KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (July 31, 2015) – The dog-loving community of Jacksonville, Ill.’s barks were heard. Today, PetSafe® brand, an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions, has announced that Jacksonville, Ill. is the grand prize winner in its fifth annual Bark for Your Park Contest and has won $100,000 to build a new dog park.
Jacksonville, a town in Illinois with a population of 19,466, received the most votes – a total of 54,727 – out of the 16 finalists in PetSafe brand’s Bark for Your Park Contest.
More than 1,000 communities were nominated for this year’s contest, which launched in May. In June, PetSafe announced the 16 finalists, which were broken into three categories according to community size based on population: large, medium and small. In addition to Jacksonville’s $100,000 grand prize, the runner-up city in each small, medium, and large population category also won $25,000. The Bark from Your Heart city, which had the highest percentage of votes to the community’s population, also won $25,000.
The 2015 Bark for Your Park Contest runner-ups for each category include:
“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and passion exhibited by this year’s finalists,” said Tracy Mulder, Marketing Manager, PetSafe brand. “Our goal is to help provide dog parks that communities will truly love, use and support for years to come.”
For more information about this year’s Bark for Your Park contest winners, please visit www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark.
About the PetSafe® brand
PetSafe brand is an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. PetSafe brand is owned by Radio Systems® Corporation and headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.petsafe.net or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.