The first thing I want to tell everyone is that BarkPark is re-opening in 2011! The members only dog park, which raises money for local rescue groups and shelters, closed its gates in 2009 after raising millions of dollars to help area homeless animals. Happily, they are now back for the summer of 2011.

Membership to BarkPark has changed. The membership fee is now $100 and there is no longer an entry fee to come to BarkPark. The park is open once per month and the $100 membership fee entitles members to attend five events per year.

All of the money raised, however, still goes to help animal welfare groups in the Central Ohio area. 

BarkPark offers a lot of neat experiences that canine lovers and their dogs will not find elsewhere, including:

*Ten fenced in acres that are carefully monitored by volunteers to insure the safety of both dogs and humans.

*A concession stand with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare to keep your belly from growling while the dogs are having fun–but watch out for the hot dog pooch patrol that loiters need the stand!

*A half acre pond, dog agility course, tons of toys, and a dog wash area that provides shampoo, towels, and ear cleaner.

*Inside restroom facilities for the humans who visit.

*Happy, healthy dogs that must prove they are spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines before playing in the park.

If you would like to find out more about BarkPark, please visit their web site HERE.  For more information on membership, email bpmembers@me.com

The second exciting news about a local animal charity is that Rascal Charities, home of the mobile Rascal Unit, will be opening the Rascal Animal Hospital in the Fall of 2011. The facility at 5830 Britton Parkway in Dublin, is easily accessed from I-270 and is located next to the Best Buy and Wal-Mart in Tuttle. The 5,000 square foot building will offer full service vet care as well as hospitalization and emergency care. 

Finally, the 11th Annual Rescue Run, presented by PetPromise, will take place on Saturday, May 28, with registration beginning at 8 am. Besides the 5K run, there will also be a food court and vendor fair, as well as music and other fun activities for both two and four-legged family members. This event raised $45,000 in 2010 to help PetPromise with their programs for homeless animals. 

To register for the run and see the full calendar of events, as well as download a flyer about the run, please go HERE.

We hope you will support these wonderful organizations that work so hard in our community for animals in need.

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