The Small Animal Shelter Bark Park is a dog park in LaPorte, Indiana. The one-acre off-leash area is located at the Laporte County Animal Shelter which not only looks after and reunites lost pets with their owners but does a great job of organizing adoptions too. There is a fee payable to use this dog park in Laporte City and for all other dog parks in LaPorte County.
The fees, which are paid on site, go toward helping to maintain the off-leash areas and the animal shelter. For residents of LaPorte County, the cost of a daily pass for an off-leash dog park is $3 per dog. For non-residents, it costs $4. Yearly permits are available to residents at $30 for the first dog with an additional charge of $10 applied for every other dog. A non-resident's annual permit costs $40.
Once it's been issued, don't leave the permit at home as it may be requested when pet parent and pup are using the facility. Not having the permit in pocket or wallet could mean being evicted from the dog park and spoiling a pup's off-leash time fun. While this LaPorte dog park might be next to the animal shelter where lots of love and attention are given to the lost and lonely, it doesn't mean owners can abandon their pups in the off-leash area.
Owners need to be with their dog all the time and keep a watchful eye on them. Overly rough play should be stopped and correct socializing encouraged. All the pups are there to have a good time and shouldn't need to tolerate the bad behavior of one, out of control, fur baby going through its rebellious adolescence.
No pet owner or pooch should need to put up with the slovenly habits of another pet parent. Poop needs to be scooped into bags, which are kindly provided in the off-leash area, and then sealed before being deposited in the trash. Keep the park clean for all its future users including those recent adoptees.