Officials in New Taipei City say their dog poop lottery was a resounding success – more than 4,000 people collected 14,500 bags of excrement.
For each bag they turned in, they were given a lottery ticket, earning them a chance to win gold and household appliances.
Officials in the Taiwan city credit the program with cutting in half the amount of dog droppings on city streets.
The program began in August and was initially planned to run until October, but it was so successful the city extended it a couple of more months — up until they started running out of gold, the BBC reported.
Final prizes were awarded this week, with the big winner receiving a gold ingot worth $2,200. The woman, in her 50s, was part of a team of volunteers that clean the streets regularly.
Smaller gold ingots, worth several hundred dollars, were given to four other prizewinners.
A total of 85 people won prizes, including household appliances.
City officials told the BBC they did not know how many of the winners were motivated by gold, as opposed to people who regularly pick up the poop of their own dogs or other’s.
Officials say they hope residents have gotten into the habit of picking up dog droppings, and that they will continue to do so without financial rewards.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 9th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is having their 19th annual Walk for the Animals on Sunday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.
The SPCA has been helping animals and the community since 1920. The SPCA holds the walk to raise money to care for the thousands of homeless animals brought to their shelter each year.
Walkers can collect money between now and May 2. Incentive prizes are given to all walkers who collect at least $30.00. To qualify for prizes the money must be turned in the day of the walk.
Brochures and pledge sheets are on the AACSPCA website.
Walkers have several options — with 1 mile, 2.5 mile, and 5 mile courses, all of which are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Pets are welcome but you don’t have to have an animal to walk.
Adoptable animals will be showcased on the SPCA’s Waggin’ Tails Mobile Adoption Unit, and, in addition to vendors and animal welfare and rescue groups, the Anne Arundel County Police K9 Unit will give a demonstration.
For more information, call 410-268-4388.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 21st, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but Camp Bow Wow in Columbia thinks you can still find your perfect match at its 2nd Annual Cupids & Canines Adopt-A-Thon Event.
The event, postponed by snow in February, will take place Saturday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Adoption-ready dogs will be on hand from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (MAGDRL), Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), and the Prince George’s County SPCA/Humane Society.
Even if you’re already in a commited canine relationship, you and your pet are invited to drop by for discounted microchipping, food and a chance to win prizes, including tickets to Toby’s in Columbia, a night’s stay at the Harbor View Inn in Annapolis.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 10th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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