After a long-standing relationship with PetSafe® on its Bark for Your Park program, an initiative that awards dog parks to communities around the country through a grant system, weve partnered with The Boyd Foundation to bring the same goal a little closer to home.

The new program, called Tennessee Dog Park Dash, is a multi-year commitment toward making Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in America. Through the program, The Boyd Foundation will award a $1 million annual donation for building and enhancement of dog parks in communities across the state.

The Boyd Foundation is guided by Randy Boyd, alongside his wife, Jenny. In our history with PetSafe® and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, weve worked closely with Randy Boyd, who is the founder and former commissioner. Jenny Boyd is passionate about promoting animal welfare, has worked alongside her husband to make Knoxville the most pet-friendly city and is proud to play a significant role in expanding efforts to communities across Tennessee.

In its first year of a three-year initiative, Tennessee Dog Park Dash will fund 36 dog parks across the state through a grant program, with one additional park awarded through an ongoing community contest. 

The Boyd Foundation grant program will award $900,000 to Tennessee communities, evenly distributed across the state’s three grand divisions. The final $100,000 will be awarded through a contest to find the most pet-friendly community. Contest funds will be awarded to one community that applies for the grant, engages in events centered around charitable contributions for pet organizations in need and, as a community, goes above and beyond competitors to show pet pride.

As part of our work on Tennessee Dog Park Dash, well be supporting the program with strategy, development, design, marketing and communications. We look forward to sharing more updates on the initiative as it happens. Today marks the official launch, and we've already seen traction from state and local media and submissions. You can check out the landing page for the program yourself—dogparkdash.com.

Let the dash begin!