With over 120,000 dogs in Calgary, the amount of pet waste in our city can quickly add up if owners aren’t picking up after their pets. The City’s P.U.P.P.Y. (Pick Up Pooch’s Poo Yourself) program focuses on keeping our city pet-waste free and promotes responsible dog ownership.
Attending a City P.U.P.P.Y. event is a great way to learn about the importance of picking up after your pet. Our environmental educators will share information about dog waste, its health risks and proper disposal methods. Community peace officers will also be on hand to answer your questions about The City’s Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw. Supplies will be available for community residents and volunteers who want to “pitch in and pick up.”
2017 event schedule will be available next spring.
The scoop on dog poop
Dog waste can be harmful to people, pets and the environment, if not picked up and disposed of properly.
- It often contains E. coli and other harmful bacteria, such as salmonella, that can cause serious illness in humans.
- It can transmit parasites, including tapeworm and roundworm larvae, that can lead to brain, eye and other human organ damage.
- Its high-nutrient content creates “hot spots” causing nearby grass and plants to burn and discolour.
- It can contaminate lakes, rivers and other water sources when carried away by rain or melting snow.
- It attracts mice, coyotes and other wildlife to urban areas.
- It does not absorb into the soil, so the risk of spreading its harmful effects can linger for years.
Help make our city #1 by picking up #2
Here’s what you can do to help keep our parks and off-leash areas clean and safe:
- Always carry pet waste bags with you when you walk your dog.
- Pick up your pet’s waste by:
- Placing your hand in the bag.
- Grabbing the waste.
- Turning the bag inside out.
- Closing the bag.
- Properly dispose of your pet's waste as soon as possible in a nearby receptacle or your green cart* (coming spring 2017).
- Become a P.U.P.P.Y. program volunteer by calling 311 or inquiring online.
- Organize a community cleanup using The City’s The Litter Cleanup Kits (TLC Kits) or by registering for a Green Initiative.
*Pet waste must be collected in a certified compostable bag to put in the green cart. Find out more about the composting process and why pet waste is safe to put it in your green cart.