The Bea Arthur Dog Park, run by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is a dog park in Norfolk, Virginia. The dog park is located to the rear of the organization's administrative building. During the daytime, parking for this dog park is on the street.
The PETA offices parking lot can be used outside of business hours. PETA, as well as doing incredible work for mistreated animals all over the world, have created an amazing dog park in Norfolk. The dog park is used not just by owners with pampered pets but also those dogs who have not been so fortunate.
Owners using the facility may encounter other dogs there who are awaiting sterilization on the free program which PETA run for impoverished families in the area. This is a dream dog park in all senses of the word. One acre of grass, trees, and garden which are bordered by the Elizabeth River.
Can dogs swim here? They can do more than swim! They can leap from the dock into the water or take a more gentle approach to an aquatic activity by sauntering down the specially prepared ramp. Though PETA advises caution for pups who go swimming as the river is tidal and currents can change.
As there is no lifeguard on site, owners are responsible for making sure their dog doesn't get overtired and run into difficulties in the water. The Bea Arthur Dog Park does not have many rules, but there are two important ones owners need to abide by. This is a dog park and dogs go there to have fun, do not spoil their fun by being a grouch or you could get reprimanded before being thrown out.
The second rule owners need to comply with is picking up poop. The dog park is by the river and poop can easily pollute it. The simple action of scooping, bagging, and disposing of poop responsibly helps to prevent contamination. While the dog park is free to use, it still costs money to maintain. PETA gratefully accepts all donations and puts them to good use.