February, 2012—DoodyCalls franchisees make the world a better place to live in by helping to keep the environment clean. With upwards of 78 million dogs and 86 million cats now owned as pets in the United States, the amount of waste produced every year is monumental.
According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, an average-sized dog produces roughly 274 pounds of waste per year. Collectively, this works out to about 10.9 million tons of fecal waste entering the environment annually. Furthermore, it’s estimated that only about half is picked up.
Dog waste is an environmental pollutant. In 1991, it was placed in the same health category as oil and toxic chemicals by the Environmental Protection Agency. Moreover, the EPA estimates that two or three days worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed areas within 20 miles to swimming and shell fishing.
Unlike other sources of contamination adding to water pollution, such as lawn fertilizer, rinse water from driveways and motor oil, dog waste produces disease-causing bacteria that can be transmitted directly to humans, especially children, and make them sick.
The longer dog waste stays on the ground, the greater a contamination becomes. Bacteria, worms and other parasites thrive in waste until it’s washed away into the water supply. Ringworm, roundworm, salmonella and giardia are examples of such bacteria, all of which are found in dog feces and are easily transferable upon contact.
The most responsible thing people can do for their family, community and environment is pick up after their pets. But many pet owners don’t have enough time to deal with the mess themselves, or simply don’t want to, and that’s where DoodyCalls steps in.
DoodyCalls is the nation’s leading full-service pet waste removal service for homeowners and communities. Founded in 2000 in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, the company began franchising in 2004 and has since grown to over 55 locations in the United States.
DoodyCalls, Director of PR