How Poo Prints Works
April 19, 2018
We often get residents asking how our wonderful pet waste control program, Poo Prints, works, so we thought we’d share the wonderful process with you all!
We love being able to offer pet friendly properties, and dogs are some of our favorite pets! However, with great dogs we need responsible pet owners. The Poo Prints program helps insure that all of our dog owners are being responsible and always pick up after their pet’s waste!
The Poo Prints program starts when a new resident with a dog moves in. At this point we request that they fill out their Poo Prints lease addendum, which lays out the guidelines and agreements for participating in the Poo Prints program, and we also request the mandatory $50.00 Poo Prints registration fee. At this point, we will also schedule a time for you to stop by the office with your furry friend, so we can both meet the dog and also swab their mouth for DNA cells. This swab just looks like an extra-large Q-Tip, and we are usually able to get the DNA sample that we need from just swirling the swab a couple of times in the bottom corners of the dog’s cheeks. We then send in the swabs of the dog’s cheek cell DNA to the Poo Prints facility, who retrieves the DNA from the swab and enters their information into the Poo Prints database. Poo Prints is able to get all of the identifiable DNA they need from this cheek swab, so there is no need to bring down a sample of your pet’s waste to the office.
As long as you are responsible and always pick up after your dog’s waste, then that is the last interaction you will ever have with us regarding Poo Prints! However, if we do find dog waste that was not picked up on the property, we send in a sample of the waste to the Poo Prints facility, who is then able to match up the DNA from the waste to the cheek cell DNA that is in their registry. Poo Prints then notifies us of the name of the dog, and the resident is then responsible for paying a $200.00 Poo Prints Fine. If a resident is caught not picking up after their dog more than once, they may even face a 5-Day Eviction Notice. We take dog waste very seriously!
Do you love that we use the Poo Prints pet waste program at the McKenzie Apartment Company? Tell us about your experience in the comments!