ABOUT DOGPAWDog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington
DOGPAW is an all-volunteer non-profit (501c3) organization registered in the State of Washington.
DOGPAW is a SW Washington all volunteer non-profit solely funded by community donations to provide safe off-leash dog parks.
Dog Paw envisions that Clark County will be a place where dog owners will have access to training, education, and recreation facilities that improve the quality of life for the entire community.
How We Came to Be:
CLARK BARK PARK DOG OWNERS WORK TO CREATE OFF-LEASH PLACE FOR CANINES TO EXCERCISE 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 County 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
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.
To demonstrate DOGPAW’s commitment to transparency and to make it easier for those seeking financial information to view our information, we have listed many of the requested public documents related to our organization below. If you have further questions about our organization, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Us page.