Here in San Francisco, whether our dog poops in our backyard or on her walk, we pick it up and put it in the regular trash. This is the safest way to make sure it is treated properly. No one living here or visiting, wants to imagine dog poop being washed into our city sewer, which runs directly into our beautiful bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge.
April 26 is Pay It Forward Day 2012. When you are out with your dog, or even by yourself, today if you see a lonely dog poop, pick it up. Sometimes when Cleo and I are on our home stretch, and I have an extra poop bag, I pick up stray neglected poop. It is a simple way to pay it forward and contribute to my community, without applause.
Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.
America's dogs poop 10 million tons a year, a potential health hazard, waste firm finds
"If you think picking up what your dog leaves behind is disgusting, try drinking it," Jacob D'Aniello, DoodyCalls co-founder and CEO, told the Daily News. "The longer dog waste stays on the ground, the more it washes into the water and the environment."
"People should pick up after their dog or hire someone to do it for them," he added.
D'Aniello, who founded DoodyCalls with his wife about 12 years ago, says people who know it's wrong to dump motor oil down a sewer don't think twice about not picking up after their pets. In addition to scooping poop, people should avoid walking their pets near streams and other waterways, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.