooklyn. A vaccine program was established which consists of feeding tube-like devices only accessible to raccoons. As of yet there has been no further spread. 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!.
|Does Your Dog Have a City Dog Tag/Rabies Tag?
New York City Health Department Dog License on-line registry - painless! Dog owners may apply and make payment online for a new dog license or renew an existing one.
The annual fee to license your dog is $8.50 if your dog is spayed or neutered. The fee is $34 if your dog is not spayed or neutered
See your veterinarian for rabies tags. Know that a lost dog can be traced back to the veterinarian who issued the rabies tag.
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
Garbage - The Long Haul Toward Effective Clean Up
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. Let's hope that the new Prospect Park Alliance President shows a determination to fine-tune the picking up process while juggling never before imagined budget cuts
Stand By Your Dog!
While someone else does the shopping...
Never leave your dog tied up in front of a store. 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...
Greenwood 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)
Kensington Dog Run
This community group has been promised a space near the Coney Island Avenue Circle. But we must have people show up for meetings.
Contact Lyn: 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.
Dog Beach Video: NYC Parks Dept It's