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.


30,000+ People Petition Interior Secretary Zinke to Keep Dog Walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Dog lovers tell the new Interior Secretary they won’t roll over and play dead in the face of Park Service efforts to restrict people and dogs from the popular recreation area.

July 18 – Bay Area dog and recreation groups have launched a petition calling on Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to keep recreational dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). More than 30,000 people have signed the petition, which was started two weeks ago on Care2 (“Secretary Zinke – Help save dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.”) People from all over the world have added their names, and many have written personal comments about the importance of keeping access for dog walking where it’s currently allowed on just 1% of GGNRA land.

Please sign the petition to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke: Help save dog walking in the GGNRA

The National Park Service is at it again. Just when we thought we might be able to walk with our dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation area without constantly having to worry that the Park Service would take this activity away, they are moving to revive the dog rule for the GGNRA, hoping the new Secretary of the Interior won’t notice what they’re up to. It could happen as early as this summer.

Please sign the petition to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke: Help us stop the National Park Service’s assault on dog walking in the GGNRA

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Dog Plan Scandal Grows

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).

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