Help Texarkana Get a Dog Park – Vote Daily
Vote for Texarkana, Arkansas to win a grant for a dog park.
The PetSafe Bark for Your Park Contest has started and runs through June 14, 2012. You can vote every day!
Texarkana, Arkansas is ready for its first community dog park and shelter dog park. It will be known as “JefFURson Park,” located on the Partnership for the Pathway Trail. It’s the triangle area between the pathway, pavilion and road that runs along AHS. Areas will be sectioned off for large, medium and small dogs. There will also be an agility course. The community will be able to exercise and socialize their dogs with other dog lovers.
Crystal Sloan is helping to organize this project. She says, “We also want to create a dog park at the Animal Care and Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas with a portion of the grant. Our shelter dogs desperately need a safe place to run off-leash and play with volunteers and potential owners. As of now, the shelter dogs can escape from their slip leads and run into nearby traffic when they are taken outside of the shelter. With $100,000 we can make the most of the money by serving the general public’s need for a safe off-leash dog park as well as creating a stress-free and safe environment for the community’s shelter dogs. Our animal shelter serves Miller County, Arkansas and Bowie County, Texas, so voting for Texarkana, Arkansas will benefit both sides of Stateline.”
You can vote once a day. Please mark it as a favorite and vote daily.
Last year there was some confusion which caused a split of the votes between the Twin Cities. I believe this cost our community the chance to have a dog park. If we can get a dog park in Texarkana, Arkansas, it will benefit the entire community no matter which side of the line you are on.
The unique opportunity for Texarkana is the ability to also help the animal shelter with this grant. If you have ever been to or seen a shelter that has areas sectioned off for dogs to run loose, it is very helpful to potential adopters. They are able to go into a fenced area and sit with the dog to interact and see how much they would enjoy the dog if they adopted it. I get chill bumps when I think about how much of a difference this type of park could make for the animals that are stuck in the shelter waiting to be given a chance. Please help by voting daily for Texarkana, Arkansas to get a dog park.
Here is a video of last year’s grant winner:
This is a grassroots effort. If you would like to help in this project, please visit Petsafe.net and download flyers to distribute.