August 1, 2016—Gillette, WY--Fur Kids Foundation has committed to Keep Gillette Beautiful (KGB) to do a Scoop the Poop Clean Up Event on Saturday, August 13 from 8-10 am. The group invites Campbell County, Wyoming dog owners to join them in Scooping the Poop at Dalbey Memorial Park Edwards Shelter rain or shine to help beautify our parks from left behind dog waste.
What Fur Kids Foundation will do is scoop the poop along the walking trail at the Fishing Lake. That day, KGB will provide the bags, but we will need everyone to bring their own rake, shovel and gloves. Afterward, the Foundation suggests you clean off the shovel/rake with bleach before using it in your lawn with your pets, just to be safe. We plan to weigh each bag and then will throw them away at the park.
Why is Fur Kids Foundation so down on dog poo left behind at parks? Not only is it the right thing to do—and there is no such thing as a poop fairy—dog waste left behind by dog owners on walks also poo-lutes! Here are three detailed explanations:
Besides the unsightliness of dog waste on the ground, left behind dog poo poses a significant health hazard to people. The CDC confirms that pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, roundworms, tapeworms and Salmonella.
Left behind do poo also contributes to harmful bacteria to our lakes, streams and waterways. When it rains, dog waste left on the ground washes into storm drains, which then flows into nearby streams, lakes and waterways including Gillette’s favorite public fishing lake at Dalbey Memorial Park. Therefore, the runoff from neglected pet waste also creates health hazards for fish, ducks, etc.
Dog waste left behind on our trails can also spread parvovirus. Parvovirus, or parvo, is an extremely contagious viral disease that can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog's FECES. That’s right, not picking up pet waste can also make Rover ill. Highly resistant, parvovirus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an unvaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from parks where there are many dogs.
And, one last point: It may be a dirty job, but dog owners have to do it. Scooping your pet's waste is not only neighborly and a way to help keep your pet healthy, it's also the law in the City of Gillette.
If you walk your dog on public streets or let your dog roam your back yard, Fur Kids Foundation encourages you to scoop the poop. Pick up feces using a plastic bag, and knot the top to control odor and flies before disposing of it in a waste receptacle. Pet waste bags and dog waste shovel and rake options are available for purchase at several pet shops in the area, and many parks in the city and county provide bags for people to use. For those who want a greener option, scoop poop with biodegradable bags instead of plastic bags from the grocery store.
Upcoming Events Fur Kids Foundation has two fundraising events just around the corner:
Pooch Plunge: It's a pool party for dogs! Fur Kids Foundation, with support from Campbell County and the City of Gillette, is hosting a Pooch Plunge! Bring your dog to the City Pool, 909 S. Gillette Avenue, on Saturday, August 27 and watch your pup have a blast plunging into the water. Tennis balls and dog treats provided. There will be two sessions: 10-11:30 am, and noon-1:30 pm. Cost: $5 for up to two dogs. If you have three or four dogs, the cost is $10. Note: Handlers/owners are limited to two dogs; if you have four dogs, you must have two handlers.
Pet-A-Palooza is Fur Kids Foundation’s signature event held Saturday, September 10, starting at 10 am at CAM-PLEX Park, Shelter No. 5. The all-day pet festival features Pawject Runway, the Small Dog Showdown, Best Trick Contest, agility and other pet focused events, as well as silent auction tables, 50/50 raffle, a Table of Trinkets and Treats, and pet-related products and services, and more.
About Fur Kids Foundation Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of families with animals in Campbell County, Wyoming. Since September 2012, Fur Kids Foundation has helped more than 300 families and granted nearly $50,000 in aid. For more information, visit www.furkidsfoundation.org. Find us on www.facebook.com/furkidsfoundation. Follow us on Twitter, @furkidswyo. Read our blog.