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Application Period Now Open for Eighth Annual PetSafe® Bark for Your Park™ Grant Program

$225,000 available to help communities across the country build and enhance off-leash dog parks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (May 1, 2018) – Communities around the country interested in securing funds for dog park construction and enhancements can now submit an application for a PetSafe® Bark for Your Park grant today, May 1 through Saturday, June 30, 2018.

This year, PetSafe is increasing 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 local dog parks.

“Since we launched the Bark for Your Park grant program in 2011, we’ve given away over $1 million to build, maintain and enhance dog parks in over 70 communities across the country,” said Justin Young, marketing specialist at PetSafe brand. “Creating safe, off-leash areas for pets and their owners is important to us. Whether we can assist with the funding for a new dog park, or simply help a community install a new fence or watering system, this program is a passion for everyone who works at PetSafe.”

PetSafe received over 200 Bark for Your Park grant applications in 2017, and provided 25 communities with grants to build, maintain and enhance local dog parks. Communities interested in submitting a grant application for the 2018 program should visit www.petsafe.com/barkforyourpark. To apply, each community will need the following items:

  • A letter from a civic leader showing support for the dog park project
  • Photos of the future dog park space or current off-leash dog park
  • Blueprints of the community’s ideal dog park
  • Summary of how the community would benefit from the building, maintaining or enhancing of the dog park
  • A brief of ways your community has shown support for an off-leash dog park

All applications will be reviewed by an internal committee, and the chosen communities will be announced in August of 2018.

To kick off the 2018 Bark for Your Park grant-giving program, PetSafe will celebrate the second annual National Dog Park Day across the country on May 5. This event will encourage pet owners and communities across the country to gather on this day to celebrate their pets, learn about adoption and enjoy meeting with fellow residents of their community.

Dog owners who visit a dog park on Saturday, May 5 are encouraged to share pictures of the event on social media using #DogParkDay for a chance to win over $600 in PetSafe products, which can help turn their yard into a Doggie Dream Yard for their pet to play.

For more information about the Bark for Your Park program, please visit www.petsafe.com/barkforyourpark, or watch this online video for an inside peek into the program.

About Bark for Your Park
In 2011, PetSafe® brand developed and launched the nationwide Bark for Your Park campaign with the goal of providing dog parks that community members, civic leaders and pet owners would love, use and support for years to come. To date, PetSafe Brand has donated over $1 million, which has helped fund 70 off-leash parks around the country.

About PetSafe®
PetSafe® is an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. PetSafe is owned by Radio Systems Corporation and headquartered in Knoxville, TN. For more information, please visit www.petsafe.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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