Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Celebrate Caturday & National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
National Adopt a shelter Cat Month
If you have been thinking about adopting a cat or even know
someone who wants to, June is a great month to consider adopting. Salt Lake County Animal Services is hosting CATurday on June 8 to celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Cat month.
Animal shelters are filled with wonderful pets in need of
good homes and cats make up much of this population. June is one of the busiest
months for animal shelters and being able to find good homes for the many
animals can be challenging.
Approximately 3.2 million cats end up in shelters every year,
including thousands born every spring and summer during “kitten season.” While plenty of cats still enter shelters each year, the
number coming into the shelter is on the downswing from just a few years ago.
People prefer kittens over cats when adopting. About 82% of
kittens are adopted from shelters while only 60% of cats get adopted. Adopting a furry friend can bring a lot of joy into your
life and even lower stress and there are plenty of cats and kittens in animal
shelters who need a good home.
Cats are perfect companions for families or individuals.
While it is true that they are very affectionate, they can also be independent
creatures allowing you to keep your freedom but gain a lot of love, not to
mention they are self-cleaning. Adopting a pair of cats may be less work then getting a solo
kitty. Bonded pairs can keep each other company and are less likely to take out
their boredom on your house.
Worried if your cat would be able to get a long with a new
cat? While it is recommended that you do a gradual introduction to reduce
stress if you give it time they will likely become friends, at the very least
many cats will learn to tolerate each other.
Remember adopting an animal is a long-term commitment even
if your adopting an adult cat. Your new friend will likely be with you for
years to come. Indoor cats live for an average of 12-15 years, but it is also
perfectly normal for well cared for cats to live to be 20 years old.
Thinking of adopting?
Join us for Caturday on
June 8 from 10 AM - 6 PM, for a cat adoption extravaganza! Cat adoption fees
will be $10 and Kittens (6 months and under) will be $20. While supplies last
we will be giving out cat adoption baskets, that have toys, treats, and other
goodies for your new feline family member!
There will be booths from local vendors:
Pet Wants Sandy
Scentsy with Rebecca
ColorStreet with Stacy
Old Farm Pet Resort
One Balanced World
Street Dawg Crew of Utah
VCA Willow Creek Pet Center
Your Dog Friendly Agent
Ginger Bee Artwork
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer of the Month: Kai Terrell
Where Are They Now: Yoshi
We love hearing updates about our pets! If you have a story to share about your pet you adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services, please email email@example.com.
This is Yoshi, and he was adopted last year! Here is an update from his dad, Perry.
Yoshi is doing amazing! Him and his brother Tech are
inseparable.. He loves chewing on his toys and wrestling around but most of all
he is a huge cuddle bug. Every time we have a guest over and they crash on the
couch he will not leave their side and he sleeps with them all night. He loves
being in the mountains and rolling around in the dirt and snow. He's getting
so big and so handsome. He's def a kiddo at heart and I think it's his greatest
trait. His upbeat energy def keeps the house fun and playful. Plus when he
talks to us its the funniest thing to hear.
This year has flown by and even
though the adjustment period was a bit rough to begin with, Yoshi is very smart
and has grown leaps and bounds and it has been amazing to watch his personality
really shine.. We love him with all of our hearts and couldn't imagine not
having him in our little family.
Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness
While the awareness campaign is aimed at humans, pet owners
should be able to recognize signs of asthma or allergies in their pets also. At Salt Lake County Animal Services, we often see pets come in with allergies not diagnosed.
Have you ever wondered if your pet may be experiencing an
allergic reaction to something in the environment, or the food it’s eating?
When we think about allergies, we are usually thinking about
watery, itchy eyes or a runny nose but in a dog or a cat, allergies look
Most allergies we see in our pets show up in the form of
skin issues, itching, red skin, hair loss, ear infections and even GI issues.
This can be frustrating because they can be difficult to control and treat.
Allergies in pets can be classified as either environmental
Food usually accounts for approximately 10% of pet allergies
and may show up at any age.
When dealing with food allergies the allergen is usually a
protein in the food such as chicken, beef, a carbohydrate preservative or food
dye. These allergies are usually treated by a food trial with a limited
ingredient diet that contains a novel protein your animal has not eaten before
and one other carbohydrate source, such as green pea. It is important to note
that it can take up to six weeks to see any results of the skin issues
resolving after changing the diet.
Environmental allergies are often the same things that
trigger hay fever in us, things like pollens, molds, dust mites, cleaning
products, and so on. When a dog or a cat has an allergy to these things it is
an exaggerated response by the immune system to something in the environment
that shouldn’t cause an immune response.
In dogs you will often see chronic ear infections and their
feet, armpits, lower belly and face tend to be very itchy causing them to
scratch and lick these areas.
Dog Allergy Symptoms
- Increased Scratching
- Red, moist or scabbed skin
- Runny eyes
- Chewing or constant licking
- Swollen paws
- Snoring due to an inflamed throat
- chronic ear infections
Cats will also become very itchy and may develop ear
infections or even pull out their fur. In some cases, they will develop lip
Cat Allergy Symptoms
- Urinating issues
- Inflammation of the skin
- Itchy skin
- Muscle Weakness
- Shortness of breath
In both pets, the itching can cause trauma to the skin and
cause a secondary infection, so it is very important to seek treatment when you
first notice your animal may have food or environmental allergies.
Asthma is an allergic reaction to an
environmental stimulant, it can also affect dogs and cats at this time of the
do I know my pet has asthma?
- Coughing and sneezing
- Difficulty breathing
- Poor appetite
- Weakness or fatigue
- Pale or blue gums (see a vet immediately)
can you do to prevent asthma?
- Do not smoke in your house or around your pet
- Refrain from using
hair sprays, perfumes and air fresheners
- Consider using baking
soda in shallow dishes for absorbing odors
- Clean your cats litter box
- Bathe your pet regularly
If you think your pet is suffering from allergies or asthma
consult with your veterinarian to ensure what you are seeing is allergy
related. Your veterinarian can prescribe medication depending on the severity
of the allergy and just like people pets can be given an allergy shot. In some
cases, you may just need to switch your pet’s food and your veterinarian can
help you with a food trail to help you know what certain food ingredients the
culprit may be.
Make sure to act quickly, ignoring the signs and symptoms of
allergies and asthma can lead to a more acute problem in the future.
Volunteer of the Month: Lindsay LaPaugh