The ARF Dog Park is an off-leash dog park in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The ARF, or Animal Rescue Foundation, is a charitable organization who shelter, foster and re-home pets. There is an annual membership fee of $50 to use the dog park facility. All proceeds raised from membership funding goes towards maintenance of the dog park and helps look after the animals in their care.
To become a member and be able to use this dog park in Bartlesville, pet owners need to present proof of vaccinations, which must include a rabies and kennel cough shot, spaying or neutering certification, as well as the appropriate dog license.
A single membership fee covers an owner for three different dogs providing each dog's individual documentation is presented. All members are issued with an electronic key tag which allows them access at the park's automatic gate. A $10 deposit is required for the key card.
The ARF Dog Park is a vast, five-acre grass field, surrounded by countryside, which is securely fenced on all sides. It has its own parking lot which is just a short walk from the dog park gates. There is a thirty-pound weight restriction on access to the small dog section, though elderly dogs over twelve are also permitted entry to this area. Dogs weighing over thirty pounds must be exercised in the large breed area.
The grass covering the ARF Dog Park can get very dry and have a lot of bare patches during very hot weather. Overall, the off-leash area is very open, and although there are several small bushes, there is no real shade for pets being exercised there.
After heavy rain, there is a small creek on-site which fills with water, and the dogs are permitted to play in it. When this occurs, it is recommended for owners to take a towel for drying their pet before returning to their vehicle. During spells of warm weather, splash pads are provided, and there is also agility equipment on-site all year round.