Waverly received the most votes at over 130,000. Four runner-up communities have each won $25,000 to build a local dog park.
The 2014 Bark for Your Park runner-up cities are Hattisburg, Miss., Port Chester, N.Y., Tehachapi, Calif. and Enfield, N.H.
“We could not be prouder of each of this year’s Bark for Your Park 2014 contest winners,” said Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe brand. “Each of these communities showed us the true meaning of teamwork by rallying together in order to make their dreams of a dog park a reality in their towns. PetSafe congratulates Waverly, Hattiesburg, Port Chester, Tehachapi and Enfield for their commitment to improving the quality of life of dogs in their communities.”
More than 1,400 cities were nominated in this year’s contest. In June, PetSafe announced the 15 finalist cities, which were broken into three categories according to city size based on population: large, medium and small.
Waverly City councilmember Derrick Wygle entered the city into the contest after people in Waverly communicated their desire to have their very own local dog park. The Waverly Jaycees are also very passionate about building a dog park in their community, and have been trying for several years to raise enough money to do so.
“For years there’s been this idea floating around that we could someday get together to build one and people are pretty excited that it could become a reality,” said Waverly Jaycees president Joshua Schneiderman.
PetSafe will provide each of this year’s Bark for Your Park winners with the opportunity to vote on aspects of their dog parks beginning in late September.