2018 Bark For Your Park Recipients Revealed
PetSafe named 13 cities as grant recipients of its 2018 PetSafe Bark for Your Park campaign.
Since the Bark for Your Park program was launched in 2011, PetSafe has provided over $1 million to build, maintain and enhance dog parks in close to 70 communities across the country.
“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 PetSafe. “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 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,” said Wallace. “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 eight cities that received New Park Awards are Enoch, UT; Pasadena, TX; Passaic, N.J.; Pensacola, Fla.; Perris, Calif.; Ponderay, ID; Reno, Nev. and Standish, ME.
The five cities that received Park Maintenance Awards are Baraboo, Wis.; Dallas, TX; Rocklin, Calif.; Savannah, Ga. and Williamsburg, Va.