Blue Mountain Humane Society opens new off-leash dog park

The Blue Mountain Humane Society in Walla Walla has achieved their dream of creating an off-leash dog park for the community.

Sara Archer with the Blue Mountain Humane Society said they have been planning the park for about five years.

On April 7 the bark park officially opened to BMHS members who pay an annual fee of $40 or $10 for students and seniors.

"It is intended to be a member benefit for people who support the humane society as members," said Archer.

Dogs in the shelter are able to go out every day, some in groups and some on their own. They are able to get their energy out as they wait to find their forever home.

"The most exciting thing is just the opportunity to watch dogs be dogs and play together as dogs, in groups, in social groups. It is incredibly stimulating for them socially," said Archer.

BMHS is in the middle of a more than $1 million capital campaign called "Unleashing a Brighter Future," a plan to expand and remodel their current building.

Phase one was creating a storage building next door. Phase two was creating the small and large dog park across the street. It cost $50,000 to pay for the long term lease on the park property, fencing and the irrigation system.

Phase three will be adding a 2,000 square foot addition to the shelter.

The small side of the bark park has been named after Jane McCarthy, a long-time supporter of the BMHS. The shelter is asking for a $35,000 donation to name the large dog park side.

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