Thursday, August 30, 2012

There is no Poop Fairy in East Harlem

On Saturday, August 25, the “There is no Poop Fairy in East Harlem” campaign took place at the Jefferson Park Recreation Center in East Harlem, New York City. The launching of the campaign with the various informative workshops gave attendees information, tips and advice regarding responsible pet ownership.

In response to a growing number of dog poop piles, and a growing number of constituent complaints, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito took a page from the very successful “There is no Poop Fairy Campaign” introduced by the Jefferson County Animal Control office in Colorado to address this serious health hazard with humor as a means to encourage dog owners to pick up after their dogs.

Over 100 people came out to volunteer and scoop the poop at Saturday's event. The afternoon consisted of attendees visiting the many informative booths set up, along with playing games in order to win prizes, raffles, t-shirts and more.

Attendees also had the opportunity to meet celebrity dog groomer, Jorge Bendersky. Jorge has been seen on Animal Planet's reality show, "The Groomer Has It", as a judge on TLC's Extreme Poodles and as the new grooming expert on Animal Planet's Dogs 101. His skills, talents and also his love for animals has made him committed to giving back through a series of pet care workshops in NYC's inner-city neighborhoods.

At the workshop, Jorge explained and demonstrated to attendees the importance of properly grooming our pets to ensure a longer and healthier life. Petmate Dog Toy and Espree grooming kits were given out to attendees who correctly answered grooming and pet health questions asked by Jorge. Lickety Sticks were also given away to furry four-legged friends who attended the event.

Many animal organizations joined together on Saturday, and other exciting events happened throughout the day. The ASPCA was there with their spay/neuter truck along with a representative who explained the city benefits for low income families. There was a representative from the New York City Housing Authority who talked about pets in public housing as well.

The "There is no Poop Fairy" workshop was a great event to help spread the word about this important issue. It is essential that as pet owners we clean up after our animal companions and also look after our community and neighborhoods!

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