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Doody-Free California


The Doody-Free Water Project is committed to keeping California’s waterways clean by placing free dog waste bags in the hands of those who need them.

Our key focus areas in California for 2015 are the San Francisco Bay Area,  The Peninsula and South Bay,  as well as Sacramento,  El Dorado Hills and Folsom.

Do you live in one of these areas? Bring Doody-Free bags to a community dog park or greenway near you by submitting a request here >>

California Loves Dogs

By recent estimates, there are now upwards of 8.5 million pooches living in the state today. But despite our undying affection for Fido, we still don’t enjoy dealing with the waste he leaves behind.

According to the EPA, the average dog discards approximately 3/4lb of waste each day. Over the course of one year, that adds up to nearly 275lbs of poop, most of which goes unscooped.

When you take the entire dog population of California into account, the numbers are staggering. On average, the 8.5 million dogs taking up residence in California collectively deposit 6.4 million lbs of poop every day and 2.3 BILLION lbs of poop every year. To put this figure into perspective, that’s the equivalent of 29,284 tractor trailers fully loaded to maximum weight capacity with dog doo. If you were to line those big rigs up bumper to bumper, the caravan of poop would stretch 416 miles. Put another way, the unbroken line of trucks would cover the entire distance on I-5 from San Francisco to Long Beach. That’s a lot of waste!

 

What’s the big deal?

Unbeknownst to many, dog waste is more than just a gross and smelly mess – it’s an environmental pollutant and a human health hazard. In fact, the EPA has even gone so far as to label dog poop as a non-point source pollutant, placing it in the same category as herbicides and insecticides; oil, grease and toxic chemicals; and acid drainage from abandoned mines.

Unlike other common sources of residential pollution, such as fertilizer and rinse water from driveways, dog waste often contains bacteria and parasites that can harm the health of your family and pets. These waste-borne pathogens thrive in the poop until it’s cleaned up or washed into the water supply. Giardia, ringworm, roundworm, salmonella and E. coli are examples of such inhabitants, all of which are commonly found in dog feces and can be transferable upon contact.

 

What can you do?

The most responsible action pet owners can take for their family, community and environment is to make sure their pets are always picked up after.

For those looking to make an impact beyond your own backyard:

Take a look through our Doody-Free Education section to become a pet waste expert >>

Look through our resources directory and get involved with local environmental and cleanwater groups >>

Download and share our Doody-Free Downloads with your community >>

Bring Doody-Free bags to a community dog park or greenway near you by sending us a tip >>

 


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The Doody-Free Water Project is brought to you by DoodyCalls

Scooping over 10 million doggy deposits every year,  DoodyCalls is the nation’s leading pet waste management service for homeowners and their communities. For every scooping service purchased,  DoodyCalls donates 25 pet waste bags to your community.

 

Make a difference with DoodyCalls >>

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