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.”
Join us at a P.U.P.P.Y. event near you:
Events run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dog waste facts
- Dog waste is classified as a hazardous pollutant. It’s in the same category as toxic chemicals!
- It’s never a good fertilizer. Its high-nutrient content is toxic to your lawn and will create “hot spots” causing your grass to burn and discolour.
- It may contain parasites, including roundworms and tapeworms.
- It’s crawling with E. coli and other harmful bacteria, like salmonella, that can cause serious illness in humans.
- It often contains roundworm larvae which, if ingested by humans or dogs, can lead to brain, eye and other organ damage.
- It’s the leading contributor to storm water contamination.
- It doesn’t absorb into the soil, so the risk of spreading its harmful effects can linger for years!
- It attracts mice, coyotes and other wildlife that consider it a delicious snack.
Help make our city #1 by picking up #2
Here’s what you can do to help keep our parks and off-leash areas safe and healthy for pets, people and wildlife:
- 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.
- 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.