The professionals at the ASPCA® often find inspiring ideas for animals in unexpected places. So when the ASPCA's Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Department cleared its building's basement level to make space for HLE Agents to work out and stay in shape, a new idea for the ASPCA's headquarters was born and made into a reality—thanks to the contributions of a generous group of donors.
Monster Park, a 2,000-square-foot exercise, play and training area for the ASPCA's shelter dogs, was recently unveiled in a ribbon-cutting in the ASPCA headquarters' sub-cellar. This large indoor running and exercise space provides these dogs with extra opportunities to stretch, exercise, socialize and receive enrichment training, and it is available around the clock. Many of the ASPCA's dogs are large breeds, some of whom have experienced abuse or neglect. For these dogs in particular, extra attention from trainers and room to romp is essential to helping them reach their potential as well-socialized pets.
Like the ASPCA's adoption facility two levels above it, Monster Park is a state-of-the-art space, featuring light boxes along the walls to simulate natural light; cushioned epoxy terrazzo floors to keep the running surface warm, dry and comfortable; acoustic tile ceilings for soundproofing; and a new heating and ventilation system for climate and odor control.
This project, of course, didn't happen without the support of several major contributors. The project's underwriting donor is the David Merin Foundation and the Park is named for Mr. Merin's beloved late dog, Monster. A contribution from Ms. Lois Collier (in memory of her late husband, Reginald Collier) provided the additional funds needed to make Monster Park a reality. For more information on how you can become a major donor to similar projects and initiatives at the ASPCA, please contact Jaime-Faye Bean at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4506, or by email at [email protected].