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Jul 4, 2013 2:04 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Help Animal Lovers Win a Free Dog Park

CORPUS CHRISTI - Calling all animal lovers! Corpus Christi has a shot at winning the 3rd annual "Bark for your Park" contest that would rake in 100 grand to pay for a dog park here in the coastal bend. The city with the most votes will bag the grand prize and Amanda Burns, coordinator for the Corpus Christi Dog Group says this contest is important.

"The dogs need their own place to play just like children need their own place to play," Burns said.

Playtime for pups is important and Burns says Corpus Christi is the largest Texas city without a dog park. She says the city's best shot at free funding for a dog park is through a contest sponsored by PetSafe Product Company.

"This is the third year they've had their contest and this is the third time we've entered and we're one of 15 finalists," Burns said.

Organizers already have a designated location picked out at Bill Witt Park on this acre of land.

"I adopted the land through the parks and rec adopt a park program, so I would work with them to get the permits and get the construction timeline, but as soon as we get the money, we're ready to go," Burns said.

Before they can break ground for man's best friend though, they need the most votes over the other 14 finalists and right now they sit in last place.

"We just need people to vote, it's twice a day once on PetSafe website and once on Facebook," Burns said.

The deadline for voting is July 26th, there's still time to go online and "Bark for your Park" to move Corpus Christi to the next round.

"If we could win enough votes for the city of our size we could win 25 thousand which would be enough to get started on construction," she added.

Burns says even if you're not a dog person, the park would keep most of them in one place. Plus, any extra money will go to an animal shelter.

Again, the public can vote twice a day until July 26th, once at Facebook/PetSafebrand and once at PetSafe.NET



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