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Four Dogs Vying for the Next Clean Water Spokesdog


Clean Water Spokesdog Competition Underway

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WILMINGTON — Four dogs from four different Philadelphia animal shelters are all vying for the chance to be the next Clean Water Spokesdog. Who will it be? Let the people decide!

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The 2022 Clean Water Spokesdog Competition is underway. Through May 31, people will have the chance to vote for their favorite dog to be the Philadelphia Water Department’s (PWD) new Spokesdog for clean water and Water Woman’s sidekick. Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) and PWD have collaborated with four Philadelphia animal shelters for the contest — Morris Animal Refuge, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Pennsylvania SPCA, and Street Tails Animal Rescue.

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This year’s candidates — Halo, Fancy Boy, Sophie, and Seven — are all shelter pups from the four partnering shelters. People can vote for their favorite dog by going to @DelawareEstuary on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and liking the image of their choice. The dog with the most likes by the end of the contest wins the 2022 Clean Water Spokesdog title. All four dogs are available for adoption through their respective shelters.

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The winning Spokesdog will spend the year teaching Philadelphians about the impact dog waste can have on local waterways, and that responsible pet owner should always pick up after their dogs. Dog waste is a pollutant containing millions of bacteria. Unlike cow or horse waste, dog poop is not a fertilizer, and dog owners should not leave it to decompose naturally. If left on streets, sidewalks, and grassy areas in Philadelphia, dog waste can wash into nearby storm drains during rain events. These drains often lead directly to local waterways, including the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, Philadelphia's drinking water sources.

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To help spread the word, our Spokesdog shelters, along with the Emancipet Clinic and the Humane Society Pets for Life Program, will serve as the Philadelphia Water Department Best Friends Partners for 2022. Each will distribute dog waste collection bags and educational materials to pet owners during the competition period. 


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