Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter: Dog Owners, Do Your Duty!! National Scoop the Poop Week

Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter: Dog Owners, Do Your Duty!! National Scoop the Poop Week

Believe it or not, each April there is a “National Scoop the Poop Week” designed to encourage dog owners to pick up after their pets. It is really a simple concept, but some people just don’t to it, so let’s look at the most important reasons why people should pay attention and clean up their act (and clean up after their dogs).

For starters, it is against the law in Washington County to allow your dog to deposit poop off of your property without picking it up and disposing of it. You could be subject to a fine for failing to do so.

Even on your own property, scooping is the safest and healthiest thing to do. Dog waste can carry parasites and bacteria that can infect people and other animals. Pet waste left on the ground can also to get into streams and the water supply, which in addition to being pretty gross, can harm aquatic ecosystems.

Always bring a bag or two for pick up (or even better, consider a little holder with a whole roll of them) and make sure to use them. Find the nearest garbage can, but never toss pet waste into a storm drain.

Finally, if this is just a chore that you really hate, know that it is okay to hire a professional – yes, there are entire businesses devoted to picking up dog poop in your yard. Professional dog walkers also consider picking up on a walk to be all in a day’s work.

For more information on County Ordinances go to WashingtonCountyPets.com and to learn about water resources, go to CleanWaterServices.com.

Washington County Animal Services and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter are located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro.