Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Volunteer of the Month: Mason Rodrick
Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer of the month, Mason Rodrick! Interested in volunteering? Find out more!
What brought you to Salt Lake County Animal Services? Michelle and I were looking for an elder bun to help our now dearly departed Penelope live out her days with a friend that’s was at her speed. Though when we met the bunnies, Michelle and myself were struck by the conditions of the space they were kept in. It was dead of summer and we knew we had to help the overheated bunnies, so with the staffs help, we got all the water bottles we could freeze and started coming by every day to turn on the fans freshen up the ice.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering? Well, the bunnies... except for that one... She knows who she is... They truly make me happy when I come in. Some are so loving and in such need of love, you can really tell who came from a past that gave them love. We can’t do much as volunteers but bringing attention to the bunnies that so often in life get disregarded due to the fact that people eat them, that brings me solace and joy.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to draw, I like to make puns, I play non-violent video games (no disrespect, they just make me dizzy), and I listen to a lot of music (hip hop, indie stuff all over, electronica, rock n’ roll), and I have a small company called Moel. that I’ve recently started with my friend and fellow Vol-Bun-Teer Joel.
Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: We are a small team of two humans, two bunnies (Lou (Cypher) & Quinn), and one Torti cat named The Bean.
The Bean fears me when I sleep cuz I’m very heavy, I flail about in my sleep, and I crush her, but she’s figured out that she can boss Michelle (much less of a mover in her sleep) around and bully’s her way onto that side of the bed. She’s very close to me, but truly she’s accepted Michelle’s tenderness and loving teases.
Lou’s middle name is Cypher, cuz him and I both love Hip-Hop (like a bunny hops... You know? Get it?) and a cypher is a freestyle hip-hop battle (think 8-Mile). But also cuz we knew he’d be trouble... Lou Cypher... Sound it out... He’s a one-eared some kind of lop that loves licks. His hutch has been named “Camp Dork Licks.”
Quinn is a beautiful and sweet little forest bunny. His Binky’s make him look like a happy lil’ deer that just scored an apple. He’s very suspicious and very susceptible to trickery when Strawberries are involved... He has many nicknames because he was named before he came to us. Quinn, Quimbledon, Quintanamo Bay, Quinston Churchill, Yas Quiiinn, just to name a few.
What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? Please take some time to go at least visit the barn, you are just as welcome there as anyone and sometimes they get the coolest critter’s back there! Pigs, goats, horses, ugly goats too! But seriously, the barn gets ignored a bit because of where it is.
Tell us something unique about you: Um, I have a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tattoo on my chest? It’s of the Perfectly Normal Beast from the fifth book in the trilogy. I don’t know if that counts... Um... I don’t have a Tesla... No, that sucks too... Um... Idk, I have two rabbits! that’s not super common...
Where is your favorite place to travel? The west coast I suppose, I grew up in Sacramento and we’d travel to foggy beaches sometimes. I often dream of them.
National Pet Month: May 2018
is National Pet Month, a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people’s lives
–and vice versa. This month is all about “Pawing it Forward” for pets with or without forever homes.
is observed annually in the United States in May and aims to promote the
benefits of pet ownership, support pet adoption at places like Salt Lake County Animal Services, increase public awareness of
services available from professionals who work with animals and raise awareness
of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals.
Ways to Help Homeless Pets:
ADOPT: If you are looking to add a pet to your family please consider your
local shelter .
DONATE: Time, supplies, or money - every bit counts!
SHARE: Social networks like
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are very useful tools in helping adoptable
animals find their forever homes.
FOSTER: Fostering saves
lives and can help a animal at the shelter who is kennel stressed. You can
foster a pet temporarily until the right forever home is found. It is a
wonderful way to give back and can be a good opportunity to see what having a
pet is all about before making a commitment yourself.
VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are
essential in helping shelters achieve their mission of finding forever homes
for pets. Volunteering even a few hours of your time a month can make all the
difference to an animal waiting to find its forever home.
Ideas to Celebrate YOUR Pet:
Go on an outdoor adventure!
Here are some friendly off leash hikes you and your canine
companion can enjoy together:
Make some treats for your cats and dogs to enjoy:
Find time to play some games:
Appreciate your pets and let them know you care each and every
day. From unconditional love and numerous health benefits like lowering blood
pressure, helping with depression, and soothing stress, companion pets give so
much to their pet parents and they never ask for anything in return. So, show
your appreciation as much as you can, especially on specific pet holidays like
National Pet Month.
Official Notice of Sale: Pygmy Goat
Official Notice Of Sale
This Pygmy Goat was brought into the shelter in May 2018. He
is an adult male and available for adoption at 10:00am on 5-19-18.
His adoption price is set at $45 and will be adopted to the
first qualified adopter to come in on or after the 19th.
Adopter must be in an area zoned for livestock.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
Thank You Utah FACES
Thank You to Utah FACES
Salt Lake County, UT – After a
successful, decade long run, the all-volunteer run nonprofit, Utah FACES
(Friends for Animal Care and Effective Solutions) is moving their funding to an
endowment. Utah FACES was created in 2008 to help provide live saving care and
support for the thousands of animals that entered Salt Lake County Animal
From the founder of Utah FACES, Don Porter, “Ten
years ago we started Utah FACES out of a sincere love for animals and a real
need to help Salt Lake County Animal Services work toward achieving success in its
No-Kill mission. When we reached that achievement, we all celebrated.”
Over the years, Utah FACES has helped provide
and build a variety of programs such as:
- Free Fixes: Low-cost
spay/neutering of thousands of animals
- Injured Animal Fund:
Provide live-saving surgeries for injured animals
- Microchips: Thousands
were purchased to ensure pets return home
- Groom Transport:
Pets taken to local groomers for a much-deserved spa day
“Along the way, we succeeded in funding real
life enhancements for thousands of animals with vet clinic equipment, grooming
services, microchip supplies, injured animal care, and spay/neuter surgeries,”
Most importantly, this group of dedicated
individuals spent hundreds of hours helping Salt Lake County Animal Services
become the largest no-kill municipal shelter in Utah. Thanks to the hard work
of the board and volunteers with Utah FACES, Salt Lake County Animal Services
has been able to build sustainable programming that saves the lives of
thousands of pets every year.
Moving forward without the support of Utah
FACES, Salt Lake County Animal Services will continue to seek donations,
grants, and other community partnerships to assist and change the lives of the
pets (and their owners) in our community. Animal Services will sustain many of
the programs that Utah FACES created: Groom Transport, Injured Animal Fund,
Microchips, Adopt-A-Kennel, SpayGhetti & No Balls Fundraiser, and many
Interested in donating? Please visit our online
giving page at AdoptUtahPets.com or
Top 5 Things You Can Do to Help the Shelter During Kitten Season
Top 5 things you can do to help the shelter during kitten
Kitten season has officially started! Kitten season usually
starts in March and lasts until about October.
In 2017, we got in a total of 1,137 kittens under the age of 5 months! Because of the large number of cats and kittens shelters get in during kitten
season, it puts a tremendous strain on them. Here are a few things you can do
to help at Salt Lake County Animal Services!
Volunteer: Shelters need volunteers year-round, but because
things are a lot busier in the warmer seasons, there’s a lot more things for
the volunteers to do and help with. The most common volunteer tasks include;
enrichment's, grooming, exercising, socializing, and cleaning. If you are
interested in becoming a volunteer for Salt Lake County Animal Services you can
Foster: During kitten season we always need fosters. We send
kittens to foster homes until they are big and healthy enough for surgery and
adoption. When we get small kittens brought into the shelter we like to get the
kittens out of the shelter as soon as possible. The longer they stay in the
shelter they are more likely to get sick. We provide all the supplies and vet
care to take care of your foster kittens, you provide the home and love. If you
are interested in becoming a kitten foster email Mallred@slco.org.
Adopt an older kitten: During kitten season we get so many
cats and kittens. A lot of times during kitten season older kittens and cats
get over looked, everybody wants that tiny kitten. Some kittens spend over 6
months waiting to find their forever home.
Know when to leave kittens with their mothers: It's hard to see tiny kittens outside and not
want to grab them to bring them to a shelter. But doing this isn't always the
right course of action for new born kittens. To increase their chances of
survival, sometimes it's better to leave the kittens be. Unless the kittens are
obviously hurt or in danger, you should first watch them from far away and see
if they need immediate intervention. Check on them a few more times throughout
the day, and if you are certain mother is not coming back, take them to the
Donate: Even if you can't foster or adopt, you can help make
sure this year's kittens get all the supplies they need. If you would like to
donate to help the kitties of Salt Lake County Animal Services, here is the
like to the Amazon kitty wish list amzn.to/2t85GLY.