New Website Sponsored by SFSPCA Promotes Responsible Dog Ownership in Recreational Areas

San Francisco, Sep 22 2010: The San Francisco SPCA today announced the launch of, a new website dedicated to protecting natural resources and preserving on- and off-leash dog walking in the San Francisco Bay Area. is sponsored by the San Francisco SPCA (SFSPCA) and was developed with coalition members:

  • Crissy Field Dog Group
  • Fort Funston Dog Walkers Association
  • Marin Unleashed
  • San Francisco PAWS
  • San Francisco SPCA

“Eco-Dog marks a wonderful opportunity for the Bay Area to prove that pets can enjoy public spaces without harming the integrity of natural resources, and the SFSPCA’s support and resources have been invaluable in making this happen,” said Martha Walters, chair, Crissy Field Dog Group. “Eco-Dog will work with community stakeholders in an effort to resolve any concerns resulting from pet activities, creating a united voice for pet owners and non-owners." provides pet-owners with information and resources about on- and off-leash dog-walking in public open spaces and advocates for responsible dog guardianship to preserve the Bay Area’s natural landscape.

The Eco-Dog website also offers:

  • Information about off-leash dog walking in the San Francisco Bay Area counties
  • Ways to get involved in the effort to preserve dog-walking access in local recreation areas, help to build and strengthen the Eco-Dog community, and play a part in protecting open spaces
  • Details of Eco-Dog’s goals, profiles of Bay Area local heroes and collaborative partners who are working to ensure dog-walking access in open spaces and parks for future generations

“The SFSPCA is continually seeking ways to enhance the human-animal bond, and we believe that outdoor activities are a vital and healthy way to accomplish this,” said Jennifer Scarlett, D.V.M., co-interim president of the SFSPCA. “We are proud to team up with organizations that share the value of this bond while understanding the importance of responsible pet ownership and preserving open spaces in our communities.”

The SFSPCA and coalition members welcome volunteers to support an array of Eco-Dog projects. For more information about the Eco-Dog coalition’s mission or to get involved, please visit or call the SFSPCA at (415) 554-3029.

About Crissy Field Dog Group
Crissy Field Dog Group is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership and establishing and upholding permanent off-leash dog walking rights within the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. The CFDG promotes the protection of natural resources as well as responsible dog ownership resulting in an environment that welcomes all. For more information, visit

About Fort Funston Dog Walkers Association
Fort Funston Dog Walkers is a community organization made up of dog owners and dog lovers who want to protect and preserve one of the largest and most beautiful dog-friendly parks in America: Fort Funston. For more information, visit

About Marin Unleashed
Marin Unleashed is a web resource providing information about where to go in Marin County with your best friend. For more information, visit

About San Francisco PAWS
San Francisco PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) is a volunteer-based organization that provides for the comprehensive needs of companion animals for low-income persons with disabling HIV/AIDS, other disabling illnesses and senior citizens. For more information, visit

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. SF SPCA has San Francisco volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center, provide foster care, help with the Community Cats Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 522-3500 or visit

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