Pet waste is a heated topic for apartment owners, managers and their tenants. With up to 40% of pet waste left un-scooped, the problem ranks at #6 on America’s Top Gripes list, according to a January 2010 Consumer Reports survey. The greater impact, however, occurs when the droppings wash into lakes, rivers, and streams, bringing a host of bacteria with them.
Triad PooPrints™ works by creating a community database the DNA of each dog on the property. DNA is collected via a non-invasive, painless cheek swab of the pet. If pet waste is left behind, a small sample can be collected and matched back to the correct dog and its owner. While most pet owners are doing the right thing by picking up waste, this program deters the few pet owners who do not. Other benefits of the online registry include lost-and-found services with positive proof of identification, online storage of veterinary records and vaccine history, and discounts on pet supplies.
In addition, BioPet has partnered with the Piedmont Environmental Alliance to promote awareness and educate the public as to the negative environmental impact of pet waste. Over the past 30 years, the canine population in the United States has doubled, reaching over 78 million pet dogs. Annually, 21 billion pounds of waste is generated. Just one pile of dog waste contains over 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria, including E.coli and Salmonella.