Springtime brings warmer weather and longer dog walks. And that means a whole lot of dog poop that needs to be picked up. Luckily, the Philadelphia Water Department Spokesdog Competition is back for 2022. We’re ready to crown Water Woman’s next sidekick on May 31 to be Philadelphia’s very own canine representative for clean water!
The winning Spokesdog will teach Philadelphians about the impact dog waste can have on local waterways, and that responsible pet owners always pick up after their dogs. Many people don’t realize that dog waste is a pollutant, with each deposit containing roughly 3 billion fecal bacteria. Unlike cow or horse waste, dog poop cannot be used as fertilizer and should never be left to decompose naturally. Especially in developed urban areas like Philadelphia, dog waste can wash into nearby storm drains during rain events. These drains lead directly to local waterways, such as the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, Philadelphia’s very own drinking water sources. The new Spokesdog will have a tall order ahead of them to keep our waterways clean, but this year’s contestants are up to the task!
How to Vote
The 2022 Spokesdog Competition kicked off during National Scoop the Poop Week on May 1 and will run through May 31. This year’s contest features adorable and adoptable pups from four local Philadelphia shelters: Morris Animal Refuge, Pennsylvania SPCA, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, and Street Tails Animal Rescue. You can vote for your favorite by going to @DelawareEstuary on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and liking the image of your choice. Be sure to follow along on social media all month long to learn more about how dog waste impacts our waterways and helpful tips for picking up after your dog.
To help spread the word, our Spokesdog shelters, along with the Emancipet Clinic and the Humane Society Pets for Life Program, will serve as the Philadelphia Water Department Best Friends Partners for 2022. Each will distribute dog waste bags and educational materials to pet owners during the competition period.