Stratford in the hunt for dog park funds

Stratford is “barking” for a local dog park. On May 1, PetSafe launched its third annual “Bark for Your Park” nationwide contest through which cities across the U.S. can win funding to build local dog parks. By the end of summer, five U.S. cities will share in $200,000 in funding for local off-leash dog parks.

After being nominated, Stratford is among the top vote-getters thus far in the nomination phase of the contest.To be eligible to become a finalist, each city must provide documentation of land availability and civic leader support for the proposed dog park. Supporters can vote for their favorite city every day on www.petsafe.net and PetSafe’s Facebook page from May 1-31.

Based on the information provided by each city, PetSafe will evaluate the availability of land, civic leader support, population size, and the total number of votes to select the 15 finalist cities.

However, Stratford still needs to provide documentation of land availability and verification of civic leader support. If the town provides this documentation and if the community continues to vote daily, Stratford will be positioned for consideration as a finalist and could compete for the grand prize of a $100,000 PetSafe dog park according to a release from the program organizers.

On June 5, PetSafe will announce the finalist communities that will continue “barking” for their park by voting daily on www.petsafe.net and PetSafe’s Facebook page. The finalist city with the most votes will be named the “top dog” and win a $100,000 PetSafe dog park, and four additional pet-passionate finalist cities will receive $25,000 to put toward their local dog park plans. “Bark for Your Park” contest winners will be announced on July 31.

“Dog parks offer a place for exercise and socialization, and that helps address the second most common reason dogs are surrendered to local shelters: behavior,” said Randy Boyd, CEO and president of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe brand. “Keeping dogs out of shelters is something we should all be exited to ‘bark’ about — pet owners and pet professionals, community members and city officials alike.”

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