Two pageant winners use platform to make Copperas Cove more pet-friendly

Posted at 5:48 AM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 09:08:44-04

Two Central Texas Pageant winners are using their service platform to make their city more pet-friendly.

Allyssa and Emily Kimball are two out of 17 winners of the 2018 Miss Five Hills Scholarship Pageant, a pageant that gives $75,000 to people looking to make a difference in their communities.

"My service platform is keeping Copperas Cove beautiful, so I help teach kids how to recycle and compost in their community and the importance of it and then I also raise money for the keep copperas cove beautiful organization," Allyssa Kimball said.

"Mine ensuring the humane treatment of animals, so what I like to do is make sure the animals in Copperas Cove are well-taken care of," Emily Kimball said.

Which is why the sisters have partnered together to combine both their platforms with one big project.

"We are trying to get a dog park here in Cove so that animals and their owners have a place where they can have fun as well," Allyssa said.

As of now the closest dog park to Copperas Cove is in Killeen, which is why the Kimball girls are trying to raise $65,000 to build the cities first-ever dog park.

The park would have a large and small dog fenced section, water fountains and 15 pieces of equipment for the dogs to play.

"Animals deserve to be treated like humans too because they are not just things that we can kick around and mess around with. We have to take care of them," Emily said.

And the girls say a 1-acre dog park built in Ogletree Gap Park would do just that.

The Kimball girls say they would like to have the park built in the next year. They are now looking for sponsors to help them make that happen. If you would like to help, you can email or call the Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department.

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