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.
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.
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.
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.
Buffalo Off Leash Area, Inc. (The Barkyard)
Come support The Barkyard at our third annual Party for the Barks, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We’re excited to hold this event so close to the park, at the Buffalo Yacht Club. Enjoy delicious hors-d’oeuvres, beer, wine and more. Enter basket raffles to win some fantastic items! Single admission is a donation of $25, or pre-sale two for $40. Admission includes one complimentary serving of beer or wine.
The Barkyard will be conducting our yearly cleanup, “Back to Stool,” on Sunday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. The park will be open, but volunteers will be roaming the park cleaning up any overlooked “deposits.” You’re welcome to come volunteer. For more info, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply meet us there!
The Barkyard will be on-hand at the Pet Emergency Fund’s Run for Rover, this Sunday, July 11th, at LaSalle Park. Visit us at our booth during the event, or at the Barkyard afterward. We’ll be available to answer your questions, and we’ll have Barkyard T-shirts and stickers available. See you then!!