April Stools Day event cleans up local parks, trails | SteamboatToday.com

April Stools Day event cleans up local parks, trails

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What: April Stools Day event to clean up after dogs

When: Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday April 18

Where: Meet at Pet Kare Clinic, 102 Anglers Drive

— Organizers with the annual April Stools Day event to clean up dog droppings on area trails and in parks are hoping more volunteers will take part this year.

Steamboat’s Pet Kare Clinic veterinary office organizes the event, and several of the 15 to 20 volunteers who come each year are office employees, said Paige Lorimer, a veterinarian at the clinic who helps to run the event.

Lorimer, who typically goes by “Dr. Paige,” said the event usually takes place in April, or whenever melting snow begins to reveal all of the discarded dog stool at local parks.

She said dogs that have gone off leash and off trails during winter months often leave behind poop that isn’t cleaned up by owners.

“There’s definitely a need for this, especially at heavily used areas,” Lorimer said. “We’re such a dog-friendly town. If we don’t have responsible owners picking up poop, we’re going to lose some of the benefits of dogs running and playing and being in parks.”

April Stools Day begins at noon on Saturday, April 18, when volunteers meet at Pet Kare Clinic and are divided up to visit a handful of parks and trails, including Rita Valentine Park, Whistler Park, Fetcher Park, Butcherknife Trail, Upper and Lower Spring Creek trails and Blue Sage Trail, among others.

The Core Trail is picked up by sponsoring businesses rather than Pet Kare Clinic.

The city provides trashbags and Pet Kare Clinic will provide gloves, but volunteers are asked to bring their own devices to pick up droppings if they don’t want to use their hands.

Trash and debris are also picked up during the cleanup effort, Lorimer said.

Lorimer said the event was originally started by the city in 2004, and Pet Kare Clinic took over during the second year.

While the event may not be a lot of fun, Lorimer said it’s an important community service that someone must do.

Those interested in volunteering can show up at Pet Kare Clinic at noon on the day of the event.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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