Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Salt Lake County Animal Services honored by government peers
Salt Lake County Animal Services has received an achievement award
from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its Humane Education
program. It is a program to educate children and teens about how to be
responsible pet owners.
Animal Services Director Talia Butler said, “We are very proud of
this innovative program, which is designed to make life better for animals and
the humans who care for them. It means a lot that our peers in county
government are recognizing our effort.”
The Animal Services Humane Educator gives over 250 presentations
to schools and large groups every year. Presentations range from 20 minutes to
2 hours. They teach children a range of activities, from how to approach
animals to highlighting training techniques for older youth.
The success of this program has led to the creation of other youth
programming. The Book Buddies program provides children a place to come
read to animals at the shelter and a Happily Ever After program
highlights fairytale stories and shares with children how the pets at the
shelter can find their “happily ever after” as well.
Butler says Salt Lake County Animal Services is always looking for
innovative and original ways to provide better service to the citizens and
animals served. The Humane Education program illustrates what makes Salt Lake
County’s shelter different from other shelters throughout the country. Animal
Services believes this programming will reduce the number of animals that wind
up at the shelter and create sustainable, responsible pet ownership in the Salt
June Volunteer of the Month
Kellie began volunteering with Salt Lake County (SLCO) Animal Services in December of 2012. Before Kellie was a volunteer, she
adopted one of the SLCO Pit Crew dogs.
Kellie began coming into the shelter
to help get the dogs out for sunshine and socialization. She quickly became an
Orange collar and then a Red collar volunteer. This gave her the ability to work
with all of the dogs in the facility.
Kellie has worked alongside our
Animal Behaviorists learning the structure and routines they provide daily for
the dogs. This allows Kellie to provide the same structure and routine with the
dogs as she is volunteering with them.
Kellie has helped us at many events
and can always be found at the No Kill Utah Super Adoption from sun up to sun down
helping to get dogs adopted. She is always willing to jump in
and help out where help is needed and often takes the initiative herself
without being asked.
Kellie is a wonderful example of what
volunteering is all about.
all of us at SLCO Animal Services
Thank YOU Kellie!!!
world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~Terri Guillemets
Double the Love Cat Adoptions
May Volunteer of the Month
volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services in January of this year. Vicki jumped
right into volunteering and has shown dedication and enthusiasm for helping the
animals. She quickly
excelled from a Green Collar dog volunteer to an Orange collar volunteer giving
her the ability to work with more dogs in the facility.
up for our enrichment program for the dogs and comes in every Tuesday and
Thursday to hand out and make “pupcicles”. She has been
doing this for the past 2 months and the dogs look forward to seeing her in the
enrichments she always makes sure to get out dogs for some sunshine and
recently volunteered at our City Creek adoption event and was able to
experience the reward of seeing one of the dogs be adopted and go home with her
new family. She is
always willing to jump in and help and is a wonderful example of what
volunteering is all about.
From all of us here at
SLCO Animal Services
THANK YOU VICKI!!!
YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!!!
Volunteers are love in motion! ~Author
Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
P R O C L A M A T I O N
Recognizing National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
April 10-16, 2016
In 2015, Salt Lake County Animal Services responded to over 20,000 calls for service. In addition to field work, Animal Services is devoted to animal welfare programs such as adoption and outreach events, spay and neuter clinics, vaccination and microchip clinics, pet care presentations, humane education, and spay and neuter awareness.
WHEREAS, the National Animal Control Association has designated the second week of April each year as Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week, and;
WHEREAS, the various Federal, State, and Local Government Officials throughout the Country take this time to recognize, thank, and commend all Animal Control Officers and Animal Services Staff for the dedicated service they provide to the citizens, various Public Safety, Public Service Agencies and Departments across the County, and;
WHEREAS, Salt Lake County would like to express its sincere thanks and appreciation for the outstanding service Salt Lake County Animal Services provides on a daily basis to the Citizens of Salt Lake County and to various Public Safety, Public Service Agencies and Departments, and;
WHEREAS, Salt Lake County recognizes and commends the Animal Control Officers who answer calls for assistance, capture roaming and potentially dangerous animals, rescue animals in danger, investigate reports of animal abuse, educate pet owners about responsible care and mediate disputes between neighbors regarding pets;
WHEREAS, Salt Lake County recognizes the Animal Services Staff for the many dedicated and long hours of service they perform in serving the animals and the community, and for fulfilling Salt Lake County Animal Services’ commitment to providing the highest and most efficient level of customer service and have successfully surpassed a 92 percent live release rate. Salt Lake County Animal Services is the largest municipal shelter in Utah to achieve this status and is working to create a community of responsible pet owners, for now and for future generations.
WHEREAS, Salt Lake County wishes to commend our Animal Control Officers and Animal Services Staff for their service, in keeping with the long and distinguished tradition of the Animal Control Profession.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ben McAdams, Mayor of Salt Lake County, do hereby proclaim April 10-16, 2016 as NATIONAL ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER APPRECIATION WEEK in Salt Lake County and encourage all citizens to join me in expressing their sincere appreciation for the service and dedication of our Animal Control Officers and Animal Services Staff.
ADOPTED on this ______ day of April, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah
By BEN MCADAMS Salt Lake County Mayor