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  1. The Montrose Dog Friendly Area Committee, often referred to as the Board, consists of a group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to the MonDog Mission. Our primary focus is to help make the Montrose Dog Friendly Area at the beach stay fun, clean and safe. To this end, the Board organizes several activities such as beach cleanups, fund raisers for purchasing cleaning supplies and dog waste bags, and fun events. Board members also try to remind dog owners who use the beach to follow the etiquette and always cleanup after their dog.  As the Park District sign says, there is no poop fairy.

MONDOG is the Park Advisory Council for Montrose Dog Beach under the Friends of the Parks.

The Chicago Park District takes care of the larger maintenance items such as providing refuse containers and emptying them, cleaning the beach with the "beach zamboni", and relocating sand.

Individuals interested in participating more should contact the Board by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by participating in one of our events.

The current Board members are:

 

President - Billy Sonntag

Vice President - Sheri Rush

Secretary - Caty Norman-Burke

Treasurer - Mike Burke

Tech/Web - Mike Burke

Social Media - Shelly Burke

Cleanups - Sandra Korbar

At Large - Paul Fehrenbacher

 

Senior member - Beth Smith

 

Here is a photo of many of our Board Members who attended Santa Paws V.

 

 

 

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Join us at the beach for our Spring Cleanup.  The event will be held rain, snow or shine.  Be sure to dress for the weather.

 

 

The MONDOG Board is hosting a Spring Open Board Meeting on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Margate Park Field House.

 

Margate Park Field House is located at 4921 N Marine Dr, Chicago, IL 60640.  It is a few blocks north of the Dog Beach. Limited paid parking is available.

 

The goals of the meeting will be to plan a Spring Fund Raiser and solicit some new volunteers.

 

We will also discuss issues that are important to users of the Montrose Dog Beach.

 

 

 

The fencing has been repaired at the southern end of the beach and no longer presents a free entry onto the people beach.

 

On the north edge along the rocks / breakwater, the ice build up has caused the fence to tear free and is down.  Although the current ice build up prevents an escape route, when the next thaw occurs there will be a way out.

Montrose Dog Beach was founded on a simple premise: “There is enough beach for everyone.” While our community has grown tremendously over the years, we believe the sentiment still holds true. We all love our slice of shoreline, but what many may not know is that the beach to our southeastern border is equally treasured by many species of birds and a large community of birders and nature lovers.

Unfortunately, the birders and nature lovers frequently contend with dogs that are illegally on both the main portion of the beach and in the two natural areas, Montrose Beach Dunes and Montrose Point. Dogs are not allowed in any of those areas whether leashed or unleashed.

The result, as the photo from a local birder shows, can be fatal for migratory birds that use the beach to rest and feed after long and exhausting migrations. Dogs are also a danger to the 11 bird species that nest at Montrose Beach. We’re sharing the stark photo of a Stilt Sandpiper, a rare bird for Montrose that was killed this past month by a dog that was on the beach illegally, to emphasize the importance of being thoughtful neighbors by only allowing dogs where they are permitted and always keeping dogs on-leash outside Montrose Dog Beach.

If you’re reading this, you’re likely part of the majority of people who love setting their pup free inside the dog beach, and then considerately leashes them on your way in and out. So we’re asking for your help to spread the word - both digitally and in person.

In short, DOGS MUST ALWAYS BE LEASHED OUTSIDE OF THE DOG BEACH, AND NO DOGS, LEASHED OR NOT, ARE EVER PERMITTED ON THE REST OF MONTROSE BEACH OR IN THE TWO MONTROSE NATURAL AREAS. Violators can be fined up to $500 by the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Thanks for your continued help keeping the beach safe, clean and fun for everyone.

 

Sandpiper being attacked by a off-leash dog

While the County and Chicago Park District post a long set of rules for the Dog Friendly Areas, we would like to remind everyone who uses the DFA of these essential rules:

 1. Be sure to get a new DFA tag at a participating local vet.

2. No food on the beach.

3. No prong collars.

4. No more than 3 dogs per person.

5. Pick up after your dog.

6. When you leave the Dog Friendly Area, make sure your dog is on a leash. 


Those bags aren't free!

DONATE TODAY! 

The Bag dispensers at the entrances have been a great help in keeping the beach clean, but they aren't free.  Mondog purchases bags and fills the bag dispensers on the Dog Beach.

Donating to Mondog is a great way to support the dog beach, and keep those dispensers full. Help us help you keep Montrose Dog Beach safe and clean by making a donation today.

 

 

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