Wayne Smith, mayor of the Texarkana, Arkansas, reported, “What began with a handful of passionate citizens has grown into a community project of love for our animals, and it has united both sides of our town. And by working together, we have succeeded in winning the 2012 PetSafe ‘Bark for Your Park’ contest!”
The contest’s runner up was Oak Forest, Illinois, who won $25,000 toward building a local off-leash dog park. The town of Derby, Vermont, won the “Bark from Your Heart” award and earned the highest ratio of votes to population and also won $25,000.
Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, the maker of the PetSafe brand, shared that several cities in the contest reported awareness for the contest but also a unification of neighbors across the community occurred. “Dog parks are just as much about the owners – people of all ages, genders and races, sitting on the same bench and finding common ground in their love of their pets,” he stated.