PetSafe Brand Presents Bark for Your Park Grants
(L to R) Rhonda B. Parker, director of Durham Parks and Recreation; Jessie Nixon, PetSafe Brand; Justin Young, PetSafe Brand; John Goebel, president of the board of trustees of the Durham Parks Foundation; and Harrison Forbes, celebrity pet expert, at the Bark for Your Park award event in Durham, N.C.
PetSafe has named the 25 recipients of this year’s Bark for Your Park grant-giving program, presenting more than $250,000 total in dog parks grants to communities across the country.
PetSafe developed and launched the nationwide Bark for Your Park program in 2011 to help communities build their own off-leash dog parks. In order to help even more communities this year, the brand restructured the contest into a grant-giving program and increased the number of awards from five to 25.
“After witnessing the impact the PetSafe Bark for Your Park program has had over the last five years, we wanted to expand our reach and help even more communities nationwide,” said Willie Wallace, CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe Brand. “By increasing the number of grants awarded, we’re able to not only help communities looking to build new dog parks, but also provide assistance to communities that need help maintaining or improving existing dog parks.”
PetSafe Brand received 182 applications for dog park grants this year and selected five communities to receive $25,000 awards for new dog parks, 10 communities to receive $10,000 park upgrade awards and 10 communities to receive $5,000 park maintenance awards. This year’s grant recipients received a combination of funds as well as commercial grade dog park equipment from UltraSite, a PlayCore Company. UltraSite provides attractive agility obstacles made specifically for dog parks that bring pets and their families together to exercise, socialize and enjoy nature.