We all know how dog friendly Austin is. There’s nothing like grabbing a cool beer with some pals and their furry best friends, or spending an evening at Zilker throwing a frisbee with Fido; but with a whole lot of dogs comes a whole lot of poo.
There are over 250,000 dogs in Austin, which creates 150,000 pounds of poop per day. You know when you’re walking your dog in the park, and you nearly find yourself stepping in a fresh pile? Well, imagine that, but nearly every step you take. That’s what reality would be if no one did their part to scoop the poop.
Not only is dog poop smelly and gross (and tasty to some of our four [or three] legged companions) but it pollutes our waterways, creating all sorts of health risks, such as unsafe environments in our recreation areas, reduces oxygen in water for fish and other amphibians, and harmful algae and aquatic weeds. And those dead spots in your front lawn? Potentially poop. Has it rained recently? If you haven’t scooped the poop then that poop will wash into our waterways. There are so many ways that simply scooping the poop helps improve your quality of life and the overall quality of our community as well!
With Austin being one of the fastest growing cities in America, that also means it’s one of the fastest growing pet communities. Thankfully, Austin is also one of the most friendly cities in America for pets; and if we continue to give a crap, we’ll continue to be a dog lovers haven for years to come!