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PIDO Fact Sheet

 

About Point Isabel Dog Owners & Friends (PIDO)

 

Dog lovers have enjoyed Point Isabel since at least 1975. Point Isabel Dog Owners & Friends (PIDO) was formed in 1985 to represent the recreational-dogwalking park user group.

 

PIDO worked with East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) from 1985 to 1987 to help craft the Point Isabel Exception to EBRPD's Ordinance 38. (Ordinance 38, the rules that govern many aspects of recreation in the parks, requires dogs to be on-leash on paved trails and developed areas such as cafes. At Point Isabel they are allowed in those areas as long as they are under voice control.)

 

PIDO was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2000. As of the end of 2019, PIDO has approximately 6,000 members.

Information about what PIDO does:

 

  • Actively educates park visitors about dog walking etiquette, wildlife, and park news and rules

  • Publishes hardcopy newsletter three times a year (approx. 2,500 households)

  • Maintains a website (pido.org)

  • Manages a highly engaged Facebook group with some 2,400 members

  • Sends regular email updates to its members

  • Maintains two bulletin boards at Point Isabel with info for park visitors

  • Conducts monthly weed pulls and park cleanups 10 months of the year and additional events (e.g. foxtail pulls) as needed

  • Participates in EBRPD-organized park maintenance events and special events (e.g., mallow weed pulling, mulching of new trees, Coastal Cleanup, Earth Day)

  • Hosts annual events, open to all members of the public, such as:

    • Easter egg hunt (free event for children, who exchange plastic eggs for treats)

    • AKC Canine Good Citizenship test (nominal $10 fee to pay for certified trainer)

    • Barktoberfest (free dog costume contest and parade).

 

PIDO has contributed funds (raised mostly via member donations) to EBRPD for 34 years. Over the past 10 years alone, PIDO has contributed nearly $29,000:

 

Doggie bags                        $21,500

Annual fees to EBRPD            1,000

Merchandise tithe                       800 (estimate)

Bulletin boards                         2,701      

Purchase of new trees                500

Memorial bench                       2,500

 

PIDO is the fiscal sponsor of Albany Landfill Dog Owners Group (ALDOG). Since 2013, ALDOG has:

  • Organized 22 big Albany Beach cleanups, in collaboration with EBRPD and others

  • Engaged more than 1,000 volunteers

  • Removed nearly 9,000 pounds of trash from the beach

  • Organized the East Bay's first big microplastics cleanup (2017), which sifted 2,440 pounds of debris from the sand on Albany Beach.

 

 

As of 5 December 2019