The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) supports off-leash recreational areas for dogs. We believe that such areas (often called a Dog Recreation Space (DRS) or Off Leash Recreation Area (OLRA) provide many benefits to a community, including:
There are many cities and towns in the United States and Massachusetts that have successful dog park systems, though most residents would agree that these spaces are still lacking in the Commonwealth.
The MSPCA has a small fenced-in dog area on our property that the Jamaica Plain community uses to exercise their dogs.
MassDog, a network of independent dog-related community organizations has developed a list of dog parks in Mass.
In Boston, several dog parks have been formed in the past several years pursuant to the City's ordinance, including:
There are also efforts to create an off-leash space on the Boston Common. Read this article for more information.