Many people are surprised to learn that the City of Chicago does not pay for either the initial construction of or the ongoing maintenance for its dog parks. This responsibility instead falls on the organizations like ours to raise all the funds ourselves. Average dog park construction costs are approximately $150k, and will vary based on final park design. No matter how you look at it, that is a very big number.

We are proud to have Friends of the Parks as our fiscal sponsor, which, among other benefits, allows us to collect donations that can be tax-deductible for the donor. We’ll supply you with a receipt that indicates the donation is for a 501(c)(3) organization (Friends of the Parks). Donations can be made either in the form of cash/credit/check or in goods or services that we can use for raffles or other fundraising activities.

Please consider donating today.  We have made it easy to do online via the “DONATE” button to the right and at the bottom of this page. Please also consider making this a recurring payment since we will be collecting funds for many months before we will hit our goals.

If you’re a business owner and have any goods or services you can donate that would make great raffle prizes, food or beverage items that could be served at fundraising events, or even spaces we would use for such events, please reach out to us directly at — we will need all the support we can get so thank you in advance!