Pick Up After Your Pet Program

The Dirty Facts

Pet waste is full of bacteria, parasites, and other harmful organisms that can negatively impact the health of humans and also our pets. When it rains, improperly disposed of pet waste makes it way down stormdrains, and out into Charleston’s surrounding water bodies, causing all sorts of harm. It can lead to increased algal growth, decreased oxygen content in the water, and can even cause fish kills when it reaches our waterways.

Please make sure you are doing your part to clean up behind your four-legged friend, including when it’s in your own backyard.

person picking up dog waste

What the Law Says

The City of Charleston's Environmental Control Ordinance, Sec.14-2(f) states: "It shall be unlawful for any owner, keeper or walker of any dog or cat to permit his or her dog or cat to discharge its excreta . . . unless such owner, keeper or walker immediately thereafter removes said animal's excreta from the public or private property in question." 

Sponsor A Dog Bag Dispenser In Our Local Parks

To help reduce pet waste in City parks, Keep Charleston Beautiful and the Department of Parks provide dog waste bag dispensers as a courtesy for public use. If a dispenser is empty, we encourage pet owners to find alternate means to dispose of their pet’s waste. Keep Charleston Beautiful’s Pick Up After Your Pet Program provides around 500,000 dog waste bags to the community each year. Waste bags are provided as funding and support are available.

You can help support this program by sponsoring an existing bag dispenser for a yearly rate of $200. The sponsorship year runs from September 1st to August 31st, although we allows sponsors to join periodically throughout the year at a pro-rated cost. If you are interested in sponsoring a dog bag dispenser, please email our office or phone at 843-579-7501. Get a jump on the process by completing our Dog Bag Dispenser Sponsorship Form.

Curious where our dispensers are? Check out our map - Dog Bag Dispenser Locations!

Dog with poop bag dispenser

Other Ways You Can Help

  • If you observe a violation of this ordinance, please call 843-577-7434 and inform Animal Control
  • Encourage the pet owners you know to pick up after their pets
  • Remove & properly dispose of your pet's waste
  • Sponsor a dog bag dispenser in a City park ($200)
  • Purchase an informational sign to raise awareness ($54)

Our Current Sponsors Are:

  • Andrew Turner 
  • Barbara Hearst 
  • Blythe Penna 
  • Charleston Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Charleston Veterinary Care 
  • Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
  • City of Charleston's Department of Parks
  • Creative General Dentistry 
  • Doody Calls
  • Edward Evans
  • Gabe Starosta
  • Greg Pryor
  • Heidi Herman
  • HLA, Inc. 
  • Holly Hach
  • Justin Ferira
  • Karen Swails
  • Leslie Bishop 
  • Lost Dog Café 
  • Mary Ann Miller 
  • Mason Rees 
  • Matt Pommer 
  • Melissa Garvan 
  • Mosquito Squad 
  • Paul Christensen 
  • Phil Turner
  • Salina Lawson 
  • The Adair Family 
  • The Hoffius Family 
  • The Recovery Room 
  • Theresa Lubbers 
  • Westside Neighborhood Association