Today, there are more than 54 million U.S. households that have a dog. While there are so many U.S. households with dogs, not all communities are able to offer a local dog park for their canine citizens and pet parents to enjoy. That’s why we developed the annual Bark for Your Park contest, where we get to give 5 communities, countless pet parents, and deserving dogs funding to build their own dog park when they may not have otherwise been able to do so.
How Can You Bark for YOUR Park?
- Nominate your community on the Bark for Your Park website. You don’t need to submit any documents to nominate your community; all you need is the click of a mouse.
- Once your community has been nominated, then VOTE. You can vote twice per day- once on the Bark for Your Park website and once on the PetSafe® Facebook page. Save your community as your “favorite community” for quick and easy voting.
- To be eligible to become a finalist, upload your community’s Land Verification Letter and Civic Support Letter on your community’s page of the Bark for Your Park website. The deadline is 11:59 PM ET on June 10th. Download templates for both letters on our Templates & Downloads page.
Tips & Resources for the 2015 Contest
Are you barking for your park this year? Here are some tips to help you put your best paw forward.
- Spread the word on social media. Use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to reach the most people in the shortest amount of time by sharing posts about your community’s participation in Bark for Your Park. Use the #B4YP2015 hashtag in all of your social media posts
- Create a Facebook page dedicated solely to your community’s Bark for Your Park efforts to act as your central hub where you can rally neighbors, share updates, and spread excitement.
- Use the Facebook cover images and profile images on our Templates & Downloads page to support your community’s social media efforts.
- Take out an ad in your local newspaper, magazines, radio stations, and news stations to announce your community’s participation in the contest and to get coverage from local media outlets
- Reach out to local celebrities, animal welfare organizations, pet professionals, and bloggers to boost your support. Ask them to participate and promote your community’s efforts to their associates, customers, and followers.
- Call or email community leaders to gain their support and endorsement.
- Host dog parades, dog walks, and other dog-friendly events around town to rally neighbors together.
- Print the yard signs, window decals, posters, and banner provided on our Templates & Downloads page. Place them at popular businesses, retailers, restaurants, recreational facilities and parks around town.
- Print the stickers provided on our Templates & Downloads page and provide them to local animal welfare organizations, dog groomers, pet sitters, dog walkers, and pet stores around town. Ask them to pass the stickers out to customers to help spread awareness and gain support.
It’s our favorite time of the year, and we can’t wait to share the excitement with you. Be sure to use the #B4YP2015 hashtag in all of your social media posts. Best of luck to your community! Ready, set, bark for YOUR park!