Education at Operation Kindness
Sunlight, cigarettes, leaded paint, prescription drugs… supposedly “safe,” widely recommended, encouraged by doctors, friends and parents… and since proven oh just slightly detrimental to our health.
Over the last 60 years, the list of “things we thought were okay” but aren’t continues to grow. Now we can add another: the seemingly innocuous waste of man’s best friend. But we can’t blame our pets: the problem is simply “who knew?”
Saturday, Operation Kindness Dog Day Afternoon at the Hawaiian Falls Water Park in Garland offered us an opportunity to educate people on the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. Dog waste is classified by the EPA as non-point source pollution, a biohazard that has serious impact watersheds across the world. We spoke to people and handed out fliers explaining the risks.
"Dog waste is classified by the EPA as non-point source pollution, a biohazard that has serious impact watersheds across the world."
Many people commented that indeed they thought dog waste was fertilizer. But it's really little different from human waste, a substance that—if it contaminates water supply—can be deadly. And with 1.2 million registered dogs in the DFW area, that means 900,000 pounds of untreated waste deposited daily in our city.
The moral we are learning is that it’s not enough to pick up waste when we take our pets for walks. We need to keep our backyards clean.
- Learn how pathogens hitch a ride into your home.
- Learn more about Sgt. Poopers dog waste removal service.
- Learn more about our conservation work.