City of Syracuse Partners with ‘Barks and Rec’ Dog Boarding Service to Care for Stray and Loose Dogs

Syracuse, N.Y. – City of Syracuse residents searching for their lost dogs will have a new place to check starting next week. Effective Monday, April 1, the City’s Dog Control Program will partner with Barks and Rec, a dog boarding provider in Cicero, for sheltering services for stray and loose dogs recovered within the City.

Barks and Rec’s main facility located at 8098 Brewerton Road will house dogs from the city effective Monday. Owner Maria Casella will open a second location dedicated to dog sheltering at 6225 E. Taft Road in spring 2019. Barks and Rec will be working with a local veterinarian to ensure checkups and vaccinations, upon being checked in. The City will continue to contract with Veterinary Medical Center for emergency services for dogs that are visibly injured or in need of immediate care.

Residents who have lost their dog will be able to check for their pet in one of three ways: visit the Barks and Rec shelter facility; call Barks and Rec at 315-214-8122; or call the Parks Department at 315-473-4330.

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Recovered, unregistered dogs must be registered with the City of Syracuse upon retrieval. Syracuse dog owners can register their dogs and renew their pet license online at Syracuse Docupet

The City previously contracted with Dewitt Animal Hospital for more than 25 years. Dewitt Animal Hospital opted not to renew its contract, which expires Sunday, March 31.