- Here are the meetings for Group 1 about Community Education.
Off Leash Group 1 Community Education
March 19, 2008
Attending: Cherie Simpson, Amber Novak, Dara Ruiz, Charlie McCabe,
We agreed on goals for the working group.
1. Provide education for dog owners
2. Providing education for non-dog owners, parents, and kids
3. Being a resource for PARD for dog-related education issues
We focused on item 1, education for dog owners. Education issues
· Scooping the poop
· Dog etiquette, off and on-leash - sharing space,
interacting with other dogs, etc.
· Recognizing and addressing abuse
Scooping the poop was agreed on as the priority issue to begin
working on. Two plans were formulated.
1) Improving and increasing printed communication at parks.
Signs and flyers should be prepared addressing "What's in it for me?"
and "Ways to help". Information should be bilingual. A cohesive
aesthetic would be nice.
What's in it for me? Includes highlighting danger to kids/pets from
contaminated water, avoiding fines.
Ways to help include -bringing an extra bag to offer other people -
picking up orphan poops -always scooping -calling 311 when Mutt Mitt
stations are empty
2) Poop Patrol Program
The general strategy is to target a park, conduct an
education/awareness campaign, then have park police begin issuing
tickets. The committee determined that the awareness campaign should
take place over the course of a week at several different times, to
reach different constituencies. For example, Wednesday evening,
Friday morning, and a weekend day.
Poop patrol volunteers would approach dog owners, offer a dog treat,
mutt mitt, or other give-away, and explain that scooping enforcement
is being stepped up. The volunteers would have flyers (from item 1)
for those who want more information.
The committee decided on the third week of April to target the first
ü Charlie will contact enforcement agencies to organize targeted
ü Cherie will spearhead signage/flyer development with the Water
Quality Scoop the Poop folks
ü Dara will contact pet stores/kennels about possible give-aways
such as leash-mounted bag dispensers and dog biscuits.
ü Amber will assemble a list of dog park list servs.
ü Rosie will contact volunteer group leaders to find a target park
and recruit poop patrol volunteers.
END OF MINUTES
The idea is to start with dog parks such as Bull Creek or Town Lake
where there is a large contingency of dogs and work our way through
the parks. Heavy emphasis on educating and warning people before