Hurricane, UT, May 09, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The dogs in Hurricane have long dreamed of safely contained wide-open spaces and a place to call their own. So, September Smith, President of local non-profit animal welfare organization Because Animals Matter nominated Hurricane in PetSafe’s 2013 Bark for Your Park contest.
PetSafe, a leading innovator in pet behavior and lifestyle solutions, invited all U.S. communities to participate in the third annual “Bark for Your Park” contest beginning May 1. One city will be awarded $100,000 to build a local dog park and four other pet passionate finalists will also receive $25,000.
The City of Hurricane has included a one-acre property (located at 300 West 750 North) in their parks and recreation master plan. This property is not yet officially an open dog park, though many residents use it at their own risk while the fencing has security issues and the natural landscape presents its own hazards. Smith reported, “Our small town would be so benefitted by a completed dog park. To date, the City has installed fencing from funding Because Animals Matter raised, but individual donations take a long time to add up. So many of us in Hurricane, people and pups, look forward to the day when a safe and shady park is available for everyone to enjoy.” Hurricane features a wide-range of green space for 2-legged enjoyment but no other park in the community allows dogs, even on leash, and a finished dog park would be a tremendous asset to residents and visitors alike.
As they determine the 15 Finalists, PetSafe will review the availability of land and civic leaders’ support. Citizens will also be able vote every day to help their city move forward in the contest. These votes will also be counted to pick the Finalists. For the best chance to become a finalist, Hurricane should excel in all three of these categories.
The 15 Finalists will be announced on June 5, 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 runners-up and the city with the highest percentage of votes to its population will each receive $25,000. Winners will be announced on July 31.
To share your own support for Hurricane in the PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” contest, visit www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark or check out PetSafe on Facebook and vote using both methods each day, throughout the month of May. You may also add comments and photos to Hurricane’s voting page onwww.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark in an additional show of support.
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, PetSafe leads the industry in the development of innovative pet behavior, containment, lifestyle product solutions and services. Visit: www.petsafe.net.
Because Animals Matter is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to reducing animal abuse and neglect through education. All BAM’s programs and services are supported through the generosity of contributors and dedicated volunteers. BAM operates as a network of foster homes to assist animals in need of finding their forever homes, and as a network of volunteers to support community programs focused on building strong humane relationships between people and their pets.