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General Guidelines for the Ranch

  • PARKING–Volunteers can park in the lot to the front left of the property
  • ENTER by the Volunteer Gate which is the smaller gate left of the office.
  • Be careful of GOPHER HOLESwhen walking on the property.
  • If you see a POOP, please PICK IT UP. Pick up dog poop using bags or a small poop scoop and put it in the poop cans.
  • In the dog PLAY alleys, please use the designated poop scoops to pick up poop and dispose of it in the poop cans. If it’s runny, wash down and disinfect with a spray bottle.
  • No TRANSPORTINGdogs until approved to do so.
  • BATHROOM–There is a bathroom in the house that can be used, or, a Porta Potty by the front gate.
  • Please, no children under 14years of age with you to the Ranch. Teenagers can walk with you, but not walk a dog.

Dog Walking/HandlingGuidelines

  • Dogs need to WALK every morning starting at 9:00 am, Monday –Sunday.
  • In the SUMMER or unseasonably HOT DAYS, the dogs will need to get out earlier. AVOID walking on blacktop and bring WATER for the dogs and for yourself.
  • CHECK-INat the central park area under the treesfor Announcements from Michelle or Romi and for them toretrieve a dog for you.
  • SIGN-OUTyour dog on the whiteboard and make sure to include your Cell Phone #.
  • PHONE on you, NOT on your phone.0
  • KEEP DOG CLOSE on your left, NO Full Extension of the leash.
  • NO TREATS for dogs unless it’s boiled chicken (check dog sign-out whiteboard for dogs who may be on a no-treat/no chicken diet).
  • Dogs STAY ON LEASH outside the kennel unless they are in a Play Yard (Alley).
  • NO Face to Face with dog-to-dog, or dog-to-volunteer.
  • Be PRESENT and AWARE of your dog and your surroundings.
  •  NO walking dogs on the road OUTSIDE the Ranch’s front entrance. (It’s busy and can be scary/dangerous for our dogs) Please walk dogs around the property.
  • The dogs can be walked at Bates Nut Farm.Volunteers are allowed to drive a dog they are familiar with. WALK ONLY in designated areas.(see rules below!)
  • MAKE A NOTE on the whiteboard if you notice anything about our dogs while walking (limping, listless, sensitive ears, diarrhea, etc.,)

Bates Nut Farm Rules

  • Dogs are NOT ALLOWED to visit the ZOO area and STORE(Unless they receive special permission from the Park Ownership, and commit to doing so between 8:00 am and 10:00 am during WEEKDAYS).
  • Dogs ARE WELCOMED to walk the FIELDS and TRAILS to the West as you enter the Park.
  • Dogs and dog walkers are to AVOID CONTACT with Children and Visitors. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  • NEWLY RESCUED DOGS will need time to adjust and settle into their new home. Visits to Bates Farm will happen after the new dog is cleared for such activities either by Denise or Teresa. No exceptions.

Retrieving/Pulling Dogs

  • DESIGNATED PERSONNEL (Michelle, Denise, Tony, or Romi) will get the dogs out of their kennel and bring them to you.
  • Designated personnel will PUT THE DOGS BACKin their kennel, or, you can leave them in a play yard or outdoor kennel, but let Michelleor Romiknow.
  • DO NOTpull a dog from an Outside Kennel Run unless you’ve been taught how we pull dogs safely and securely.

As a Reminder

  • ALWAYS check that the dog's collars and LEASHES are securely attached (especially PINCH COLLARS)
  • Check with Romi or Michelle to see which dogs can be PUT NEXT TO each other in a Kennel Run or Play Yard/Alley.
  • 6 NO DOGS LEFT UNSUPERVISEDin the Play Yards/Alleys. The only dogs allowed in the Play Yard unsupervised is Vinny & Zane.
  • When putting a dog in anALLEY or KENNEL RUN, make sure the WATER BUCKETSare CLEAN and FULL.
  • DO NOT HAVE TWO DOGSin the Alleys together unless it’s an Approved Pair.
  • Remember our BASIC RULES, no Face-to-Face interactions with the dogs. We can’t stress this enough.
  • DO NOTpull a Ball or Toy out of the dog’s mouth.
  • DON'T LET DOWN YOUR GUARD. We need to be EVER VIGILANTto protect the Dogs, our Volunteers and our Rescue.

General Ranch Housekeeping

  • Throw trash out, ESPECIALLY FOOD & FOOD WRAPPERS,in covered bins only. We want to keep the RODENTS out –they are everywhere!
  • RECYCLE–there are designated bins for recycling of plastic bottles, cans and glass located in the central park area under the trees.
  • PUT BACKdog brushes, Furminators, etc. back in the buckets in the middle of the central park area under the trees, so we all can all find them again.
  • CLOSE SHED DOORS–always close the shed doors whenever you go in there. We don’t want to invite mice, insects, and other rodents.
  • If you SEE TRASH, help everyone out by PICKING UPtrash laying around.
  • IF YOU SEE KIBBLE ON THE GROUND, PLEASE THROW IT OUT IN COVERED BINS. Kibble and any other food that is left out, or on the ground, invites COYOTES and other unwanted guests.
  • The WATER PRESSURE at the Ranch is high. Always TURN THE WATER OFF after you have used it so we don’t blow out the hoses.



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