The number one rule to hosting a “dog-friendly” cleanup – Every Dog and Person should leave with a smile and a prize.
On March 1, 2014 my dream of hosting a “dog-friendly” environmental cleanup came true. My amazing team helped stuff prize bags, write an amazing press release, and help promote this fun event… along with a many more tasks. Despite a very rainy day the first Mutts Against Butts event had 25-30 volunteers, 20 dogs, and collected 9 lbs of cigarette butts. The After Party at PB Fish Shop provided delicious fish tacos on the dog-friendly patio, where we gave away $4500 worth of prizes. And everyone left with a smile and a prize!
To top off this amazing day the cigarette butts were shipped off to be recycled into new products at Terracycle in New Jersey. That means the pollutants from the cigarette butts do not go into our waterways or landfill instead they are placed into a full product “lifecycle”.
Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach was full of dogs and volunteers collecting cigarette butts. Volunteers helped each other out by teaming up to pick up butts and walk dogs. Some volunteers collected more than cigarette butts. They found plastic wrappers, bottles, straws, and so much more. The Mutts team tried to recycled as much waste as possible.
The best part of the event was incorporating the “dog-friendly” twist. The dogs had an amazing time walking with their owners and taking part in the volunteer efforts.
The dogs were so thankful for PetCo sponsored volunteers who brought all the yummy treats!
From a Birdseye view the dogs had the run of Libs Chiropractic for the morning!
The dog-friendly patio at PB Fish Shop was a perfect spot to end the event. Tacos, Beer, and Lots of Smiles.
The RoxKal Enviro Dogs and I are excited to announce that Mutts Against Butts is in the process of becoming a non-profit organization and has three more events lined up for 2014.
Thank you to all our volunteers for coming to our first event and making our dreams come true!