Pledge to ‘Doo the Right Thing’ and Enter Your Pup in a Calendar Contest1
By Office of Communication
Posted on May 10, 2018, May 10, 2018


We're calling on the dog owners in City of Arlington to pledge to Doo the Right Thing! Owners who take the pledge to pick up their dog's doo can enter their dog(s) in the 2019 Calendar Contest. That means your dog could be featured in next year's calendar!

Why pick up after your dog?

  • Dog waste can harbor a number of bacteria and parasites that are dangerous to people, other pets, and even wildlife.
  • Dog waste is unsightly (and smells bad)!
  • While some animal waste can be used as fertilizer, dog waste is actually harmful to you lawn and gardens.
  • Dog waste on your lawn or in public spaces can be carried to our local streams and lakes when it rains. There, it can cause algae growth that harms aquatic life.
  • There are an estimated 1.5 million dogs in the North Central Texas Region. One pile of doo might not seem like a big deal, but a few piles a day from 1.5 million dogs is a monumental problem.

Now is your chance to pledge to be part of the solution by picking up after your dog while on walks and at home, and to always to dispose of the waste properly.

You can make one pledge per dog. Past pledgees and photo contest participants are welcome (and encouraged) to re-pledge and submit photos for the new calendar. The contest ends on June 30th, 2018.

Tips to help you keep your pledge:

  • Keep spare baggies in your car and on the leash. If you don't have a portable waste bag dispenser for the leash, you can tie a regular grocery, sandwich, newspaper, or produce bag around the handle.
  • Always throw bagged doo in a trash can.
  • Pick up doo in your yard at least once a week and before predicted rain.

Visit to make your pledge and submit a photo of your dog.

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