You Voted… WE WON!

We are very excited to announce that we received the outcome of the Participatory Budgeting vote last night, and we have won the funding to build a dog run in Astoria! It has been a years long fight that we joined last year, and it is finally our time. Thank you to all of our campaign sponsors, to our supporters, and to those who got out and voted for Proposal 13. We wouldn’t have been able to make this happen without you.

Please forgive us while we take the time to update our webpage, and while we figure out what the next steps are in the process towards getting the run built. We will continue to keep you all posted as we get more information. You can find the latest updates on Facebook, as well as here on our blog (as we take the time to reorganize our webpage and publish the latest information).

And, thank you again. This is a reality because of all of your help!!!ThankYou


Fundraising (And Social Media Update)

"Woof woof, bark bark, our dogs want a new park!" Basil and Delilah are ready for our campaign!

“Woof woof, bark bark, our dogs want a new park!”
Basil and Delilah are ready for our campaign!

It has been a very busy time here at ADOA!!! We finally launched our fundraiser; for every $5 you donate to our YouCaring page, your name will be entered once into a drawing to win some amazing prizes. The money will be allocated towards our Participatory Budgeting campaign (with the remainder being allocated to the park itself). The most recent list of prizes (since we continue to gain sponsors) are as follows:

Prize 1: from The Jumping Bulldog – Grooming certificate, 1 night of boarding, 2 days of daycare, holistic US treats, a chew toy, and a grooming product. from Astoria Pet Photography – 1 small dog portrait session. Prize 2: from Good to the Bone – (1) 1 hour private training session. Prize 3: from Camp Bow Wow – 5 days of doggy daycare Prize 4: from Astoria Park Wine & Spirits – $100 gift certificate Prize 5: from Inside Astoria – $100 gift certificate Prize 6: from Dog Liberty – 1 training session Prize 7: from Dog Liberty – 1 training session Prize 8: from Body Language Tattoo – $25 off coupon from Rams Dog Food – 3 containers of dog food. Prize 9: from NYC Pet Services– 2 nights of boarding, 2 days of daycare, 2 walks [Astoria area only], 1 bath Prize 10 [x3]: from Bubbles & Biscuits Paw Spa – 1 full grooming service & 1 day of daycare Prizes 11 [x2]: from Bubbles & Biscuits Paw Spa – 1 full grooming service Thank you to all these amazing local businesses for their support!!!

We also launched our Twitter account, where you can follow our campaign (along with our Facebook and Instagram pages, and right here on our website)

Latest Updates from ADOA

Happy New Year to everyone from all of us at ADOA!

We would like to thank all in attendance at last night’s meeting, we had a wonderful turn out! In addition to those working with ADOA, we would also like to thank Richard Khuzami, of Community Board 1 and president of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, for taking the time out of his busy schedule to meet with us and share some exciting news from his group.

Here are some details from last night’s discussion:


A new dog run in Astoria has made the short list of projects on the parks committee’s list. We should know sometime in February whether the proposal will make it on the PB Ballot for voting in April, 2015. If it does make the ballot, you will be seeing a lot more of us as we campaign for the initiative (please keep an eye out for details on how to get involved!). If not, ADOA will be determining new avenues to pursue in order to secure funding for our project.


The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association was formed to help address the issues facing the waterfront community in Astoria, and has been working towards improving the quality of life of Astoria’s residents and business owners. The group is presently in the process of securing 501c3 [non-profit] status. We have been in talks with the organization about how our groups can work together and provide mutual support towards furthering each of our missions. We are incredibly grateful for all the assistance we have received from them throughout the process of trying to get this park built.

Late last year, Old Astoria agreed to be the non-profit sponsor for our organization, which is a required step for Parks Department approval of dog runs, to ensure necessary maintenance occurs. Richard Khuzami has been an especially strong advocate for our cause, and as already mentioned, was in attendance at our most recent meeting. We were able to discuss with him  recent developments, and he shared with us Old Astoria’s plan to provide (in collaboration with several other groups) a temporary dog run to serve the community while we work towards securing capital funds to build a permanent park. The group has very generously agreed to also donate water access. Although this solution certainly doesn’t eliminate the need to engage in the Participatory Budgeting process, nor the need to secure funds in an alternate fashion should we not receiving funding from the PB vote, it will ensure dogs have a safe, secure place to play while we develop a more permanent space. While capital projects can take years to come to fruition, this temporary park could provide an alternative to off leash hours much sooner. A capital investment (such as one from Participatory Budgeting) will still be necessary to ensure a permanent space will be available for dogs and dog parents in the long term, as the temporary park will neither have all desirable amenities, nor be built in a space that can permanently house a run.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information on the difference between a temporary and permanent run, and why the temporary run cannot serve as the permanent solution to our problem, or if you have any other questions or comments about this process or partnership! Or, take a look at our group’s most recent minutes. We look forward to continuing to advocate for the dog community in Astoria through 2015 and beyond!