Auburn is a national finalist for a dog park, needs votes to win the funding

The Central NY Dog Owners' Group wants people to vote every day (you can even vote twice daily!) to get an Auburn dog park funded

Auburn has already made the 'semi-finals' in a national contest to fund a dog park, and now the group coordinating the effort is reaching out to get daily votes to win up to $125,000 for the project.

The Central NY Dog Owners' Group, an Auburn-based coalition that's working on the project, says six acres of land will be donated as the site in Emerson Park. The park would cost at least $80-thousand to construct according to Fran Diaz, who along with Allison Currier and her 'puppy' Muddles, paid us a visit on Weekend Today in CNY on Sunday morning.

Auburn is one of 5 cities in a group looking for $25,000. And, if Auburn tallies more than all the other cities (there are other groups, based on city size), it could get the grand prize of an additional $100,000, if enough people vote.

Anyone can vote daily at Click on 'Bark' and then Auburn to cast your vote. If you're also on Facebook you can cast a second daily vote through that website. Voting goes on until July 26th.

The Auburn group has printed bright orange 'calling cards' with the information, hoping that people will put the cards next to their computers as a reminder to vote daily. You can get a card by emailing them at