Mutts for the Bay



The Mutts for the Bay program provides free bags for picking up pet waste and educates the public about keeping our bay clean. We maintain more than 27 dispensers throughout the watershed in partnership with the City of Morro Bay and a group of dedicated community volunteers. The program is also heavily supported by community and local business donations that provide funds for bags, dispensers, and educational activities.

Mutts for the Bay helps the bay stay clean by keeping bacteria from pet waste from washing into the water. One of our priority issues for the Morro Bay estuary is elevated bacteria levels.

Our 2014 State of the Bay report summarized bay bacteria monitoring from 2008-2012. Bacteria levels at most locations meet water quality standards for recreational contact, although two locations in the back bay exceeded the standard in 25% or less of the samples tested. Keeping pet waste from entering the bay is one way to help reduce bacteria levels. The connection to water quality is important—picking up after your pet is not just about keeping our parks and lawns clean. It is also about clean water that we all enjoy.

Donate to our Mutts for the Bay Program via PayPal today:

We would like to thank our current Mutts for the Bay Dispenser Sponsors!

Kathy Baker

Bayfront Inn

Virginia Cahill

Dorothy Christie

Dale Kaiser Real Estate

Grassy Bar Oyster Company

Kitchen & Bath Works

Lemos Feed and Pet Supply

Morro Cove Homeowner’s Association

Motel 6, Morro Bay

North Morro Bay Dog Owners

Rotary Club of Morro Bay

Paul & Shirley Vinson


Fun Facts About Your Dog’s Poop!

  • An average-size dog dropping produces nearly twice as much bacteria as human waste
  • Dog poop is NOT good fertilizer. It’s toxic to your lawn!
  • An average dog creates 3.5 pounds of poop every week.
  • SLO County is home to more than 62,000 dogs. That’s more than 217,000 pounds of dog poop each week!
  • Morro Bay and Los Osos are home to about 5,500 dogs. That’s more than more than 19,000 pounds (or 9.5 tons)of dog poop per week.
  • Dog poop can take up to a year to break down.



Morro Bay National Estuary Program brings together citizens, local governments, non-profits, agencies, and landowners to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary.

Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.