PetSafe brand is giving five U.S. communities the opportunity to win funds to help build a dog park in its fifth annual Bark for Your Park Contest. The contest, which launched on May 13, 2015, will award one $100,000 grand prize and four finalists with $25,000 each to build an off-leash dog park in their community.
Last year, Waverly, Iowa took home the grand prize of $100,000 after beating out the more than 1,400 communities that were nominated in the contest. The town, which has a population of approximately 9,874, garnered a total of 133,545 votes.
“We have already seen the positive effects of the PetSafe Dog Park in our community by the interest and the attendance in the planning and development committee meetings,” said Tab Ray, director of Waverly Leisure Services.
From May 13 through June 10, anyone within the U.S. can vote for his or her community every day on www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark and Facebook. Based on the information provided by each community, PetSafe will confirm the availability of land, civic leader support, population size and total number of votes to select 15 finalist communities, which will be announced on June 17.
“We’ve seen how a dog park can enhance a community, bring responsible pet owners together and create a wonderful place to visit and exercise,” said Willie Wallace, CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe brand. “After working with our hometown of Knoxville, Tenn. to build six dog parks and helping four years’ worth of Bark for Your Park winners plan, build and open their parks, PetSafe is proud to support communities in their efforts to provide a place for their dogs to socialize and play.”