Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
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
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