Last weekend, on a short walk through my neighborhood, every time I stooped down to pick up after one of my dogs, I found myself also picking up a pile left-behind by someone else. I thought about all of the complaints I read about this same problem all over the world, in neighborhoods and parks, there are dog owners leaving piles of poop behind. So I asked myself what I can do to get my neighbors to learn why they must scoop that poop? How can I help clean up my neighborhood besides constantly picking up after other dogs? And I realized my neighborhood needs community poop bag share stations.
The first place I saw homemade poop bag dispensers was at the neighborhood off-leash park over a decade ago. Most were installed "In Memory" of the dogs of park regulars. These community poop bag share stations didn't last long; they broke, flooded, or were filled with trash, but generous donors usually put up new one. More recently, I've seen community poop bag share stations at one of our favorite city parks. I appreciate that the volunteers who installed these stations also put up informational signage. I decided to do something similar with the poop bag stations I put up in my neighborhood. Left behind pet waste is everyone's problem. The whole neighborhood, those with and without dogs, can come together to educate each other and help neighbors with dogs scoop that poop, every time, without fail.
My hope is that years of experience with community poop bag share stations will mean that I could make some that are nice looking,
What you'll need to build your own community poop bag share station:
If you have made or plan to make a poop bag share station for your neighborhood, please let us know. We would love to see and read about all of the creative ways you come up with to educate your neighbors on how left behind dog poop affects us all, those with dogs and those without. We Cascadian Nomads hope through education and working together, we can make sure that even on those days you forget a bag, you can Scoop That Poop!