Coming soon to a community near you:  The Poop Police!

The EPA has placed dog waste in the same health category as oil and toxic chemicals. They claim each pile of dog waste contains up to 3 billion bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella. Storm water run-off carries these microbes into our natural water supply. Fish and other wildlife are immediately affected, not to mention people and pets who may play, swim, or fish in contaminated water.

BioPet Vet Lab, a biotechnology company specializing in canine genetic testing, is rolling out a national program designed to address this issue. Participants in the PooPrints Green Initiative will pledge to go green, volunteering a sample of their dog’s DNA via a non-invasive cheek swab. Each registered dog will then be given a PooPrints Green Initiative dog tag for its collar. The green tag serves as a reminder to all dog owners that they must do their part in creating a cleaner and greener community.

“Aside from simply being an unsightly problem, unscooped dog waste is doing a surprising amount of damage to the environment and local communities across the country,” said Jim Simpson, BioPet Vet Lab President. “Through partnerships with community organizations and businesses, we hope to help remedy this problem and help make cities cleaner and more pet-friendly.”

One of the first partnerships in this program was fostered with the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Bio Pet and Ijams have teamed up in an effort to help make Knoxville a cleaner and pet-friendly city. Ijams is co-hosting community events and membership pledge drives with BioPet, putting an emphasis on education and fun activities that Knoxville’s pet owners will enjoy.

“We work every day to teach those in our community how to be better stewards of the natural world and the environment we live in,” said Paul James, Executive Director of Ijams Nature Center. “This initiative is a great opportunity for us to spotlight and address a growing problem in our community that is having a negatively lasting impact on our environment.”

Hopefully part of the initiative includes the use of biodegradable poop bags.