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Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services

halloween pet safety tips

October 29, 2015

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Happy HOWL-O-WEEN Pet Safety Tips

Festive and fun, most children and adults enjoy the tricks and treats of Halloween. But this isn’t necessarily the case for dogs. Here are some tips on how to keep them safe from the ghosts and goblins.

halloween pet safety tips

1. Keep candy out of reach: All forms of chocolate and the artificial sweetener can be poisonous to dogs & cats. Call your emergency vet if your pet has eaten either.

2. Keep pets confined and away from the door: Dogs may be likely to dart out the door, or become anxious with trick-or-treaters in costumes and yelling for candy. Put them in a crate or a backroom and keep everyone safe.

3. Close the blinds or drapes, disconnect doorbells: If your dog reacts every time someone walks by or rings the doorbell close the drapes and disconnect the doorbell.

4. Keep outdoor pets inside before and after Halloween: Keep dogs and cats indoors to prevent them from being injured, stolen, or poisoned as part of a Halloween prank.

5. Don’t approach dogs while in costume: Even if you know the dog, a strange costume or mask can frighten them. They may not recognize you in costume. If a dog escapes a house or yard and runs up to you, tell your child to stand like a tree, and wait for the owner to grab the dog.

6. Test out pet costumes before: Make sure the costume isn’t causing them distress, or giving them an allergic reaction. It shouldn’t restrict their movement, ability to breath, bark or meow.

7. Leave them at home: It may be best with all the distractions to leave your pet at home while trick-or-treating. Take them for a walk earlier in the day before the ghosts and goblins come out for the night to spook them.

meet woodstock part 1

October 28, 2015

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Meet Woodstock

Woodstock, a two year-old border collie mix, came to Salt Lake County Animal Services this past July with severe physical problems. He walked with a severe limp due to fractures on both hind legs. In order to help him heal he would need two surgeries: a total hip replacement on his left side and the other would require surgery on his right hock, a joint similar to a human ankle. As for his emotional problems: being scared of  touch, of humans, and not knowing how to be pet, those would have to wait. The staff at Animal Services decided to tackle his physical boundaries first.

In order for him to have the surgeries living in the shelter wasn’t a possibility for multiple reasons. Imagine being put on roller-skates for the first time and pushed out onto a slick floor like linoleum. Our flooring isn’t conducive to a dog that can barely walk. The surgeon needed to make sure Woodstock was healthy. He needed to live at least 2-weeks outside of the shelter for us to make sure he was germ free. We had to find Woodstock a foster family.

Family #1 seemed like a great fit but Woodstock couldn’t stand to be in a crate, he tried to break free and scratched up his face trying to do so.

Family #2 was just a temporary solution until we could find him a long term foster because they were moving out of the country.

Family #3….well that’s another story.

Follow Woodstock on his adventure here at Unleashed: PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services. 

Part-Time Animal Care Specialist

October 09, 2015

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animal services position

Salt Lake County Animal Services is hiring part-time Animal Care Associates! These staff will work with both cats and dogs, and must be available to work mornings (weekday mornings and Saturday mornings). Pay is $13.00/hour, approximately 15-25 hours per week. If you are interested, please send your resume to The deadline for applying is Friday, October 16.