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Pacifica Organization Of Canine Helpers


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POOCH                                                  501 c 3 Non profit organization
PO Box 883                                          
Pacifica, Ca.  94044




We are dedicated to improving our community by promoting the establishment and maintenance of at least one fenced off-leash dog park, where dogs and their guardians can play and socialize in a safe environment.


Our purpose is to unite, integrate and serve the needs of the Pacifica community through services and education that facilitate responsible dog guardianship and good dog citizenship

Please help us build and maintain our dog park.   You can donate with a check or thru paypal.  We appreciate your help:


Meetings held @7:00 PM on the 2nd MONDAY of every month at:
during the winter months (starting in October)
5430 Coast Hwy
Pacifica - at Pedro Point
during the summer months (starting in May)
Dogs and their guardians are welcomed to this outdoor patio

The city council voted to begin the process of building a dog park at Sanchez Center, east field.  We believe that means we (the city, POOCH, the neighbors, the Sanchez tenants, and interested Pacificans) start the process of planning, designing and figuring out rules and regulations for the dog park.  We want to make this a community park, so welcome everyone's ideas and input into this process.




The news about the park
click on picture to see a larger version of the entire story

Our yahoo group can be found at:
Feel free to join!

10% SOLUTION CARD - For a $20 donation, you can receive a discount card usable in over 60 local businesses.   It gives you a 10% discount over and over again until Sept 2011.  Restaurants, boutiques, hardware, gyms, take outs, and the list goes on.  With a $20 donation, you not only help build a dog park in Pacifica, you get a continuous 10% discount at your favorite Pacifica stores.   Please contact us at



Negative Impact Report
Read all about it HERE

Over 1000 Humans and almost as many dogs, 35 booths, dog demos all day, several dogs adopted today, over 50 raffle prizes, WHAT A DAY!!

Front Page News
Pacifica Tribune 5/5/2010

Some of our 35 booths
We had food, fun and learning booths

Agility at the Center Ring
So much fun

San Mateo Sheriff k9 unit
Tracking and suspect apprehension demo


One of the dogs adopted at DOG DAZE

Doing our Duty
Everyone did a great job in clean up

The crowd at the center ring
What a great turn out


Herding the ducks

A huge turnout


Fog Fest Parade 2007

Fog Fest 2008

Fog Fest parade prep 2009
Elizabeth, her team and look who's behind the head


Our dedicated Poop Patrol
Anne, Joanne and Raven


We are currently collecting pet food, pet toys, pet beds and pet supplies to give our local pets who are in need.  We are working with the Pacifica Resource Center.  Next time you come to our meeting or see one of our POOCH barrels, please donate some extra pet food or pet supply.  Thank you
A Pacifica dog in need is a POOCH indeed

Our One Year Anniversary Party



This is our recent Beach clean up day at Linda Mar State Beach
Please come join our next event

If you live with a dog, want a dog park, are involved in a dog related business or want to explore dog inclusive activities, please join us.

A dog park in Pacifica would benefit not only dogs and dog owners, but also the community at large. Some of the benefits include

For Dogs

1. Exercise. This is especially important when for any reason; the human cannot walk their dogs. Alternatively, when the sidewalks are icy and humans are
afraid they may fall. In addition, dogs will exercise more when they are
2. Socialization. A well-socialized dog is a better-behaved dog
around other dogs and people. They are less likely to be aggressive,
to bark a lot, or to participate in obsessive behaviors like digging.
3. Fun. Let's face it; it is much more fun to explore a park with
new sights, smells, dogs and people than it is to spend time in the
back yard. Again, troubling dog behaviors usually manifest themselves
when a dog is bored (digging, barking, etc.).
4. Safety. If a dog park is designed correctly and monitored
correctly, it provides a safe environment for humans and their pets to play
and exercise. Dangerous cars, cliffs, or other hazards can be avoided.

5. Dog behaviorist like Dr.Ian Dunbar, Dr. Jean Donaldson, Ceasar Millan and the list goes on, all agree dog  to dog off leash play is critical.

For People

1. It is fun to watch dogs interact.
2. Or better yet, humans can exercise with their dogs, walk the park
or play ball.
3. Enjoy the great outdoors.
4. You get to meet others dog lovers and share ideas regarding
training, dog products, and dog friendly activities.
5. The dog park provides an opportunity to train your dog in a
new, more challenging situation.

For The Community

1. Well-socialized dogs are friendlier dogs and this means fewer
dog attacks and less annoying behavior.
2. Parks designated for dogs keep other parks and beaches dog free.
3. Every dog parks should have a bulletin board where the Humane
Society can list the pets they have for adoption and promote
membership. Members of the dog park can also use this to post
information and announcements for fellow dog park users.
4. The ability to meet fellow dog lovers and to post information on
a dog park bulletin board might ensure that pets found new homes
BEFORE they were surrendered to a shelter. OR, it will help dogs
better fit into their homes because exercise and socialization
decrease destructive behaviors and owners are less likely to get rid
of their family pet.
5. A dog park would provide a place to hold dog friendly events; Bark in the Park, Agility Training, Canine College all in a safe,
dog-friendly environment.
6. An accessible dog park provides disabled and elderly people a
place to exercise their companions.
7. A dog park might tempt people off the Hwy who are traveling with
pets. Several travelers plan their  lunch/dinners breaks and overnights stays around the presence of dog-friendly
places.  This could mean more business to Pacifica 
8. Finally, a dog park promotes responsible pet ownership.
This benefits the dog, the dog owner, AND the whole community!


Pacifica Tribune 9/12/2007
Here are some of our ideas for a great dog park.  Please come to our meetings and let us know what you think.
  • About one acre or more surrounded by a 4' to 6' fence.  Divided into two sections.  Double gate entry
  • Shade and water
  • Adequate drainage
  • Parking close to site
  • Covered garbage cans with regular trash removal
  • Pooper scooper stations
  • Benches
  • Wheel chair access
  • Safe location, not isolated
  • Regular maintenance


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