Sarasota Bay Estuary Program volunteers

Pooches for the Planet

Clean Water, Clean Yards, Clean Shoes!

Pooches for the PlanetPet waste is a significant source of nutrients and fecal coliform bacteria entering Sarasota Bay. Dog poop does not stay on the grass but gets washed down the stormdrains and delivered untreated to the closest waterway during rain events. It is estimated that more than 26 tons (52,000 pounds) of pet waste is deposited every day in Sarasota and Manatee County.

To address pet waste pollution the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program has teamed up with its sister program, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program to bring the successful Pooches for the Planet pet waste pollution education program to the Sarasota Bay watershed.

Scoop that poop!Fast Facts About Pet Waste

  • An average-size dog dropping produces 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria.
  • Research has shown that up to 95 percent of the fecal coliform found in urban stormwater comes from animals.
  • Observations of people walking their pets in public areas show that men are less likely to pick up after their pets than women.
  • A new national survey says that 38 percent of dog owners don’t clean up after their pets.

Five Reasons People DON’T Pick Up After Their Pets

  1. Because it eventually goes away.
  2. Just because it’s inconvenient.
  3. I don’t have a bag.
  4. Dog goes on the edge of my property where I don’t walk.
  5. It’s in my yard where it doesn’t bother anyone.

Five Reasons People Pick Up After Their Pets

  1. It’s the law and I don’t want to be fined.
  2. Environmental reasons.
  3. Hygiene and health reasons.
  4. Neighborhood courtesy.
  5. It’s just the right thing to do.
  • Four out of ten U.S. households have a dog
  • American’s 72 million dogs produce about 40,000 tons of pet waste every day according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Thank You to the sponsors of our Pooches for the Planet adoption kits!

Fruitables Pet Food Whole Foods
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful WUSF Simply Green Solutions