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Working for an Ulster County Dog Park

For Paws of Ulster, Inc.

About Us

This started with some talks in 2009 about why there was not a local dog park in this area....Then For Paws of Ulster came together in 2010 to bring a County Dog Park to New Paltz. As a group, we have been working on this initiative for over six years, and couldn't be more thrilled to finally have our For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park.

Our mission is simple - to create a safe place for our dogs to interact off-leash. Now that we are open (September 23, 2014), we are still be very active in supporting the maintenance and enhancements of the dog park. We also carry insurance and contracts with Ulster County and the Town of New Paltz to ensure the dog park remains open for public use!

For Paws of Ulster, Inc. Board is Christie DeBoer, Karen Bennett, Helen Gutfreund, and Amanda Favoino. We're all dog owning residents of Ulster County, who want to be able to bring our dogs to a local dog park, same as you.

We also have a very dedicated volunteer Events Committee who assist with our fundraising and awareness events. If you would like to host an event or help with one of our events, PLEASE let us know!


Dr. Karen Bennett, owner of the Compassion Veterinary Center of New Paltz since 1989 joined the For Paws of Ulster Board in early 2014. She looks forward to seeing you in her office and around town where you can submit your suggestions and comments about the progress of the park. Having a safe, accessible and fun place for our good dogs to meet and play is a priority! 

Christie DeBoer, Executive Director of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, is "mom" to Cricket, Cosmo, and Coco: all rescued terriers. At home she also a small "farm/ petting zoo" complete with rescued ducks, chickens, rabbits and Scratch E. Cat with her partner Eric Fye. Christie originates from Miami, FL and has over 20 years experience in wildlife conservation and environmental education. She is often seen in and around Ulster County being walked by her pups, especially on Huguenot Street by the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, where her office is located! As one of the founding members, she strives to make sure the behind-the-scenes needs of the dog park are fulfilled!

Amanda Favoino is the owner of Paws of Distinction, located in Waterstreet Market in New Paltz. You will usually see her at the shop with her "assistants" Bob the Whippet and rescued pit bull Ellie. Amanda celebrating her 10 year anniversary of Paws of Distinction last year, so make sure you stop in and say congrats! 

Dara Girsch is a dedicated employee at Paws of Distinction. She resides in Newburgh but that did not stop her from joining the Board in 2018!

Dedicated Volunteers:

Helen Gutfreund is the mother of two rescue dogs - Noodle, a miniature poodle mix, and Frisky, a Cocker Spaniel mix. Helen is a CBD Educator and Cannabis Industry Recruiter. After being involved with For Paws of Ulster, Inc. from it's inception as a volunteer, she joined the Board in the summer of 2014. Helen stepped off the Board in 2017 to focus on her work, but she maintains to this day the needs of our social media. Helen calls New Paltz home, and we are so thankful for her work and assistance in our interactions "on the webs!"

We welcome the opportunity to learn more about you and your unique skills! If you want to get involved, please CONTACT US!

If you have contacted us before and did not hear back, don't give up! Contact us again! We sometimes have hectic lives! We appreciate your patience! 

For Paws of Ulster

PO Box 1074

New Paltz, NY 12561

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