Dogs Trust and Nottingham City Council are working together to educate local communities on the importance of cleaning up their dogs’ doo!
The Big Scoop 2015, a joint campaign with Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy, launches on Monday 15 June with the aim of reminding all dog owners how important it is to pick up after their dog.
The campaign is calling on everyone across Nottingham to become ‘Scooper Heroes’ and do the simple act of ‘bagging and binning’ their dogs’ waste in one of the thousands of multi-purpose bins across Nottingham.
Despite the majority of dog owners in Nottingham being responsible and picking up after their pooch, dog waste remains a unpleasant issue.
Cllr Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “As a local authority we work hard to clean up dog fouling and to educate irresponsible dog owners about the importance of clearing up after their pets. Unfortunately some dog owners think it is ok to ruin our public spaces and spoil the appearance of our neighbourhoods for others. This campaign is another way we try and engage with dog owners so we can work together to tackle the issue.”
Frances Abson, Head of Campaigns at Dogs Trust says: ““Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is thrilled to be working with Nottingham City Council 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”
To support the campaign local Community Protection Officers will be out and about in The Meadows, Bathley Street, on Tuesday 16 June between 1pm and 2.30pm engaging with dog owners. They will be rewarding responsible dog owners with rosettes and capes and also handing out dog poo bags to encourage and educate those dog owners without. On Thursday 18 June they will also be near Welbeck School on Queen’s Walk from 3pm until 4.15pm.