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Boyd Foundation to donate $1 million for dog parks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The Boyd Foundation introduced the Tennessee Dog Park Dash on Wednesday, 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. Randy Boyd is the founder of PetSafe and former commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. 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.

“Jenny and I have been blessed in so many ways, and our love for pets led to a company that has given us more success than we ever dreamed possible,” said Randy Boyd. “It seems only right to give back to the pets and the people we owe so much to.”

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. 

“Modeled after a very successful program pioneered by our company, PetSafe®, the Tennessee Dog Park Dash will provide funds for communities to create their own dog parks across our state,” said Randy Boyd. “Dog parks are places where people and their pets can come together to share their love for the furry friends.”

The Tennessee Dog Park Dash will impact more than 100 dog parks through the three-year program.

Grant and contest winners will be announced in early July 2018.

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