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Potsdam Dog Park organizers seeking Bark for your Park support


POTSDAM - – The dogs in Potsdam have long dreamed of wide open spaces and a place to call their own.

So, Deborah Massell, Potsdam community member and dog lover, nominated Potsdam in PetSafe’s 2014 Bark for Your Park contest. The Potsdam Community Dog Park has already been in the news and is now actively seeking donations and community support to complete the daunting task of its completion.

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 on May 7. 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 mission of the Potsdam Community Dog Park is to provide a fun, social, and safe play environment for dogs and their people; to create a beautiful, natural environment for both new and experienced dog lovers to foster responsible pet ownership; and to increase community awareness of the shelter and the many animals in need of forever homes.

“Now that Potsdam has been nominated,we need to gain civic leaders’ support and gather your votes. We know we have the land, generously donated by the Potsdam Humane Society, and we have a beautiful design, also generously donated by Jeff Hodgson of WagnerHodgson Landscape Architects in Burlington, Vt., so as they determine the 15 Finalists, PetSafe will review all our prospects,” Ms. Massell said.

“Citizens will also be able vote twice 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, Potsdam should excel in all three of these categories. Please vote twice a day, once on the Facebook site, once on the PetSafe website. And visit to sign up for the mailing list or to email or donate to the dog park,” she added.

The 15 finalists will be announced on June 13, 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 runner-ups and the city with the highest percentage of votes to its population will each receive $25,000. Winners will be announced on Aug. 7.

For more information about the PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” contest and ideas on how to get your community involved, visit or check out PetSafe on Facebook.

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