Dog park group competes for $100,000 award

The dogs of Stratford have long dreamed of a wide-open off leash park space to call their own. With the recent progress made by the Stratford Dog Park Action Committee, the Stratford Town Council and the mayor’s office that dream is now closer than ever to becoming a reality.

In an effort to secure additional funding, above what they have currently raised through grants and donations, the SDPAC has entered the fourth annual Bark for Your Park contest sponsored by PetSafe, a pet behavior and lifestyle solutions company.

One city will be awarded $100,000 to build a local dog park and four other pet passionate finalists will also receive $25,000 each.

“The town has finally set a location, and we are overjoyed,” said Carissa DeBernardo, president of the SDPAC, “but our work is not over as the park’s construction and all ongoing maintenance costs will be funded through community donations.”

Now that Stratford has been nominated, and leaders have designated a place for the dog park adjacent to the town’s animal control facility, members of the community are being asked to vote for Stratford.

Citizens are asked to vote every day to help Stratford move forward in the contest. Supporters can vote two times per day through June 7, once on www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark and once on the PetSafe facebook page.

The 15 finalists will be announced on June 13, when they will be asked to produce a video and continue barking for their park. The finalist city with the most votes will receive $100,000 to build a PetSafe dog park. Three runner-ups and the city with the highest percentage of votes to its population will each receive $25,000. Winners will be announced on Aug. 7.

For more information a visit www.dogparkstratford.com

The town of Stratford has designated this area near the Animal Control Facility for a dog park. Plans are being finalized.

The town of Stratford has designated this area near the Animal Control Facility for a dog park. Plans are being finalized.

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