Dogs Trust

The Big Scoop Award

This year, as part of The Big Scoop, our dog fouling awareness campaign, we are taking part in TidyTowns 2018 under the Special Award Category.

The Big Scoop Award aims to encourage dog owners to take responsibility and pick up after their dogs, thus reducing the amount of dog poo being left in public spaces.

In 2017, a survey conducted on our behalf, found that 7 in 10 people claimed to have walked in dog poo on the street, 60% in a park, 44% in the house, 43% in the local children’s park, 24% rolled a buggy through it, 20% rolled a bicycle through it, 10% rolled their wheelchair through it.

Aside from the yuck- factor of stepping in or rolling through dog poop, there can be major health implications associated with it. Dog poop can contain nasty bacteria such as E-coli and parasites like round worm, the larvae of which can cause loss of vision. This is why we would love all communities to come together to encourage dog owners to be kind to their community and scoop that poop!

We would like to see every TidyTowns committee, new or old, applying for The Big Scoop Award and choosing an area in their community where they have found dog fouling to be particularly problematic.

The community who wins the award will have demonstrated the most creative and sustainable way of dealing with the issue of dog fouling in their community.

Getting Involved

If you would like your TidyTowns Committee to get involved all you have to do is click here to download our application form. In the application form, you will see that we want you to focus on one area in your community where dog fouling is a particular problem. Maybe it’s the local park where people bring their dogs for walks but also where lots of children play? Or perhaps it’s the main street of your town or village that has lots of foot traffic or parents pushing buggies up and down?

Where ever the area might be, we want you to take photographs of the area before you tried to tackle the problem as well as during your initiative and then photographs of the final result. Once you have completed your project, you can post these photo’s along with your application to the TidyTowns Offices in Ballina, Co. Mayo. The full address is on the application form.

The closing date for completed application forms is May 23rd. So, to be sure you have enough time to complete your project before then, we recommend you download the application right away and get your thinking cap on and your committee at the ready!

Not sure if your town/ village already has a TidyTowns committee? Check out the ‘Get Involved’ section on http://www.tidytowns.ie/ where you can find steps on how to contact your local committee or how to set-up a committee if there isn’t already one.

The Big Scoop Award is looking for the most inventive and long-term solutions - so don’t delay, download the application form today and have the poo bags at the ready!

Let’s make 2018 the year of The Big Scoop!