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Pet Owners Organization of Citrus Heights ~ P.O.O.C.H.

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  • EIN 91-2040782
  • PO Box 962, Citrus Heights, CA 95621 8275 Oak Avenue Citrus Heights CA 95610 USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Environment, Parks & Playgrounds

Mission: Pet Owners Organization of Citrus Heights will perform the following activities to the benefit of society: 1. To promote responsible dog ownership. 2. To promote and provide recreational opportunities for dog owners and their companion dogs. 3. To support businesses, local government and other interested dog-owner groups in developing off-leash parks where dog owners and their dogs may socialize. 4. To support and assist rescue organizations in their efforts to place animals in appropriate adoptive homes.

Results: World Rabies Day, POOCH volunteers helped set a world record for micro chipping and helped vaccinate over 800 dogs and cats at two locations.

Target demographics: pet owners and our community thru education and volunteering

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 or more pet owners, 4 rescue/adoption groups fundraising and volunteering

Geographic areas served: Citrus Heights, Sacramento County

Programs: P.O.O.C.H. is ​a 501© (3) Non-Profit Organization ​​supporting ​C-Bar-C Dog Park in Citrus Heights, CA dedicated to improving the lives of dogs and their owners through recreational facilities, rescue efforts, humane training and responsible ownership. Operates a 3 acre dogpark at C-Bar-C PARK, located on Oak Ave. between Kenneth and Fair Oaks Blvd, in Citrus Heights, Ca 95610. The park offers grassy and wooded areas, with small and large dog areas.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a good dog park with a large area and many trees. It has both large and small dog areas that both have watering areas. It does not have as many features as some of the more upscale parks in the Rocklin and Roseville areas but I have been told that those parks receive more support from the cities they are located in. Its large size gives it lots of potential for improvement. One thing I would like to see is as others have suggested the park would be able to be used more frequently if it had lighting. Like most working people it is dark by the time I get home from work during the winter and often to hot until after dark in the summer. For these reasons I feel lighting the park would be a great public service and a much better use of public funds than say the elaborate benches and corner decorations they are installing on Auburn blvd. and Antelope. Another good idea for improvement would be a large pavilion type structure to provide shelter from the sun and rain. I agree with some of the other comments about the dog area being the most frequently used portion of the park this should make it a good candidate for upgrades using public funding.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going to dog park for a long long time and it is a good place for our dogs/ There is lots of trees, benches and swimming pools for the dogs. The poop bags are available and paid for by Pooch Pooch does a good job taking care of the park and can always use more people to help make improvements to the park. Without Pooch the dog par would not be here and I am greatful for the group
I have very many good memories of the park, and yes it could be improved as all places can be inproved as there is no perfect place. However, I love the place as my dogs have always loved the place we met a lot of nice dogs and people It is a great place to spend time with dogs












2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Good park. It does need to have some work done on its drainage. Most of the dogs get along and have fun It is a fun place to spend a few hours with you dog

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this park as my dog loves to play with other dogs. It has two sides one for the big dogs and one for the medium to small dogs. The dogs love playing and having fun. My dogs enjoy meeting both the people and dogs

3 JoeYocca

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first visited POOCH Dog Park this past summer on several occasions and was very impressed. Not only is it a great facility for dogs but what really makes it special is the community of owners who support the park. Everyone there was very welcoming and you truly feel as if your part of a family of dog owners who are committed to a clean, safe and fun environment for everyone. POOCH Dog Park is, in my view, all that is great about volunteer organizations and I recommend it without reservation. Thank you POOCH members for a great experience and I'm looking forward to my next trip.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best off-leash dog park I have seen in the metro Sacramento area. It's 8 miles from where I live, but totally worth the drive. My dog, a large herding breed, can run free and get the exercise she needs safely and dependably. There are separate areas for large and small breeds. The area nearest to the entrance of the large dog park has been constructed with excellent drainage, so it is useable even in wet winter months.

The Board is dedicated to serving the needs of dog owners (and the dogs!), and even holds regular special events, for example, health fairs and product fairs featuring local veterinary and merchant businesses, and entertainment events for dog owners, as well as fund raisers. The Board sees to it that the park is maintained in tip-top condition.

3 Keith29

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is one of the regions best dog parks if not the best and would never have been built if not for the efforts of founding members of POOCH. This park does not receive as much financial support from the city and park district as many others in the area do. POOCH pays for the poop bags,chairs,pools,garden hoses,watering buckets and has been a major contributor to permanent park benches,shade structures and new trees in the park. In many parks in the area these costs are paid by the city and the park district. POOCH members also take responsibility for putting bags out for visitors as well as actively maintaining the parks cleanliness. Many members regularly not only clean up after their own pets but also any other piles they see that we're missed by other owners. They pick up trash and cigarette butts. They have an annual clean up day to remove tree limbs,trim bushes,rake leaves and other tasks that the park district workers do not provide. They hold several events and fund raisers each year that require both time and money from their own pockets to make all this possible. The many bake sales and the annual Pawsta dinner are fine examples. Every person and their dogs that use the park should be extremely grateful that POOCH exists because if they didn't there would be no dog park at C-Bar-C. The dog park area is the most frequently used portion of the park and makes good use of community resources. The ball diamonds are pretty busy during parts of the year but not year round like the dog area. The rest of the park seems to be used rarely by comparison. I just wanted too add that Mark b's suggestion of lighting for the park would be awesome and allow the park to be used even more by the public. I know many people who enjoy taking their dogs to the park after work but in winter the short daylight hours make this impossible for many of us. They light the baseball diamonds for night use why not the dog park. As I mentioned earlier on a year round basis it receives more visitors than any other part of the park.

3 Michelle207

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have found the recent active members to be very interested in maintaining a safe and friendly environment at the park. I work in the Animal Services industry and find that refreshing. I am also a member and have been using the park frequently for 15 months now. The park has the large and small dog areas and I have used both areas because my dog is of a small/medium size and I felt like I wanted him to be unafraid of the larger dogs. We have had our share of interesting experiences. Overall, this has been a positive experience for me, my family and my dog. I have gone to other dog parks, but feel much more at home at the CBARC park facility and the POOCH group.

3 Sheri13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about C-Bar-C's Pooch Park & the volunteers there! There's no where better in the Sac area (let alone all of California, trust me I travel a lot surfing and SUPing with my Aussie Pearl)! It's not only clean, friendly and large, but it has everything. Well except an agility course, but apparently they are working on that too! I love how clean it is, there's plenty of poop bags to use, and most everyone there cares so much I don't think you could get away with not picking up after your pup (if you don't I'm sure someone will, but you'd probably get an earful lol) I've experienced only two badly trained dog owners and their unfortunate furry friends, but not as many as you find everywhere else, and they don't frequent the park. I've never made so many friends before either, usually the dog owners are sitting together talking while all the kids play. It's a very social, well run, and great park with lots to offer! Keep up the great work!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been envolved with POOCH since the very beginning, this is a great park. There will always be people who complain, but we take each complaint and get it ironed out. My dog loves the park and I will not let those few ruin it for my dog. If you have a complaint come to a meeting and voice your problems. We meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Petco on Greenback and Auburn. See you at the park or at a meeting. Only you can keep this park going.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really like the time i get to spend with my family and pooch at the park , I love that my dog has such a great opportunity to run, play and socialize with so many other dogs and breeds ....The people that bring there dogs are great too ... I cant wait to attend and participate in all the up and coming events .... I think its a great place ...

2 Lynne C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great clean park, nice people who know how to help newcomers.

2 Jake12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a student from the Del Campo High School, and a volunteer for POOCH, I really love that so many members have taken care of the small dog park and the dogs in it. I also appreciate that POOCH has also been able to provide community service events for our ROTC, and I cant thank them enough for their generosity.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have really enjoyed watching my 3 and 5 year old children learning how to safely interact with so many dogs. We all love watching the dogs play together. The Howl ween event was so much fun. We enjoyed watching all the dogs in costumes and so many great venders. We look forward to being able to adopt from one of the rescue organizations represented there. Keep up the good work.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a friend who is disabled so myself and a friend have taken her dog to C bar C dog park several times to help her out. I had never been to a dog park before and was pleasantly surprised at how much fun we have had. All but a few small, very grumpy dogs and their owners were so nice and friendly.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited C bar C for the first time last Wednesday. It was fun to watch so many dogs having fun playing together. I enjoyed watching the dogs from "Splash Dogs". I look forward to visiting again.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want to thank POOCH for hosting the free rabies shots, microchip and licensing. Many lower income pet owners where helped so much. I had no idea how many pets didn't even have rabies shots! 3 cheers for POOCH.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so glad I found this park. My puppy loves it. I think it is such a good idea to get your puppy socialized as young as possible to avoid aggression later. I have met some great people while my pup wears herself out playing with their dogs. If you don't want your puppy destroying your house take her/ him to the park and let them run and play with other dogs.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the dog park. My dog and I look forward going. We use the both side of the dog park and find it fun
My dog loves playing with her friends

Client Served

Rating: 1

I wish I could write something good about this dog park, but I can't. The problem with this park is that the small dog side has big dogs there, well two big dogs. Two of the women who sit on POOCH ( this is the group that over sees rules for the park) have big dogs who trample my small dog. They will not take their dogs to the big side they would rather their dogs step and trample our little dogs. I knew it was only a matter of time until they changed the rules to fit their agenda. So if you have a small dog and you want to take it to the park look out for those dogs and their pooches.

3 Kim_112

Volunteer

Rating: 5


This is a great organization that is focused on supporting their local dog park, community and animal services.