This website is no longer active, and will remain up for information purposes only.
As of September 2019, the Astoria Dog Owners Association had major changes in organizational structure. New parties in leadership positions will be publishing new resources soon, but have left this page up for informational purposes. This website was active until September 2019. Links to our original Facebook Page and Instagram account have been removed to enable new leadership to make executive decisions on how to manage those accounts. Please read a message from our former Chair and Vice Chairs below.
A message from Cofounders Erin and Rob Kirby:
We are excited to announce that new leadership has stepped forward to take over the Astoria Dog Owners Association. In the coming days, we will transition the Astoria Dog Park Facebook Group to them. It is with great sadness, however, that Rob Kirby and I announce we will be departing the Astoria Dog Owners Association entirely; given the current circumstances behind the scenes and in discussion with those who will be taking over, it seems counterproductive for us to stay on to guide the transition process as initially planned. We know the new leadership is enthusiastic about taking on the challenge, and we wish them luck in this endeavor. Thank you everyone for allowing us to work with you and serve this amazing community for these last 5 years. It has truly been an honor to be a part of this project and this neighborhood.
With best regards: Erin and Rob Kirby
~September 11th, 2019
Thank you for visiting Astoria Dog Owners Association’s website. Astoria Dog Owners Association is a civic organization geared towards increasing services and facilities for dogs and dog owners, and advocating on their behalf. Our primary objective is to increase the quality of life for our neighborhood’s dogs and dog parents. Thus far our biggest initiative has been working towards getting a new dog run built in Astoria; a project we are proud to say is now finally complete thanks to the hard work of many. We have partnered with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to keep the park clean and in good repair; this arrangement is common across the city to ensure city parks receive the attention the community deserves. This requires an extensive group of committed volunteers.
Learn how you can get involved with Astoria Dog Owners Association, or sign up to volunteer at the new dog run.
The new dog run is now open! We are recruiting for volunteers to assist with cleaning the run. Learn more about how to get involved with maintaining our dog run here.
Funding and Campaigning
Astoria Dog Owners Association is extraordinarily grateful for the support of our public officials, including Council Member Costa Constantinides, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and State Senator Michael Gianaris. Without their dedication to our project and generous allocation of funds, this project would not be possible. After winning $500,000 through our participatory budgeting campaign (and thanks to our Councilman), Senator Gianaris and Borough President Katz allocated an additional $500,000. To learn more about the funding efforts of our public officials, see the latest press release from the Councilman’s office. You can also read more about these updates in our blog post here.
Astoria Dog Owners Association would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our 2015 Participatory Budgeting campaign sponsors, our supporters, and everyone who went out and voted for Proposal 13! We wouldn’t have gotten to this point without the help from all of you!
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