PetSafe brand, a global leader in innovative pet product solutions, announced the names of 13 new cities as grant recipients of its 2018 PetSafe Bark for Your Park campaign.
Since the Bark for Your Park program was launched in 2011, the PetSafe brand has provided over $1 million to build, maintain and enhance dog parks in close to 70 communities across the country. This is the first year that PetSafe has awarded grants to communities in Idaho, Wisconsin and Nevada.
“The Bark for Your Park program is all about finding enthusiastic, pet-loving communities that support green spaces, with civic leaders who want to improve their communities and encourage responsible pet ownership,” said Willie Wallace, CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, parent company of the PetSafe brand. “Dog parks provide a venue and opportunity for dogs to get vital exercise and socialization, which are two major factors in reducing behavior issues.”
This year, PetSafe has increased the number of $25,000 grants for the construction of new parks from five to eight. In addition to the grants for new dog park construction, five communities will receive $5,000 grants to enhance their existing dog parks.
“For the right community, a dog park will help to increase pet adoptions and help to reduce the number of dogs surrendered to shelters and rescues due to behavior,” Wallace said. “That’s the legacy that the PetSafe brand wants to leave in communities across the U.S.”
PetSafe received over 120 applications for this year’s program. To be considered for a grant, communities had to provide documentation about the park and authorization from civic leaders offering their support of the proposed dog park.
The following 13 cities will receive funding for a local dog park project:
New Park Awards
- Enoch, Utah
- Pasadena, Texas
- Passaic, New Jersey
- Pensacola, Florida
- Perris, California
- Ponderay, Idaho
- Reno, Nevada
- Standish, Maine
Park Maintenance Awards
- Baraboo, Wisconsin
- Dallas, Texas
- Rocklin, California
- Savannah, Georgia
- Williamsburg, Virginia
The 2019 Bark for Your Park grant application period opens in the spring of 2019. Communities can sign up to receive email notifications with important program announcements and deadline reminders at www.petsafe.com/barkforyourpark.