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Tompkins County Dog Owners Group is a not-for-profit membership organization with the following goals:
The main focus for efforts to create a legal, off-leash dog park is currently the "Ithaca Dog Park" located just north of the Treman Marina at the southwestern edge of Cayuga Lake (Behind the Hangar Theatre). For thirty years this has been a favorite place for dog walkers, and for the past several years there have been free plastic bags (provided by Wegmans) and a dumpster provided to encourage responsible dog waste cleanup. Members of the Ihaca dog-loving community have been working together to find a way to make this area a legal place for dogs to play, swim and run off-leash. These efforts currently include working within the municipal system to persuade Common Council members to revise the city ordinances, building broad support for dog-based tourism in Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region, and hosting events for dogs and their owners/walkers at that location.
- To facilitate communication among dog owners, the public, and government about mutual concerns and issues regarding dogs.
- To increase positive interaction among people and dogs and to facilitate healthy dog socialization through the creation of off-leash dog parks.
- To promote responsible dog ownership, sanitation, and optimal dog health by encouraging: dog waste cleanup; dog obedience training; and dog vaccinations, altering, and exercise.
- To promote off-leash dog parks as alternatives to excessive use of sensitive natural areas.
Listserv Members of TCDOG and others interested in communicating about local dog-related issues can subscribe to the dogsoc e-mail discussion list. To subscribe, send a two-word message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The message should say only:
You may also subscribe by going to the Web page lists.ithaca.edu and searching for dogsoc