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The Emerald Neckleash follows earth-friendly pet sitting practices such as:
  1. Use only eco-friendly bags that meet numerous ASTM standards on dog walks and for cleaning litter. (Did you know that it is estimated that dog owners do not collect over 4 million tons of dog waste annually and that 20-30% of all pollutants in waterways are attributed to dog waste?)

    Why does the Emerald Neckleash use this particular kind of poop bag? After a lot of looking around, from an environmental perspective, we feel they are the best choice out of the bags being manufactured these days. More information about why we feel this way can be found at http://poopbags.com/eco-friendly-facts/. If you decide that you would like to start using these on your own, these poop bags can by purchased by Emerald Neckleash clients at prices below the average retail price. To purchase poop bags, please contact Alexis.
  2. Recycling all empty dog and cat food cans from pet sitting visits.
  3. Having a small service area confined to Roslindale , Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and parts of Brookline so that automobile emissions are kept at a minimum. When possible, trips to clients are made by foot, public transportation, or bicycle.

The Emerald Neckleash's general policy is to hire walkers who live in the areas we serve. It has become popular again over the last few years to shop locally to support one's community. We feel it is important to not only shop locally, but to hire locally. Keeping our neighbors working in our community helps the local economy but also promotes community pride and awareness and encourages a good quality of life (after all, who likes a long commute?). Hiring locally also helps us to fulfill our goal of keeping our carbon pawprint as small as possible.

The Emerald Neckleash donates to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals–Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA). The MSPCA provides veterinary care, adoption services, and a variety of other services related to animals and their safety and care. Alexis Hill and the Emerald Neckleash were highlighted in the 2010 MSPCA Annual report.

The Emerald Neckleash supported the MSPCA's P.E.T. Project's flagship event, Party Animals, from 2009 - 2014.

Alexis Hill with P.E.T. Project Founder and MSPCA Board of Overseers Member, Heather Colleary, at the 2009 Animal Tales Gala.
Party Animals 2009, P.E.T. Project's Annual Gala, raised more than $13,000 for the MSPCA.

In addition to the above activities, the Emerald Neckleash periodically collects items that are needed by the MSPCA to care for animals in its adoption centers. The MSPCA's "wish list" can be found here.


A few of the items collected: Wooden blocks for the MSPCA bunnies. Organic lettuce from the Southwest Boston Garden Club for the small animals at the MSPCA. A crate for the big dogs at the MSPCA.

Jane N. Nathanson, LCSW, LRC, CRC
Specialist in Human-Animal Health & Welfare
Counseling and Consulting for Animal Caregivers at Times of Crisis, Illness, and Loss
(617) 325-4828
www.petlifeandloss.com