SFDOG is a non-profit organization that promotes responsible dog ownership/guardianship, offers educational programs for both dog owners/guardians and the general public, and works for increased off-leash recreation opportunities for responsible dog owners/guardians and their canine companions.
SFDOG and other Bay Area dog and recreation groups engaged in a federal lawsuit against the National Park Service have released new documents that reveal more employees of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area used private email accounts in an effort to rig the outcome of a plan to severely restrict dog walking in this urban recreation area.
Emails received as a result of their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show that GGNRA Superintendents Christine Lehnertz and Frank Dean both used private email accounts over several years in an effort to avoid public disclosure of the scheme. The deliberate use of private email extends to other employees, including GGNRA’s FOIA Officer and Director of Communications and Partnerships, and a management assistant who served as point person for the dog management plan, among others.
The new emails were published today on WoofieLeaks.com (see section on personal email use).
On December 8, the National Park Service released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)—the almost final step in the Park Service's decades-long effort to dramatically restrict and in many places entirely ban recreational dog walking on its properties in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties.
On January 10, 2017, the Park Service plans to sign the Record of Decision, the agency's final position.
Mighty Mutt Fundraiser
Sunday, August 28th, 12 – 3 PM
Virgil’s Sea Room, 3152 Mission St, San Francisco
Join SFDOG and friends at Virgil's Sea Room (next to El Rio) as we set sail for an afternoon of delicious food, artisan cocktails, and a silent auction—all to raise funds for the legal effort to save dog walking in the GGNRA. The event will take place on Virgil's dog-friendly outdoor patio (yes, dogs are invited!) and will include amazing silent auction items such as dog training with the Pooch Coach, vacation rentals in Tahoe and the Russian River and more. Our goal is to match a $10,000 challenge grant we received from a generous donor and to wrap up our summer fundraising campaign. We’re less than $5,000 away!
Tickets, $25 in advance and $30 at the door, include food and one cocktail. Go to http://www.ticketbase.com/events/mighty-mutt-fundraiser
Sponsored by SFDOG, Marin County DOG, Coastside DOG, Point Isabel Dog Owners, Albany Landfill Dog Owners Group, and others.