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Pet Waste Outreach Campaign

Dog waste is more than a nightmare for our shoes. Just like human sewage, untreated pet fecal matter is harmful to waterways. Rain washes dog waste and the associated disease-causing organisms, such as giardia and salmonella, into rivers, beaches and bays via storm drains. Enough bacteria makes water unsafe for swimming and also contributes to shellfish bed closures.

Reasons to Start a Pet Waste Outreach Campaign

  • Improve water quality.
  • Reduce SIP (stepping in poop) occurrences.
  • Reduce public health risks associated with bacteria-laden domestic dog poop.
  • Meet new people.
  • Increase awareness that water carries this and other types of pollution into water bodies that people use to swim, fish and recreate.
  • Empower the community; build community spirit around one issue.
  • Resources are available to help.
  • A pet waste outreach campaign is a fun way to make a positive difference!

The Inside Scoop: How to Conduct a Pet Waste Outreach Campaign manual

picture of a Boston Terrier This how-to manual provides a step by step guide to designing and implementing a well researched and sound pet waste outreach campaign. It will show you how to work with local partners to motivate dog owners/walkers to pick up after their dogs and dispose of the waste in an environmentally sound and safe way. It gives readers background information to help decide if they want to start a pet waste outreach campaign, shows how to implement and promote a successful campaign, and provides suggested outreach activities, resources and examples to make the campaigns easier. A successful campaign in Dover, New Hampshire is also presented to give readers ideas and encouragement.

The online version of the manual includes links to all referenced Web sites, making it faster and easier to access information. In addition, scroll through the table of contents and click on internal links to quickly find what you want to read.

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Resources Section

The following is a breakout of all of the resources and how-to guidance in the manual with links to the individual documents. You are welcome to download any and all of these materials for your own outreach campaign, but please look closely for references to "Dover" before making copies of these pages.

This section is organized into three tool kits: Planning/Assessment, Media, and Activities. Lastly, it has an additional resources page with places to go for further information.

Planning/Assessment Tool Kit

Media Tool Kit

Activities Tool Kit

For a printed copy of the manual, please contact Cathy Coletti at (603) 559-0024 or

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Scoop the Poop Tips

You can follow these easy steps to be part of the solution to pet waste contamination.

  • The first step is to always carry a plastic bag with you when you walk your dog. Re-using an old newspaper delivery bag or plastic grocery bag works well.
  • Using the bag like a glove, you can then pick up the pet waste, turn the bag inside out around the waste, seal the bag, and dispose of it in a trash can. You can also flush un-bagged pet waste down the toilet.
  • Don’t place the bagged or un-bagged pet waste in a storm drain or hose the pet waste towards storm drains as they drain directly to a stream, river, lake or other waterbody.
  • If you have a large yard, you may bury un-bagged pet waste in the yard at least five inches in the ground and away from vegetable gardens and waterways.

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