April 2, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- PetSafe, a leading innovator in pet behavior and lifestyle solutions, is offering its third annual "Bark for Your Park" nationwide contest with more prize money and more opportunity to win funding for a local dog park. The contest launches
, and by the end of summer, five U.S. cities will share in
in funding for local off-leash dog parks.
One U.S. city will be named the "top dog" and win a
PetSafe dog park, and four additional pet-passionate finalist cities will receive
to put toward their local dog park plans.
, received the most votes of the 15 finalist cities, winning the
dog park. The city showed the importance of working together to win the nationwide contest, rallying support from citizens, elected officials, animal lovers, pet professionals and animal welfare groups, local media outlets and others.
"What began with a handful of passionate citizens grew into a community project of love for our animals, and it united both sides of our town," said
, mayor of the
, side of the twin cities that span the
border. "And by working together, we succeeded in winning the 2012 PetSafe 'Bark for Your Park' contest! Our community was overjoyed and grateful to win the
grand prize so that
citizens – human and canine – can enjoy a safe place to play, exercise and socialize."
Citizens and pet owners across the U.S. are encouraged to visit
to nominate their hometown starting
and to vote every day for their favorite city to move forward in the contest. Once the city has been nominated, PetSafe will review the availability of land and support from civic leaders. For the best chance to become a finalist, a city should excel in all three categories of land availability, civic leader support and community votes.
The nomination phase for the contest runs from
May 1-May 31
, PetSafe will select 15 finalist communities to continue "barking" for their park. The finalist city with the most votes will receive
to build a PetSafe dog park. The city with the highest percentage of votes to its population will receive the "Bark from Your Heart" award and earn
toward building a local dog park.
This year, the finalist cities will also be broken into three categories according to city size based on population: large, medium and small. The top vote-earner in each size category will each receive
toward building a PetSafe dog park. "Bark for Your Park" contest winners will be announced on
"We know that dog parks are a great addition to any town – large or small – for dogs and their owners to get outside, exercise, socialize and enjoy the pet-friendly offerings in their communities," said
, CEO and president of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe brand. "We're looking forward to cities across the nation whose residents love their pets as much as we do to jump at this opportunity; let's hear you 'bark' for you park!"
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