KNOXVILLE, Tenn., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PetSafe announced today the 15 cities across the U.S. that will move on to compete as finalists in the "Bark for Your Park" contest with a chance to win $100,000 or $25,000 to build a local dog park.
For the third year in a row, pet-passionate citizens across the U.S. demonstrated their desire for off-leash dog parks in their communities, nominating 1,130 cities to compete to win a share of $200,000 in funding for local dog parks through the PetSafe contest.
The 15 "Bark for Your Park" finalist cities, which are divided into three groups based on relative population size, are:
Mountain House, Calif.
Silver Cliff, Colo.
Mason City, Iowa
West Columbia, S.C.
Corpus Christi, Texas
East Hartford, Conn.
New Braunfels, Texas
"We are overwhelmed again by the enthusiasm for 'Bark for Your Park,' and we'd like to see every community in America enjoy a dog park," said Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, maker of the PetSafe brand. "That's why we're proud and excited to help five of our 15 finalist cities this year build their community dog parks. But, no matter the outcome of the contest, we hope all 1,130 cities will continue to 'bark' for their parks and rally the support needed to make their dog park dreams a reality."
The finalist communities will continue "barking" for their park by voting daily on www.petsafe.net and PetSafe's Facebook page now through July 26. The finalist city with the most votes will be named the "top dog" and win a $100,000 PetSafe dog park. The city with the highest percentage of votes to its population will receive the "Bark from Your Heart" award and earn $25,000 toward building a local dog park. This year, the top vote-earners in each size category of small, medium and large will also each receive $25,000 toward building a PetSafe dog park.
Opportunities for cities to earn extra votes will be available through a weekly "7 Vote Sniff Out" found on www.petsafe.net on Fridays. Finalist cities are also required to submit a 30-second video designed to show the world why they deserve to win a dog park, and each city whose video receives 1,000 views on YouTube will earn an additional 1,000 votes.
"Bark for Your Park" contest winners will be announced on July 31. Stay tuned for more details about live streaming of this year's winner announcement on www.petsafe.net.
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