6th Annual Run for Rover

June 1st, 2012

Join us at the 6th annual Run for Rover, right next to the Barkyard in LaSalle Park.

Run for Rover, a USATF-certified 5k run / walk for people at The Pavilion at LaSalle Park on Buffalo’s waterfront, benefits the Pet Emergency Fund. The course around the park is flat and smooth. There are prizes, dog washing, pet sitting, refreshments, animal welfare / provider information, and much, much more!

Dog Days of Kenmore

May 20th, 2012

Join us at the Dog Days of Kenmore, Sunday, June 24th, from noon to 4pm.

The Dog Days of Kenmore is a fun, free event for canines and their people; a celebration of dogs and the enjoyment and interest they bring to our lives! The Dog Days excitement includes dog sports, contests with prizes, education and training, dog vendors and activities, treats for humans and canines, and much more! Well socialized, friendly dogs are welcome at the event; water and shade will be provided.

April Stools Day 2012

March 26th, 2012

This year’s April Stools Day will be Sunday, April 15th at 10:00am.

As usual, we can use all the help we can get, so if you can spare some time to help keep the Barkyard a fun, safe, and clean place to visit, please stop by!

Our mascot has a name!

March 1st, 2012

And her name is Lola! The winning name was submitted by Kathleen Hackford, who won our grand prize of $400.
The runner up, Dash, was submitted by Don Mitchell, with a prize of $100 to Dash’s Market (completely a coincidence).
Both prizes were donated by a Friend of the Barkyard.
Thank you to the over 1,000 people who submitted names!

Leap Day 2012

February 1st, 2012

Come support the Barkyard as we announce the winner of the “What’s My Name” contest! 50/50 • basket raffles • auctions • live music • $29 donation includes open bar and finger foods

Come support the Barkyard as we announce the winner of the “What’s My Name” contest!

50/50 • Basket Raffles • Auctions • Live Music
$29 Donation • Includes open bar and finger foods.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Our Bar861 Military Road • Buffalo, NY 14217

Name Our Dog Contest

January 7th, 2012

Sam? Molly? Snuffleupagus?

Please help me find my identity! I’m calling all Barkyard devotees to help me find me a name. I may actually stop running and take a rest once I can be called by name!

How will I get a name?

It’s simple: Submit a name that you think best suits me. Remember, not only do I not have a name, I don’t even know my gender (thanks a lot, Barkyard Board Members) so anything is possible!

The chosen entry will win $400 cash*, and the opportunity to reveal the selected name at our upcoming fundraiser in February, as well as being featured on our website with your story of how you selected that name.

One Runner Up will receive a $100 gift certificate for Dash’s Market.*

The “small print”:

Entering is free of charge, and you may enter as many names as you’d like. The name will be selected by the Barkyard’s Board of Directors (so entering the same name more than once would be silly). If the winning name is suggested by multiple entrants, the first entry for that name will win. The winner will be notified late in February.

*All prizes donated by a Friend of the Barkyard.

Thank you, and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy New Year

January 3rd, 2012

From the Barkyard!!!

We would like to thank all of you for enjoying the Barkyard with your canine friends.  Also thanks for picking up after your dogs and clearing out old toys and litter.  What would we do without you?

Watch our website and Facebook page for news on our upcoming Fundraiser!

Proposal Seeks to Close Buffalo Parks at Sunset

November 10th, 2011

There is a resolution before the Common Council of the City of Buffalo, sponsored by Richard A. Fontana, asking that parks close at sunset. The Barkyard would be affected by this new rule, as many users visit after work, when it’s dark. Please contact Richard Fontana’s office at 716-851-5151, or by email at rfontana@city-buffalo.com, to voice your concerns.

The Barkyard Board of Directors

2011 NFJC Walk for CommUNITY

September 15th, 2011

The 2011 NFJC Walk for CommUNITY will be held at LaSalle Park on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 12 noon. This is a dog-friendly event that not only brings the community together to walk as one, but also helps to raise much-needed funds to continue all the outstanding diversity programming the NFJC offers year round.  To learn much more about the NFJC, visit their website at  www.nfjcwny.org.

Pet Tales Day – Saturday August 13

July 23rd, 2011


To Thank You for All Your Good Work

Please join the Barkyard for PET TALES DAY, an event honoring Anne Neville (Buffalo News Pet Tales columnist) and encouraging pet adoption.  We are inviting all local rescue groups to participate in this public awareness opportunity.  Pets of all kinds are also welcome!  Organizations may set up their tables, tents, etc, inside or outside the Barkyard, understanding that only spayed/neutered dogs can be inside.

We are also inviting food vendors, including Lloyd’s Taco Truck and James the Ice Cream Cycle Guy.

While this is not specifically a fundraising event, organizations are welcome to accept donations, distribute flyers, recruit volunteers, and raise interest in their own fundraising events.  You and your group do good work for animals and pet adoptions.  Please help us get the word out!  Post this on your websites and Facebook pages.

For more information, please contact the Barkyard at info@thebarkyard.org or call (716) 281-0303

  • Location:  The Barkyard (in LaSalle Park, Buffalo, NY)
  • Date:  Saturday, August 13, 2011
  • Time:  10 am – 1 pm


National Dog Bite Prevention Month

May 16th, 2011

May is National Dog Bite Prevention Month. Treat man’s best friend with kindness and teach your family how to identify signs of stress in your dog. Let’s prevent dog bites!

Bully Breed Awareness Day

April 10th, 2011

The Barkyard will be the venue for a Bully Breed Awareness event, April 30, 2011. For more details, contact action@animalallieswny.org.

Please note: The Small Dog Area will be closed during this event.

Bully Breed Awareness Poster

April Stools Day 2011

March 28th, 2011

Is it April already?!

This year’s April Stools Day will be Sunday, April 3rd at 10:00 a.m.

We can use all the help we can get, so if you can spare some time to help keep the Barkyard a fun, safe, and clean place to visit, please stop by!

2011 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

March 1st, 2011


We’ll be in the 2011 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, on Sunday, March 20th at 2pm on Delaware Avenue. We hope to win Best Community Float again!

If you or your dog would like to be on our float, please contact us for more information.

State of the Bark

February 5th, 2011

The Board of Directors of Buffalo Off Leash Area Inc., operators and overseers of the Barkyard, would like to thank everyone for their support over the past year. 2010 was a terrific year for the Barkyard. We saw a great increase in our user base and people continue to come from near and far to use our beautiful park.

Representatives from the Barkyard marched through slush in the first annual Powder Keg Parade, and participated with our pooches in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, taking home the trophy for Best Community Float. Watch for us again in this year’s parade. We continued to be a part of the many wonderful events around town, including the marketplace at Pride Buffalo, as well as two fundraising events for the SPCA of Erie County: Wine & Wags and Paws in the Park.

2010 was also the beginning of the Barkyard’s 1st annual Mitzvah Day—a park project day shared between the folks at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Temple Beth Zion. Last year they painted the old benches and the new kiosks—they’ll be back again this year for another project.

The Barkyard also held a dog bite prevention seminar at the Falk School as part of our education program, and held a successful fundraiser at the neighboring Buffalo Yacht Club. Most excitingly, we spoke with representatives from Hamburg , Lewiston and Chautauqua County regarding their interest in creating off-leash areas in their communities. I am very happy to say that Hamburg has already broken ground and Lewiston is up and running!

We are only a few weeks into the New Year and we have exciting news to report: We now have a shelter for inclement weather. It will keep us cool in the summer and warm (or at least less cold) in the winter. We have big plans for the interior, to be announced later this spring.

The Barkyard is also excited to launch our Friends of the Barkyard membership program. To continue to run the park and make necessary improvements, we need your help. Please remember that we are a not-for-profit group that runs solely on donations from pet-loving individuals like yourself. We can’t do it alone, so please consider becoming a Friend of the Barkyard.

Thank you again for continuing to make Buffalo’s first off-leash area a great success.

Joseph Lonzi

Buffalo Off Leash Area, Inc. (The Barkyard)