I’m sure you are as excited as we are here at The Animal Store to learn that tomorrow is the first day of International Pooper-Scooper Week (April 1-7). No, this is not an April fool’s joke. According to The American Pet Association, Americans own more than 71 million dogs as pets and those animals produce more than 4.4 billion (that’s “billion” with a “B”) pounds of waste per year.

More than just a messy nuisance, uncollected pet waste can lead to public health issues, primarily through parasites and pathogens found in the dogs’ stools (including roundworms, tapeworms, Salmonella, and Giardia, among others).

The Animal Store wants to help you be a responsible pet owner and good citizen. In honor of International Pooper-Scooper Week, we are offering a 15% discount on all products related to pet waste. No coupon necessary — just mention this blog post. If you have questions or comments, email us or leave a comment.

*Offer good on white tags only and valid through April 14, 2009
Photo credit: poop and scoop sign by Jeremy Burgin via flickr.com