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May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

Lauren Christ
Moxley Carmichael


Calling all dog owners, animal lovers, city officials, parks and recreation directors, pet professionals and anyone who wants to improve his or her community

City officials and dog lovers have two weeks left to nominate their towns to compete in the third-annual PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” contest, which awards a total of $200,000 in funding for U.S. cities to build local off-leash dog parks.

To nominate a city, simply visit by May 31. Finalists will be selected based on the availability of land, civic leader support, population size and total number of votes from community supporters. PetSafe will select 15 finalists based on information provided by the cities, and each community must provide documentation of land availability and civic leader support to be eligible.

“If your city needs a dog park, you can’t pass up this opportunity,” said Randy Boyd, CEO and president of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe brand. “Some cities have been getting votes since May 1 when the contest opened, but finalists are not chosen based on the number of votes alone. If you can provide verification of land and support from a civic leader by May 31, your town could be considered for a finalist spot and could compete for the grand prize of a $100,000 dog park.”

Once you’ve nominated your city, supporters can vote daily on and PetSafe’s Facebook page. This video explains how the “Bark for Your Park” contest works.

On June 5, PetSafe will announce the finalist communities that will continue “barking” for their park by voting daily on and PetSafe’s Facebook page. The finalist city with the most votes will be named the “top dog” and win a $100,000 PetSafe dog park, and four additional pet-passionate finalist cities will receive $25,000 to put toward their local dog park plans. “Bark for Your Park” contest winners will be announced on July 31.

For more information and to nominate a city, visit

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