New Milford “Candlewoof” Dog Park is in the midst of its annual fundraising campaign.

In addition, the dog park will offer a dog blessing with a Buddhist priest June 16 at 10 a.m. at the Pickett District Road park.

Venerable Ocean-of-Wisdom Sakya, a Buddhist priest, the Abbot of the Middleway Meditation Centers and the Middle-Way Peace Order, will offer the blessing at the 44 Pickett District Road park.

Dogs must be on a leash for the blessing.

Since the ribbon cutting and grand opening in August 2010, the park’s usage and positive reputation has continued to grow each year while patronage extends beyond the local community.

The success of this annual campaign is essential to maintain the cleanliness and safety for both dogs and their owners.

The dog park ( is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization managed by an all-volunteer board of directors and is funded only by donations of patrons and local businesses.

The park, dedicated to providing a safe and secure area for dogs to play and socialize, promotes responsible dog ownership and community education through the organization’s events and meetings.

Donations to the park can be made by: visiting, filling out and submitting the membership form on the membership page and paying via PayPal or debit or credit card; downloading and completing the membership form and mailing it, along with a check made out to New Milford Dog Park, to New Milford Dog Park, P.O. Box 874, New Milford, CT 06776; making a donation at one of the upcoming “Support Your Dog Park” at one of the membership tables set up at the park throughout the year.

To learn more, visit “Candlewood: New Milford Dog Park” on Facebook.