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NYC Ferry’s South Brooklyn route is temporarily bypassing Governors Island through mid-February due to planned maintenance. During this time, Trust-operated ferries continue to run daily every half hour from 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan. Click here for schedules, tickets, and more info on getting to Governors Island.

NYC Ferry’s South Brooklyn route is temporarily bypassing Governors Island through mid-February due to planned maintenance. During this time, Trust-operated ferries continue to run daily every half hour from 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan. Click here for schedules, tickets, and more info on getting to Governors Island.

Gov­er­nors Island’s pack of work­ing dogs grows to four!

Wel­come, Aspen! The newest and youngest mem­ber of the pack, Aspen is a nine-month-old minia­ture Aussie. Like all of our work­ing dogs, Aspen joined us from the Mid-Atlantic Bor­der Col­lie Rescue. 

Won­der­ing why we need a team of dogs work­ing on Gov­er­nors Island? These four pups do more than just look cute. It’s their job to keep Gov­er­nors Island free of Cana­da geese. In addi­tion to leav­ing a mess all over our sprawl­ing green lawns, geese waste can also lead to the spread of inva­sive species and they can be aggres­sive toward peo­ple while they’re nest­ing. After try­ing many meth­ods of geese-con­trol, the work­ing dogs proved to be the most sus­tain­able and humane (the dogs nev­er harm them) solution. 

Aspen joins Chip (who just turned one!) as the res­i­dent pup­pies learn­ing basic obe­di­ence train­ing, while Max and Quinn work to keep the Island geese-free. Soon, Aspen and Chip will receive offi­cial geese train­ing. Once they’re up to speed the pack will work as a unit, cov­er­ing more ground with more fre­quent patrols. 

Want to sup­port them in their efforts to keep Gov­er­nors Island’s land­scapes healthy, clean and geese-free? Give a work­ing dog as a gift for the hol­i­days! The work­ing dog gift comes with your very own Max stuffed ani­mal and a per­son­al­ized adop­tion cer­tifi­cate. Order your gift by Mon­day, Decem­ber 17 to ensure deliv­ery by Christmas.

Inter­est­ed in see­ing how Max, Quinn, Chip and Aspen spend their dog days on the Island? Fol­low them on Insta­gram: @giworkingdogs