The service dogs of Halifax now have a place of their own to exercise in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
It was announced Thursday that HRM has opened an accessible off-leash for working dogs at the corner of Rainnie Drive and Cogswell Street, adjacent to Centennial Pool.
An release said between 75 and 80 registered, professionally trained service dogs provide assistance to people with disabilities -- such as guide dogs for the blind and “hearing” dogs for the deaf.
This new facility will offer a fenced-in area where service dogs can be off-leash and remain close to their handlers.
“It’s important that hard-working service dogs get a chance to exercise and have some off-leash downtime like any other dog,” Helen McFadyen, chair of HRM’s advisory committee for persons with disabilities, said in a release.
“The creation of this small exercise facility will provide a safe place for me to take my guide dog without the worry of losing track of her.”