Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Clear the Shelters: August 19, 2017
Salt Lake County Animal Services is excited to be part of the 2017 Clear the Shelters campaign.
On Saturday, August 19, as part of "Clear the Shelters:"
ALL cat and kitten adoption fees will be waived.
All rabbit adoption fees will be waived.
Dog adoptions fees will be 50% Off.
View all of our adoptable pets online.
Across the country NBC and Telemundo owned stations are partnering with shelters to help Clear the Shelters. Last years event was so successful! In 2016, over 50,000 pets were adopted across the country as part of Clear the Shelters! Help us break that record this year!
Volunteer of the Month: Cathy Rockwell
Cathy Rockwell has been volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services
since January 2017. She is faithfully here several times a week to work with our cats.
You can find Cathy in our cattery, brushing, socializing, and playing with our cats in
each of the colony rooms. She knows their personalities and always
gives great feedback on their behavior or medical needs!
She is quick to smile and has a gentle way with all
the cats, staff, and volunteers that she meets.
Thank you, Cathy, for all that you do for us here at Salt Lake County Animal Services.
Your dedication and heart inspires us.
We are proud to have you volunteering with us.
Interested in volunteering? Check out the various volunteer opportunities available.
Team Sabrina: A Journey of Love
Salt Lake County Animal Services long term resident, Sabrina
the black and white Pitbull, graduated has graduated from her C.L.A.S.S., with a
Bachelors level in Canine Life and Social Skills!!!!!!!
At the end of March we had an idea: a
way to help our dogs that have become invisible and that have been here far too long. We put our idea out there, a training program to help these dogs develop new skills and desired behaviors.
Our amazing volunteers jumped at the chance
and Team Sabrina and Team Rocko were born. Two teams of three people agreed to
work with these dogs for at least the seven weeks that the training class was
in session. They also committed to work with their dog throughout the week. We
know that if they get a little more exposure and we help
them gain these lifestyles skills we were opening a door for them that has not
been open before.
Sabrina now has a plethora of new skills to
go home to her forever family with. She officially passed her test and learned
the following skills.
Impulse control-things on the floor
Attention on you with people distractions
Humans greeting humans
Impulse control with other dogs
(engage/disengage, look at that)
Not jumping up
Value of treats
Loose leash walking
Leash Reactivity skills
"Go say hi” game
Polite leash walking with distractions
Distance, duration, distractions
Her kennel behavior and manners here at the
shelter have dramatically improved as well!
Thank you Team Sabrina for sticking it out and working so hard,
Sabrina is now getting to become her best self. Thank you to our awesome
Schlossnagle of Side by Side Dog Training. Thank
you Utah FACES for your support in this
exciting new program. We are so proud of you and proud of this shelter. I'm sure so many other shelters wish they could have a
Team Sabrina. I hope one day they do.
Sabrina is available for adoption or foster
and comes with a free training session so we can continue all that she has
learned. If you're interested in adopting her or donating so other shelter dogs can receive training like Sabrina's please contact email@example.com.
Volunteer of the Month: Theresa Colace
Theresa Colace began her journey with Salt Lake County Animal Services by fostering an injured dog named Leela. Theresa quickly came to realize that Leela was a perfect match for her family and adopted her as soon as she was released from her medical hold.
After that, Theresa started volunteering by making enrichments for all the dogs here at the shelter and would attend events. Theresa began working with the dogs in March of this year and quickly moved up through the collar system. She now works with some of our more challenging dogs.
Theresa is on our Team Sabrina and takes our long term resident Sabrina to weekly positive training classes, as well as on outings to different parks! Theresa is a huge supporter of Pit Crew and Utah FACES and is a voice for those that can’t speak for themselves. Her passion and commitment to shelter dogs is inspiring and she is always willing to lend a helping hand.
We are thankful that we have Theresa volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services; the gift of her help, time, and support makes a difference.
Thank you Theresa!
Interested in volunteering? Find out more or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Pets Safe from Fireworks
Lake City, UT – The high pitched
squeals and booms of fireworks is an extremely scary time for our furry
friends! Nationally more pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day
of the year. In Utah, with fireworks allowed 3 days before and after the 4th
and the 24th of July, Animal Control Officers are extremely busy.
Salt Lake County Animal Services is gearing up
for fireworks season and we want pet owners to be prepared to help keep pets
safe! Here are some simple tips:
Take your dog for walks early in the day before the
fireworks start going off.
- Leave pets at home when you head to the park to see
- Give them a safe place to retreat to, such as a crate
or bed, and check on them every few hours.
- Turn on the radio and play soft music for them to try
and distract them from the sounds of the fireworks.
- Keep them indoors, lower the blinds and close windows.
When scared, dogs and cats will break through screens or windows to escape
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, make sure your dog/cat is microchipped and the
contact information on the microchip is up to date. If you don’t have time
to get them microchipped before the holiday be sure to put a collar and ID
tag on them.
- Prevent injury or bites to yourself. If you find a lost
or injured animal, they will be scared! Please contact your local animal
services and have an officer pick them up.
As a reminder, Salt Lake County Animal Services
provides free microchips to residents in our service area. We will be
closed on July 4, but we plan on an extremely busy July 5.