In the 1960s, people would laugh at the notion that someone could make money by going to people’s houses and asking to mow their lawn. This was something that everyone did themselves and the thought of paying someone else to do it seemed ridiculous.
Fast forward 50 years and that same ridicule is happening to some innovative thinkers who have started their own pet waste management companies. Seriously, are people really paying money for others to clean up after their dogs? The answer is a resounding “Yes!”
“A service like mine is a nice thing to offer people at a dog-friendly condo,” says Brian Woodard, owner of Kanine Kleenup, which offers regularly scheduled cleanup services to dog owners in southern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island. “Everyone has a busy lifestyle and doesn’t always have time to do it. Especially this time of year when it gets dark early, it just makes it harder to do it.”
For anyone who lives in a pet-friendly condominium and has stepped in the not-so-friendly droppings of their neighbor’s dog on their grass, driveway or sidewalk, these companies are a god-send.
“It is certainly a large and prevalent problem for condo communities,” says Gary Daddario, an attorney with the law firm of Perkins & Anctil in Westford, Massachusetts. “By and large, the non-pet owners at a condo consider it a grave offense when they are exposed to the pet waste of the other owners.”