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Hermon Dog Park is an off-leash park adjacent to the historic Arroyo Seco of Northeast Los Angeles. The dog park is supported by the Friends of Hermon Dog Park, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised entirely of volunteers and dependent on donations.

The park has two fenced areas, one for large dogs and one for small, elderly and disabled dogs. Facilities include a double-gated entrance, trees, benches, and water dispensers for the dogs. The surface is decomposed granite, for mud free, easy clean up. Biodegradable doggie waste bags are available in dispensers. Hermon Dog Park is open every day from dawn until dusk.

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SPECIAL FREE EVENT - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - "Are You Prepared With Your Pets When Disaster Strikes?" with local experts Cindy Sanchez and Thea Martin.

Emergency Preparedness 2011Friends of Hermon Dog Park presents a free Pet Education seminar to be held at the Hermon Dog Park (5568 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA 90041) on February 23, at 3:30 p.m. "Are You Prepared With Your Pets When Disaster Strikes?"

Two experts, Cynthia Sanchez, Red Cross Pet First Aid Instructor and Level 3 CERT trained, as well as Thea Martin, Pet Disaster Planning Instructor, will provide hand-outs, emergency checklists and answers to your questions. Please plan to come to this informative and educational seminar. Topics covered include: What to do if the shelters won't take pets? How do we keep our pets safe? How to approach injured pets. What supplies are really needed? February Yappy Hour will be from 3-5 pm, so please come early and exercise your dog, then stay for the seminar. Seating is limited and is being provided by Councilmember Jose Huizar of CD-14. Please RSVP to: contact@hermondogpark.org.

We will have a drawing for prizes and the usual doggie snacks and information at our booth. Download the flyer here and check out photos of our last Emergency Preparedness event with Cindy and Thea from 2011 on our FaceBook page.

Annual Meeting 2013Annual Membership Meeting
On Sunday, January 26, 2014 we held our Annual Membership Meeting during Yappy Hour at the dog park. We celebrated our accomplishments for 2013 and discussed plans for 2014. You can read the Co-Presidents' Report here. We voted on new and renewing board members. We met some new volunteers for upcoming monthly "Yappy Hours" and possible new board members. We had treats for your dog, information on local resources and more. If you missed it you can still get involved - just email us at contact@hermondogpark.org!

Santa Paws Squad 2013The 69th Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade officially brought in the holiday season on Sunday, December 1, 2013. The Friends of Hermon Dog Park once again marched as the "Santa Paws Squad" with people and dogs dressed in holiday attire along side marching bands, drill teams, dancers, musicians, floats, equestrian units, celebrities and community representatives. This year we had our own "float" - a fabulous sleigh powered by a bicyclist and two talented pooches. We had wonderful volunteers carrying and banners and one lucky participant won our raffle prize of a Petco gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated! You can check out Santa Paws Squad photos on our Facebook page and this year there was even a video made about us at the parade.

"YAPPY HOUR" November 24th 3-5pm
Ornaments donated by WOOFWhile we don't usually have a November Yappy Hour due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we are made an exception because we are fortunate enough to have received a generous donation of Christmas and Hanukkah ornaments, dog toys, dog clothes, and other items from the fabulous WOOF Dog Boutique in Atwater Village. Many supporters came out and got their holiday shopping done while socializing their dogs. Win win win!

Beekeeper and his BeesOn Sunday, October 27, Friends of Hermon Dog Park once again hosted our annual HOWL-oween costume contest and peanut butter lick-off. This "doggie social event of the season" feaured tons of fun for canines and humans alike!

Large dogs and small turned out for this year's event. Scariest, Cutest, Silliest and more categories were all represented at this year's HOWL-oween. Our emcee, Christine Offutt, got things started when the small dogs strutted their stuff on the ruffway. We had some great teams this year, and the large dogs got some love too when it was there turn in the spotlight.

Bubbles EinsteinOver 50 entrants participated, and about 75 dogs descended upon the park in costume. Our judges Ronnie Wilson, Wendi Riser, Yolanda Nogueira, Jim Offutt and student Carlos Martinez had their work cut out trying to decide between all the creative costumes! Special thanks to all our volunteers, including the students from Academia Avance and the Girl Scouts from Troop 1955.

Peanut Butter Lick-offReady, Set, Lick! Always a fun contest, the dogs really enjoyed themselves (they got a trip to the park and a creamy treat!) Champ (pictured above) won for the large dogs, and Singha, won for the small dogs. They took home a great prize too, what else, but Peanut Butter Biscuits!

You can check out pictures from this year's event on our Facebook page and be sure to check out Martha Benedict's album too!

HOWL-oween Costume Contest Winners:

  • Most Original Small: Bailey, a Cork Board
  • Most Original Large: Maeshi, a Racehorse
  • Scariest Small: Baby, a Shark
  • Scariest Large: Luther, a Viking
  • Cutest Small: Duchess, as a Witch
  • Cutest Large: Lola, as a Cow
  • Best Homemade Small: Guapo, a Mariachi
  • Best Homemade Large: Noah, as Noah's Ark
  • Silliest Small: Pumpkin, as a Spider Web
  • Silliest Large: Pepito, as a Corn-dog
  • Judge's Choice Small: Canela, as a Dinosaur
  • Judge's Choice Large: Jemma, as a Hippie
  • Judge's Choice Team: Guero, Coco, Lucy as Toy Story Theme
  • Best In Show Small: Sebastian, as a Chef
  • Best in Show Large: Lenny, as a Bubble Bath
  • Best in Show Team: Juneau, and her owner dressed as Peacocks
  • Best Team: Smoochie and Wolfie as Bumblebees with their owner dressed as a Beekeeper

Links off site to Ralphs.com
Sign up for Ralphs Community Contribution Program and select Friends of Hermon Dog Park (#91145) as your organization. Every time you shop at Ralphs, and you swipe your Ralphs Rewards card, Ralphs donates a small percentage of your bill to us. Links off site to iGive.comEven if you've already signed up, you must re-register each year on or after September 1st. And while you're at it, sign up at iGive.com (it's free!) to support the dog park whenever you search or shop online. Find out more.

Especially in the winter months, people ask why the dog park can't have lights so that dogs can romp when owners get home from work. Aside from the budgetary and logistical issues, we also have an agreement with our neighbors who would be affected by the light and noise. In order to get the park built in the first place, we agreed to honor our neighbors' request for daylight hours only. Those of you who need a place to take your dogs after dusk are encouraged to visit Silver Lake Dog Park which is open until 10pm. Thank you for your understanding.

Spencer the Therapy DogFriends of Hermon Dog Park Co-President, Kat Spofford, and her talented dog Spencer, are members of Therapy Dogs International. TDI  is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed. Read Kat's story of how Spencer became a therapy dog.

Support Friends of Hermon Dog Park!
There are many ways to get involved. You can become a member, volunteer your time, or make a tax-deductible donation.

Hermon Dog Park was named number 7 of the top 40 dog parks nationwide for 2010 by Dog Fancy Magazine! For more about America's Best [40] Dog Parks, read the PR Newswire press release here:

Friends of Hermon Dog Park supports adoption! L.A. Animal Services has many pets in all sizes, ages, and breeds, just waiting for a new home with you. Adopt a best friend today!

The Hermon Dog Park is located at 5568 Via Marisol, Los Angeles 90042 (between Monterey Road and the Arroyo Seco Parkway/110 Freeway).

From the 110 (Arroyo Seco Parkway) exit Via Marisol and turn right. Turn left into the Hermon Park driveway and go to the end of the parking lot. Walk under the overpass and you've arrived.

Hermon Dog Park is open everyday, dawn till dusk.


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Los Angeles, CA 90041
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