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Catawba County Animal Shelter & Park System Begins Dog Play Initiative

The Catawba County Animal Shelter and the Catawba County Park System have partnered to create a program that will allow dogs to interact with other dogs. The initiative is entitled “Pup ‘n Play” and it started earlier this month. Anyone who adopts a dog from the Catawba County Animal Shelter will receive a coupon for a free annual pass to the Catawba County Park System’s three dog parks (a $20 value). To obtain the pass, the coupon may be presented along with a completed dog park application and the dog’s current vaccination records at any of the County’s three dog parks.

The Catawba County Park System offers fenced, off-leash dog parks at three of its four park locations: a 1.6-acre play area at Mountain Creek Park, located at 6554 Little Mountain Road in Sherrills Ford; a one-acre play area at Riverbend Park, located at 6700 N NC Hwy 16 in Conover; and a one acre play area at St. Stephens Park, located at 2247 36th Ave NE in Hickory. A pass is required for dog park access.

Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails at all four Catawba County parks (Bakers Mountain, Mountain Creek, Riverbend and St. Stephens) without a pass. To learn more about dogs available for adoption at the Catawba County Animal Shelter, visit the Animal Services page on the Catawba County website, www.catawbacountync.gov. To learn more about the County’s dog parks and dog park passes, visit the Catawba County Parks page on the same website.