A group of dog lovers, including some dog show exhibitors, received the Volunteer Group of the Year award by Dorset County Council in recognition of their work in helping keeping local beaches free of dog mess, and for their efforts to educate the local community about responsible dog ownership. The group was nominated for the award by the Litter Free Coast and Sea initiative funded by the council.
Pooo Pin, which stands for ‘Poo out, people in’, consists of 12 members who have been meeting in Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, for the past three years. They pick up dog mess and hand out plastic bags, sponsored by a number of businesses, for owners to use. The volunteers work with the National Trust, vets, farmers and the local council in order to clean up dog mess and also protect local cattle.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said, “The Kennel Club congratulates Pooo Pin on its award. We all know the wonderful community efforts made by various dog-owning groups up and down the country, but it is very satisfying to hear of a hard-working group such as this one being recognised in this way."
Helen Freeman, of Pooo Pin, said that they're delighted to receive the award, but that recognition is not what they strive for.
"However, the award has highlighted an issue which needs addressing," Helen said. "It is not rocket science – all people need to do is take their dog for a walk with their friends and tidy up the countryside. If this award makes one other person do this, we will be delighted.”