Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Volunteer of the Month: Jillian Odell
Jillian began volunteering with Salt Lake County
Animal Services in May 2016. Although
Jillian is new to volunteering with the shelter, she dove in with incredible
Jillian comes into the shelter several times a week
to make sure that the dogs are getting out of their kennels for some sunshine
and socialization. Jillian quickly became an Orange Collar volunteer which
allows her to work with more dogs in the facility.
She helps out with the enrichments for the dogs,
handing out pupcicles and making a batch for the next day, she made a video for
a dog who had been here for awhile to
help him get adopted, and even spends time volunteering while at home making
new kennel cards for the dogs.
The kennel cards are eye catching and bullet point
the specifics about each animal. This is
very helpful for potential adopters to be able to see at a glance if the dog is
the right fit for their home before asking to meet them.
Jillian also made a video and posted it to our
Facebook page showing why she loves to volunteer. She wanted to encourage other
people to volunteer and make a difference to the animals waiting to be adopted.
Jillian is a wonderful example of what volunteering
is all about!
From all of us here at SLCO
THANK YOU JILLIAN!!!!
YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!!
The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the
depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others. - DeAnn Hollis
Become a volunteer today! Find out more about volunteer opportunities.
Petapalooza Festival: For Dogs and Humans
Live Music! Delicious Food Trucks! And hundreds of adoptable animals from local shelters and rescues! Join us for our 2nd Annual Petapalooza Festival at the Viridian Event Center on August 27!
We are so excited for this event and all the fun vendors that will be there. Pet Psychic Jennafer Martin can give readings of your pet whether they're present or in a picture. Pawsitive Healing & Avani Massage will be providing massage for humans and reiki for pets.
Les Madeleines will have tasty treats for humans and pets! The California Chi, The Dog's Meow, The Puppy Pub, Camp Bow Wow, Barley's Canine Recreation Center, The Dog Dive, and more will be there. Course A 'Lure will have an obstacle course set up for you to run your dog through.
Music will be provided by Twist of Blues! They'll be playing from 10 AM- 11 AM and 1 PM - 3 PM.
For the Dogs: A pet pyschic, pet reiki, a photo booth and dozens of local pet vendors to spoil your 4-legged friends.
(PLEASE NO DOG/OR HUMAN AGRESSIVE DOGS)
For the Humans: Food trucks, music, fun games and activies, a photo booth, and local vendors!
Don't forget to register for the FANG 5K! This is a 5K to run/walk with your 4-legged and 2-legged friends and family. Proceeds from the 5K will go directly to the pups at Salt Lake County Animal Services to build them a covered dog run. Sign-up!
Salt Lake County Animal Services will have clinic staff on hand to vaccinate, microchip, and license owned pets as well.
Thank you to KUER 90.1 FM for being our media sponsor for this event. We greatly appreciate they're support!
If you're interested in being a food or product vendor at this event please contact Kip Peterson. The Viridian Event Center is located in West Jordan at 8030 S 1825 W.
Volunteer of the Month: Candice Mason
Candice Mason began volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services in July of 2011!
From the very beginning Candice has
been full of heart and we knew she would be a wonderful example of what
volunteering is all about.
Candice has a true love for animals
and you can see it when you see her work with them. She is truly compassionate
not only to the animals but to those who also work with them whether it is
staff or other volunteers.
Candice spends many Saturdays coming
into the shelter getting the dogs out of their kennels to make sure that they
are getting sunshine and socialization.
If you don’t find Candice at the
shelter helping you are sure to see her at an event helping out in any way she
is needed. She helps staff by: working with the dogs, the cats, helping with potential adopters or
just making sure staff is taken care of by bringing them a plate of cookies.
Candice has also set up a job shadow
for a girl that she knows to come into the shelter on her career day from
school to learn all about what each of our jobs here at the shelter entail.
This allowed this girl to know if this is a career path she would like to
Candice is an inspiring example of
what volunteering is all about.
From all of us here at SLCO Animal
“Be the change you want to see in the
world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Dogs Die in Hot Cars
Take the Pledge and NEVER leave a pet or a child in a hot car!
Come into Salt Lake County Animal Services and sign the pledge. In return we will give you an Auto Alert (while supplies last) to place in your vehicle to help warn you of extreme temperatures. Help us save more lives! Suggested Donation $1 ( so we can purchase more alerts and educate more people.)
It’s COOL to leave your dog at home this
summer. Even if it’s a quick trip to the store. A dog can die in as little as
SIX minutes when being left in a hot car despite the windows being open. On a
warm day temperatures inside a car can reach 120 degrees in just a few minutes.
A pet can suffer irreparable damage to internal organs such as brain damage, or
death from heatstroke or suffocation.
County Animal Services wants dog owners to be prepared this summer when the
temperatures climb above 70 degrees. Even if it feels cool outside, it doesn’t
mean it’s cool in the car.
your dog is exposed to extreme heat:
- Look for signs of heat stress: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a deep red or purple
tongue, vomiting, and staggering.
- If your pet is overheated take emergency steps: gradually lower their body
temperature in cool water, place cool wet towels on their belly, ears, or paws,
and offer them cool water.
Immediately take them to a veterinarian.
What to do if you see a
dog in distress in a hot car:
Take a photo of the license plate number and make/model of the car.
Go into the nearest store and ask them to make an emergency announcement about
a pet left in a hot car.
- Call Dispatch at 801-743-7045 and
wait for Animal Services or the police to arrive.
Leaving a dog in a hot car is animal abuse. Pet owners can be cited and face
misdemeanors or possibly felony charges.
If you see a child in a hot car, please call 911 immediately.
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