Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Dog's Best Friend: Randy Boyd Wants to Make Knoxville America's Pet-Friendliest City

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Dog's Best Friend: Randy Boyd Wants to Make Knoxville America's Pet-Friendliest City

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The Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association recently presented Randy Boyd, CEO of PetSafe, with its Individual Service Award, Boyd has committed $500,000 toward building five new dog parks in Knoxville and Knox County, The second of the five parks, the one-acre Pet-Safe Downtown Dog Park, opened in June 2010, Amenities for the dog park include separate sections for small and large dogs, human and dog water fountains, and dog waste stations. Ground has been broken on a third dog park and a fourth park is in the planning stages.

"Not long ago, I learned that Knox County was experiencing dog and cat euthanasia rates that were extremely high. We needed to create change in this area," says Boyd, "Together with Mayor Ragsdale, and support from the park system, Knoxville Tourism, Young-Williams Animal Center, and the University of Tennessee, we set a mission to help make Knoxville the most pet friendly community in America. It's a big goal but a worthwhile one that Knoxville has begun to rally behind," continues Boyd.

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Boyd's company, PetSafe, which provides wireless electronic fence dog containment systems and other pet products, is part of a group of organizations and local businesses working to make Knoxville the nation's "Pet Friendliest Community. …

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