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Gleason awarded dog park grant

Randy and Jenny Boyd, with the Boyd Foundation, announced last week that 30 communities across Tennessee will be awarded grants totaling $900,000 to help make the state the most pet-friendly in the nation. Among those recipients is the City of Gleason.

Dozens of communities worked all year long to organize residents, coordinate with local officials, mobilize on social media, and host pet-friendly events to win a $25,000 grant to build or improve an existing dog park in their community. Two communities – Columbia and Cookeville- who went above and beyond the requirements – will each receive the $100,000 grand prize grant as two of the “Most Dog-Friendly” cities in Tennessee.

“Jenny and I are amazed at the hard work and dedication of the people in our state to make life better for their pets and their neighbors. We are proud to support them in their work,” said Randy Boyd, founder of PetSafe and co-founder of The Boyd Foundation. “We are passionate about bringing people and pets together to create stronger communities, and we’ve found one of the best ways to do that is at a local dog park. We cannot wait to see how these communities use their grants to create local parks for Tennesseans and their pets to enjoy for decades to come.”

Tennessee Dog Park Dash received nearly 50 applications, from a variety of Tennessee towns, with only a few thousand residents to some of our state’s larger cities.

Other West Tennessee communities earning a grant through the Dog Park Dash are Bartlett, Lake County, Memphis, Munford, Newbern, Paris, Selmer, Trenton and Ripley.

The Tennessee Dog Park Dash is a multi-year initiative aimed at making Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the country by awarding deserving communities $3 million in total grants over three years to build and enhance dog parks.

In its inaugural year in 2018, 37 communities were awarded a total of $1 million in grants, including grand-prize winner — Jackson. The 2020 Tennessee Dog Park Dash application period is expected to begin in early-spring next year when the Boyd Foundation will award another $1 million in grants. Interested communities are encouraged to visit to learn more.

About Tennessee Dog Park Dash

The Tennessee Dog Park Dash, funded by the Boyd Foundation, is dedicated to building or enhancing dog parks across the state. Established in 2018, this three-year program is helping to make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in America alongside other major efforts from brands including Radio Systems Corporation, parent company of PetSafe®. Dog parks across the state have been built or enhanced through grants and programs first established by PetSafe®, and now through the Dog Park Dash, more than one hundred communities across the state of Tennessee will benefit from dog parks. More information about the Tennessee Dog Park Dash can be found at

About The Boyd Foundation

Randy and Jenny Boyd established The Boyd Foundation in 2018 to support animal welfare and youth education in Tennessee. Randy Boyd is the Interim President of the University of Tennessee, founder of PetSafe® and former commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Jenny Boyd is a Knoxville business owner and philanthropist who is passionate about animal welfare.

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