By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ
COOKEVILLE – The Meadows Homes’ Copper Springs apartment community has been recognized by BioPet Laboratories and PooPrints as a Clean and Green Community.
Copper Springs is a pet-friendly residential community with over 70% of the units designated as pet-friendly. This number is significantly higher than the industry average of 40%.
The Clean and Green Community annual recognition program was designed to recognize BioPet’s customers who are out there using the (PooPrints) program and operating communities in a pet-friendly sustainable way.
Criteria for the Clean and Green Community Award focuses on communities that were early adopters of the PooPrints program, communities that have created multiple units designated as dog-friendly and communities providing clean, green space for their dogs and owners?
What is PooPrints?
PooPrints is a DNA accountability program to make sure pet owners pick up after their pets. It’s designed to make more places pet friendly.
Pet owners simply swab the inside of their dog’s mouth and send the dna sample to BioPet Laboratories to register their pet. If a community resident comes upon pet waste that has not been bagged and disposed of properly, the resident gets a sample and sends it to BioPet, which identifies the offending pet and sends a fine to the pet-owning tenant.
Josh Meadows, Copper Springs General Manager, was first able to experience PooPrints when he visited an air bnb that required him to register his dog. He was so impressed with the system that he implemented it soon after the complex was completed. He says that it paid for itself within four to five months.
Now, Copper Springs has 97 units and 70 dogs registered with the program. The pet-friendly community also features walking trails and a dog park on site.
PooPrints is a subsidiary of Knoxville’s BioPet Laboratories. PooPrints started in 2009 and after a few years spent focusing on research and development and client needs, growth has been steady at 45%.
PooPrints currently has 7,000 active customers in seven countries. For more information, visit www.PooPrints.com.