Dog Waste Stations in Riverton, a collaboration with the City, and the community
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -
Years in the making, “doggy doo” waste stations are being added all over Riverton.
“I am so excited about this. It started several years ago. My kids were involved in the Riverton rec sports. Going to the parks and also utilizing some of the beautiful trails, we just noticed that there aren’t any places to pick up after your pets and take care of that, so we thought that was very important,” noted Stock Doc vet Dr. Miranda Townsend.
There are currently three waste stations up in Riverton parks, with one in Riverton City Park, and two in Jaycee Park. Now 15 more have been sponsored and will be put up by the Parks Department. Their goal is to have them all installed by mid-October. The City of Riverton will maintain the stations, and make sure bags are always stocked.
Although people interested in donating can continue to sponsor, quite a few families and business have already done so. Those that have already agreed to sponsor a station are: The Townsend family, the Waheed family, Cornerstone Realty Group, State Farm Insurance, Colva Honey Works, Amy Stockton, Teton Therapy, Bailey Tire and Auto, The Depot Foundation, Bott Memorial, Wyoming Memorials, and Lower Wind River Soil and Water Conservation District.
Not only are these stations for the beautification of Riverton, but they’re also vital to keep citizens safe and well. Officials at the Stock Doc said cleaning up after your animal is important for public health as the droppings can cause viruses and introduce parasites to humans.
“It’s just been a work in progress trying to get the manpower to put the stations up, and the support. We’ve had tremendous support from community members getting behind this and sponsoring these stations, and the city taking on maintaining the stations," stated Townsend.
If you’d like to help with the upkeep of these stations, you can contact the Stock Doc for questions about making your donation tax deductible.
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