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Wartrace receives $25,000 grant from Boyd Foundation’s Dog Park Dash

The Town of Wartrace has been named a recipient of the 2019 Dog Park Dash Grant and will receive $25,000 from the Boyd Foundation. The check presentation is scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Winnette-Ayers Park, where the dog park will be built.

“On behalf of the Parks and Recreation Committee, we are thrilled to welcome the Boyd Foundation to Wartrace,” said Alderman Tammy Leverette, chairman of the committee. “We are planning two fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Both big dogs and little dogs will have agility equipment like weave posts and hoop jumps. Our only requirement for dogs is they must be updated on all of their shots and be able to get along well with others. We have the same requirement for owners, but also ask that they clean up after their sweet pups!”

Randy and Jenny Boyd established The Boyd Foundation in 2018 to support animal welfare and youth education in Tennessee. The Foundation partners with other major efforts from brands including Radio Systems Corporation, parent company of PetSafe®. Tennessee is becoming the most pet-friendly state in America, with more than 100 communities benefiting from enhancing and building dog parks.

“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 Boyd, “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.”

Wartrace was one of 25 municipalities to be awarded the grant in 2019. Mayor Vickie Smith extended an invitation to residents attend the check presentation, “I am pleased to invite the people and pets of Wartrace to attend this event. I hope we have a crowd to personally thank Randy and Jenny Boyd for their generous gift to our town. We also hope to have some surprises for our four-legged friends in attendance.”

In the event of inclement weather, the check presentation will be held at Town Hall. More information about the Tennessee Dog Park Dash can be found at

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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