About SouthPaw

Going Green

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SouthPaw's Green Community

Join SouthPaw’s Green Community by incorporating some of these practices into your pet life.  It’s easy, benefits you, your pet and your other friends.

  • Adopt!  Recycled love is a win on multiple levels; doesn’t support puppy mills (pet stores), gives a home to one of millions of great animals in need and, if the pet is full grown, spares the need for smaller crates, toys, etc. that will be discarded when the pet gets too large for those items at that size.
  • Spay/Neuter your pet as unwanted litters only add to the already severe issue of overpopulation.
  • Take non-cross-cut shredded paper to your nearest shelter for use in litter pans, puppy bedding or elimination area.
  • Take empty cardboard toilet paper and paper towel rolls, plastic food containers and tissue boxes to the shelter where they can be used to make enrichment toys for the animals.
  • Save newspaper bags and plastic bags too small for any other use for poo pick up.  Keep them inside another bag by the leashes so they’re always at the ready for walkies.
  • Want to use manufactured poo bags?  Use compostable or biodegradable bags.
  • Better still, if possible, install a pet septic system in your yard to reduce landfill poo pile up – see PoopButler.
  • Stop using clay Cat litter.  It is strip mined, clogs kitty lungs with carcinogenic silica dust and contains sodium bentonite, which can be poisonous over time.  Opt for a brand like World’s best Cat Litter, Feline Pine or Swheat Scoop.  You can also use a combination of baking soda, tea leaves and shredded newspaper.
  • Brush your pet outside and let the fur fly.  Birds will happily use it as nesting material.
  • Use biodegradable shampoo whether bathing your pet inside or outdoors.  Save our waterways and soil.
  • If you use litter box liners, buy only compostable or biodegradable liners.
  • Never flush kitty poo or litter down the toilet!  It contains toxoplasmosis, a parasite that is particularly dangerous for marine mammals.
  • Choose toys made from recycled and/or sustainable materials as much as possible.
  • Check out hemp collars and leashes.  Hemp is so soft and just gets softer.  No more friction burn!
  • Leather leashes are another natural choice; soften over time but remain strong and reliable.
  • Buy pet bedding made from post recycled plastic or natural fibers.
  • Processed pet food is bad for the environment and reduces your pet’s health and longevity.  SouthPaw has seen the health and behavioral effects time and time again.  Opt for the healthiest food you can; natural, organic and or whole foods as much as possible.
  • Use non-toxic products to clean your home or at least the floors and bedding where your furry friend spends time.
  • Recycle, Recycle, Recycle! Food cans, cardboard from toys and treats, plastic bags from treats, kibble and litter.
  • Buy in bulk, another win, win.  Saves money and creates less packaging.
  • ID Tag your pet!  Even if you microchip your pet, a tag will not only reduce your own stress by reuniting you more quickly but it will prevent the unnecessary use of resources; piles of paper in printing “Missing Pet” signs, gallons of gasoline burned driving in search of him, not to mention the myriad of shelter resources utilized if he is added to an already large number of unwanted pets at a facility. ID Tags become a civic responsibility in the large view.
  • Upcycle something in your home to hold pet toys and leashes; a pocket shoe organizer hung on the back of a door or in a closet, a child’s toy box no longer used, a tie rack for leashes and collars, a magazine stand to contain toys.
  • Upcycle old baby socks into cat toys by filling with catnip and tying or sewing shut.

SouthPaw’s Sustainability board on Pinterest.

Green Business Bureau – aims to help businesses become more eco-efficient and receive 3rd party certification.

The Sustainability Institute – empowering South Carolinians to conserve and reduce at home and at work.

EcoChamber – global green chamber of commerce.

SouthPaw's Green Business Practices

SouthPaw goes beyond “green” hype by incorporating many simple procedures to save energy and resources.  This not only controls costs which we can pass along to our clients, but it’s the smart thing do for sustainability and the right thing for our community.

Our Energy Management Plan

Maintain Energy Efficient Practices

  • Use energy efficient light bulbs
  • Provide energy saving tips to our community
  • Encourage employees to use environmentally friendly transportation for client appointments
  • Pursue green power and renewable energy sources
  • Purchase Energy Star appliances and office equipment

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Wastes

  • Use post-consumer, recycled products
  • Eliminated the use of excessive product packaging materials
  • Optimize the use of paper products
  • Participate in recycling programs

Conserve Water

  • Audit conducted to identify conservation opportunities
  • Use best available technology and water saving equipment
  • Minimize discharges to sewer/wastewater

Prevent Pollution

  • Use of low emissions and low consumption vehicles
  • Strict animal waste pick up and disposal policy
  • Active in the animal rescue community to reduce waste and overpopulation

Purchasing Policies

Purchase only environmentally-friendly products

  • Made from post-consumer, recycled materials
  • Non-toxic, plant based cleaning products
  • Rated energy efficient
  • Renewable and recyclable
  • Produced locally when available

Vendor Selection Criteria

Environmental and social considerations are taken with equal weight to the price of products and services

  • References to green practices or accredited organization affiliations are authenticated.
  • Company headquarters and operations are located in Charleston, preferably, or South Carolina at minimum.
  • If local vendor is unavailable, select vendor committed to utilizing sustainable practices as outlined.
  • Gives back a portion of earning to the community.
  • Supports responsible forest management and paper sourcing for paper products.
  • Provided products which reduce energy consumption, associated greenhouse gases and environmental impact.
  • Promotes sustainability by conserving resources and has a large selection of environmentally friendly products.

Testimonials

  • C.C. was very thorough in understanding Remy’s schedule, feeding and preferred play routines. She kept detailed notes so thorough that I learned a bit more about his needs. “Aunt C.C.” was always a great sounding board about his training and development with helpful techniques for curbing his barking, walking properly on his leash and house training.

    —Lacey Davidson, Annapolis, MD

  • Months after adopting our dog, my confidence evaporated as she continued to make every walk a struggle. After working with C.C. on recognizing and rewarding positive behavior we are now able to navigate most situations without combat. C.C.’s training also allowed us to finally trim Midna’s nails with a minimum of fuss. Thanks for everything!

    —Ingrid Jansen, Annapolis, MD

  • C.C. Bourgeois is the very best as a professional and trainer. Katie is doing better walking on lead, getting in and out of the car and we can now manage her reactive tendencies better too. The many print-out guides were a great help! We used them after our Private Consult sessions and Day Training.

    —Mickey Cook, the parent, and Katie, a grateful well behaved doggie, Roland Park, MD

  • SouthPaw changed our entire perspective helping us understand our dog was acting out for attention and not out of aggression and to reinforce for good behaviors rather than only scolding for the bad. We can finally assert more control at the dog park and other distracting places. It was the best decision to use SouthPaw!

    —Karen and Andy Mohl, Crofton, MD

  • I wanted to personally thank SouthPaw! Ben has certainly come a long way and we now know how to deal with him. He has been neutered and is making social visits to the vet. Huge improvement! SouthPaw really did help us out more than they know. They really are great at what they do.

    —Nancy Miller, Gambrills, MD

  • I would highly recommend SouthPaw. Our Rottweiler puppy had issues with resource guarding and going to the vet. C.C. helped us understand what goes through a puppy’s mind. If it were not for her very helpful advice and time spent with us, I think Ben would not be with us now.

    —Craig Miller, Gambrills, MD

  • I take referrals very seriously. My clients deserve the best and I refuse to subject them to subpar services. I am more than confident in SouthPaw. I have referred many clients and each one has been very pleased with not only the outcome of the training but also with SouthPaw’s professional nature.

    —Scott K. Andersen, DVM