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What is NYCdog?

The New York Council of
Dog Owner Groups

The New York Council of Dog Owner Groups (NYCdog--pronounced "nice dog"), was founded in 1999 to pool the resources and political clout of New York City's off-leash recreation community. NYCdog is an umbrella organization, a group of groups, representing both "Off-leash Hours" community organizations such as FIDO in Prospect Park, Central Park PAWS, Ft. Greene PUPS, the Juniper Park Dog Association, and almost all the 40+ official enclosed dog parks in NYC.

NYCdog also provides mentoring to individuals representing communities that wish to begin their own dog parks or establish Off-leash Hours.

Most recently, NYCdog represented the interests of NYC dog owners and non-dog owners who support off-leash privileges that were threatened by a lawsuit before the State Supreme Court.

NYCdog participated in the case by filing a cross-motion to intervene on the side of the respondents and also providing the judge with a written Memorandum of Law supporting Off-leash Hours policy. NYCdog provides advocacy and political action to preserve the off-leash privileges many New Yorkers hold dear.

NYCdog is dedicated to improving our communities by promoting the establishment and maintenance of humane off-leash recreation opportunities, responsible dog ownership and respectful park stewardship.

NYCdog is an all-volunteer, non-profit registered 501(c)(3) organization.
All contributions are tax deductible.

Contact NYCdog:

Press contacts:
Bob Marino, President NYCdog
212.873.0006 or


Fast Facts

  • NYCdog represents over 40 dog owner groups with over 30,000 members.
  • NYCdog was founded in 1999.
  • NYCdog is an all-volunteer organization.
  • NYCdog is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
  • NYCdog's Website

Help Preserve Off-leash Recreation in NYC!

Donate to NYCdog

What is JustGive?

If you prefer not to donate online, but still wish to make a contribution to NYCdog,
please send a check to:

NEW YORK, NY 10024