It continues to be one of the most popular and effective programs we run! For the past few years, over 30,000 biodegradable Mutt Mitts have been dispensed annually from 50 locations around town including beaches (off season), walking trails, landings, bike paths and other areas frequented by residents and vistors with their dogs. 40+ volunteers stock and maintain these dispensers throughout the year.
Dog waste is a serious threat to our waters in two ways: it is high in nutrients contributing to degraded water quality in our ponds and embayments and it is LOADED with bacteria which, when washed into water bodies during rain storms or high tides causes the closure of beaches and shellfish beds. So please remember to encourage Fido to urinate on green vegetated areas (that will help uptake nitrogen) and please always clean up his feces whether on a road, sidewalk, trail or even in the woods. And please dispose of the mitts in the trash! A big thank you goes out to all who have supported the Mutt Mitt Programs, and very special thanks goes out to Agway of
Orleans, Friends of Crystal Lake, Mill Pond Preservation Association and the Animal Hospital of Orleans.
If you come across an empty dispenser or have an area where you would like to see a dispenser installed, please contact orleanspondcoalition.org.