Below you will find the answers to common Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not find what you are looking for here – please feel free to contact us HERE.
WHY DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER TO BRING MY DOG INTO YOUR RUN?
The advantage to a “members-only” policy, is that we can control the health and safety of our members and member dogs. We ensure that all our dogs are up-to-date on all essential inoculations, and have no history of aggression. Members are required to follow a Code of Conduct. As a result, we have successfully protected the well-being of our members for over 31 years.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE?
To apply to the run, please submit an online application HERE. You must have a scanned copy of the required vaccination records from your vet, a copy of New York State Dog License (or completed & paid license application) and be prepared to submit your yearly dues before submitting.
As there is no longer a waiting list, after your completed application is reviewed, you’ll be contacted to arrange a convenient time for an orientation. That takes about 35 minutes, and then you’re given your key(s) and ID tag for your pup’s collar. That’s it!
HOW DO I RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP?
Current members receive annual renewal reminders. Essentially, it is a shortened version of the New Member’s Application and it can be completed online HERE.
It’s basically a matter of:
– signing the Release Agreement (imperative for our insurance), and name of your dog.
– include a copy of the up-to-date vaccinations from your vet for Distemper, Parvo, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Rabies. S/he should be able to fax or email a copy to you, which you could print out.
– a copy of the NY License OR a copy of the completed, paid application for a new one.
– (a new dog walker form, if relevant).
– Make your online payment for annual dues with PayPal or credit card (or you may opt to send a check to us by snail-mail, which will delay your renewal) and that’s it.
After the Renewal Forms are due, all members in good standing (who have sent in their completed Renewal Applications and are current with their annual dues) will be given the new key and ID tag. Our lock will be changed shortly thereafter.
PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR “MEMBERS-ONLY” POLICY?
We take great care in making sure the run is safe for all members. A non-member dog could be sick or aggressive and place others at risk. Our By-Laws specifically mention that allowing non-authorized dogs into the run could place one’s membership in jeopardy. There are a handful of extremely important MHDR rules; safeguarding the run as “members only” is the pre-eminent, absolutely sacrosanct stipulation.
In fact, it is the first rule of the run:
“Do not bring non-member dogs in the run. Violation of this rule results in a 30-day suspension of membership; a second offense will result in a 6-month suspension.”
This rule must be respected for the health and well-being of all our members, with no exceptions. It is not open for interpretation. In fact, the New Member Application Form requires a signed release, indicating that all members understand the Code of Conduct, and agree to comply.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
Our annual dues is $60 per dog, and $30 for seniors (62 and older) per dog. Regardless if you join in the beginning or end of the year, the fees are not pro-rated.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND AN ORIENTATION?
Anyone who will be bringing your dog to the run must attend an orientation, be it a family member or professional dog walker. It is essential that everyone know the rules and what is expected in various situations.
HOW DO I GET A NEW YORK LICENSE?
To apply for a license, go to: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/licenses/vet-doglicense.shtml
You can download a form, complete and pay for it in 5 minutes. Once you have done this, print out a copy for us, scan it and upload it with your application.
I WAS A MEMBER UNTIL MY DOG DIED A YEAR AGO. IF I GET A NEW PUPPY, DO I FILL OUT A NEW MEMBER APPLICATION OR A RENEWAL?
WHAT HAPPENS IF A MEMBER IGNORES THE RULES IN SOME WAY?
All members are expected to be familiar with the Code of Conduct and comply with it. It is explained in detail in every orientation. These basic rules have worked effectively for over 31 years, to ensure the health and well-being of all dogs and people.
Disregarding the rules places one’s “membership in good standing” in jeopardy. Governed by a set of By-Laws, the MHDRA Board will respond fairly and effectively in the best interests of the association, according to the circumstance.
Misconduct is very rare. Most members really do act in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect!
I’M INTERESTED IN GETTING A DOG? ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO BEGIN?
There are several steps you would be wise to consider before you make such an important decision and big commitment.
Before you choose a particular breed, the most important issue is match your familiy’s need’s with the type of dog. For example, if you don’t want a demanding, high energy dog who will want you to be up and ready for a walk at 5:30 a.m., there are breeds who are much more laid back–and even let you sleep in! Will you travel frequently with your dog? Do you have children? Match your own needs with the energy level and temperament of a dog.
Take a look at the American Kennel Club site for excellent descriptions of different breeds. The site will direct you to find national and local clubs with reputable breeders. Many fine purebred dogs may be found in shelters and through rescue sites, as well.
However, purebreds not the only game in town: consider looking into shelters for mixed breeds. There are many wonderful mixed breed pups waiting for homes. Often, they do not have the health issues or predisposition for sensitivities which are common to pure-breds.
The following cannot be overstated enough: Please purchase only from a shelter or directly from a reputable breeder. It is common practice for pet shops to get their dogs from puppy mills. The conditions in these places are virtual hell-holes–and too horrific for words. No creature should be subjected to those conditions. Please do not give them your business!
Q: “What do you get when you cross an insomniac, an agnostic, and a dyslexic?
A: Someone who stays up all night wondering if there is a dog.”
– Groucho Marx