PETWorks, which oversees Kingsport’s animal shelter on Idle Hour Road, made three announcements last week about the future of its new facility, an upcoming grant program and a fundraising event in the works for the summer of 2019.
Tom Parham, the president of PETWorks, recently spoke to the Times News about each of these announcements and what role they play in the future of the animal services organization.
The Boyd Foundation (guided by Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd) is donating $1 million to build and enhance dog parks in communities across the Volunteer State. The program — dubbed the Dog Park Dash — will award $900,000 evenly across the state’s three divisions.
In the first year of the three-year initiative, the program will fund 36 dog parks. In addition, the program will award $100,000 through a contest to find the most pet-friendly community.
That $100,000 award is what PETWorks is going after, Parham said.
“Our unique advantage is perhaps the fact we are announcing plans to build a new dog park (at our new facility) on Stone Drive,” Parham said. “A dog park is a natural adjunct to the project, we have the property and the timing is present.”
Grant and contest winners will be announced in July.
The second announcement, the creation of a dog park at PETWorks’ Stone Drive facility, will be the third dog park for the Model City. Preliminary plans show a roughly 1.2 acre dog park behind the facility — 2/3 allocated for large dogs and 1/3 for small dogs.
Originally, the property was going to be used as animal exercise space, Parham said.
“We’re going to expand it and make it a first-class dog park with amenities,” Parham said. “We have a population of 125,000 within a 10-mile radius, and that equates to about 30,000 dogs, so we definitely have a need and the opportunity.”
If PETWorks wins the $100,000 award, the money would go toward the creation of this dog park.
BLACK TIE EVENT
The third and final announcement to come from PETWorks is that the organization plans to hold a Fur Ball black tie affair at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center next year.
It’s just like it sounds. A fundraising event where folks dress up, bring their pets and enjoy a nice dinner with like-minded dog owners.
For more information about PETWorks, visit www.petworkstn.com.