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realitysoundbites. Pet Waste Removal Is No Longer Considered A Luxury Service


ination of Florida’s watersheds through runoff, dog feces can carry diseases that can be harmful to other pets and humans and can be a transfer point for potentially deadly parasites including hookworm, ringworm and tapeworm. “The problem is that so many people just assume dog


waste is the same as cow manure and that it provides a good source of nutrients,” said Carson. “They don’t understand the harm in not picking it up.” In addition to providing a service that picks up and disposes pet waste in an environmentally- conscious way, Carson hopes to help educate pet owners. “We want to help people understand,” she added. By By Poo works with individual homeowners as well as


Pet waste removal is becoming a big business especially with the growing concern for the environment. By By Poo just celebrated its one year anniversary in business. “There are far-reaching environmental implications to leaving dog waste around,” said Kristin Carson, owner of By By Poo. “Not pick- ing up dog waste can have a lasting negative impact on the environment,” Yet, 40 percent of dog owners admit to not picking up


their pet’s feces. As much as 95 percent of pet fecal coliform has been found in urban watersheds. According to the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, just one ounce of dog feces contains 23 million microorganisms of bacteria. In addition to the contam-


commercial organizations such as HOAs, parks, and apartment complexes to pick up and dispose of waste. Carson is a mem- ber of A.P.A.W.S., the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists. Pet waste removal has become a $3.5 billion dollar business. “Dog waste is an easy condition to solve,” said Carson,” Cleaning up pet waste is not a luxury service. It has become a necessity, now, more than ever.”


By By Poo services all of Pinellas County. For more information, contact Kristin Carson at 727.515.1414 or bybypoo@gmail.com To find a professional pet waste removal business in your area, visit APAWS.org and click on Find-A-Pet Professional.


Longtime Florida Animal Advocate Joins Grey Muzzle Organization


Kelli Clary Chickos has joined the Board of Directors for The Grey Muzzle Organization. The national animal welfare group, based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, envisions a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid. To that end, the organization is work- ing to change the way people view senior dogs. Established in 2008,The Grey Muzzle Organization has helped


save and improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs by awarding nearly $1.5 million in grants to 108 animal shelters, rescue groups and sanctuaries across the United States. They have also helped fund pro- grams for hospice care, senior dog adoption events, medical screen- ing and other special programs to help senior dogs. “I am absolutely honored to join the Board of Directors for


The Grey Muzzle Organization,” said Kelli, who also sits on the advisory board of MEOW Now, a TNVR advocacy organization that provides services and caregiving to Community Cats in Pinellas County.


The Grey Muzzle Organization 14460 Falls of Neuse Rd., Suite 149-269, Raleigh, NC 919.529.0309 - GreyMuzzle.org MEOW Now, 6822 22nd Ave. N. #195, St. Petersburg, FL 727.203.5255 - MeowNowFL.org


Kelli with her dog Nikki. Photograph by Rick Tauceda. 20 THE NEW BARKER www.TheNewBarker.com


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