News story published on 27 July 2015
DOGS TRUST AND CROSS KEYS HOMES CALLS ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO CLEAN UP THEIR DOGS’ DOO
Cross Keys Homes, the Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy join forces for The Big Scoop 2015 campaign
We are a nation of dog lovers, owning over eight million dogs throughout the UK. With eight million dogs comes a lot of dog waste, in fact the UK dog population produce over 1,000 tonnes of doggy doo a day, that’s the equivalent of 200 elephants, three airplanes or 100 double decker buses.
Despite the majority of dog owners in Peterborough being responsible and picking up after their pooch, dog waste remains a prominent and unpleasant issue in the Bretton area. To launch its third annual anti-fouling campaign, The Big Scoop 2015, Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy are calling on councils, communities and local people to unite as ambassadors for the campaign, becoming ‘Scooper Heroes’ and spreading the message to ‘bag it and bin it’.
Frances Abson, Head of Campaigns at Dogs Trust says:
“Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is thrilled to be working with Cross Keys Homes on our campaign The Big Scoop, which is all about reminding people to pick up after their dogs, and finding ‘scooper heroes’ in the local area who can help us tackle this messy issue. With lots of materials available and fun activities to be involved in, we want to make sure everyone knows that they can keep their streets clean simply by bagging and binning! To get involved in The Big Scoop, or to find out about hosting an awareness event in your area, please visit www.thebigscoop.org.uk”
Although the majority of dog owners pick up after their dogs, some regular poop scoopers admit that there have been occasions when they’ve failed to scoop the poop of their own dog, despite knowing the implications of dog fouling in their local community. This may be due to a lack of a suitable bin because some people think that dog poo can only be disposed of in special dog waste bins. According to findings from Keep Britain Tidy emptying a specialised dog waste bin can cost councils twice as much as emptying a general one. This finding suggests that dog owners in Bretton need to be made more aware of the fact that if there is no dog waste bin then any public bin can be used to dispose of dog poo.
For more information about Dogs Trust please contact:
Mary Hickey: Dogs Trust Junior Press Officer T: 020 7833 7650 E: email@example.com
Emily Mayer: Digital Press Officer T: 020 7812 5273 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Baker: Press Officer T: 020 7833 7616 E: email@example.com
Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for nearly 17,000 dogs each year through its network of 20 Rehoming Centres across the UK and one in Dublin.