Some Shelters Must Leave Strays on the Streets

Effects of the pandemic on the dog population continue to reverberate throughout South Florida. As people faced lockdowns, the demand for companion animals skyrocketed. When life returned to a semblance of normalcy, many of the canines that everyone was so desperate to adopt became so much baggage.

Leave Strays on the Street

Many dogs were returned to shelters but in some cases, they were left to wander the street. Others became homeless when their owners died of COVID-19. Now, some shelters are advising leaving the dogs on the street unless they present a physical danger, are injured or abused.

Changing Intake Rules

Shelters have had to adapt their admittance policies to accommodate the overwhelming number of canines. Shelters are full to overflowing, with no room to house strays. The situation is exacerbating a number of problems, not least of which is fecal matter on city streets and across neighborhoods. That doesn’t take into consideration the strays that have been on the street for years. They’re unvaccinated and no one picks up after them.

Pet Waste Stations are the Solution

Neighborhoods trying to address the already overwhelming amount of dog feces from companion animals have a solution in pet waste stations. The stand-alone stations are easy to install and available in receptacle only models or those that also dispense bags.

Hygienic and Eco-Friendly

Pet waste stations are an easy, convenient and cost-effective solution for pet parents and anywhere dogs frequent. The receptacles are sanitary, hygienic, and help prevent the contamination of soil and waterways.

Startling Statistics

A single dog produces a little less than 1 lb. of waste per day – approximately 274 lbs. per year It doesn’t seem like much, but when multiplied by the more than 507,000 canines currently living in South Florida, it’s easy to see the scope of the problem and how pet waste stations can help.

  • Dog feces can take up to a year to break down
  • The waste can contain bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites that can be transmitted to people, pets and wildlife
  • The feces have been linked to algae blooms

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