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Off Leash ambassador Program – Volunteers Needed

The City is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in the Off-Leash Ambassador program.

The Off-Leash Ambassador program is an innovative approach with a volunteer-based, citizen-led initiative to promote responsible pet ownership in Calgary’s 150 off-leash parks.

Volunteers in the program will:

–          Promote responsible pet ownership, positive pet interactions and safety in off-leash areas through the provision of information and demonstrations

–          Answer questions regarding Calgary’s bylaws in off-leash areas

–          Act as positive role models in off-leash parks in terms of adhering with Calgary’s bylaws

–          Provide an avenue for citizens to express concerns and pass along concerns to City staff

–          Promote the work of Calgary Community Standards and the services available at the Animal Services Centre, such as animal adoption and licensing.

Ambassadors will receive training to familiarize themselves with bylaws, canine body language, as well as tactics to communicate with the public.

For more information and to apply, please visit:  www.calgary.ca/offleashvolunteer.

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Responsible Dog Ownership in Parks and Pathways 

Parks is updating and removing sign clutter, but The City’s bylaws aren’t changing. City parks are for everyone to enjoy; it’s up to pet owners to get familiar with their responsibilities of dog ownership.

Animal & Bylaw Services would like to remind dog owners of the following:

  • When off of their owner’s property, dogs must be on a leash unless in a designated off-leash area.
  • When in designated off-leash areas, dog owners must ensure their dog is under control, is within their sight and responds to commands.
  • Parking lots adjacent to off-leash areas are on leash.
  • Owners are responsible for picking up all waste produced by their dog.
  • Dogs are not allowed in school grounds, playgrounds, sport fields, golf courses, cemeteries, wading and swimming areas, and other areas prohibited by signs.
  • Dogs must be walked on the right hand side of the pathway on a leash that is no more than two metres in length and must not interfere with other pathway users.
  • Owners cannot cycle, in-line skate or skateboard on a pathway with a leashed dog.
  • Dogs must not enter or swim in any body of water within a park except a river that runs through, or is adjacent to, a City park.

Parks strives to provide and maintain high-quality parks and pathways, which includes streamlining signage to enhance the park environment. Should you identify a trouble spot in your community, please notify 311.

For more information, visit the City of Calgary’s website.

 

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