PetSafe has launched its third annual "Bark for Your Park" nationwide contest. One U.S. city will win a $100,000 PetSafe dog park, and four additional finalist cities will receive $25,000 to put toward local dog park plans.
Citizens and pet owners across the U.S. are encouraged to visit petsafe.net to nominate their hometown starting May 1 and vote everyday for their favorite city to move forward in the contest.
Once a 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.
Last year, Texarkana, Ark., won the $100,000 dog park. The city showed the importance of working together to win the contest, rallying support from citizens, elected officials, animal lovers, pet professionals and animal welfare groups, local media outlets and others.
The nomination phase for the contest runs from May 1–31. PetSafe will select 15 finalist communities to continue in the contest. The city with the highest percentage of votes to its population will receive the "Bark from Your Heart" award and earn $25,000 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 $25,000 toward building a PetSafe dog park. "Bark for Your Park" contest winners will be announced on July 31.