STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Plans for the creation of a new dog park at the Animal Care Center of Staten Island (SIACC), Charleston, moved forward this past summer, and the completed dog enrichment area will soon be a reality. The Animal Care Center is dedicated to the late Tommy Monahan, a Staten Islander who tragically passed away in December 2007 at the age of nine trying to save his pets from a house fire.
The new park will provide a public seating area and plantings that will benefit dogs in the facility’s care when they are walked on the property. The dog enrichment area will enable the public to connect with the animals in SIACC’s care and increase the probability that the animals will be adopted and find permanent homes.
As of now, the principal cement work, bench pads and seasonal landscaping have been put in place as the park nears completion.
As explained on the website of the Animal Care Centers of NYC, http://www.nycacc.org, “Individuals from all over New York City come to Animal Care Centers every day of the week for reasons as diverse as reclaiming lost pets, adopting new furry family members and getting resources to help them keep their pets in homes.”