Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Where Are They Now: Meet Romeo
Where are they now? Where do shelter pets go on to live after they leave Salt Lake County Animal Services? Our staff and volunteers love these updates! Meet handsome Romeo:
We adopted Romeo (Nickelbee) from your shelter (Salt Lake County Animal Services) in August
2014. From the moment we laid eyes on him we knew he had chosen us. At first
Romeo would never let us out of his sight, but once he knew we weren't
going anywhere he settled down. Romeo is the perfect temperament for our
family, he mostly thinks he's a lap dog (a 90 pound lap dog) He is always
willing to go along with us, whether it's to take the kids to school, pick them
up from school, a nice long walk, a hike, or just a quick walk to the gas
station, where he expects a jerky stick. If the kids (mostly Joshua) aren't
home, you will find him pacing. His favorite activity is laying on the couch
watching t.v. with either one of the boys! You will also find him cuddling with
our kitty, Gizmo! They are the best of friends. Everyday I am so grateful
to the shelter for introducing us to not only our furry friend, but to the
missing piece of our hearts! We cannot imagine our lives without Romeo being by
Check out our current adoptable pets!
Volunteer of the Month: Tracie Harrison
Tracie Harrison is Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer of the month:
What brought you to SLCoAS? Roxxy brought me to volunteer.
She had been with me for fifteen years, but when her cancer came back I knew it
was time to let her go. Without Roxxy I was a bit lost. She was my by
best friend and loyal companion. Since I couldn’t bring myself to bring home
another family member, but still had a lot of love to give, I decided to
volunteer. I contacted my local shelter and was told they only had space
for two volunteers in their center and no openings for volunteers with them. I
looked online and found SLCoAS! I am so happy I did.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering? Playing with the
animals of course! Really it is seeing the different personalities of each dog
I take out. Do they like to play with a ball? Do they prefer a rope toy or
something that makes noise? It is fun to try and figure out what type of
toys or treats they like. I also enjoy feeding the rabbits and looking in the
barn to see what new animals come in. I laugh when I think of someone
misplacing their goat or chicken. How do these animals become strays anyways?
What do you like to do in your spare time? Wow spare time???
What’s that? I have been in school for the past 6 years. Between school, work,
family and volunteering I don’t have a lot of time. Since graduating from the U
of U in May, I now get to put away the textbooks and read for fun. I
enjoy reading historical accounts of the Revolutionary War, both World Wars and
biographies of our past Presidents. I enjoy the outdoors and love to
garden. I bring in as much produce from my garden for the rabbits to eat. They
love my parsley!
Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: Ha, I am an empty
nester. I am also an aunt to two nephews a niece and two fur kiddos. One was
adopted for the center a few months ago.!
What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? I would say
to ask questions, if you see you want to do more just ask. There are many other
opportunities to help in the center.
Do you have a favorite adoption story? I don’t have a favorite
adoption story really. I have favorite dogs that I am happy to see get adopted.
One was Sage, she was a blue gray pitty that was featured on a prior
newsletter. She has such a fun personality and was so playful. Another was
Duncan shari-pei mix his wide nose was adorable. He was such a happy boy that
seem to struggle while he was at the center for an extended period of time. I
was so excited when I saw him moved to a foster home and later adopted.
Tell us something unique about you: Hand quilting. I don’t have
a sewing machine, actually I don’t want one. But I love to sew and make quilts.
I love fabric patterns and colors and I get to be a bit of an artist when I am
putting them together to make a quilt.
Where is your favorite place to travel? National Parks! Our
county is so large and diverse. National Parks are little pockets of
spectacular pieces of nature. I recently took a trip to Glacier National
Park to see what was left of the glaciers before they were gone forever. It was
beautiful and yet somewhat sad to see the changes that have happened in the
past 30 to 40 years. The next park on my list is Yosemite!
Interested in volunteering find out more on our Volunteer page or email email@example.com.
Adopt Miss Mia
Miss Mia has been with Salt Lake County Animal Services
since January 2017. She is currently living in a foster home, but we would love
to find her forever home!
Mia is a 3-year-old black Turkish Angora. She is spayed,
micro-chipped, and current on vaccines. She would love to live in a home where
she is the only animal. She has the most gorgeous black and brown fur, and toe
floofs! She is one of our Century Club cats which means she will get free
vaccines for life, and a free initial FELV/FIV test.
Exploring the yard on a leash
That one shirt you own, you know the one!
A note from Mia’s foster mom Alex: When she is feeling
lovey, she will let you know. If she is curled up on the bed and you walk past
the door, she’ll call for you to not only pet her, but scratch her belly as she
rolls over for you. She doesn’t like being held. She loves laying and sitting
on things other than a blanket or carpet. What I mean by that is if there is a
piece of paper in the middle of the carpeted floor, that is where she will sit
or lay down.
Miss Mia is very quirky and deserves a furr-ever
home of her own!
If you or someone you know would like to meet Mia, please email MAllred@slco.org
Volunteer of the Month: Kellie Dickamore
Dickamore is our Volunteer of the Month!
volunteers like you never want anything in return, but are always ready to do
great things out of turn. Thanks for volunteering Kellie!
brought you to SLCoAS? 7 years ago, there was a Pittie Pride event at the
Shelter. I had rescued a pittie puppy from a horrid situation, and knew nothing
about pit bulls. I spoke with a staff member at the event while Cesar was getting his
vaccines and micro chip. The employee suggested I check out the volunteer program, so
that I could work with, and get to know more pit bulls. So, I did. And I am
is your favorite thing about volunteering? My favorite part about
volunteering is giving back to the one thing that has taught me the most about
unconditional love, sacrifice and loyalty. Dogs. I love being able to help give
a voice to the voiceless, and to advocate for them. I also love working with
the more challenging furkids!
do you like to do in your spare time? Spare time.. what is that? I love
working with my dogs, spending time with my family, being outdoors, reading and
listening to great music.
us about your family and fur kiddos: I am married to the most amazing man,
and have 2 bonus kids who stole my heart from day one. And I am going to be a
grandma this year!
My fur kids are many... Cesar is my 1st pittie, then came
Rex, Sophie-she’s my husband’s dog through and through. There are also two
felines-Cleo and Figaro.
advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? Communication is key! If you
are unsure of something, speak up and ask! If you see something, say something.
And most importantly, volunteer open heartedly. Everyone at County that you
will work with, appreciates you, and all are willing to help you succeed
you have a favorite adoption story?I have a lot. Adopting Rex though is at
the top of the list. My little shelter pup has taught me more about myself and
the world than I ever knew was possible. I am a better human being because of
us something unique about you: I’m pretty average- I love Disney,
Tinkerbell especially, and Martial Arts (though I haven’t trained in a
is your favorite place to travel? Disney...Disney... the Southern Caribbean
is wonderful, and Europe is on my bucket list.
Interested in volunteering? Find out more on our volunteer page.
Volunteer of the Month: Mason Rodrickc
Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer of the month, Mason Rodrickc! 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.